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BA (Hons) Youth Work

Start date

September 2021

Subject area

Social Work and Community

Attendance

Full-time, 3 years

Part-time

Learning

Blended

Course summary

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.

UCAS points

96

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

L535

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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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’.

Industry links

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

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. 

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Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,382.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

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Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2018/19 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,060.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2018/19 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,060.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages (www.uel.ac.uk/isa) for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

Entry requirements

96

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.

Due to the need to provide appropriately supervised work-based learning opportunities, places on this course are limited and only allocated after suitable applicants have completed a successful interview and a personal statement focusing on readiness for practice and study at University.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

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Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course with relevant Work Experience 

 

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

Applicants are required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for Regulated Activity.

As you will have close contact with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults on this course, you will be required to have a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure certificate.

You need to complete this process prior to starting the course. Failure to complete this process will impact you going on placement or undertaking work-based learning as part of the course.

Further information is available.

All suitable applicants are required to complete a successful interview and a personal statement focusing on readiness for practice and study at University.

  • All entrants must demonstrate their suitability for youth work training and practice by showing they possess the appropriate personal and intellectual qualities with the capability of meeting the required professional standards by the end of their training (determined via interview)
  • All shortlisted applicants must evidence of a minimum 80 hours of experience working with young people between 11 and 25 years in youth work or an associated field context (determined via interview and personal statement)
  • All shortlisted applicants must confirm prior to offer that they have the ability to use basic IT facilities, including word processing, internet use and use of email, and will be asked to specify how these skills have been obtained (determined via interview)
  • Applicants are required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for Regulated Activity (placement / work-based learning)
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

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.

What you'll study and when

  • Mental Wealth: Academic and Professional Skills for Life 1 (Core)
  • Introduction to Youth and Community Work (Core)
  • Preparation for Working in Communities - Part One (Core)
  • Preparation for Working in Communities - Part Two (Core)
  • Communication for Helping Build Professional and Educational Relationships (Core)
  • Exploring Social Worlds (Core)
  • Mental Wealth: Academic and Professional Skills for Life 2 (Core)
  • Social Policies impacting Children, Young People and Families or Youth Crime and Gangs Policy (One of two options)
  • Work Based Learning Setting 1 - Part 1 Research Project proposal (Supervised Placement Module) (Core)
  • Work Based Learning Setting 1- Part Two Research Project Outcomes (Supervised Placement Module) (Core)
  • Safeguarding Practice in a Digital Age (Core)
  • Identity and Social Justice (Core)
  • Leading and Managing in Children, Young People and Families Services (Core)
  • Work Based Learning Setting 2 – Part 1 Intervention Project Proposal (Supervised Placement Module) (Core)
  • Work Based Learning Setting 2 – Part 2 Intervention Project Delivery (Supervised Placement Module) (Core)
  • Work Based Learning Setting 2 – Part 3 Intervention Project Evaluation(Supervised Placement Module) (Core)
  • Work Based Learning Setting 2 – Part 4 Mental Wealth: Academic and Professional Skills for Life 3 (Core)

Choose one option from:

  • Targeted Interventions
  • Radio Project
  • Alternative Education Provisions
  • Engaging Young People Through Outdoor Education

How you'll be assessed

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 portfolio.

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.

Course specification

How you'll learn

The course is assessed entirely by coursework such as essays, video presentations and a research dissertation.  The programme will be delivered through blended learning. 

The approximate percentages for this course are:

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

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 login when you want, playback and watch from the comfort of your home and whilst on the go.

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. 

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 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. 

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 

Who will teach on this course

Nigel Godfrey

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.

Your future career

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.

Meet us in your country

Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London.
 

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