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Level 4
Level 5

Introduction to Professional Development (Youth Work)

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Level 4
Level 5
Ongoing recruitment
Delivery Partners
Need to Succeed
Need to Succeed
Awarding Body
Skills and Education Group Awards


This unit lays the essential groundwork needed to undertake the qualification “Level 4 Certificate in Professional Development (Youth Work)”.

The total unit time is 50 hours (30 GL + 20 hours for independent research and assessment)


Understand the characteristics of the Youth Work relationship and the processes, values, and conditions helpful for its formation

Examine the role of Youth Work, particularly the Youth Work relationship, in the context of wider services working with young people including possible benefits, challenges and tensions inherent in this context

Be able to critically examine own professional development in relation to own Youth Work knowledge, experience, and practice

Career Progression

By completing this qualification, you will enhance your current skills within the Youth Work sector and may progress onto more youth engagement or advanced qualifications within your own role.

Aspire Eligibility

All programmes are open to Londoners who meet the following criteria:

  • UK resident and living in London
  • Aged 18+
  • Do not hold a level 4 (post-college/sixth form) qualification
  • Either employed (and earning less than London Living Wage) or unemployed/economically inactive

Course Eligibility

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Frequently asked questions

What is expected of me?

- To be an active participant in the programme.

- To complete all of the workbooks funding paperwork and the accredited unit.

- To undertake a workbased project (will be supplied by us if you are currently not working)

- To participate in all the group online workshops and 1-2-1 coaching sessions.

How much does this cost?

Participation in this programme is completely free. It is fully funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Greater London Authority (GLA).

Additional support for travel to and from places of study and other expenses will vary depending on the provider and the support they are able to offer. These options will be discussed during your enrolment.

How long will it take?

The part time programme typically takes 8 - 12weeks to complete

Can I take more than one unit?

You cannot study more than one unit on the Aspire London Programme.  However, upon completion of your programme, you’ll get advice and guidance from your Aspire Careers Coach about how and where you can continue to study, if this is the next step for you and your career progression. This could include a full Level 5 qualification.