Undergraduate Education

Youth and Community Work BA (Hons)

3 years
9,250 GBP excl. VAT
Next course start
September 2024 See details
Course delivery
In Company
3 years
9,250 GBP excl. VAT
Next course start
September 2024 See details
Course delivery
In Company
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Course description

Youth and Community Work BA (Hons)

We’ve helped students gain a Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) professional Youth and Community Work qualification at Newman since 2007.  

Newman has a long and proud history of teaching Youth and Community Work and has been at the forefront of developing Youth and Community Work education and training in the West Midlands. Our degree is accredited by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) for youth workers which means that you leave with a degree and with a professional qualification. This is an essential step in gaining graduate employment.

Our course is an exciting application of theory in real-life practice, which will develop you as a critically reflective practitioner.

You will undertake 800 hours of supervised practice in a broad range of Youth and Community Work settings, which will enable you to develop your own professional identity, skills, understanding, and reputation throughout your studies and prepare you for your future career.

Our course welcomes socially-conscious and diverse student voices, from a range of backgrounds and learning experiences. To support your studies, you will be taught by a team of JNC Youth and Community Work professionally qualified, research-active and enthusiastic tutors, who have strong partnerships with local employers and experience nationally and internationally.

Upcoming start dates

1 start date available

September 2024

  • In Company
  • Birmingham
  • English

Suitability - Who should attend?

You must achieve at least 96 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent (e.g.MM at BTEC Diploma; MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma) towards the total tariff.

Access Students can achieve the requirements with the following combination of Distinction, Merit, and/ or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course. 96 UCAS Points: D21-M3-P21; D18-M9-P18; D15-M15-P15; D12-M21-P12; D9-M27-P9; D6-M33-P6; D3-M39-P3; D0-M45-P0.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (or C) or above (or recognised equivalents), including English Language, are also required.

We would expect all students applying to the degree to have a minimum of a relevant or related Level 3 qualification prior to entry such as; BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, A Level Social Science subjects, Adult Education courses relating to Access to HE or Social Care courses, and a minimum of 100 hours relevant experience in a youth or community setting (verified by a reference).

For further admission details, please contact the institute.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Typical UCAS Tariff: 96

Training Course Content

Year One

  • Understanding Youth and Community Work
  • Study Skills for University
  • Working with Children, Young People and Families: Key thinkers and their big ideas
  • Planning for Applied Reflective Practice
  • An Introduction to Social Policy
  • Understanding Groups & Self

Year Two

  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Intersectionality and Youth & Community Work
  • Applied Reflective Practice (level 5)
  • Researching social issues

Year Three

  • Dissertation
  • Management
  • Applied Reflective Practice

Course delivery details

What does the course cover?

During your first year of study, you will develop a foundation of knowledge around understanding Youth and Community Work and including:

  • Understanding Youth and Community Work
  • Understanding groups and self
  • Planning for applied reflective practice
  • Study skills for university,
  • Key thinkers and their big ideas
  • Introduction to Social Policy

In your second year, you will build upon these modules to explore topics that include:

  • Researching social issues
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Intersectionality in Youth and Community Work
  • Applied Reflective Practice, (400 hr block placement with scheduled recall days to university)
  • One option module from a selection in Criminology or Working with Children, Young People, and Families*

In your final year of study, the modules you will be involved in are:

  • Dissertation (10,000 words)
  • Applied Reflective Practice (400 hr block placement with scheduled recall days to university)
  • Management
  • One option module from a selection in Criminology or Working with Children, Young People, and Families*

*The option modules are chosen from a selection each year and they may change from year to year.


Standard Fee: £9,250

Continuing Studies

We support students to gain a JNC professional qualification and gain a wide range of employment opportunities. Below are examples of roles in which our students have gained employment after graduation:

  • Youth work project manager
  • Faith-based youth work Lead
  • Hospital youth worker
  • Young offenders’ youth worker
  • Family Support worker
  • Detached youth worker
  • Pastoral care
  • Youth mental health and well-being worker
  • School-based youth mentors
  • Community development worker
  • Domestic violence worker
  • Youth homelessness worker
  • Social Enterprises around specific issues
  • Statutory and voluntary youth work
  • Addiction issues and young people project worker
  • Youth engagement roles

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Birmingham Newman University
Genners Lane, Bartley Green
B32 3NT Birmingham

Birmingham Newman University

Founded in 1968, Birmingham Newman University is a community-focused institution based in Bartley Green, Birmingham. It has built strong partnerships with many local businesses, charities and schools, making it an ideal choice for students wishing to gain practical experience during...

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