The majority of our members are lecturers in Universities and Higher Education Institutions or Agencies offering further and higher education programmes that lead to (or build towards) a professional qualification in youth and community work. They provide a range of courses to enhance youth and community work practice.
Institutional subscription to the Association is recognised by the National Youth Agency in England, Education and Standards Committee in Wales, CLD Standards Council in Scotland and Youth Council Northern Ireland as evidence of an institutions commitment to staff development, research and knowledge sharing across the sector; which form part of the requirements for professional validation. Members of professionally qualifying awards can participate in professional validation events as Association representatives and contribute to the quality assurance of validated courses through programme reviews and as external examiners. You can browse institutions by scrolling through the alphabetical list below. If your institution is not listed or you wish to update your course listing contact firstname.lastname@example.org
University College Birmingham
Based in the heart of the UK’s biggest regional city, University College Birmingham (UCB) is highly respected by employers and industry for providing career-focused education and training. UCB specialises in vocational courses in both the Higher Education and Further Education sectors with a growing portfolio of Apprenticeships. Most of UCB undergraduate degrees are accredited by the University of Birmingham and UCB enjoys an international community of student from more than 60 countries
Professionally Recognised Qualifications: MA Youth Work and Community Development (with JNC & ESB recognition)
Other Related Courses: BA (Hons) Youth, Community and Families; FdA Youth, Community and Families
Bishop Grosseteste University
Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, is small University with a big heritage. BGU have been educating students in the historic heart of the City of Lincoln for over 150 years, located on a beautifully green and pleasant campus just a few minutes’ walk from Lincoln Cathedral, Castle and the old Roman city. It is committed to supporting students through its community atmosphere, providing ease of access to tutors and close working relationships with fellow students.
Professionally Recognised Qualifications: BA(Hons) Professional Studies in Childhood and Youth (with JNC recognition)
Other Related Courses: FdA Professional Studies in Childhood and Youth; MA Professional Studies.
Courses are validated through partnership with the University of Bolton
Bradford College is an award-winning education institution with a national reputation for excellence. We have delivered quality Further and Higher education and training for more than 180 years and are one of the biggest Further Education colleges in the country. We're also one of the largest providers of Higher Education outside of the university sector. In total, our student body is around 20,000 strong. The College has a strong professional and vocational focus to provide its alumni with tangible employment opportunities and prepare them for the working world.
Professionally Recognised Qualifications: BA (Hons) in Youth Work and Community Development; and PG Diploma in Youth Work and Community Development (with JNC & ESB Endorsement) Full and Part-Time Options
University OF BRIGHTON
The University of Brighton is committed to conserving, generating, transmitting and sharing knowledge locally, professionally and globally, with a focus on its application for social purpose. The University offers a higher education that contributes critically to citizenship and to the public good. Its students are part of a dynamic, diverse and creative community that embraces partnership working and that makes a positive difference to society.
Professionally Recognised Qualifications: BA(Hons) in Youth Work (with JNC recognition)
Other Related Courses: BA(Hons) Working with Children and Young People; BA(Hons) Supporting Learning
CARDIFF METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
Cardiff Metropolitan University can trace its history back to 1865, when the School of Art first opened in the Old Free Library in Cardiff. Since it became a university, it has remained rooted in Wales while providing practice-focused and professionally oriented education to students from around the globe. Its vision is a commitment to education, research and innovation undertaken in partnership with students, governments, business and industry and with tangible benefits for individuals, society and the economy. Cardiff Metropolitan University is committed to ensuring that every student fulfils their potential to make outstanding graduate-level contributions to their own and future generations
Professionally Qualifying Courses: BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work; and PGDip Youth and Community Work (both include JNC endorsement)
Other Related Courses: Foundation Certificate in Youth and Community Work; MA Education: Managing Community Practice
University of Central Lancashire
In 1828, the University of Central Lancashire was founded in Preston as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge. ‘Ex solo ad solem’, or in translation, ‘From the Earth to the Sun’, has been its motto ever since – helping talented people from all walks of life to make the most of their potential. Today the University is one of the UK’s largest with a student and staff community approaching 38,000, highlighting the progress the institution has made in providing students with real-world learning experiences and reflecting the institution’s broad pool of academic talent.
Related Courses: FdA Community Leadership; BA(Hons) Community Leadership [Top-Up]; MA Community Leadership
The Institute for Children, Youth and Mission (CYM)
Courses are validated through partnership with Staffordshire University
As a networked Christian institution working across the UK, the Institute for Children, Youth and Mission exists to enhance the capacity, credibility and creativity of mission and ministry among children and young people; their families and communities. The Institute for Children, Youth and Mission is committed to: setting clear standards for theological education, professional and ministerial formation; stimulating the vision, understanding and skills required to work across wide ranging vocational roles and contexts; and supporting the development of work with children, young people and communities through research.
Professionally Recognised Qualifications: BA (Hons) in Youth Work, Communities and Practical Theology; and a Masters in Youth Work and Community Work and Practical Theology (with JNC Endorsement) Full and Part-time
Other Related Courses: BA (Hons) Professional Practice, Contextual Ministry and Practical Theology; MA Professional Practice and Practical Theology; MA Chaplaincy with Children and Young People.
University of Cumbria
The University of Cumbria places a focus on preparation for careers. The University has close links to Youth Centres, NHS Trusts, Schools, Colleges and Practicing Artists (plus many more) that value to the knowledge you gain on a course. The University offers exciting research-informed academic studies, professionally focused courses and technical skills to support career ambitions. It seeks to enrich students so that they can realise their potential and achieve life-changing outcomes.
Professionally Recognised Qualifications: BA (Hons) in Youth Work and Community Development; and a Masters in Youth Work and Community Development (with JNC & ESB Endorsement) Full and Part-time options.
Other Related Courses: BA (Hons) Working with Children and Families (with integrated foundation year)
DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY
Put together with continual input from leading employers, De Montfort University Leicester courses are designed with employability in mind to provide the professional skills and practical experience employers are looking for. De Montfort University Leicester is a university of quality and distinctiveness, distinguished by its life-changing research, dynamic international partnerships, vibrant links with business and our commitment to excellence in learning, teaching and the student experience.
Professionally Recognised Qualifications: BA(Hons) Youth Work and Community Development; MA Youth Work and Community Development (with JNC & ESB Endorsement) Full and Part-time options.
Other Related Courses: MA Youth and Community Development Studies; MA Youth Work, Health and Community Development
University of Derby
The University of Derby has its origins in various educational institutions across Derbyshire, dating back to 1851. Located in the heart of England, the University builds on the region’s heritage of innovation to provide industry-relevant, expert teaching, from foundation and undergraduate degrees through to postgraduate study and research.
Professionally Recognised Qualifications: BA(Hons) Youth Work and Community Development (with JNC & ESB recognition)
Other Related Courses: BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies; BSc Integrated Health and Social Care; MA Childhood.
University of dundee
The University of Dundee’s core purpose is to transform lives, locally and globally through the creation, sharing and application of knowledge. The University’s core values determine how it will achieve this ambitious vision. The University does this by valuing people, working together and with integrity, making a difference and pursuing excellence. Dundee achieves its goals by working as a community committed to excellence. In doing so the University seeks to benefit the city and region by acting as a key gateway to the world.
Professionally Validated Qualifications: BA(Hons) Community Learning and Development; MSc Community Learning and Development (with CLD endorsement)
Other Related Courses: BA Professional Learning in Community Development; Professional Doctorate in Community Learning and Development
University of East London
University of East London (UEL) is a vibrant university with a vision to bring transformational academic and enterprising opportunities to those in its region. UEL seek to do this through diversity, partnership and excellence in teaching and research. It has been educating individuals since 1898 and is one of the most diverse universities in the UK, with more than 120 nationalities represented on campus. UEL is committed to making a difference in society through empowering its students.
Professionally Validated Qualifications: MA Youth and Community Work (with JNC recognition)
Other Related Courses: BA (Hons) Social and Community Work
University of GLASGOW
The University of Glasgow has a proud heritage. Informed leaders, creative thinkers and bold business minds have honed their skills at Glasgow. The talents of some of the UK’s most influential political figures have been nurtured at Glasgow. Award-winning writers have developed their craft. Human rights activists have gained their voice. Glasgow is a place that inspires ambitious people to succeed. A place where inquiring minds can develop their ideas. A place where talented people are given the space to realise their dreams. Glasgow’s doors are open to the brightest minds, regardless of background, who wish to study at university. Glasgow is committed to being a progressive university, dedicated to bringing inspiring people together to change the world.
Professionally Validated Qualifications: BA(Hons) Community Development; MA Adult Education, Community Development and Youth Work (with CLD endorsement)
Other Related Courses: BA (Hons) Social and Public Policy; MA Education Studies (Adult Ed., Community Dev. and Youth Studies)
University of Gloucestershire
The University of Gloucestershire is committed to treat every one of our students as a person, not a number. The University offers a close-knit, supportive community of staff and students with shared academic interests and goals. The University places an emphasis on developing the confidence, skills and experiences that are needed to achieve student aspirations for the future. The University’s motto, in spirit and in truth, means turning visions into reality, and in the 21st century that means setting sights on improving life chances and challenging unsustainable thinking.
Related Courses: CertHE Working with Children, Young People and Families; MA Inclusive Education.
Goldsmiths University of London
Creativity has always been the hallmark of Goldsmiths. Academic excellence and imaginative course content combine to make a place where creative minds can thrive and ideas are allowed to grow. Goldsmiths, University of London was founded in 1891, and has been part of the University of London since 1904. Goldsmiths is a close-knit community that sees everyone as an individual with their own strengths and needs, a thought-provoking place that is part of a powerful legacy of learning.
Professionally Recognised Qualifications: BA (Hons) Applied Social Science, Community Development & Youth Work; MA Applied Anthropology & Community & Youth Work (with JNC & ESB recognition)
Other Related Courses: MPhil/PhD Community & Youth Work
University of Huddersfield
The University of Huddersfield prides itself on an impressive record of getting our students into industry, our high satisfaction levels and excellent teaching standards. Many of its academic staff are influential thinkers and leaders in their field and these qualities filter down throughout its teaching programme. Most of its courses have industry or real world links, with professional placement opportunities giving you a more rounded learning experience.
Professionally Recognised Qualifications: BA(Hons) Youth and Community Work (with JNC recognition)
Leeds Beckett University
Leeds Beckett is a modern professional university with ambition, its vision is to be acknowledged for its commitment to student success, innovation and enterprise, global reach, and strong local impact. Its aspiration is to help create great graduates, exceptional employees, dynamic citizens and enterprising leaders and it works closely with employers and partners to ensure that graduates are ready for work, ready for life, and ready to seize the opportunities that lie ahead.
Professionally Recognised Qualifications: BA(Hons) Youth Work and Community Development; MA Youth Work and Community Development (with JNC and ESB recognition)
Other Related Courses: BA(Hons) Working with Children, Young People and Families; BA(Hons) Childhood Development and Playwork
Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) was awarded university status in 1992 and is part of the largest higher education campus in the UK. With a history dating back 150 years, it has a combination of the traditional and the contemporary that sets MMU apart and gives it a distinct character. Its claim is to be the University for World Class professionals with an emphasis on vocational education and employability.
Related Courses: BA(Hons) Community Education
University of St Mark & St John PLYMOUTH (MARJON)
The University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth, (MARJON) offers a our warm and friendly atmosphere and a special place to study. It offers a range of courses from Foundation Degrees & Progression Courses to Honours Degrees and Postgraduate study. With around 3500 students, MARJON’s class sizes are small, which means tutors and fellow students get to know each other well, but its is large enough to provide excellent facilities and social activities.
Professionally Recognised Qualifications:
BA(Hons) in Youth and Community Work; MA/PG.Dip. in Youth and Community Work (with JNC recognition)
Other Related Courses: MA Youth and Community Practice; PG Cert in Coaching and Mentoring
Courses are validated through partnership with the University of Gloucestershire
Since 1948, Moorlands College has given people the knowledge and skills they need to impact the Christian Church and wider world. Moorlands College seeks to cultivate an environment for learning that's not just about information, but transformation. All our courses have one thing in common: they’re about applied theology. We’ve designed our courses to give a biblical and theological foundation on which to build life and work. To achieve its vision, Moorlands seeks to integrate its ethics with its ethos and our values. This holistic approach sets the direction towards fulfilling its vision and mission.
Professionally Recognised Qualifications: BA(Hons) Applied Theology (Youth and Community Work) with JNC recognition
Other Related Courses: MA Language, Community and Development
Nazarene Theological College
Courses are validated through partnership with Manchester University
NTC exists to shape and equip people for innovative Christian ministry for the 21st Century. It seeks to create a learning community where people are encouraged to explore their vocation and imagine their possibilities for the future. The academic qualifications and personal experiences are designed to be the start of a lifelong journey of learning. Whether your interest is in part time, full time, distance or flexible options for study, at vocational, certificate, graduate or Post Graduate level, NTC have something for everyone.
Professionally Recognised Qualifications: BA(Hons) Theology (Youth and Community) with JNC recognition through the NYA in England; and CLD Endorsement in Scotland.
Other Related Courses: BA(Hons) Theology (Practical Theology)
Newman University BIRMINGHAM
Newman is a values-driven university where students are central to all that the university does. Students are encouraged to engage with theories and concepts, discuss ideas with tutors and become self-motivated, independent learners and creative thinkers able to make a difference in the world. Newman is a smaller University with a friendly community of staff and students, and its small class sizes mean that academic staff can give personal care and attention to each student.
Professionally Recognised Qualifications: BA(Hons) Youth and Community Work (with JNC recognition)
Other Related Courses: BA (Hons) Contemporary Youth Studies (Top Up); BA(Hons) Counselling Studies and Working with Children, Young People and Families
Nottingham trent university
Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is committed to supporting students from before they set foot in the University right through to the moment they become an NTU graduate and start their first job. NTU are making sure nothing holds students back from achieving remarkable things. Within NTU, students stay motivated and on track using the student dashboard. NTU provides gold-standard teaching, and through its links with industries create opportunities for volunteering, studying abroad, and work experience with every course. By sustaining the regional economy, NTU are creating local opportunities for student employment by working with businesses to design industry focused courses, and create new routes to learning that widen participation.
Related Courses: BA (Hons) Youth Studies; BA (Hons) Youth Justice; MA Career Development.
The Open University
The Open University’s mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas. It promotes educational opportunity and social justice by providing high-quality university education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential. Through academic research, pedagogic innovation and collaborative partnership it seek to be a world leader in the design, content and delivery of supported open learning through part-time, on-line and face-to-face mediums.
Related Courses: BA(Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies; MA in Childhood and Youth.
University of south wales
The University of South Wales (USW) is Wales’s number one HE provider for widening access students. USW makes an impact in our community by providing employment-focused higher education for talented and motivated students from all backgrounds. Rooted in the communities of South Wales, USW makes an impact not just to the individual students but to the businesses and organisations where our graduates are employed. USW is Wales’s leading university for part time students with 12,000 of its 30,000 students studying part time. USW has a strong record of employability and its careers team works with over 2500 local and national partners giving students the opportunities to showcase their talents.
Professionally Recognised Qualifications: BA (Hons) Youth & Community Work; BA (Hons) Youth & Community Work (Youth Justice); MA Working for Children and Young People (with JNC recognition)
Other Related Courses: BSc (Hons) Criminology & Criminal Justice and Youth Justice; MA Counselling Children and Young People
University of Sunderland
The University of Sunderland is a global institution. It offers life-changing opportunities to thousands of students across the world, in our partner colleges and in our four main sites at Sunderland, London and Hong Kong. We are research active, with ten areas of 'world leading’ research - real-world research that is taught in lecture halls and labs. Sunderland strives to put our students at the heart of everything that we do.
Professionally Recognised Qualifications: BA(Hons) Community and Youth Work Studies (with JNC Endorsement)
Other Related Courses: MSc in Practice Development
University of wales trinity saint david
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) was formed on 18 November 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College Carmarthen. The University’s Royal Charter is the oldest in Wales and England after the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. The UWTSD has over 25,000 learners across 17 campuses in rural and city locations. UWTSD places emphasis upon applied learning, strong academic disciplines and a clear commitment to innovation, enterprise and knowledge transfer. Through work-based learning, research and knowledge transfer networks, UWTSD aims to play a pivotal role in the promotion of social justice, economic renewal and the development of social and cultural capital.
Professionally Recognised Qualifications: BA (Hons) Youth & Community Work; MA Youth & Community (with JNC recognition)
Other Related Courses: CertHE Young People’s Health and Wellbeing; MA Children and Young People.
University of Worcester
The University of Worcester aims to be an outstanding University at which to be a student. It concentrate on helping students achieve their potential, and place great importance on combining enduring human values with true professionalism. The University views all its students as part of a dynamic, responsible, high-achieving community, where every opportunity is provided to thrive.
Related Courses: FdA Sport and Community; FdA Teaching and Learning; BA(hons) Education Studies
Wrexham Glyndŵr University started in 2008 and is one of the youngest universities in the UK. It is a vibrant, friendly place where each student’s learning and future is given personal attention. The University name comes from Welsh scholar and hero Owain Glyndŵr and the University continues to champion some of the same philosophies as him. Wrexham Glyndŵr University are proud to name our university after a man who cherished learning, loved his country, embraced an international outlook, and constantly demonstrated an inspiring and enterprising approach to life. His spirit lies at the heart of Wrexham Glyndŵr University where we set out to be bold, enterprising and open to all in everything that we do.
Professionally Recognised Qualifications: BA (Hons) Youth & Community Work; MA Youth & Community (with JNC recognition)
Other Related Courses: Foundation Year Youth and Community Work; MA Youth and Community Studies.
YMCA George Williams College
Courses are validated through partnership with Coventry University
YMCA George Williams College specialises in developing work with children, young people, families, and communities. The College trains and supports new and existing practitioners and helps organisations to evaluate and develop their practice. The College we values the development of the whole person – mind, body and spirit. The Colleges offers flexible and affordable courses, excellent career opportunities, and all courses are designed for flexible study and learning while you work, care or undertake other commitments. College programmes focus on holistic, relational and multi-disciplinary practice.
Professionally Recognised Qualifications: BA(Hons) Youth Work, Community Learning and Development; and Social Pedagogy: PG Diploma/MA Youth Work and Community Learning and Development (both with JNC and ESB endorsement)
Other Related Courses: BA (Hons) Children, Young People and Families; MA Strategic Leadership and Management
York St John University
York St John (YSJ) have been educating and inspiring students on its campus in York since 1841. Today, the role YSJ play has evolved, but the core contribution endures: that education still is a force for the possible. It releases human potential when we use education to advance knowledge, promote understanding and create new opportunities, we foster deeper human connections. At York St John we are committed to bring people together, enhance empathy and encourage critical thinking.
Professionally Recognised Qualifications: BA(Hons) in Youth Work and Community Development (subject to validation)
Other Related Courses: BA(Hons) Children, Young People and Families