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The BA (Hons) in Youth Work is delivered within the School of Education and Communities which has a reputation for teaching excellence, industry connections and real-world relevance that appeals to applicants aspiring to make a difference in their communities and in the lives of young people.

As well as a blend of on campus and online learning, this vocational programme entails 800 hours of work-based learning. Significant time is spent on placement, where you will develop your skills and knowledge by undertaking supervised work with young people aged between 11 and 25 years old.

The programme provides you with the platform, skills, experience, knowledge and a qualification to progress a career in the youth and community sector and associated fields.

What makes this course different

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Placement opportunities

As part of the programme, placements will be spread across a rich diversity of settings in London, Essex and further afield. It is anticipated that there may be a number of placements with Newham Youth Service which announced ‘the biggest expansion in youth services in London for a generation’.

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Industry links

UEL's Youth Work degree is well supported by regional employers in the youth and community work sector and associated fields.

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Highly qualified teaching team

The dedicated teaching team comprises professionally (JNC youth work) qualified academics who all have substantial and significant real-world experience of leadership and practice in the Youth and Community work sector in local, national and international contexts.


On completing the BA (Hons) in Youth Work course, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate critical analysis and evaluation of theory, policy and practice issues relating to youth and community work
  • critically engage with research and current debate on leadership, professionalism and accountability in the provision and management of children and young people's services
  • demonstrate critical awareness of current debates in the field of youth and community work
  • develop the skills and critical understanding of the reflective practitioner in order to create courses of personal and social education
  • experience significant and challenging opportunities for professional development through youth and community fieldwork placements and beyond
  • critically evaluate the impact of policy on youth provision and practice
  • challenge oppressive and discriminatory discourses and practices within a value base of social justice and human rights.




Coursework will include presentations, software demonstrations, research-based assignments and practical exercises involving system or program specification, coding and testing.

The approximate percentages for this course are:

  • Year 1: 100% coursework
  • Year 2: 100% coursework
  • Year 3: 100% coursework 

The course is assessed entirely by coursework such as essays, video presentations and a research dissertation.  

The programme will be delivered through blended learning. 

On campus sessions will therefore be supplemented with opportunities to learn online and whilst on work placement. There will be a vibrant mix of modules that cover the principles of youth work, safeguarding in a digital age, targeted interventions, social justice, government policy, leadership, management and fundraising. 

You'll be taught by staff with relevant experience and practice to ensure you learn from real life experience and research. We offer dual delivery which combines traditional on-campus face-to-face teaching and online teaching simultaneously, allowing you to interact as if you were there in person. You can move smoothly between online and on campus teaching subject to your individual timetable (and health requirements). Students can interact and collaborate in person and online in any of these live-streamed sessions. Live-streamed sessions will also be recorded, so you can log in when you want, playback and watch from the comfort of your home and whilst on the go.  

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled lectures you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, Microsoft Teams and Moodle.

We are investing in key areas beyond your studies including our career services, library and well-being, to be available both face-to-face on campus and online with many of these available 24/7. 

Academic support 

Students are supported with any academic or subject related queries by an Academic Advisor, module leaders, former and current UEL students. If you need support with certain skills such as academic writing, our Skillzone and English for Academic Purposes offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments will help you to achieve your potential. 

You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses. Our Student Support hubs in Docklands and Stratford feature centralised helpdesks to cater for your every need. 

We have new, modern library facilities on both campuses offering inspirational environments for study and research. Libraries contain resources in print and digital formats, a range of study spaces and a dedicated librarian who can assist with your learning. 

UEL provides also support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs). Your overall workload consists of class and online tutor-led sessions, individual learning, practical activities. 

Dedicated personal tutor

Our aim is to prepare our students for a broad range of careers so that they can make amazing contributions to their communities. When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at UEL and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer. 

Class sizes: 30 students .


The assessment tasks recognise the informal education settings in which students will be working and therefore include an appropriate mix of academic writing, practical applications and reflection on linking theory to practice.   

Consequently, there will be no examinations rather, the Assessment for all modules will be via a

All grades count towards your module mark. 

More details will be included in the student handbook and module guides. Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL's assessment and feedback policy.



Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford


The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

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Due to the need to provide appropriately supervised work-based learning opportunities, places on this course are limited. Just to be accepted onto our programme therefore is a massive achievement, and should serve you well in furthering a rewarding career in youth work. 
Because we're the principal youth work training provider in east London, you can rest assured that you'll be in very safe hands when it comes to finding a job after graduating and making a difference in the community.

We have strong links with local youth work agencies and employers, who have known and trusted us and our students for many years.  You can find employment with a range of employers, including local authority youth services, education departments, voluntary organisations, churches and other community-based groups.

Many jobs are project based, covering specific aspects such as poverty, education, homelessness, drugs, sexual health, advisory work, community arts, outdoor pursuits and regeneration, plus work with targeted groups such as refugees, young offenders or young people at risk of exclusion from school.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.