Working with Gangs and Youth Violence Level 3

Overview (NV)

Working with Gangs and Youth Violence Level 3

Course length
36 weeks part-time


This course is focused at people working in violent and gang-related environments and aims to provide an effective, functional approach to delivering relevant services. It is run in conjunction with the Open College Network West Midlands.

You will be trained to develop a professional approach to understanding youth violence and gang culture, which will help you interact better with people in different gangs and gang-related environments. 

Why should I choose this course?

  • No academic qualifications are needed to secure a place on this course
  • It is a nationally and internationally recognised course
  • You will learn the skills needed to respond to gangs and serious youth violence
  • Completion of this course will give you the opportunity to progress onto a number of UCB’s degree courses

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Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching and assessment

Assessment is designed to be accessible and inclusive. The methods of assessment are rigorous and suit both individuals and groups of learners. 

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

While there is no academic requirement for this course, applicants must demonstrate an interest in working in gang-related environments. Students must be aged 18 and over to secure a place on this course. 

What will I study? (NV)

What will I study?

You will cover a series of modules including:

  • National policy framework for working with youth violence and gangs
  • Interpersonal communication skills in complex youth environments
  • Safe working with young people at risk
  • Mental health and working with youth violence
  • Youth marginalisation and its impact
  • Social psychological perspectives for working in violent youth and gang-impacted environments
  • Social factors that contribute to the development of violent youth and gang-impacted environments
  • Exit strategies from gangs

Your study programme

In addition to your part-time course every student has an individual study programme which ensures that you develop the right skills and experience to progress onto either higher education or gain employment. What’s included in your individual study programme will vary depending on what you have already achieved and your career aspirations.

For example; if you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level. Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted.

Careers (NV)


Completing this course will enable you to work in youth and community-related organisations in:

  • Outreach work
  • Mentoring
  • Youth work

On successful completion of the course you may be able to progress to a foundation degree or full degree at UCB. Courses available include the Youth, Community and Families BA (Hons)Professional Studies in Youth, Community and Families FdA and Health and Social Care BSc (Hons).


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  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
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  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Alumni support

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