module specification

SW4005 - Introduction to Working with Young People (2021/22)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2021/22
Module title Introduction to Working with Young People
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 300
90 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
40 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
170 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Pod Cast
Coursework 50%   Reflective report
Running in 2021/22
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Monday Morning

Module summary

This module aims to:

• explore key concepts of values, ethics , theory, policy , principles and  practice in relation to  youth work
• introduce students to the sector professional occupational standards and the notion of an informed  reflective practitioner
• to explore and critically examine the role of the manager and effective supervisor
• examine  issues of identity, discrimination and oppression and the effect on young people’s lives
• develop students’  skills in self-management, group work, oral presentation and academic writing


Topics include:

• an introduction to youth work  policy and practice, concepts of informal and formal education, the “voluntary” principle, ethics and values in youth work (LO1, LO2, LO3)
• examining principles and policies and governance of youth work in relation to professional occupational standards and the common core framework and  government policy (LO1, LO2, LO3)
• evaluating the changing role of the youth worker and the significance of reflective practice (LO1, LO2)
• exploring equality and diversity perspectives in youth work and anti-oppressive work (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4)
• evaluating the process and impact of youth work (LO2, LO3, LO4)
• introducing youth as a concept and representations of young  people (LO2, LO3)
• examining the construction of social identities (LO1, LO2, LO3)
• examining examples of young people’s participation and rights  (LO2, LO3, LO4)

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module is based on lectures, seminars and workshops, students are assessed on their knowledge and practical approach to establishing youth programmes. This is presented as a Pod Cast. They are also assessed on their reflection of the subjects in the module.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

1. Identify key concepts relating to youth work policy, ethics and practice and to young people within a broad social context
2. Give examples of the function of youth work and the role of a youth work professional
3. Identify examples of oppressive practice in working with young people and apply anti-oppressive principles and practice in youth work and in learning settings  
4. Practise a range of self-management  and inter-personal skills in relation to  group work, oral presentation skills and writing for academic purposes

Assessment strategy

The assessment allows students to start the process of community profiling, which is completed in the research module in year two. This is 2000 words (50 per cent of mark). Students then reflect on the content of the module and their progress (2000 words, 50 per cent of mark). The assessments are linked to professional standards, and together form a basis of further development of research, reflection and professional development.


Core reading

• Banks, S (ed) (2010) Ethical Issues in Youth Work (2nd Edition).  Routledge
• Batsteer, J & Davis, B (2010) What is Youth Work.  Learning Matters
• Ciesik & Donald (2013) Key Concepts in Youth Studies.  SAGE Publications: London
• Factor, Fiona, Chauhan,Vipin, Pitts,John (eds) (2001) The RHP companion to Working with Young People Lyme Regis RHP
• Furlong, A (2009) Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood. London. Routledge.
• Garratt, Daren, Roche, Jeremy and Tucker, Stanley (eds) (1997) Changing Experiences of Youth, Sage.
• Harrison,R, Benjamin, C, Curran,S And Hunter, R (eds) (2007) Leading Work with Young People.Sage
• Sapin, K (2013) Essential Skills for Youth Work Practice (2nd Edition).  SAGE Publications: London
• Soni, S (2011) Working with Diversity in Youth and Community Work. Exeter: Learning Matters Ltd
• Thompson, N (2012) Anti-Discriminatory Practice: equality, diversity and social justice (5th Edition).  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan


Additional reading
• Griffin, C. (1993) Representations of Youth.  Polity Press
• Jeffs, T. and Smith, M. (eds) (2010) Youth Work Practice. Palgrave Macmillan.
• National Youth Agency (1999) Ethical Issues in Youth Work
• National Youth Agency (2000) National Occupational Standards for Youth Work
• Roche, Jeremy, Tucker, Stanley, Thomson, Rachel and Flynn, Ronny (eds) (2004) Youth in Society, London: Sage
• Freire, P (1996). Pedagogy of the Oppressed. 2nd ed. London: Penguin. ..
• Schon, D. A. (1983). The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think In Action. London, Temple Smith

• Children and Young People
• Youth and Policy