Glyndwr University Youth and Community

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Glyndwr University Youth and Community

BA (Hons) Youth & Community Work (JNC)

This is an exciting course, specially designed for those wanting to work positively with children, young people, marginalised groups and communities.

You will learn youth work methods, values and engagement skills for working with individuals and groups to support their personal, social and political development.

Through this course you can gain a professional qualification endorsed by Education Training Standards Wales with over a third of your time in placement activities.  Successful completion of the course will allow you to register with the Education Workforce Council in Wales as a Youth Worker.

As well as placement opportunities in Wales and the UK, there are also opportunities to do a part-funded placement through the erasmus programme.

The youth and community department at Wrexham Glyndwr University is regarded as the “home of youth work in Wales”, having offered education and training to the youth and community sector for more than 39 years. As such the department has excellent links with employers across North Wales, North West England, and the Midlands, and it works in partnership with organisations across the statutory, voluntary and third sector.

Please be aware it may be necessary to work outside of normal working hours, e.g. during evenings or over weekends, whilst on placement due to the nature of this profession.

What will you study?

This is a course for those wanting to work within informal education, examining youth and community theory and developing your practice in working with young people and communities through participation, empowerment and partnership working.
There are opportunities to develop youth and community work skills internationally both in Europe and further afield; taking into account the impact of emerging trends in Welsh, UK, European and global youth policy and practice.

Year 1 (Level 4)

In year one you will study the values and principles of youth and community work, creative skills and group work, and develop a knowledge of safeguarding and multi-agency working.

  • Placement 1 – Preparation for Professional Practice, the first fieldwork placement helps students to establish the basic foundations of good youth and community work practice and embed reflective thinking skills.
  • Values and Principles of Youth and Community Work – Examine the core principles of youth and community work. Understand the values of informal education, in particular recognising and understanding anti-oppressive practice.  students will start to explore and develop their professional indentity.
  • Working Creatively with Groups – An exciting module bringing together group work theory and creative practice.
  • Working Together to Safeguard Others – Exploring the role of the youth and community worker in safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults, and how to work effectively within multi-agency settings.

Year 2 (Level 5)

In years two and three, you will build upon this learning, exploring politics and social policy, analysing informal education and developing skills in social research, international youth work, leadership and supervising others.

  • Placement 2 – Integrating Professional Practice – The second fieldwork placement is a block placement, allowing the student to be embedded within the field of youth and community work and develop their skills in practice. This could be a placement within Europe or further afield.
  • Political and Sociological Perspectives in Youth and Community Work – Identify and analyse how political agendas and social policies can shape the context of practice, and recognise different political perspectives on welfare and social policy.
  • International Youth Work – An opportunity to explore the benefits of international youth work and intercultural learning for young people. Identifying different youth work practices across the world, and the role of the youth and community worker in understanding their own, and helping others to understand their own cultural identity.
  • Research Methods – Identify what is meant by social research, and how it can be applied to investigate an area of practice or a social issue within youth and community work.

Year 3 (Level 6)

In your final year you will also undertake a research project, and develop skills and values that demonstrate your ability to become a professional practitioner.

  • Placement 3Leading in Professional Practice – an opportunity for students to put leadership and supervisory skills into practice in a youth and community work setting.
  • Research Project – Supported by a research project supervisor, students will conduct a piece of unique research into an area related to youth and community work that will positively impact on practice and policy.
  • Leading in Contemporary Youth and Community Work Practice  Identify and critically evaluate models of leadership in youth and community work contexts, analysing the skills required to lead in contemporary practice and the demands of working within evidence-based practice environments.
  • Professional Supervision – Students will understand the importance of professional supervision in supporting and developing staff and volunteers, and develop skills to implement this in practice. This module is also available as a stand alone CPD module.
  • Critical Analysis of Education in Youth and Community Work – Set within the current youth and community work policy context this module is an in-depth exploration of the core values and principles of informal education, critically analysing the concepts of dialogue, participation, empowerment, partnership and anti-oppressive practice. Students will complete the module having developed their professional identity as an informal educator.