Introduction to Youth Work & Community Engagement

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What Our Students Say

“I want to become a police officer – that’s my biggest dream ever since I was little. I’ve never changed my mind, never wanted to go a different path – it’s always been that.
That’s why I joined here, because I can do the Apprenticeship after this Level 3 course. I’ve always wanted to do it and I’m chasing my dreams – I’m trying to make my family proud as well, not just myself, but I am making myself proud in the process and everyone here is helping so much.””


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  • College Learner Support- FREE travel pass, meal vouchers and support though the bursary scheme for learners. (Household income assessment).

Course Information


Develop the skills and qualities you need to pursue a career as a Youth
Worker or Community Engagement Officer with this exciting course. You will boost
your confidence and develop new skills with the opportunity to learn from a
renowned youth charity CATCH and other local youth organisations.

**On completion of this course, you will achieve an NCFE Level 1 Certificate
in Occupational Studies.

This course is being supported and developed by the Leeds Learning Alliance


Who is this course for?

Are you passionate about working within your local community?

Do you want to take the first steps to a career in youth work or community engagement?

The introduction to youth work will offer you an insight into the principles of working with young people, whilst having the opportunity to engage with young people in these settings. You will receive first hand experience working within a youth work setting at the CATCH Community Centre as part of your course.

Course units/modules

Your course will be created by identifying a range of the units/ modules including:

  • Young People’s Development
  • Engaging and Communicating with Young People
  • Restorative Approaches to Behaviour and Relationships
  • Safeguarding
  • Understanding our communities
  • Crime and the impact on your community
  • Basic food preparation and cooking
  • Developing customer service skills
  • Planning effective leisure activities
  • Accredited First Aid at Work Qualification
  • Level 2 Food Hygiene
  • Upskilling GCSE English & Maths

Benefits and skills

Outstanding opportunity to develop connections within a wide range of youth work settings in the city region.

Develop your own confidence and self-esteem to work within a challenging environment.

Immerse yourself in your work setting giving you real life experience and insights.

College Learner Support- FREE travel pass, meal vouchers and support though the bursary scheme for learners. (Household income assessment).

Entry requirements

Two GCSEs at grade 2 including English and maths.

Have an appetite to attend CATCH and a range of other volunteering placements in the city.

Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

If you are interested in a career with the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Prison Service or Probation, the NCFE Level 2 or 3 Diploma for Entry to the Uniformed Services would allow you to learn more about these careers and how they support our communities.

**We are working hard to develop a Level 2 Youth Work Principles course to start in September 2024.

Assessment types

Assessment will be gathered using a wide range of methods from practical demonstrations, professional discussions, written tasks and peer assessments.

Anyone sitting GCSE's will sit an exam in May/June.

Course details

Duration: 1 year
Start Date: 16/09/2024
Fees (16-18): No fee
Study Type: Full time
Course Code: 73129-01
Fees (Adult): £724

Please note that for all courses starting on 9th September, there will be an induction week, WC 2nd September.

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