Why study with us?

Are you passionate about enabling young people to achieve their full potential? This programme provides an exciting opportunity for students to study for a professional qualification in work with young people, adults and community groups in a range of voluntary, local authority and not for profit organisations. You will develop your skills and knowledge in a supportive university community, alongside three practical placements, providing you with the perfect platform to begin a career in this field.

The University of Cumbria has a national reputation, developed over the past 25 years, for providing high quality and challenging programmes of training for Youth and Community Work. Our team of academic staff have substantial youth and community work experience and are committed to offering a positive student experience which builds on students strengths. We offer teaching and learning opportunities which pro-actively respond to student diversity, supporting all students at every stage of their learning.

What can this course lead to?

The BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work programme will provide you with a much sought after qualification which will enable you to work in a diverse range of youth and community settings, within statutory and voluntary sectors, including youth services, domestic violence charities, homeless hostels, work in the outdoors, drug and alcohol projects, prisons, young offender institutions, Young Enterprise initiatives and Connexions partnerships.

A number of our graduates now successfully lead and manage youth organisations and services across the UK. Other graduates have built their careers in training and educating future generations of Youth and Community Workers at universities across the country and at the University of Cumbria.

Resources and facilities

We have several excellent resources to help you excel in your studies. All students have access to our Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment which can provide easy online access to course information, course materials, relevant web links and an online discussion board.

We have a well-stocked library and a Learning Gateway, which offers an interactive, flexible space to study. You can also take advantage of Library and Student Services (LiSS), which provides learning resources, equipment, student advice, skills training and study space.

Have a look at our learning resources for Youth and Community Work.

Student work

Youth and Community resources

Second year undergraduate students produced an information resource pack and DVD for the 'Discrimination, Oppression and Youth Work' module.

The resource aims to educate young people and communities about gender equality from a global perspective.

It offers a wide range of interactive activities, case studies, group activities and quizzes to engage groups.

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