Youth and Community Work

Youth and community work graduates can go on to work in a variety of careers options in social and welfare related settings. The course enables you to develop the knowledge and skills to work with young people and their communities. The course covers professional factors such as safeguarding, equality and diversity, and the social conditions of young people in contemporary society. The knowledge can therefore be applied to a range of youth and community work roles with young people.   The course is very practical in nature including over 20 weeks on work placements in a range of settings including youth clubs or youth centres, young people's advice centres,  inclusion projects,  community development projects,  detached work teams,  and youth offending teams. 

Youth workers work mainly with young people aged between 13 and 19 to promote their personal and social development and give them a voice, influence and place in their communities and society as a whole. Community workers work in a range of ways to support people and communities to develop and thrive. Inclusion of both youth and community work in this course leads to a wider range of employment opportunities.  The course prepares you for a career in community work with young people. 


A youth and community work degree develops transferable skills that you can apply in a range of positions and sectors, such as:

  • problem-solving, developed by integrating theory and practice;
  • empathy, commitment to equality and being non-judgmental;
  • presentation skills, oral and written communication skills;
  • management, supervision and organisational skills;
  • ability to work independently and to deadlines;
  • fundraising and advocacy skills;
  • teamworking skills and the ability to work with people from all backgrounds.
  • creativity when planning activity programmes for young people
  • high level interpersonal skills when interacting with young people from a wide range of backgrounds and being able to deal sensitively with their personal issues

General Options with your subject

The knowledge, practical skills and work experience gained on a youth and community degree are also relevant to a range of roles other than those directly linked to youth and community work .You may need further training /qualifications or specific experience for some of them . It may also be useful to look at the information on Social Work in order to look at social work related careers ideas.

Typical employers

These will include local authority youth services, education departments, voluntary organisations, churches and other community based groups.  

Professions include youth work, community work, youth justice, drugs services, education, welfare rights, housing, health and trainee probation.  Many jobs are project based, such as anti poverty initiatives, education, homelessness, drugs projects, sexual health initiatives, advisory work, community arts and community regeneration projects (Source: Prospects)

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 14:18