Canterbury Christ Church University Youth Work

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Canterbury Christ Church University Youth Work

This innovative course, which is offered by YMCA George Williams College at the College in East London, allows you to study while you work with young people. It explores the processes and thinking involved in animating, facilitating and deepening learning and development with young people and adults. You will examine the development of youth work, community and community learning and development, exploring the competing tensions of social, political and economic policy in relation to contemporary forms of practice.

The course is professionally recognised by the National Youth Agency and is a professional qualification in Youth and Community Work. The course is also accredited by the Community Learning and Development (CLD) Standards Council for Scotland, and is a professional qualification in CLD community learning and development. This will qualify you as a youth and community worker to work in a range of associated practice settings, including social pedagogy, education and learning support, and more traditional forms of youth and community work.

YMCA George Williams College is a specialist centre for the study of youth work and community learning and offers a wide range of courses and short courses which are unique in the UK. As well as teaching facilities, the College has a well-stocked specialist library and holds one of the most comprehensive collections of material about youth work in the country.

“Choosing to study Youth Work and Community Learning and Development was a great decision for me because it has encouraged me to reflect on myself holistically – as a professional and an individual. There is regularly allocated time for discussion with fellow students with a view to enhancing our youth work practice and learning from each other.”

Who is this course for?

If you are interested in education and learning in their broadest senses, want a professional qualification, and are keen to mix rigorous academic study with reflective practice, this course is the one for you. The ways of thinking and acting involved are highly transferable to a wide range of careers − but have special relevance for those committed to working with young people and in local communities.


  • 4 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • You must normally be at least 18 at the time of entry to Level 4 (first year of the degree programme). The benchmark used by the College is that for entry to the programme you must have prior qualifications, or knowledge and skills equivalent to passes in two subjects at Advanced level, NVQ Level 3 or equivalent. Applicants over 21 do not need to have passed such examinations to get on the programme but they must show that they are thinking and practising at that level.

    A typical offer would be 80 UCAS Tariff points. You will need to have relevant experience in working with young people, two professional references and a current satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.