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Youth Work and Social Education (BA)

University of Wales Trinity Saint David
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

Youth Work and Social Education (BA)

Youth Work and Social Education (BA) (ETS Endorsed) offers a professional qualification for students, and through a social science lens it explores current and contemporary challenges that are faced by young people, including:

  • Trauma
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Substance misuse
  • County Lines
  • Children’s Rights
  • Health and Well-being
  • The impact of relationships

The degree triangulates theory, policy and practice in an applied manner to enable graduates to be both excellent academics and excellent practitioners.

Known often as the ‘best kept secret’, youth work is a powerful approach to supporting young people build resilience and resourcefulness and to achieve their full potential. Youth work is based on developing good, positive relationships with young people, and acts as the foundation for supporting young people through a range of issues. This is why the youth work degree is often viewed by other professions as a highly desirable qualification.

Admission requirements

  • All applicants will be required to provide a satisfactory enhanced disclosure Child and Adult Workforce document from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  • The program requirements are between 80 and 96 points and above, however entry to the program is based on individual merit.
  • Due to the professional endorsement of the degree program, all applicants need to have at least 100 hours of recent and relevant Youth Work experience.

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Program content

Level 3 (Foundation Year only)

  • Academic Survival Skills
  • An introduction to Youth Work Practice
  • An Introduction to University Life: flourishing as a student

Level 4

  • Academic Study Skills for Students
  • Professional Practice: Principles and Contexts of Work with Young People
  • Understanding Adolescence
  • Counselling Skills, Mindfulness and Therapeutic Practice
  • Young People and Society 1: Advocacy, Empowerment, Participation and Rights
  • Youth Work Practice 1: preparing the workforce

Level 5

  • Social Research for Professional Practice
  • Supervision, Leadership and Management for Professionals
  • No one is too small to make a difference: Working with young people to create a climate of change.
  • Young People and Society 2:
  • Mental Health, Well-being and Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Youth Work Practice 2: Developing Practice

Level 6

  • Dissertation
  • Youth Work Practice 3: Leading and Managing
  • Young People in Focus
  • Young People and Society 3: Trauma, Exploitation and Toxic Childhood
  • Young People’s Well-being and Resilience
  • Assessmen

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

This program is also available in Welsh.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2021/2022: £13,500

Continuing studies

Many graduates decide to engage in further study. Recent graduates’ MA programs include:

  • Children and Young People: Health and Wellbeing (MA), UWTSD
  • Children and Young People: Children’s Rights (MA), UWTSD
  • Women and Child Abuse (MA), London Metropolitan University
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice (MA), Swansea University
  • Social Enterprise (MSc), Stirling University

Career opportunities

Here are some specific examples of graduate destinations:

  • Face to face youth work in a range of contexts including in schools, corporate parenting teams, post-16 work, Local Authority youth homeless projects
  • Education Welfare Officer
  • Work with organisations focussing on issues including substance misuse, projects which support homeless young people and others that focus on adoption, looked after young people, and young adult carers
  • Community education
  • Youth justice
  • Local Health Board
  • Students Union President
  • PGL Activity Instructor and Group Leader
  • Young People’s Peer Mentor for a national mental health charity
  • Emotional Health Worker for a Local Authority Youth Service
  • CAMHS Support Worker
  • Family Support for young people with disabilities
  • Post-16 Youth Worker for a Local Authority Youth Service
  • Youth Worker with the Corporate Parenting Team at Local Authority Youth Service
  • Unit Co-ordinator with a Childcare Team at a Local Authority
  • Corporate Manager at a Local Authority Youth Service
  • Senior Youth Officers at a Local Authority Youth Service

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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

UWTSD is the oldest University in Wales and was founded in 1822. It has campuses in rural and city locations in the UK. The University’s main campuses are situated in various locations in and around Swansea’s city centre as well...

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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

College Road Carmarthen
SA31 3EP Carmarthen Carmarthenshire
United Kingdom

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