Youth and Community Work BA (Hons)
Applicants are asked to arrive by
10.00am followed by a welcome talk about various facets
of the university and a tour of the campus.
The interview in the afternoon will be in three
- Short introduction to the course by the Head of
- A group work activity with a member of academic staff from the
programme. This is designed to be fun, indoor activity and
you do not need to prepare for this or bring any special
clothing. It will include talking and discussing a
contemporary youth issue with other students and is not a written
activity or a test of everything you know about young people!
This is included as Youth and Community Workers often work with
groups of people and because of this, a core part of the teaching
and learning on the BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work takes place
within a group context. We are looking for people who are
willing to participate, who can work collaboratively, who are able
to reflect on issues and are open to considering other peoples
points of view or new ideas.
- Individual interview with the Head of Programme or a Senior
Lecturer from the course, plus a representative from the wider
In the interview we will discuss your application
along with your prior experience and what you have gained from
this. We are interested in your views, for example
of equalities issues concerning young people and your views on
working professionally with young people, children and
communities. As fieldwork placements form a major part of the
programme in each year we will ask if you have any particular
interests and consider how these might relate to future placements
Interest in the development and learning of young people or
We are interested in what you been involved in,
what you have learned from your experience/s e.g. about the
interests and needs of the group/s or individuals you have been
involved with. Youth and Community work in concerned with
development and growth: young people’s personal and social
development, community development and informal learning. It
is helpful to include in your personal statement how you have
contributed to others development and learning. If you have
any practical skills or interests e.g. youth arts, detached youth
work, youth activity programmes, peer mentoring; sport, working
with young men or young women, do include these in your personal
Awareness of equality and oppression
Youth and Community work in concerned with
enabling people to develop and therefore concerned with barriers to
this, striving to work in anti-oppressive ways. This is
explored at interview and where you have experience of this, please
include in your supporting statement. We recognise that not
everyone has worked explicitly in this area and we are looking for
awareness and openness to learning about diversity.
Commitment to working in a team and to professional
We are looking for evidence of working alongside
other leaders / staff as part of team over a period of time.
Enthusiasm, commitment; reliability, initiative and integrity are
all important professional qualities for being part of team as are
awareness of professional matters such as safety. It is
helpful to mention the kinds of roles or responsibilities you have
Evidence of direct work with young people or in a community
We are looking for evidence of working directly
(or face to face) with children, young people or in a community
context. We explore this with you at interview, because
working with people forms part of the formal degree assessment in
each el of the programme and 50% of this assessment is of your work
with young people aged 13 - 19.
We are not looking for a particular setting for
your experience/s and you can include a voluntary organisation,
large or small charity, afterschool club, youth project or faith
based organisation. You may have worked in a more formal
context such as a school, housing organisation, health project,
targeted service or youth offending team.
Both paid and voluntary experience is taken into account.
Your experience may be in one setting e.g. and if
so, please include the range of tasks you have been involved
in. Your experience may be across 2 or 3 different settings
e.g. work experience, volunteering and as a senior member of an
organisation / group.
Please show prior experience of least 26 days /
equivalent to one day a week. We would like to see at
least 6 months between the start of your first work based
experience and later experience and this can be over a longer, more
intermittent period or continuously for 6 months.
To prepare we suggest applicants read the Code of Ethics developed
by the Institute of Youth Work and National Youth Agency via
the link below and also reflect on what they have learned from
their prior experiences such as relevant paid
or voluntary work or work placements.
For further information on Youth and
Community Work and interviews please see: