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Youth Work and Community Development

  • Make a difference

    Our courses will help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to work with young people, adults and community groups, supported by expert academic staff and outstanding facilities.

  • Excellent reputation

    We have a national reputation, developed over the past 25 years, for providing high quality and challenging programmes of training for youth and community work.

  • Excellent training

    Our experienced lecturers are committed to supporting your needs at every stage of your learning; 86.4% of students are satisfied with teaching! (Guardian League Tables 2017)

  • Professional qualification

    Our Youth and Community courses lead to a Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) qualification

Are you interested in supporting vulnerable young people? Could you help them reach their full potential? In Youth Work and Community Development lies the opportunity to make a real difference in someone’s life. You could support families, help keep children safe and ensure young people have a say in their own lives.

94.7% of our graduates are in work or further training within six months of graduating (DLHE 2017).

Youth Work and Community Development courses

Why should I choose to study at the University of Cumbria?

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. You'll be taught by a team with substantial experience who are committed to supporting your needs at every stage of your learning; 86.4% of students are satisfied with teaching!*

As a Youth and Community Work student at the university, you'll experience a variety of placements, including the option of an international placement.

You'll also enjoy a wide range of teaching methods throughout your course, including formal lectures, tutorials, workshop activities, presentations and debates, meaning your studies will always be varied.

*Guardian League Tables 2017

Student Testimonial

Vicky McMahon
BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work Graduate

“I have met some amazing people, not just in my year of the course but also in the year below, and cannot forget the lecturers; I have been able to experience things that I would not normally have access to, such as going on placement in different agencies, and I have also learnt so much that will help me in my current job as a youth worker–and I still have the opportunity to learn so much more.”

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