Guide to Studying Youth Work

What is Youth Work?

  • Youth workers help facilitate personal, social and educational growth in young people to help them reach their full potential in society.
  • At its core, Youth Work is about the relationship and conversations built up between a youth worker and a young person.

Why Study Youth Work?

  • There are few things more important or rewarding than making a positive difference to the lives of young people. Youth Work is specifically focused on allowing you to do that.
  • With the fast pace of change in the sector, it’s an exciting time to get involved – whether you plan to work in statutory or voluntary settings.
  • A professional qualification, Youth Work sets you up perfectly for a job post-university, which simply doesn't exist in courses like English, History or Politics.
  • Rather than the more formal circumstances of Psychology or Counselling, Youth Work is more about the social and active aspects.
  • A very flexible and adaptable degree, Youth Work can be just as easily studied part time or full time, either as a three year undergrad or single year postgraduate course.

Coursework, Assessment and Exams

  • Courses are assessed via a variety of ways, through a mixture of exams and coursework. Many courses offer valuable on-the-job experience, preparing you for the world of work that comes after. The final year often sees a dissertation or 'professional enquiry.'

What Degree Can I Get? 

  • BSc Physical Education and Youth Sport
  • BA Youth and Community Work
  • BA Childhood and Youth Studies
  • BA Youth Justice

What Qualifications do I Need?

  • Similar to medical subjects, significant prior experience is normally required.
  • Always confirm the entry requirements for the particular university and course you are interested in.

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What are the Postgraduate Opportunities?

  • There is an exciting range of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level.
  • Examples include straight MAs in Youth Work, as well as masters in Applied Anthropology, Community Work, Education Studies, Youth Management, Social Work with Children, and Special Education.

What are the Job Opportunities?

  • Youth Work degrees teach students transferable skills, such as presentation, research and communication, as well as how to handle delicate or volatile situations, and how to be empathetic while doing your job.
  • Particular job areas, as well as youth worker, include community development, probation or prison officer, social worker, adult guidance, careers adviser, activities manager, and teaching and lecturing.
  • Numerous companies offer graduate schemes in this subject, including the Civil Service Fast Stream.