Community and Youth Work Studies BA (Hons)

3-Year Bachelor's Degree

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Transform the lives of vulnerable communities. Empower disadvantaged young people to achieve their potential. Qualify for an incredibly satisfying career in youth and community work where you’ll be changing lives every day.


The Community and Youth Work degree will prepare you for a successful career in working with young people and in communities across a variety of settings, with a particular focus on personal and social development.

This course, which received 100% Overall Satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2022, offers you the opportunity to develop your ability to work with communities and young people (both theoretically and via extensive practice) and study the knowledge, skills and values of Youth and Community Work in order to graduate with a professional JNC qualification in Youth Work alongside your degree.

Just like the practice of Community and Youth Work, this course has been designed in a creative way and offers much more than lectures and writing essays by going beyond the theoretical. You will learn how to understand the problems faced by young people and communities and how to change situations and realities. In our curriculum, we focus on achieving social justice and celebrating the assets that are abundant in communities and societies, particularly within those communities that have been disadvantaged. Our curriculum covers everything from transformational Informal Education to Organisational Management.

The BA (Hons) Community and Youth Work Studies course at the University of Sunderland is the only professionally qualifying Youth Work degree in the North East and offers you a holistic learning experience which has professional practice and employability built in. It celebrates young people and communities and supports critical awareness of the social inequality that shapes lives. If you’re ready to make a positive difference in the world, the course team are ready to hear from you

Why us?

  • This course has 100% Overall Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2022)
  • The University of Sunderland has been delivering this course for over 40 years
  • Our Social Work courses are ranked 27th in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2023)
  • The course is delivered by experienced and qualified Community and Youth Workers who will teach and support you on your professional journey. This will include close pastoral support and support to become competent and confident professionals.
  • We are committed to offering a family-friendly timetable to ensure we don’t just talk about equality, but live it too
  • If you are already working in Community and Youth Work, there may be the option to use work hours towards your placement learning
  • We are the only professionally qualifying (JNC) Youth Work degree in the North East
  • We don’t just focus on theory, but we embed this learning with practice

Course structure

During your studying, some of your learning will take place in the classroom, learning from each other and reading. However, community and youth work is a vocation, and it’s important to learn from real work-based experience as well as from academic study. For this reason, work placements are an integral part of the Community and Youth Work degree. By the time you graduate you will have spent at least 800 hours in professional practice, within a minimum of two local community and youth work organisations. This means your learning can evolve in surprising places, such as around a pool table, on a walk, in a community café or in a multi-agency meeting.

If you’re already working in a community and youth work setting, then you may be able to take a placement at your workplace, as long as the work is relevant and there are adequate supervision arrangements in place. You’ll also need to complete at least one placement in a setting which is not your workplace, to ensure that you get the maximum benefit from your placement experience.

Our teaching style is true to the collaborative, empowering and reflective nature of Community and Youth Work. You will be assessed through essays, group work, presentations, reports and reflective pieces; assessment methods are clearly linked to the skills needed in practice. Throughout your degree you will have one to one support from a designated lecturer who will support your progress from Fresher’s week to graduation.

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Learning from Lives (20 credits)

This module gets you thinking about how our lives are shaped by context. You will learn to explore your experiences and learn how your values and beliefs have developed. With awareness of self, you are able to further understand others.

  • Understanding Society (20 credits)

By exploring social theories we explore the concepts of society and their relationship to community and youth work practice. You will work cooperatively to embed the theory into a working investigation of a local community.

  • Principles of Informal Education (20 credits)

By exploring key principles underpinning the concept of Informal Education you will be able to understand the intricacy of your Community and Youth Work experiences.

  • Skills for Practice (20 credits)

This module offers you an understanding of the academic skills needed for university and the basic skills required for practice of Community and Youth Work. This is a great way to start your journey with us.

  • Placement Part One (20 credits)

Throughout the year you will undertake a placement of work in a local community and or youth project. Here you will learn all the things you can’t in a classroom but importantly you will use your practice placement experience to explore, examine and develop your skills and knowledge.

  • Placement Part Two (20 credits)

A second placement module allows you the flexibility to undertake another placement with a different organisation if you do not wish to, or are unable, to continue with your current one.

Year 2 (national level 5):

  • Ethical Practice (20 credits)

This module explores the professional requirement for ethical practice. The value base of the profession is grounded by an ethics of care which requires all of us to think carefully about equality, empowerment and the service user voice.

  • Policy Context (20 credits)

To understand Community and Youth Work it is essential to understand the policy decisions that are made which impact on this sector. The module aims to equip you with the social and political knowledge needed to be a critical professional.

  • Organisational Management (20 credits)

Upon graduation it is likely you will be managing services and projects. As such this module will ensure you have the understanding and skills needed to think strategically, lead work and manage organisations.

  • Group Work and Integrated Practice (20 credits)

Community and Youth Work involves work in and alongside groups. This module offers you a reflective opportunity to apply the theories of group work to everyday practice.

  • Placement Part One (20 credits)

In a local Community or Youth Work setting you will be given opportunities that allow you to demonstrate your ability to take responsibility for an area of practice in order to develop skills in leadership, planning and evaluation.

  • Placement Part Two (20 credits)

A second placement module allows you the flexibility to undertake another placement with a different organisation if you do not wish to, or are unable, to continue with your current one.

Final year (national level 6):

  • Supervision (10 credits)

This module will equip you with the knowledge, values and skills needed to be a competent professional and an empowering supervisor of staff and volunteers.

  • Entrepreneurship /Project Management (20 credits)

This module will ensure that once graduated you have the ability to write business plans, understand funding bids and manage social enterprises.

  • Education for Transformation (20 credits)

By exploring theories behind education from within a critical framework, you will be able to reflect on the empowering nature of Community and Youth Work.

  • Equality, Diversity and Social Justice (20 credits)

By focusing on some of the most disenfranchised and unheard voices in society, this module will enable you to be a professional who embodies the values of equality, diversity and social justice.

  • Research for Practice/Dissertation (30 credits)

This is an opportunity for you to choose an area of practice that holds your interest. You will develop your ability to review literature and build research skills and knowledge.  This is a great way to complete your journey with us.

  • Advanced Practice or an elective module (20 credits) 

You have the opportunity to choose a module from a wide variety of courses across the University, or alternatively, you can decide to undertake a further placement where you will manage and evaluate a specific project.


You’ll be based at The Reg Vardy Centre, situated on the award-winning St Peter’s riverside campus. The location benefits from dedicated library services and has superb transport links with the city centre and City Campus.

Entry requirements

To apply for this degree you must have experience (voluntary or paid) in a community and/or youth work setting. This could include volunteering during weekends, evenings, or holidays. You should clearly describe this experience in the personal statement section of your application. As a guide, most successful applicants will have experience lasting at least a year, though in some cases we do accept students with a shorter, more intensive experience.

We interview all applicants, and you should be ready to talk about your voluntary or paid experience in a community and/or youth work setting in the interview.

If you don’t currently hold a level 3 qualification you may still be eligible for this course – around half of our students are mature students with alternative qualifications or experience. In the interview we’ll ask you about your experience, to see if it is equivalent to the required academic qualifications.

Please note that you must also have a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check in order to go on placements.

Career ready

Qualified Community and Youth Workers remain in high demand. With a varied repertoire of value based and practice related skills, Community and Youth Workers find employment throughout local authorities and the voluntary, charity and social enterprise sectors.

We are proud that our alumni go on to work and lead within traditional community and youth work, mental health, prisons, schools, housing agencies, children’s rights and many other areas. Importantly, many of our graduates often end up working with some of the most ignored and deprived communities. Some of our recent graduate careers include “Opiate Worker”, “Missing Children’s Worker”, “Supported Accommodation Manager”, “Domestic Abuse Service Team Leader”, “Team Around the Community Worker” and “Advocacy and Participation Lead”. 

As a qualified professional, you’ll be eligible for the higher levels of salary scales set by the Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community Workers.

Find out more about what community and youth work is all about by reading our article.

Centre for Applied Social Sciences

The University of Sunderland’s Centre for Applied Social Studies (CASS) regularly hosts visiting speakers and it can be an excellent way to learn from the real-life experience of people who already have a strong track record in social policy.

CASS is the centre for applied social science research at the University and you may find opportunities to collaborate with the academic team – particularly in areas relating to children, young people and families.

800 hours of placements

An important part of our Community and Youth Work course is the work based experience you’ll gain from your placements. By the time you graduate, you will have spent at least 800 hours in professional practice, enhancing your youth worker training. As well as exposing you to a range of experiences and helping you understand the realities of community and youth work, placements are also an excellent way of establishing professional contacts for your career.




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The university offers three different student residential buildings, all of which are within walking distance from the university campuses. All students that are residing in these buildings can take advantage of the free transport that the university offers. What is more, all the dorms are equipped with facilities like fridge, Shower, toilet facilities, Wi-Fi, bed Wardrobe, Washbasin and mirror, as well as car parking and bicycle storage.
The first student residence of the university is called Scotia Quay that costs up to £95.50 per week. Each room is suitable for up to 5 students. the second one is named Panns Bank costs about £77.79 a week and is also suitable for families of four. Lastly, Clanny House also costs around £77.79 per week and is suitable for couples as well as single students.

After Graduation

All the students have the opportunity to seek help from The Careers and Employability Service, a team dedicated to helping students find proper and suitable employment either during or after their education.
Students are encouraged to take on part-time vocational roles in order to gain perspective on the reality of the labor market and also earn extra cash. As a matter of fact, the university helps and guides them during this process. It helps students find part-time jobs that do not impact their studies or temporary jobs that can be done during vacations and breaks. Students also have the chance to take part in paid or unpaid internships and job placements that are related to their field of study.
The Careers and Employability Service also helps students with finding employment after graduation. They help students with the resumes, CVs, job applications and job interviews.


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Community and Youth Work Studies BA (Hons)

Humanity and Social Science

3-Year Bachelor's Degree

The University of Sunderland in England

United Kingdom

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