(Short Course) Digital Youth Work: An Introduction to Principles and Practice

Lecturer and student in the SCALE UP learning space

Course details

Year of entry



12 weeks

Institution Code




Why choose? this course?

The drive for youth workers to design and deliver digital youth work has increased since Covid-19. This module aims to offer an introduction to digital youth work; providing the underpinning theory and some of the key concepts to its development and delivery.

Key course features

  • Study online around your existing work and family commitments.
  • Course content and materials developed and delivered by JNC professional qualified and experienced youth workers and lecturers.
  • Provides practical application to current youth work practice.
  • Opportunity to focus on your own continuing professional development.

What you will study

  • What is Digital Youth Work and why do it?
  • Youth in the digital age - The development of digital youth work
  • Barriers and solutions to Digital Engagement Safeguarding young people and youth workers online
  • Technology for digital youth work

Please note, this is an academic module and there is an expectation of 2-3 hours per week independent study. There are practical elements and learning will be able to be applied to practice. However, it is not a training course.


Entry requirements & applying

Current youth work experience and practice are an advantage in order to complete assessment activities.

Previous experience of studying at level 4 advantageous.

Teaching & Assessment

  • Complete a portfolio that analyses the historical, social and political context of digital youth work, and examines the practicalities required to ensure young people and youth workers are safeguarded online. This will include: - A statement analysing the historical, social and political context of digital youth work; including what digital youth work is, barriers to online engagement and strengths of a digital youth work approach. (1000 words) - A SWOT analysis of their practice organisation’s readiness to deliver digital youth work (500 words) - A risk assessment for delivering digital youth work (500 words)
  • Record and upload a 10 minute presentation that evaluates available technologies for digital youth work. This will include: - an description of 2 digital technologies that can be used for digital youth work - an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of each of the technologies - recommendations for use in digital youth work The presentation can include a demonstration

This course will run for 12 weeks, this includes 20 hours of scheduled learning and teaching hours with the tutor.  There will be a mix of materials that will be released on a weekly basis to work through at your own pace as well as live online tutorials and discussions.

Career prospects

This module supports the continuing professional development of professional youth and community workers, youth support workers and volunteers in the sector. Completion of the module could lead to further study on the BA and MA youth and community work programmes at Wrexham University.

Fees & funding


Do you live in Wales? We have a number of funding opportunities available, please complete the form below to find out if you are eligible to study this course for free. Apply now via this form.

Course dates

  • 1st June
  • 8th June
  • 15th June
  • 22nd June
  • 29th June
  • 6th July
  • 13th July
  • 20th July
  • 27th July
  • 3rd August
  • 10th August 
  • 17th August