Level 1 Diploma - Introduction to Working with Young People

The course is for adults who wish to develop their knowledge of the role and skills required to be a youth support worker. It's ideal for individuals who are interested in a career in youth work but do not have the relevant amount of experience or qualifications to access the Level 2 Certificate or Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work.

During the course you are required to enter a voluntary placement to gain the relevant experience to progress onto youth support worker qualifications.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course is part-time and has start dates in September and will take one year to complete. You can also start this course in January as fast-track route, attending on a Monday and Tuesday, 10.00am - 3.00pm for 6 months.

This course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

Subject areas covered on this course include:

Mandatory Unit:

  • Level 1: Developing Own Interpersonal Skills

Generic Units:

  • Level 1: Alcohol Awareness
  • Level 1: Understanding Diversity within Society
  • Level 1: Understanding changing roles and relationships in adolescence.
  • Level 1: Criminal and Youth Justice
  • Level 1: Safeguarding Procedures for Life and Work
  • Level 1: Volunteering

Sector Units:

  • Level 1: The Principles of Listening to Children
  • Level 1: Introduction to Mental Health
  • Level 1: Introduction to Drug Awareness for the Individual
  • Level 1: Children's Social and Emotional Development
  • Level 1: The Role of Young People as Peer Mentors
  • Level 1: Using Email
  • Level 1: Presentation Software

You will study alongside like-minded people in classes delivered by friendly supportive tutors.

How is it assessed?

You will complete a number of tasks which will be documented through the completion of a work booklet. You will also be assessed through observation, documented group discussion and presentations. The class sessions will provide the background to your knowledge requirements' relevant experience to progress onto a youth support worker qualifications.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You must have an expressed interest in working with young people. It is also beneficial to have sound communication skills and basic literacy skills.

What are the course fees?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For further details, please visit our financial support pages.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

You can use the level 1 award to progress on to the Level 2 Award in Youth Work, Level 3 Certificate in Youth Work or Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work depending on experience and qualifications.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

Ref: Jo Caley-Arnold



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““Completing a range of placements as part of my course prepared me for my career. I now work with children with special educational needs. ”

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Why study Childcare, Education and Youth Work with us?

Work Experience

Gain valuable work experience within childcare settings such as nurseries and schools. 

Enrichment Activities

Get involved in community initiatives and activities to boost your CV and university application. 

Experienced Tutors

Lecturers and tutors have industry experience and a passion for the subjects they teach.


Our excellent progression routes can lead to an apprenticeship, university or employment.

Industry Links

We have excellent links with local primary schools and childcare providers.

Learning Experience

Develop your knowledge and skills in our interactive learning environment.