The BA (Honours) in Youth Work is delivered within the School of Education and Communities which has a reputation for teaching excellence, industry connections and real-world relevance that appeals to applicants aspiring to make a difference in their communities and in the lives of young people.
As well as a blend of on campus and online learning, this vocational programme entails 800 hours of work-based learning. In other words, significant time is spent on placement, where you will undertake supervised work with young people aged somewhere between 11 and 25 years old. Consequently, the programme provides students with the platform, skills, experience, knowledge and a qualification to progress a career in the youth and community sector and associated fields.
As part of the programme, placements will be spread across a rich diversity of settings in London, Essex and further afield. Due to the need to provide appropriately supervised work-based learning opportunities, places on this course are limited and only allocated after suitable applicants have completed a successful interview and a personal statement focusing on readiness for practice and study at University.
- All suitable applicants are required to complete a successful interview and a personal statement focusing on readiness for practice and study at University.
- All entrants must demonstrate their suitability for youth work training and practice by showing they possess the appropriate personal and intellectual qualities with the capability of meeting the required professional standards by the end of their training (determined via interview)
- As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. All shortlisted applicants are also required to complete a successful interview and an additional personal statement focusing on readiness for practice and study at University.
- All shortlisted applicants must evidence of a minimum 100 hours of experience working with young people between 11 and 25 years in youth work or an associated field context (determined via interview and personal statement)
- All shortlisted applicants must confirm prior to offer that they have the ability to use basic IT facilities, including word processing, internet use and use of email, and will be asked to specify how these skills have been obtained (determined via interview)
- Interviews will be facilitated by members of the dedicated teaching team that comprises professionally (JNC youth work) qualified academics who all have substantial and significant real-world experience of leadership and practice in the Youth and Community work sector in local, national and international contexts.
After reviewing your application, UEL Youth Work Course Tutors will decide whether or not to invite you for an interview, based on the criteria of your motivation, readiness to study and Youth Work experience. Interviews will take place by telephone, or when that is not possible online (by Skype or equivalent).
The interview will typically take around 30 minutes and be grounded on the same criteria. In other words the UEL tutor will base their interview questions on appraising your motivation, readiness to study and Youth Work experience. The interview will be conversational, allowing you to ask any questions you might have, but please note that It is important that you evidence having a minimum of 100 hours relevant experience.