Understand the key purpose and role of youth work
File Understand key principles of youth work
Understand the role of youth work in the young person's local community
Understand different models of youth work delivery
Understand the skills, knowledge, qualities and values required to practice as a youth support worker
Understand own skills, knowledge, qualities and values required to practice youth support work

Definitions of the common operative verbs used in the grading criteria


Pass verbs          


Give a clear description that includes all the relevant features – think of it as ‘painting a picture with words’


Clearly explain what a particular term means and give an example, if appropriate, to show what you mean


Create a plan, proposal or outline to illustrate a straightforward concept or idea


Set out in detail the meaning of something, with reasons. More difficult than describe or list, so it can help to give an example to show what you mean. Start by introducing the topic then give the ‘how’ or ‘why’


Point out or choose the right one or give a list of the main features


Include examples or a diagram to show what you mean


Define or explain the meaning of something


Provide the information in a list, rather than in continuous writing


Write a clear description but not a detailed one


Work out and plan how you would carry out a task or activity


Write a clear and full account


Write down or articulate briefly the main points or essential features

Merit verbs


Identify separate factors, say how they are related and how each one contributes to the topic


Give careful consideration to all the factors or events that apply and identify which are the most important or relevant



Identify the main factors that apply in two or more situations and explain the similarities and differences or advantages and disadvantages


Provide several relevant examples or related evidence which clearly supports the arguments you are making. This may include showing practical skills


Create a plan, proposal or outline to illustrate a relatively complex concept or idea

Explain in detail

Provide details and give reasons and/or evidence to clearly support the argument you are making

Justify/how /why

Give reasons or evidence to support your opinion or view to show how you arrived at these conclusions

Distinction verbs


Consider the positive and negative points and give a reasoned judgement


Make a judgement on the importance of something – similar to evaluate

Comment critically

Give your view after you have considered all the evidence. In particular decide the importance of all the relevant positive and negative aspects


Review a topic or issue objectively and weigh up both positive and negative points before making a decision

Draw Conclusions

Use the evidence you have provided to reach a reasoned judgement


Review the information then bring it together to form a conclusion. Give evidence for each of your views or statements

Evaluate critically

Decide the degree to which a statement is true or the importance or value of something by reviewing the information. Include precise and detailed information and assess possible alternatives, bearing in mind their strengths and weaknesses if they were applied instead