What is the course about?
The course embraces the National Occupational Standards for Youth Work. It supports the skills and knowledge needed to work in a youth work setting. As well as teaching days you will complete a placement in a youth work setting. We encourage learners to find a placement before the start of the course. This course is also suitable if you are already working in this area, paid or voluntarily.
What will we cover?
The topics covered will give you a broad understanding of youth work and youth work practice. These include:
Theory of youth work
Safeguarding in a youth work setting
Young people's development
Engaging and communicating with young people
Group work in a youth work setting
Working with challenging behaviour in a youth work setting
Reflective practice in youth work
You will also work with your assessor choosing units to make up the full qualification relevant to your role.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Learners will complete this qualification with concrete understanding of the following:
The key purpose and role of youth work
Safeguarding in a youth work setting, including how to protect young people when using technology
Young people's development and youth work can support young people during adolescence
Working with challenging behaviour.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a level 2 course. You will work towards the Certificate in Youth Work Practice. You should be able to read and summarise information from different sources and write two or three paragraphs confidently. You should be able to follow verbal of written instructions and communicate clearly in writing. You will be expected to take part in group discussions, make significant contributions and help to move discussions forward. You should be able to plan, draft and organise your own work.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The classroom sessions are tutor led and combine group work, discussion, case studies, self-directed study, presentations, role-play, quizzes, DVD resources and research activities. You will be required to work on assignments in your own time.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You should bring a folder for your work and a pen. You will need to pay for a DBS check (criminial record check) before you start any work placement.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can progress from level 2 to level 3 or to other areas at the same level, e.g. play work, children and young people's qualifications or learning and development.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details