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NOCN Level 2 Theory of Youth Work Module

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September 20 @ 7:00 pm 9:30 pm

Please note that this course will take place via Zoom

This is a four session course. Sessions: Wednesdays 21st, 28th September, 5th, 12th, October

Entry Requirements

Participants must:

  • be aged over 16
  • attend 90% of the course in order to pass.
  • be willing to under take pre and post course tasks and reading (approx 2.5hrs per week)

Course Details

This course is nationally accredited by the National Open College Network (NOCN) and gives participants the practical youth work skills and knowledge to build their confidence and practice. The course draws on real life scenarios and includes the very popular peer groups tutorial and tasks are based in the participants own setting for extra relevance. Ideal preparation for participants to begin, or expand their knowledge, working with young people in a range of youth work settings.

The course forms the first module contributing to the full NOCN Level 2 Award in Youth Work practice.

Youth work helps young people learn about themselves, others and society, through informal educational activities which combine enjoyment, challenge and learning. Youth workers typically work with young people aged between 11 and 25. This course will help participants to learn and practice the skills to equip them for their role. This course gives participants the time in their youth work setting to put into practice their learning from the sessions and complete written assignments.

Participants are assessed throughout and complete a portfolio of written assignments. Before signing up please do ensure that you have the time to study the course materials and complete the portfolio in addition to the advertised sessions – we recommend an additional 1-2hours per week.

We have included a sixth session:  ‘Introduction to Safeguarding’ funded by Suffolk County Council for all participants to add safeguarding to their youth work knowledge and skills.

You can find the full NOCN course specification here:

Questions you will be able to answer

  • What are the key purposes, roles and principles of youth work?
  • What is the role of youth work in the young person’s local community and how does a community affect young people?
  • What are the skills, knowledge, qualities and values required to practice and how do mine compare?
  • What is safeguarding, what are my respnsibilities, how to recognise and report safeguarding issues.

Meet the trainer

My background is youth and community development, as both practitioner and as tutor. I work with students and practitioners at all levels and capacities in the statutory and voluntary sector. My areas of interest include all things youth work, community development, group work, adolescent development, equality and diversity, and safeguarding. I believe in working ‘with’ rather than ‘on’ people and that learning opportunities should, wherever possible be practical, engaging and fun.

Hazel Stapleton

Other information

Organisations may apply for more than 1 place.  In the first instance we will allocate 1 place per organisation.  If space allows, we will then allocate further places to organisations. 

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