Youth & Community Work - BA (Hons)

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Course Overview

​This course, professionally endorsed by Education Training Standards (ETS) Wales and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) for Youth & Community Workers, is designed for youth and community workers who wish to extend their understanding, skills and competence as informal educators and gain a nationally recognised professional qualification in youth and community work.

All our lectures are undertaken in small cohorts (usually no more than 35 students) and delivered by qualified staff who have significant experience in youth and community work. Students are on placement throughout the course in a wide variety of youth and community settings.

Youth and community workers play a central role in today’s society, working in a wide range of formal and informal educational settings, supporting individuals’ personal and social development and enabling them to realise their potential.

This course helps students to develop their critical faculties, giving them a deeper understanding of social inclusion, empowerment and the nature of society, allowing them to develop skills that will enable them to engage effectively in a key role in the community.​

​Course Content​

Foundation year (Year 0):​ 

This programme can incorporate a foundation year (year 0) for those students who aspire to enrol onto the first year of a social science based honours degree programme within Cardiff Metropolitan University, who have not achieved the standard entry requirements, or who have not studied subjects that provide the necessary background within the social science disciplines required to ​enter the first year of the chosen honours degree programme. 

Students wishing to undertake the foundation year will apply for the degree programme they intend to progress to, using the relevant UCAS code listed on this course page (under Entry Requiremnets and How to Apply) and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website. As such, students following the foundation route will take an extra year to complete their honours degree.

Further information about the foundation year can be found by clicking here​.

​Degree:

Level 4

(Normally completed in 1 academic year full-time or 15 months part-time)
You will be given an introduction to professional skills as a youth and community worker, and academic skills are integrated in the programme. You'll cover basic concepts in sociology and social psychology, whilst also studying human development and the learning theory that underpins informal and formal education practice. A community research module will enable you to undertake a small piece of research on a community of interest to you. You'll undertake a placement in a youth and community setting at every level, and a tutorial will support this each week in term time. At Level 4, you will undertake a placement of 200 hours.

Level 5:

(Normally completed in 1 academic year full-time or 15 months part-time)
You will study issues connected with education, politics and social policy and be introduced to research skills for community practitioners.  Modules consider issues of equality, social justice, leadership, management and organisational theory in a youth and community context. At Level 5, you will undertake a placement of 400 hours, including a block placement for 8 to 10 weeks, supported by tutorials.

Level 6:

(Normally completed in 1 academic year full-time or 15 months part-time)
At level 6 you will have a clearer idea of the direction your career is taking, so you have the option of studying community practice, youth and community work in a global context, and teaching in non-formal environments. All honours degree candidates undertake a module in supervision theory and skills, a 200 hour placement, and a piece of research (dissertation) on an area of your choice, supported by tutorials.

Learning & Teaching

The course content is split between fieldwork placements (40%) in a wide range of community and/or youth work agencies and university-based, lecture study (60%). Lectures are modular in structure, comprising modules in the field of applied social sciences, with core modules in youth and community work and professional practice.​

Assessment

The course content is split between fieldwork placements (40%) in a wide range of community and/or youth work agencies and university-based, lecture study (60%). Lectures are modular in structure, comprising modules in the field of applied social sciences, with core modules in youth and community work and professional practice.​

Employability & Careers

This course is designed to provide a professionally recognised qualification in youth and community work. The course attracts students who are interested in a range of community professions including youth work, community education, community development, supported housing, alternative education/alternative curriculum, mentoring and guidance, youth justice and voluntary organisations working in a community setting.

Professionally qualified staff are in high demand, particularly as Youth Work has been a degree-entry profession since 2010. Many graduates will find paid employment in the above professions whilst they are students, and promotion is often secured upon completion of the professional.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Full-time:

Applicants should have experience in an aspect of youth & community work (equivalent to 100 hours to be completed prior to commencing the course), plus one of the following:

  • 200 points from at least 2 A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers, or equivalent to include grades CC

  • 200 points from the BTEC QCF Diploma / Extended Diploma

  • 200 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers (minimum grade C2 considered)

  • Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3 within a relevant subject

  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma considered along with grades CC at A Level or equivalent

  • Be qualified as a Youth Support Worker (level 3 Certificate in Youth work or NVQ/VRQ level 3).

Entry is also subject to a satisfactory criminal records check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/dbs.

If your qualification is not listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

 

Part-time:

Applicants are normally working (paid or voluntary) in a youth & community work setting and should have experience equivalent to a minimum of 100 hours e.g. as a youth worker, community education worker, community development worker, or (adult &) community learning worker, plus one of the following:

  • Be qualified as a Youth Support Worker (level 3 Certificate in Youth work or NVQ/VRQ level 3), or:
  • Hold a Foundation Certificate in Youth and Community Work, or:
  • Have successfully completed an Access course with 45 credits at Level 3 in a relevant subject, or:
  • Hold 200 UCAS points or equivalent qualification.


 

Other routes onto the BA (Hons) Youth and Community programme.
If you do not have the entry requirements for the degree programme, but have 120 UCAS points or equivalent, you can apply for the Youth and Community Work Foundation degree – successful completion of which guarantees you consideration for the degree programme. For further information about the foundation programme please click here.

It is also possible to apply for exceptional entry if you do not meet the academic entry criteria above if you have significant experience in youth and community work and are able to show that you can work at degree level (level 4) or Foundation level (level 3).  Please contact the Programme Director if you wish to discuss this.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is normally based on the receipt of a UCAS application form for full-time students or the Cardiff Met application form for part-time students.

How to Apply:
Applications for the full-time course should be made online to UCAS at www.ucas.com/apply. Part-time applications should be made direct to the university at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/selfservice​. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.

UCAS Code​ (full-time route only):
X320
Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.

Key Facts

Accredited by:
Professionally endorsed by the Education and Training Standards (ETS) Wales and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) for Youth and Community Workers.

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Education
Cyncoed Campus

Course Length:
Three years full-time or four years full-time with foundation.
Part-time route – normally 4 to 5 years, though students are allowed up to ten years to complete part-time, if they wish. Attendance for this course is flexible, depending on the number of modules completed each year.

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/international.

Tuition Fees, Student Finance & Additional Costs
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available whilst at university, please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees. For information on any potential additional course costs, please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/additionalcosts.

Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk.

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme director, Gill Price:
Email: gprice@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: 029 2041 7248​​

 
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Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/terms