On successful completion of this programme, graduates are equipped to seek employment in different areas of community development and youth work. Graduates can look forward to careers as community development workers, youth workers, programme co-ordinators, project workers, community educators, workers in justice diversion projects, probation service, school completion project workers and co-ordinators, information officers, community liaison officers in local authorities and evaluation and research officers etc.
Graduates may also be employed in a variety of sectors working with youth, marginalised or disadvantaged groups, ethnic minorities, social economy and enterprise projects. On completion of the programme graduates may gain employment in voluntary, statutory and private sector organisations or work with charities or non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) at a national or international level.
The programme combines theory with hands on experience and practical skills. Students experience the variety of the early years sector through two placements in distinct early year settings providing the opportunity to link classroom learning with work based practice. Students are supervised throughout placement by an experienced early years practitioner as well as being given on-going support from an allocated college academic supervisor.