Newman University Youth and Community

Newman University, Birmingham Logo

Newman University Youth and Community

Newman University Youth and Community

Youth and Community Work BA (Hons)

Course length: 3 years full-time, 4.5 years flexible learning (for further information on flexible learning courses click here)



Studying Youth and Community Work at Newman will not only enable you to gain professional Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) recognition, which you require to practise as a youth worker in the UK, but you also get to choose an optional pathway in a practice-based setting.Newman offers you the opportunity to gain the knowledge and experience of the policies, best practice and skills required to develop yourself both personally and professionally. The course is taught by a team of experienced and enthusiastic tutors that have an excellent reputation for supporting students and established strong partnerships with local employers. You will also benefit from mixing with students from a variety of backgrounds and prior learning experiences.

What does the course cover?

This course covers the whole suite of modules that you will need to successfully complete in order to become a professionally qualified youth worker and an effective, competent community worker able to operate in a wide range of settings.

Youth and Community Work at Newman is about more than study, so the core modules include fieldwork at each level. In addition, optional modules at level 6 may include spirituality, community organising, crime and chaplaincy. This allows you the time you need to develop your own areas of interest.

You can expect a challenging and supportive learning environment as the Youth and Community Work team has an excellent reputation for supporting students and having strong partnerships with local employers.

What makes this course distinctive?

This is one of the few professional youth and community work courses in the West Midlands which will give you Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) recognition. This is required to practise as a professional youth worker in the UK

The work placement element will furnish you with valuable transferable skills and you may have the opportunity to participate in international work

You will benefit from Newman’s considerable experience and reputation in the areas of teacher education, child development and community engagement and be taught by a strong youth and community work led teaching team, most of whom have direct experience in the field and present at international conferences.

How will I be assessed?

You will experience a range of assessment formats including journals, case studies, online discussions, role plays and presentations – no exams. The course will recognise your needs as a learner and develop independent study skills that are transferable to a range of learning situations and assessment tasks.

How could this course develop my career?

In order to practice as a professional youth worker in the UK you will need to obtain recognition from the JNC for Youth and Community Workers. The programme is designed to provide you with recognition, making it a key step towards professional status and career development. You will gain skills and experience relevant to various youth work roles and an understanding of the policies and practices necessary in this important area of work.

Newman Youth and Community Work graduates have gone on to a variety of both traditional and non-traditional youth and community work jobs ranging from housing, detached youth work and counselling to peer research on a European project. Some have pursued their passion for the subject at postgraduate level.

Course Variant

In addition to this course being delivered at Newman University, the same course but as a separate route is delivered vis the Solihull College Campus (plus one module a week at Newman). Apply via UCAS but with an alternative campus designation.

Newman University would like to draw your attention to our Academic Regulations. These regulations are your Terms of Reference and should be considered when making a decision to study with our institution.





Newman University
Genners Lane
Bartley Green
Birmingham B32 3NT
Tel: +44(0)121 476 1181
Fax: +44(0)121 476 1196