National Qualifications

Level 1 Certificate in Exploring Youth Work

Course Aims

The Level 1 Certificate in Exploring Youth Work has been developed with industry experts. This preparatory provision allows learners to gain knowledge and understanding of working within the youth work sector. The units within this qualification are all mandatory to ensure learners are well equipped to progress onto further training opportunities.

Qualification Objective

For Level 1 Certificate, you will need to gain 17 credits from 6 mandatory units. Learners who achieve the Level 1 certificate may wish to progress onto the Level 2 & 3 Certificate or Diploma in Youth Work Practice.

About the Qualification

The SEG Awards ABC Level 1 Certificate in Exploring Youth Work Practice, has been developed by industry experts including the National Youth Agency and the ETS of England and Wales. This qualification embraces the National Occupational Standards for youth work and is JNC recognised with endorsement by ETS England and Wales.

It supports the skills, and knowledge learners need to understand the role of Assistant Youth Support Worker. Learners will complete this qualification with a concrete understanding and practical experience of the following:

  • The essential purpose and role of youth work including the skills, knowledge, qualities and values required to practice
  • Safeguarding in a youth work setting, including how to protect young people when using contemporary technologies
  • Young peoples development and how youth work can support young people during adolescence
  • Working with challenging behaviour
  • Work-based Reflective Practice
  • Course Length

    • Level 2 Award: 4-6 months involving 4 monthly teaching days (or 8 evening sessions) plus assessment time and independent study.
    • Level 2 Certificate: 9-12 months involving 9 monthly teaching days (or 18 evening sessions) plus assessment time and independent study.

    Assessment for each level will be through the completion of a digital e-portfolio of evidence, workbook study tasks, evaluation of learning and workplace observations. (Workplace observations not required for Level 2 Award).

  • Course Cost

    • £475 (Level 2 Award)

    If you are 19+ unemployed or earning below £20,962 (inner London) or £17,004 (outer London) and it’s your first level 2 qualification, you may be eligible for full funding.

    If you are not eligible, please talk to us about payment plans, to spread the cost of your training. A deposit will be required.

    For more information on funding, please visit the fund my course page.

  • Eligibility

    There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but you must be aged over 18 and there is no need for a youth work placement.

    We recommend that you have a good command of literacy and numeracy before enrolling on these courses. We can provide support for this through our programme of online and classroom study for English, Maths and ICT.

    All new entrants to the youth work sector must be willing to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check; you can not start studying until you have proof of this.


Course Fees

*Funding Available (Adult Education / Apprenticeship / Advance Learning Loan) subject to conditions

Course Duration

3-6 months

Course Delivery

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