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Open College Network West Midlands Centres: Lifetime learning for all

Youth Work Practice

The new qualifications below replace the previous Youth Work Practice qualifications which were withdrawn on 31/3/2020. Learners registered on previous versions will have until 31/3/2021 to complete them. 

  • Open College Network West Midlands Level 2 Award in Youth Work Principles (England) - 603/5589/X
  • Open College Network West Midlands Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work Practice (England) - 603/5590/6
  • Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Certificate in Youth Work Practice (England) - 603/5605/4
  • Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work Practice (England) - 603/5606/6

The Open College Network West Midlands Youth Work Practice qualifications have been designed in partnership with the National Youth Agency and a working group of Awarding Organisations to reflect the latest developments in the Youth Work Sector.

The Level 2 Award in Youth Work Principles provides an ideal introduction to Youth Work but does not carry professional endorsement from ETS England. The remaining qualifications are endorsed by ETS England and allow successful candidates to work as either Assistant Youth Support Workers (Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work Practice) or Youth Support Workers (Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Youth Work Practice)

Learners will need access to a real work environment in order to complete the placement hours and demonstrate practical competency in Youth Work.

Centres should ensure they meet the criteria for delivery and assessment personnel set out in the National Youth Agency Assessment Strategy and staff have appropriate qualifications as set out here

A comprehensive guide to Assessment, produced by the National Youth Agency, to aid Centres with planning and delivering these qualifications, can be found here.

In order to deliver a qualification, centres must meet the requirements to deliver the qualification (which can be found in the Qualification Guide) and complete the Qualification Approval Application Form (QAF).

Follow the links below to the qualification guides where you will also find the Units.

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