Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work Practice (Full Professional Qualification)

Online/Tutor Based Course, full study materials, e-portfolio and tutor assessed assignments and support throughout.


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Online with live classes
9 months, Part-time
Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work Practice (QCF)
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  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students

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This qualification

Once you have completed your studies, you will have an industry-recognised qualification, and you will be able to confidently support the personal and social education of young people in paid employment or working as part of the voluntary sector in the UK.

The Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work Practice is a combined qualification that is made up of both knowledge and competence units. It is a vocational qualification that has been developed with the help of employers and is based directly on the National Occupational Standards, which means learners are gaining the kind of skills that employers are looking for.

Achieving Level 2 will help you develop your underpinning knowledge and work skills you require to competently work towards or carry out the role of Assistant Youth Support Worker at Level 2. It confirms that you are occupationally competent and allows you to gain and then show the skills and knowledge that are needed to work in the Youth Work Sector. It also prepares you to enter specific job roles and/or apprenticeship (e.g. the Advanced Level in Youth Work and Management).


Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work Practice (QCF)
Regulated by Ofqual


The SEG Awards ABC Level 2 Award and Certificate in Youth Work Practice, has been developed by industry experts including the National Youth Agency and the ETS of England and Wales. This qualification embraces the National Occupational Standards for youth work and is JNC recognised with endorsement by ETSEngland and Wales.

It supports the skills, and knowledge learners need to become a competent Assistant Youth Support Worker. Learners will complete this qualification with a concrete understanding and practical experience of the following:

  • The essential purpose and role of youth work including the skills, knowledge, qualities and values required to practice
  • Safeguarding in a youth work setting, including how to protect young people when using contemporary technologies
  • Young peoples development and how youth work can support young people during adolescence
  • Working with challenging behaviour
  • Work-based Reflective Practice

Who is this course for?

These qualifications replace the previous Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications in Youth Work. Practice (pre-March 2020) and have been developed and led by the National Youth Agency (NYA). Level 2 is for you if you wish to develop your skills for assisting in work with young people in a youth work setting.

Learners who achieve the SEG Awards Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work Practice may wish to complete additional units to achieve the ABC Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Youth Work Practice.

You may also consider progressing onto the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Youth Work Practice or go further, by joining one of our Management and Leadership courses, or the various higher-level qualifications available nationally.


The minimum age to access this course is 16, and you will either be employed or have regular access to a youth work environment.

No formal qualifications are required, but we recommend that you have a good command of literacy and numeracy before enrolling on these courses. We can provide support for this if needed.

You need to be regularly working directly with young people between the ages of 11 to 25 and have the support of an organisation throughout your study.

All new entrants to the youth work sector must be willing to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check; you can not start studying until you have proof of this.

Career path

If upon completion, you may wish to proceed to a higher level in a Leader in Charge or Management capacity then the following qualifications may be suitable for you:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work Practice
  • Level 4 Diploma in management
  • Level 5 Diploma in Operational management
  • Level 6 Higher Level Apprenticeship.

It may also help you to get a job, to improve your performance and or get promoted.

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What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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