Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work Practice (Learning for Life)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

The course is available to anyone aged 17 or over, who wishes to work in a youth support work setting or wants to progress onto further qualifications and training to become a fully qualified youth worker.

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

This course starts in September. You will attend College on a Wednesday and Thursday from 9.30am - 3.00pm for one year.

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

What will I study?

The mandatory areas covered within the course are:

  • Theory of Youth Work
  • Safeguarding in a Youth Work Setting
  • Young People's Development
  • Engaging and Communicating with Young People
  • Working with Challenging Behaviour in Youth Work Settings
  • Reflective Practice in a Youth Work Setting
  • Work-based Practice in Youth Work
  • Group Work within a Youth Work Setting

The optional units cover a wide number of areas such as:

  • Anti-Discriminatory Practice in Youth Work
  • Work with Young People to reduce Involvement in Anti-Social and or Criminal
  • Support Young People who are Looked After or in Care
  • Principles of Supporting Young People in relation to Sexual Health and risk of Pregnancy
  • Understand how Youth Work can Support Young People who are Experiencing Poverty

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

How is it assessed?

You will be continually assessed via a selection of evidence that includes case studies, reflective logs / diaries, assignments, essays and practice files. All assessment tasks require evidence of your learning and understanding of theory and practice.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

Applicants should have a minimum of 12 months' experience of working with young people in an assistant support youth worker role, engaging young people in programmes of social education and have ideally completed a Level 2 Youth work qualification and be currently undertaking work with young people. Applicants should have at least literacy level 2 or GCSE English C or above if not then they must complete the level 2 programme first. 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.

You also must hold a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to assess your suitability for the practice part of the course.

What are the course fees?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information on the financial support that may be available, please visit our dedicated Adult Financial support page.

If you are aged 19 or over, you could also choose to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility isn't dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments don't start until you have finished your course and earn over £25,000 per year. For more information, please visit our dedicated Advanced Learner Loan page.

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

Successful completion of the programme could lead to employment in a youth related field.

You can use this qualification to progress onto further study such as a BA (Hons) Higher Education Youth Work which will lead them to gaining JNC Professionally Qualified status. You can also apply to progress onto a variety of degree programmes at University Centre St Helens, including Criminal Justice.

Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Youth Work Practice - Only the Level 3 Certificate/Diploma constitutes a 'full' qualification classified as meeting the requirements for conferring occupational competence within the JNC framework for Youth Support Work roles.

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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