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BSc (Hons) - Youth Work in the Digital Age*

*This course is Subject to Validation.

You want to connect with and support young people in your future career. Our dynamic programme equips you with the skills to respond in a nuanced way to contemporary issues in the lives of young people.

This programme will support you in adopting an agile mindset, embracing a willingness to try new things and being responsive to new challenges. You'll develop digital literacy and skills integral to becoming a successful future youth work practitioner.

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Accredited by:

National Youth Agency

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Course Overview

This degree delves into the themes of interdisciplinary work and reflects changes in the youth work sector. Each module explores how different professions would approach the area under study, this is supported by interdisciplinary staff supporting the youth work team delivering the programme.

You will get opportunities to learn alongside students on other professional programmes enabling interprofessional learning and gaining the communication skills to step into your future career with confidence. You will be equipped with the knowledge, understanding, skills and experience to work in contemporary integrated practice settings.

On this course you will...

  • Gain experience to allow you to practice as a confident and competent youth worker in the contemporary and digital age.
  • Benefit from being taught by our friendly team with a wealth of collective experience, receive supportive teaching from tutors in a close-knit learning community.
  • Carry out placements in a number of settings, gaining diverse practice experience in a range of agencies that will enable you to try varied areas of work and develop expertise for the future.
  • Experience a variety of learning and assessment types, with a robust academic underpinning, to prepare you and build your confidence for practice.
  • Develop the key skills needed to engage young people through a broad range of services, including digital literacy to communicate successfully in the digital age.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

During this degree, you will have 6 taught modules per year and one Qualificatory Practice Unit (placement per year). Below shows the breakdown of the module credits and placement hours that will be completed per year of study.

Year 1 - 6 x 20 credit taught modules plus 1 QPU (300 hours placement)
Year 2 - 6 x 20 credit taught modules plus 1 QPU (300 hours placement)
Year 3 - 6 x 20 credit taught modules plus 1 QPU (200 hours placement)

You will complete a range of modules that will allow you to develop your skills in a multitude of areas. From enhancing your communication skills to exploring outdoor and experiential youth work to questioning how social and political influences affect policy.

This course is currently subject to validation.

Year one
  • Developing academic writing and reflective practice
  • The relational youth worker: online and offline participation
  • Informal Education principles
  • Social and Political Influences on Policy and Practice
  • Development through the Life Course
  • Values and principles in youth work practice
  • Qualificatory Practice Unit 1: Delivering youth work
Year two
  • Contemporary Issues: targeted and universal curricula in youth work
  • Impact and outcomes in youth work
  • Negotiated learning
  • Equality, diversity and equity in practice
  • Collective action and group work
  • Leadership and change
  • Qualificatory Practice Unit 2: Delivering youth work curriculum
Year three
  • Applied critical evaluation for evidence based practice
  • Funding youth work: value and values
  • Youth work as a collaborative practice
  • Outdoor and experiential youth work
  • Managing self and others
  • Negotiated learning
  • Qualificatory Practice Unit 3: Leadership & management

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