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Graduate Diploma Youth Work

Course Description

Get on the fast track to becoming fully qualified as a youth worker on a part-time course designed to meet the requirements set out by the National Youth Agency. You complete 592 hours of professional practice and if you are already employed in the sector then you may be able to take your main placement in your current workplace.

Choose the fast track route to becoming a fully qualified youth worker on this 24-month part-time course based on National Youth Agency requirements. You take six modules, all relating to your work as a youth worker. Two are based in the workplace and the others cover key areas of study such as understanding youth work and developing communication skills.

You must complete at least 592 hours professional practice with 13-19 year olds in two different placements. They are likely to take place in local voluntary, community and local authority youth services. Your first placement is normally in your current place of work if you are already working in the sector.

We base the course on the National Youth Agency’s requirements for youth workers and the National Occupational Standards in Youth Work (Lifelong Learning UK).

As a student, you benefit from the insights of lecturers who are experienced youth workers. Course leader Jean Harris-Evans is a senior practitioner and co-author of Delivering Good Youth Work. You are taught in small groups with lots of support from staff.

The course design means that you only need to attend university one day a week during term time. There are no exams but lots of discussion and group work. We base the course at our City Campus in the heart of Sheffield, just three minutes’ walk from the train station.

Professional recognition

The course is accredited by the National Youth Agency. When you successfully complete it you gain Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community Workers (JNC) status. This means you are a nationally recognised and qualified youth worker.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/graduate-diploma-youth-work

Course structure

Part time – 2 years (Runs September to May)
You attend one day a week – Mondays in year one and Tuesdays in year two, 9am–4pm.

-Understanding youth work and young people
-Professional practice 1
-Communication, interpersonal and intervention skills
-Contemporary issues in youth and community work
-Professional practice 2
-Leading and managing in youth work

In addition to these modules, you have to complete two work-based placements. The requirement is 350 hours for the first placement and 242 hours for the second. This work may take place during the evenings and weekends depending on the placement.

Assessment: assignments, in class timed assessment, funding bids, reports, placement assessments.

Other admission requirements

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 or equivalent we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score. If you do not meet these requirements, please contact the course leader to discuss your individual circumstances as there may be some flexibility.

Visit the Graduate Diploma Youth Work page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a qualification at level 5 or higher preferably in health and social care, social science, education studies or sport studies. As you will be working with young people, you must complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms. If you are successful in applying, a Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as Criminal Records Bureau) check is required. If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS 6.5 score with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. See course description for further admission details.

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