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BSc Youth Development Work with Minor in Management Studies

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Youth development is being given greater international priority in recognition of the significant role that young people currently play, and will continue to play in the achievement of national, regional and international development goals. Major international meetings now create spaces for young people to participate in decision-making and for devising strategies to resolve the challenges which young people face.

The recognition of youth as key partners in development, acknowledges, on the one hand, the right of young people to participate and, on the other hand, the responsibility of societies to ensure the complete development and empowerment of youth so that, as future leaders, they can dedicate themselves to pursuing the political, cultural and socio-economic advancement of their societies.

By combining distinctive elements of Youth Development Work with that of Management Studies students will be given the option of pursuing a programme which will prepare them for their intended career path and also cater to their personal interests. 

Who is this programme for?

Individual with an interest in pursuing careers within the various institutions that support the development of our region’s youth.  Prospective applicants include:

  • youth workers and volunteers who do not have formal qualification in youth development work but desire to pursue it as a profession
  • persons who are interested in enhancing and strengthening their competencies in order to engage in support work for youth development in their places of employment, or as volunteers in social and civic organizations and institutions e.g. schools, churches, places of safety, children homes, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations (CBOs), first line supervisors and trainers in government ministries and agencies, private sector entities

Careers path for persons pursuing the programme: Government or public service

  • Civil service including policing and teaching
  • Community development
  • Youth camp coordination and management
  • Youth organization coordination and management
  • Policy development and advice
  • Project and programme planning
  • Project and programme management and evaluation
  • Research

Programme Structure

This BSc in Youth Development Work with Minor in Management Studies is designed to offer prospective students a rich theoretical and practical experience in youth development work, as well as developing and strengthening their management capabilities and competencies.

The structure of the BSc Youth Development Work with Minor in Management Studies reflects progression of intellectual growth and promotes student success. The courses at Level 1 are foundation and introductory level courses. Levels II and III of the programme comprise the courses offered in the Youth Development Work (Major), the Management Studies (Minor), and the Free Electives. All courses in this proposed structure are drawn from the Open Campus’ existing undergraduate programmes in Youth Development Work and Management Studies in particular, as well as from the Sociology and Psychology programmes for the Free Electives.

This degree category comprises Major (30 credits); Minor (15 credits); and Free Electives (15 credits).

When will the programme start?

The programme is offered in August of each Academic Year. Students may complete the degree full time in a minimum of three academic years (over six semesters). Students, however, may pursue the programme part-time according to their capacity to manage their academic and professional responsibilities.

Entry Requirements

New entrants must meet the University’s normal matriculation requirements in order to be accepted into the programme. 

New entrants must meet the University’s normal matriculation requirements in order to be accepted into the programme.  They must satisfy the requirements in either (a) or (b) or (c) or (d) below:

(a)     Entrants with CXC-CSEC and GCE qualifications having:

  • An acceptable pass in CXC-CSEC Mathematics or its equivalent; AND
  • An acceptable pass in CXC-CSEC English A; AND
  • One of the following minimum qualifications:
    o     either five subjects (at least two GCE ‘A’ Level or CAPE) and the remainder acceptable passes in CXC-CSEC or GCE ‘O’ Level; OR
    o     four subjects (at least three GCE ‘A’ Level or CAPE) and the fourth an acceptable pass in the CXC-CSEC or GCE ‘O’ Level
  • Grade requirements for CXC/CSEC subjects are General Proficiency, Grades I or II pre‐1998 and Grades I, II, or III from June 1998.    

(b)     Holders of five (5) CXC-CSEC or GCE ‘O’ Level passes or equivalent, not necessarily obtained at the same sitting.

English Language Proficiency Examination

Entrants may be required to take The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT). This test is used to assess whether persons applying to pursue undergraduate degree programmes at the UWI Open Campus possess a satisfactory level of writing and reading proficiency in English for university academic purposes. 

Academic Preparation

The following courses do not provide credits for your programme of study but will give you the added benefit of preparing for your academic studies at the UWI Open Campus:

OOL1001     Orientation to Online Learning

IYMS1001    Improving your Math Skills (if applicable)


Course of Study
Level 1 
Introduction to Social Research
Sociology of Youth
Youth Development Work: Introduction to Theory and Practice
Introduction to Psychology: Social, Developmental and Abnormal
Principles of Economics
Principles of Management
Introduction to Sociology
Science, Medicine and Technology in Society
Foundations for Learning Success
English for Academic Purposes
Level 2 
Applied Social Research: Youth Research Project (Part 2)
Applied Social Research: Youth Research Project (Part 1)
Youth Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Livelihoods
Contemporary Issues in Youth Development Work
Youth Development Work: Personal and Professional Development
Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
Principles of Marketing
Financial Management I
Level 2 Electives 
Developmental Psychology
Youth Governance and Participation
Gender in the Caribbean Social, Political & Economic Relations
Project Management
Management Information Systems I
Level 3 
Working with Youth in Community and Organisational Settings (Part 2)
Working with Youth in Community and Organisational Settings (Part 1)
Leadership & Motivation
Youth Development Work: Networks, Partnerships and Resourses
Youth Advocacy: Principles and Tools
Business Strategy and Policy
Level 3 Electives 
Caribbean Social Structure
Ethics and Global Justice
Team Building and Management
Peace, Conflict Resolution and Mediation
Supporting Youth in Grief and Trauma
Business Communication