- Northern Ireland
The OCN NI Level 3 suite of Youth Work Qualifications have been designed to provide training pathways for specialist roles within the youth work sector.
They prepare learners to lead work with young people in a range of youth work settings.
The Level 3 Youth Work Qualifications have been developed by the Youth Work Training Board for Northern Ireland.
Youth Work is an informal pedagogical practice that is complementary to formal education in NI.
These qualifications were designed to provide workforce mobility across a wide range of job roles in which practitioners work to improve the educational achievement of young people.
The qualifications are aligned to the Department of Education’s (NI) policy and strategy for educational achievement.
All the qualifications are credit-rated and unit-based qualifications comprising mandatory and optional units.
The proportion of mandatory and optional subjects differs between subjects and between awards, certificates and the diploma.
- Outreach and detached youth work
- Youth work education and training
- Youth work management
- Youth work practice
- Level 3
The qualifications are internally assessed, internally verified and subject to Open College Network’s quality assurance processes.
Units are achieved through internally set, internally assessed and internally verified evidence.
External verification is compulsory before achievement is confirmed.
The contribution of assessment components to the overall grade varies between subjects and between awards, certificates and diplomas.
Learners who are unsuccessful may resit the assessments for each unit of the qualification as often as required and with the approval of the awarding organisation, within the shelf life of the qualification.
Award in Youth Work Practice – 39 glh plus up to 81 hours non-directed study
Certificate in Youth Work Management – 73 glh plus up to 127 hours non-directed study
Certificate in Youth Work Education and Training – 75 glh plus up to 135 hours non-directed study
Certificate in Outreach and Directed Youth Work – 78 glh plus up to 162 hours non-directed study
Diploma in Youth Work Practice – 130 glh plus up to 240 hours non-directed study.
The first cohort of learners will complete these qualifications in July 2016 and will be applying to higher education for entry from September 2016.
The qualifications may be combined with other qualifications such as AS and A levels, BTECs etc.
The nature of the qualification dictates that assessment activities are carried out on an ongoing basis.
These are current qualifications with a review date of 31 March 2019.
Certification is carried out following external verification processes in accordance with Open College Network NI.
Learners may use the qualification to progress to employment, an apprenticeship or further or higher education.
Specific progression routes would be to:
- a Level 4 qualification in youth studies or youth work
- a degree qualification in community youth work.
Further information is available on the Open College Network NI website www.ocnni.org.uk