BA (Hons) Youth and Community WorkL530

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full-time
  • Plymouth Marjon University has 25 years’ experience in training some of the UK’s most outstanding youth and community work professionals. If you have a passion for working with young people, join us on our BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work and build your firm foundations for a rewarding career. 

    Our BA programme is held in high regard both regionally and nationally, with the National Youth Agency (NYA) commenting on the all-round strength of the programme and, in particular, its focus on professional formation. The NYA has assessed and validated the programme, meaning that our BA students can achieve both an academic qualification and the professional qualification for youth work (JNC).

    Through supervised work placements and university-based study, students will learn how to work with young people to help them realise their potential. This delicate, expert approach makes use of informal education processes to build relationships with and earn the trust of young people. Our youth work graduates have gone on to secure roles in schools, community venues, youth offending teams and housing associations, among many others.

    The course blends theoretical knowledge with essential practical skills to help students develop their professional identity and meet the latest national occupational standards, as set out by the NYA.

    You can do your placement in three different environments, broadening your skills and experience as you progress. You may choose to do one of your placements overseas, for example with our partners Helsinki Youth Service. Placements are a significant part of the course and help you build the professional confidence and skills necessary to make a difference to other peoples’ lives. Each youth and community work student is unique, and therefore brings their own interests and skill sets to the profession. This course is all about fostering students’ individual passions within the field. 


    Our next Open Day is on 10 June 2017 – register now to join us and find out more.

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Year 1 and 2 modules are compulsory. Year 3 modules are compulsory unless marked with an asterisk (*):

1st Year
  • Communication in context
  • Youth & community work:principles & practice
  • Developing professional practice
  • Social policy & social welfare
  • Social inequalities & antioppressive practice
  • Placement
2nd Year
  • Effective groupwork
  • Organising, leading & managing practice
  • Policy & practice
  • Placement
3rd Year
  • Practitioner research
  • Practitioner research based project
  • Placement
  • Changing practice: current controversies & dilemmas
  • Conflict and conflict resolution*
  • Critical issues in disability & care*
  • Changing welfare: rights, responsibilities & professional practice*
  • Community psychology*
  • Global education & sustainability: formal & informal learning and change*
  • Independent study module

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

The jobs market has changed significantly over the past few years and these are exciting times for graduates from this programme as the range and scope of employment opportunities has never been so diverse.

Opportunities exist across the sectors, in voluntary and charitable organisations, in the public sector, for example children’s’ services, schools and colleges; and in the private sector.

Recent graduates have forged careers in a range of settings including: school inclusion projects and alternative curriculum projects, in youth offending teams, in youth projects and detached projects, in housing and advice agencies and in housing projects.

ALUMNI OF BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work

Current Students


Course Leader

This course is led by Dr Susan Cooper whose research centres on the process and practice of evaluation. The teaching team includes Prof Jon Ord, Christine Smith and Sue Wayman who are all seasoned and passionate professionals in the field of youth and community work. Prof Jon Ord has spent research time exploring the relationship between the theory and the practice of youth work and has authored two books on this subject.


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    This course provides a graduate with JNC recognition by the National Youth Agency.