Training with qualifications
Courses recognised as carrying Professional Grade status in youth work. From September 2010 you can only qualify if you gain an undergraduate Honours Degree (Level 6) or a Postgraduate Diploma (Level 7). There are different validating bodies in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, but they all recognise each other's qualifications. See additional notes.
Three year full-time or part-time equivalent degree course validated by the university of Gloucestershire and incorporating professional validation (JNC); taught at five regional centres around the UK - Bristol Bible College, Ridley Hall Cambridge, Belfast Bible College (Ireland), St. Johns Nottingham (Midlands) and CMS Oxford - combining teaching days at the regional centre and learning in a professional practice agency (a church or faith based organisation).
A full-time three year honours degree course delivered at Oasis College in London combining college learning and placement-based experience. Award includes JNC professionally qualifying status
A three-year degree programme that can be taken as either Campus Based or Placement Based, learning through excellently taught modules and varied practical experience. Award includes JNC professional qualification
from Moorlands College
This programme helps students not only think about developing young people and communities, but also to think theologically about wider society. It is carefully tailored to deliver a blend of specialist knowledge and skills training, along with extensive opportunities for putting them into practice through paid placements undertaken for the duration of the programme
Delivered by the Institute for Children, Youth and Mission (CYM) through block teaching weeks, seminars and distance learning materials. Part-time three year course with September and March start dates
Full and part-time courses for general youth & community workers including opportunities in faith-based youth work
Delivered in London at Oasis College for those who already have a Level 5 or higher qualification or equivalent experience
Delivered by the Institute for Children, Youth and Mission (CYM) in four regional centres across England - Bristol, Cambridge, Midlands (Nottingham) and Oxford
Three year full-time course combining academic study and learning in placements
A part-time MA which is delivered in a flexible, relevant way, engaging with your peers whilst studying an area of your passion, leading to a JNC Professional Qualification
from Moorlands College
A three years full-time honours degree course with flexible part-time options and placements across the North West of England
Full-time or part-time opportunity to study in Birmingham and including faith-based youth work opportunities
Three year full-time or part-time equivalent degree course validated by the university of Staffordshire and incorporating professional validation (JNC); taught at four regional centres around the UK - Bristol Bible College, Ridley Hall Cambridge, St. Johns Nottingham (Midlands) and CMS Oxford - combining teaching days at the regional centre and learning in a professional practice agency (a church or faith based organisation).
A three year full-time university based course with the opportunity to be placed in a church or faith-based placement
This programme provides an exciting opportunity to develop a professional qualification and postgraduate degree at a leading university, taught by leading academics and researchers in this field. The programme includes two placements, one of which can be in your existing place of employment if suitable. Teaching is organised on one day per week for part time students to enable them to do the programme through day release from their work. The programme attracts a broad range of UK and international students, adding to the quality and diversity of the learning experience. There is an opportunity to explore your faith and its relationship to your practice throughout the programme, including group work on faith-related practice and the possibility of doing a dissertation on a related topic supervised by staff who are actively researching in this field.
from Durham University
A professional study programme for practitioners facing the question of how to engage better with the communities they seek to serve. The diverse field of Community Learning and Development (which in Scotland includes Youth Work, Adult Education, and Community Work) offers an approach to Christian outreach and discipleship which can enhance engagement with community. This programme for practitioners explores the principles of community learning and development, allowing students to reflect on and critique these principles theologically
BA (Hons) Youth Work and Community Learning and Development
BA (Hons) Education and Learning (Youth Work and Community Learning and Development)
BA (Hons) Social Pedagogy (Youth Work and Community Learning and Development)
These innovative programmes explore the processes and thinking involved in animating, facilitating and deepening learning and development both with young people and adults. If you are interested in education and learning in their broadest senses, want a highly respected professional qualification, and are keen to mix rigorous academic study with reflective practice, one of these programmes may be for you. The ways of thinking and acting involved are highly transferable to a wide range of careers – but have special relevance for those committed to developing and extending the range and depth of learning experiences within young people and in local communities.
These exciting advanced programmes of study respond to the demands of the field and our undergraduate alumni to produce an enhanced current and critical exploration of youth work and community learning and development practice. If you are interested in developing critically reflective responses to a range of education and learning challenges, are keen to mix rigorous academic study with reflective practice and (for the qualifying route) are looking for professional qualification, then this programme may be the one for you. The programmes will have particular relevance for those looking to enhance their leadership and managerial profile within the field, agencies and extend the depth and breadth of their learning experiences with young people and in local communities.