University of Brighton Youth Work

University of Brighton Youth Work

Youth workers have a challenging and highly rewarding role, providing support for young people primarily between the ages of 13 and 19, as they learn about themselves and the society in which they live.

This course will suit you if you are a trainee or part-time youth worker. The course is endorsed by the National Youth Agency (NYA). On successful completion of the course you will be deemed to be professionally qualified as a youth worker according to the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) framework for youth and community workers.

The part-time design of this course enables you to study for a professional qualification while you are working.

Vital youth work experience is delivered via your primary placement (your current work setting) and three additional placements in years 2 and 3. Your youth work practice and university-based work is balanced and closely linked throughout the course.

Course structure

The Youth Work BA(Hons) is a part-time, work-based programme that runs over four years.

Learning methods include small group seminars, participatory workshops and online learning experiences. You will also attend lectures by experienced practitioners, tutors and researchers.

Typically you will:

  • study for one day a week (as well as some Saturdays)
  • be supported in your individual learning and career progression throughout
  • take on a series of structured work-related tasks and assignments, supported by an individual work-based mentor
  • visit other settings and complementary learning environments
  • conclude your studies with an individual extended professional enquiry of your own choosing.

Year 1


  • The Practitioner as Learner
  • Children and Young People’s Learning and Development
  • Relationships and Interventions with Young People
  • Informal Education and the Youth Work Curriculum
  • Professional Reflective Practice in Learning and Development

Year 2


  • Contemporary Issues for Young People
  • Group Work with Young People
  • Managing People and Provision
  • Safeguarding and Promoting Welfare and Wellbeing
  • Further Professional Reflective Practice in Learning and Development

Year 3


  • Young People, Transitions and Change
  • Equality and Inclusion
  • Understanding Participation and Community Development
  • Quality Assurance in Services for Young People
  • Professional Identity and Inter-professional Practice Development

Year 4


  • Practitioners as Researchers
  • Professional Enquiry: Informal Learning and Development

Entry requirements

The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course if you wish to begin studying with us in 2017. They should be used as a general guide.

We operate a flexible admissions policy – this means that you could receive a lower conditional offer than the typical offer, informed by our assessment of your complementary non-academic achievements and experiences. For courses that require interview or portfolio review, this may also be considered in the level of any conditional offer that follows if your application is successful.

Applicants are normally expected to meet the following requirements:

  • significant experience (normally one to two years) working as a youth worker or other relevant experience.
  • current employment for at least six hours per week as a youth worker in a paid or voluntary capacity
  • successful completion of foundation-level youth work training or related recognition of skills and understanding in youth work (normally assessed at NVQ levels 2 or 3).
  • computer access with word processing facilities and internet.
  • you will need a qualified and experienced mentor for each full year. If the cost is not met by your sponsoring employer, you may need to pay up to £600-£700 per year in addition to your course fees. Consent from your employer to support mentoring, assessment and workplace learning opportunities is required.

For non-native speakers of English
IELTS 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

Fees and funding

Your fees

Year 1 6,750 GBP (100 credits)

Year 2 6,750 GBP (100 credits)

Year 3 6,750 GBP (100 credits)

Year 44,500 GBP (60 credits)

Concerned about university fees?

You do not need to pay tuition fees upfront. If you are a UK or EU undergraduate student studying for the first time, you can apply for funding from the government to cover these. Once you leave university, you will only repay the loan if you earn above a certain amount.

Universities UK and Money Saving Expert have produced a guide that takes you through the system and explains what you’ll really pay to study as a part-time student.

Download a copy of the brochure

Find out more

School of Education
01273 643313