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 classroom days, you are required to work 100 hours in a youth work setting to complete the course. A youth work environment should be with young people aged 13-19 or up to 25 for those with learning difficulties.
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
Work based unit- as part of this unit you will need to work in or be part of an 8 hour project with a group of young people in a youth work environment.
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 completing this qualification will demonstrate a good level of understanding of:
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 or 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. As an essential part of the course 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. You will be required to work in a youth work setting for a minimum of 100 hours in total.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You should bring a folder for your work and a pen.
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. You could apply for jobs as a youth support worker in various organisations.