Validation of Competence Developments in Youth Work with LEVEL 5


LEVEL5 … because learning happens everywhere!

When we learn, we develop our competences, i.e. our capacities and potentials to meet challenges and to solve concrete tasks. Meeting these challenges, we grow – we are constantly evolving and become more capable.
Since the age of the enlightenment we know by the works of the Swiss pedagogue Pestalozzi that learning happens with “head, heart and hand”. In recent years neurobiological (brain) research has again clearly demonstrated that the non-cognitive dimensions are of special importance for learning.

The LEVEL5 methodology is based on these notions. In a three-dimensional model, the so-called LEVEL5 cube, developments of knowledge, skills and attitudes are visualised on five quality levels for two points in time, at the beginning of a learning activity and at the end. This way the cube visualises competence developments at a glance. The levels of a competence are defined through so called reference systems in which a competence is described on five levels in each competence dimension.

In the context of our project you have the opportunity to use LEVEL5 to reflect on your own learning and to reflect together with the young people you work with on their learning and progress.


  • Introduce the LEVEL5 method and its core principles
  • Introduce the competence framework in youth work
  • Introduce a variety of assessment methods for assessing competences
  • Give guidance on how to use LEVEL5 for assessing own competences and those of young people

On completion of this unit you will be able to

  • Explain the main principles of LEVEL5
  • Apply the LEVEL5 procedure to assess your competences and those of young people
  • Explain and choose the most common assessment methods
  • Use the provided templates to document results of assessments



LEVEL5 is an approach and instrument to document and visualise competence developments. This unit will introduce the following topics