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Youth Work Apprenticeship (Level 2 Intermediate and Level 3 Advanced)

Course Information

  • Course Code: CC521
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: Awarding Body Consortium Awards

If you want a career in Youth work then this apprenticeship is for you. The Apprenticeship offers a combination of qualifications that will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work with a variety of young people across the sector. Workers in this area make sure young people are engaged with activities, kept safe and are aware of issues in the society. They also help individuals to develop social and practical skills. This apprenticeship will give a fulfilling opportunity to work with young people and vulnerable young adults while also gaining an understanding into the hows and whys of their circumstances and situations.

You must also be willing to undergo disclosure and barring service checks (this is needed as apprentices are likely to work with children, young people or vulnerable adults). Be flexible as there may be a requirement to work shifts. Programme Levels Intermediate Apprenticeship Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work Practice Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work Practice You will also undertake Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT. Apprentices need to be in a placement prior to starting this apprenticeship or find their own work. 


What will I study?

Course Content:

Selection of units from the Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work Practice

  • Theory of Youth Work
  • Safeguarding Young People in a Youth Work Setting
  • Young Peoples Development
  • Engaging and Communicating with Young People
  • Group work withing a youth setting
  • Working with challenging behaviours
  • Workbase and reflective practice.

Selection of units from the Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work Practice

  • Theory of Youth Work
  • Safeguarding in a Youth Work Settings
  • Young Peoples Development
  • Engaging and Communicating with Young People
  • Group Work in a Youth Work setting
  • Working with challenging behaviours in a Youth Work setting
  • Reflective practice
  • Workbased practice in youth work
Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to study an Apprenticeship at Blackburn College. You will have an initial assessment when you come in for an interview, and this will show the level of English and maths qualifications, known as functional skills, that you will study alongside your apprenticeship.

Blackburn College will work with applicants to help find a suitable employer where possible. However we always advise anyone looking to undertake an apprenticeship to be actively seeking employment for themselves too.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in one or more of the following ways:

  • Course Work
  • Exams
  • Oral Questioning
  • Discussion
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Practical demonstration
What can I do next?

The Intermediate Apprenticeship provides individuals with a sound knowledge base that can support them in undertaking further learning and development of their careers in youth work and related areas, including vertical progression to more specialised training at level 3.

Specific progression opportunities include:

  • Level 3 qualifications in Youth Work Practice (including the Advanced Apprenticeship);
  • Level 3 Award/Certificate in Working with Vulnerable Young People;
  • Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce; and
  • Level 3 qualifications in Advice and Guidance.

In addition, the Intermediate Apprenticeship provides opportunities to progress through a range of other occupational pathways, including lateral progression to other level 2 qualifications in areas such as sport coaching and play work.

Many students choose to progress on to Foundation Degrees at University Centre at Blackburn College. Popular courses include:

  • Community Coaching & Sports Development BSc (Hons) Top Up
Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Youth And Community Worker

Youth workers help young people reach their potential in their personal and social development. As a youth worker you will use educational activities, advice and support to help young people to learn about themselves and to become more confident.

To be a youth worker you will need to be able to relate to young people from all backgrounds. You will also need to be enthusiastic, and have good negotiation skills. If you want to help make life better for young people, this could be the job for you.

To become a qualified youth worker, you will need a professional level youth work qualification such as a BA (Hons) degree that is recognised by the National Youth Agency (NYA) .???

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Youth Offending Team Officer

If you are keen to help young people have a better future, this job could be perfect for you. Youth offending team officers aim to prevent young people from offending and reoffending. They work with young offenders and with their families and victims.

Many youth offending services will ask for qualifications in social work or probation. If you don't have qualifications but you have plenty of relevant experience as a volunteer, you may be able to start as a support worker.

Being a youth offending team officer can sometimes be challenging. You will need to stay calm under pressure. You also need to be able to handle difficult behaviour.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Future income

Youth support workers, who are not yet fully qualified youth workers can earn between £14,000 and £20,000 a year if full-time.

As a qualified youth worker you will usually start on around £21,000 a year. With experience you could earn up to £30,000 a year.

Senior and management salaries usually start at £35,000 a year.



If you are aged 16-24, and you don't think you have the necessary 'work-ready' skills, we also offer Traineeships. Our 8 week courses provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure your place on an Apprenticeship. More information can be found here

Additional Apprenticeship Information

Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week and an Apprenticeship takes between one and five years* to complete, depending upon the level of Apprenticeship and the industry sector. Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well. The rest of the training is given by Blackburn College, either at the workplace, in College or via e-learning. The training is specifically tailored to ensure you develop the skills the employer wants, giving apprentices a real advantage in the workplace.

This means that apprentices not only have better long term salary prospects, but they also have excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace.