Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work Practice // Level 3

The Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work Practice aims to support the skills and knowledge needed to become a competent Youth Support Worker. These qualifications replace the previous Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work Practice. The qualification contains some common mandatory units which can be transferred into higher level qualifications if learners wish to expand their training and knowledge further.

What will I study?

Learners must achieve at least 37 credits to gain the qualification. To do this they must achieve all units from Mandatory Group A and at least 13 credits from Optional Group B.

Mandatory Group A

Theory of Youth Work

Safeguarding in a youth work setting

Young People’s Development

Engaging and Communicating with Young People

Group Work within a Youth Work Setting

Working with Challenging Behaviour in Youth Work Settings

Work-Based Practice in Youth Work

Reflective Practice in a Youth Work Setting

Optional Group B

Detached and Outreach Youth Work – Understanding and Knowledge

Detached and Outreach Youth Work - Practice

Young People’s Participation in Youth Work

Anti-Discriminatory Practice in Youth Work

Plus other Units are available to reach needed credits

How is the programme assessed?

The programme is continually assessed via a selection of evidence that includes case studies, reflective logs / diaries, assignments, essays and practice files.  All assessment tasks should give evidence of your learning and understanding of theory and practice.

What do I need to enter the programme?

Applicants should have the desire to work with young people in engaging programmes of social education. All applicants will be required to attend a short interview. The programme also requires students to comply with all college policies including Equality and Diversity and put into practice Equality of Opportunity.

Future prospects

The qualification aims to provide practitioners with a qualification that embraces National Occupational Standards for youth work and their mandatory competencies containing knowledge requirements and levels of skill. Successful completion of the programme could lead to employment in a youth related field. Level 3 learners may also apply to progress onto the BA Hons Youth and Community Degree at Sunderland University.

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