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Youth Work Practice (University Diploma)

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Further Education

  • Duration:

    1 year full time

  • Starting:


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The programme benefits those who are involved in work with young people in voluntary or paid roles to develop skills and knowledge in youth work practice. The programme is a nationally recognised qualification endorsed by the National Youth Agency and accredited by ABC Awards. This course is in partnership with Free2Talk and is a diploma on the QCF framework.

Updated 24/11/2020


  • Dedicated and supportive teaching staff with industry experience.
  • Flexible schedule to fit around you.

Course Content

  • The Diploma in Youth Work Practice is a nationally recognised qualification at level 3 endorsed by the National Youth Agency and accredited by ABC Awards. The programme benefits those who are involved in work with young people in voluntary or paid roles, who want to develop skills and knowledge in youth work and have the opportunity to progress into higher education to pursue the attainment of a professional status.

    The programme offers a blended learning approach which includes workshops, seminars and online resources and is led by experienced and qualified youth and community work professionals. Learners will develop a portfolio for assessment to demonstrate competencies and provide a record of practice.

    Learners will enjoy use of the University of Northampton’s resources and gain advantage from the success in social enterprise AshokaU Changemaker campus, recognised for its success in integrating social enterprise in the learning environment.

  • Learners must have worked (as an employee or volunteer) in an established youth work environment for a minimum of ten hours per week and have been supervised by a qualified worker and attained a Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work Practice or equivalent and be DBS cleared

    Supervisors must participate in an induction and evaluation event and commit to regular supervision of the learner

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent)
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

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  • The assessment strategy is designed to reflect the skills needed in youth work practice. Each learner will develop a Portfolio including evidence such as reflective journal, e-tivities, planning and evaluation tools, supervision records and feedback, visual or audio evidence, and annotated items.

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