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Youth Work Apprenticeship (Level 2 Intermediate and Level 3 Advanced) at Blackburn College

Course description

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. 

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.


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

  • Course Work
  • Exams
  • Oral Questioning
  • Discussion
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Practical demonstration

Future opportunities

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:

  • Criminology & Criminal Justice Foundation Degree FdA
  • Positive Practice with Children & Young People Foundation Degree FdA
  • Community Coaching & Sports Development BSc (Hons) Top Up

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blackburn College directly.

Last updated date: 12 February 2016
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