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What makes Youth and Community Work at Worcester special?

Youth work plays an essential role in our society, not only in promoting the needs, rights and aspirations of young people, but in helping to build and maintain strong communities. Youth workers support young people as they learn about themselves and the society in which they live.

Every young person deserves a champion to support them through times of learning, change and challenge. This programme builds upon the strength and diversity of current youth work practice, providing you with the perfect platform from which to launch your career as a compassionate advocate.

At Worcester, our programme is supported by a wide range of partners, offering a diverse range of work-based learning opportunities that are the ideal preparation for a career in a field increasingly marked by collaboration and multi-disciplinary working.

Key features

  • Validated by the National Youth Agency as conferring qualified youth worker status
  • Recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee of Youth and Community Workers
  • Work-based learning opportunities within a range of settings including: education, housing, community, participation, social and criminal justice
  • Flexible pathways enable you to shape your study to suit your circumstances, allowing you to balance existing work and family commitments alongside your course
  • Growing demand across an increasingly diverse range of professional sectors, including youth justice, youth participation, children's rights, substance misuse and education support

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

280 UCAS Tariff points

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview, and will be expected to demonstrate that they have an understanding of the nature of work with young people. Candidates will be expected to have experience of working with young people in a paid or voluntary capacity

A satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau disclosure and health clearance will be required for successful applicants

From 2017 there will be a change in the UCAS point system. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from   

This course equips me to handle challenges and barriers in my work with young people.

Gemma Benton, Youth & Community Work BA

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ. Visit our Academic Quality Unit pages for full programme specifications for each course.

Year 1


  • Reflective and Evidence Based Practice
  • Young People in Context: Learning and Change
  • Professional Formation 1: Practice with Individual Young People


  • Work with Young People: Policy, Approach and Practice
  • Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Utopias and Dystopias
  • Contextualising the Family: Theory, Culture and Diversity

Year 2


  • Applied Research in Practice
  • Professional Formation 2: Practice with Groups and Projects
  • Young People in Context: Equalities


  • Designing and Developing Provision for Young People
  • Understanding and Responding to Family Based Violence and Abuse
  • Delivering Rehabilitation
  • Children’s Rights

Year 3


  • Independent Study
  • Work with Communities: Policy, Approach and Practice
  • Professional Formation 3: Practice with Communities and Issues
  • Team Work and Leadership in MultiProfessional Contexts

This course explores all aspects of youth and community work. It helps me take theory into my practice and makes me a better practitioner.

Mia Bacciochi, Youth & Community Work BA

If you want to make a difference to young people and their community this course will give you the skills and confidence needed to work across a wide range of settings. We strive to create a friendly and welcoming environment where you can share your new experiences and develop a sense of belonging.

Our passionate and experienced staff team will support you throughout your time working in a range of inspiring placements across the youth sector. Here you can develop your knowledge and skills in practice and bring your classroom learning to life.

Our youth and community graduates are successful in securing employment or further training in a diverse range of organisations. Using a range of skills to help address areas of need, including youth homelessness, substance misuse, health and wellbeing and educational support.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn:

  • Appreciation of the needs, rights, responsibilities and aspirations of young people
  • Management the development of yourself and teams
  • Assessment and understanding of young people’s development and behaviour
  • Critical analysis and evaluation of professional practice
  • Become a confident and knowledgeable reflective practitioner
  • Ability to support and enable young people through times of learning, change and challenge


Wide range of assessment types, including:

  • assignments
  • case studies
  • presentations
  • practice recordings
  • reports
  • reflective journals





Where could it take you?


With increasing emphasis on multidisciplinary and multi-agency service delivery to young people there is growing demand for professional youth work practitioners across a wide variety of settings both within the statutory and voluntary sector.

A professional youth worker's skills, knowledge and experience are valued in a wide range of service contexts and consequently you could follow a career in youth work, youth justice work, youth participation, health and wellbeing, schools, mentoring, residential care, family support, children's rights and advocacy work, advice and guidance work and work within a wide range of young people support services notably housing support, substance misuse services and education support.

It is also an ideal base for postgraduate study.


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This course has changed my life; it has enabled me to empower myself and young people.

Beverley Momenabadi, Youth & Community Work BA


How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2016 is £9,000 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2016 is £11,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2016 are £1,180 per 15-credit module, £1,575 per 20 credit module and £2,360 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.

Financial support

£1,000 ABB or equivalent scholarships

The University of Worcester offers a £1,000 first-year scholarship to all new undergraduate students to the University who achieve at least ABB at A Level, or the equivalent qualification (such as distinction, distinction, merit at BTEC), and who are responsible for paying their own tuition fees.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

£1,000 academic achievement scholarships

Based solely on academic performance, the University awards up to 100 scholarships of £1,000 each to eligible high-achieving undergraduate students after completion of their first and second year of a degree course, or first year of a foundation degree or HND.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £89 per week to the £145 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

The opportunities that I have been given on this course are amazing. You meet such a diverse range of people with so many inspiring stories.

Fran Dignan, Youth & Community Work BA


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Youth & Community Services BA (Hons)  L590  BA/YAC

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions Office

01905 855111