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Youth and Community Studies

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Youth and Community Studies
School
Institute for Education
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full-time.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: L590
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include grades BCC - CCC.

View typical offers for more information.

A degree programme designed for individuals passionate about working with children, young people, families and communities.

  • Gain valuable professional experience by completing placements.
  • Prepare yourself for a variety of roles working with young people and community groups.
  • Develop the skills and knowledge necessary to understand and contribute to the lives of young people.

Interested in working in a broad range of careers with children, young people, families and communities? We’ll give you a broad understanding of Education Studies, in addition to the knowledge and skills you’ll need to work in informal and community based settings.

There are a number of opportunities to gain hands-on work experience through placements offered in youth and community work organisations. The course has a strong emphasis on social justice, as well as the participation and empowerment of oppressed groups. With the support of experienced youth and community work practitioners, you’ll be encouraged to follow your own interests and develop your specialism in this field.

What you'll learn

Overview

We’ll prepare you to work with young people and community groups in informal learning settings. You’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills to work in youth and community roles in a range of organisations including local authorities, non-government organisations, charities, museums, art galleries and libraries.

We believe that youth and community work is about making a difference in society and we hope that you are coming into it to be an active participant. We also want you to be a thoughtful and informed citizen who knows about the world and the society in which you live.

Course structure

Year One
You’ll ask key questions about education’s purpose, practices and outcomes in core modules. You’ll also study ‘Introduction to Youth and Community Work,’ where you’ll develop an understanding of the core values of youth and community work and what distinguishes youth work from other professions. You’ll develop interpersonal and group work skills essential to practice as well as exploring conceptualistions of community and community work.

Year Two
You’ll have the opportunity to complete a placement in the UK, in a youth work, community or education setting. You’ll also study ‘Youth in Society,’ developing your understanding of how young people's transitions to adulthood are shaped by their surroundings. You’ll develop skills and knowledge relating to youth voice, empowerment and participation and learn how to develop projects that enable young people to make changes in their own lives.

Year Three
You’ll conduct a dissertation research project in youth and community studies, exploring a topic that you feel passionate about. You’ll also study ‘Young People, Identities and Subcultures’ exploring young people’s individual and collective identities and using media analysis to explore the representation of young people.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed through coursework. There are no exams.

Assessments include activity plans for work with young people, essays, reflective pieces, group presentations, media research-based reports and a manifesto speech. We’ll provide you with regular feedback on how well you are doing and give you regular guidance on how to improve your skills, knowledge and understanding.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is through a mix of lectures, seminars and individual tutorials. Seminars are usually more informal than lectures – they are opportunities for you to discuss, ask questions and get involved in activities and debates. In year one your minimum timetabled time will be 12 hours per week.

You’ll be taught by experienced and respected university staff. In years two and three they’ll introduce you to their specialisms and research interests, through a range of optional modules. You’ll also benefit from visiting speakers – these include headteachers, educational advisers, specialist researchers and international visitors.

Opportunities

Study abroad

If international travels are your thing you may be interested to hear we offer a Certificate in Global Citizenship which you can study for alongside your degree. In addition the Institute for Education offers a Bursary for International Travel.

Work placements, industry links and internships

We think that it's important that you have work experience under your belt when you graduate. That’s why during the course you’ll spend a minimum of ten days in a UK-based youth and community work setting.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £12,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for critical and compassionate students. We value creativity, so the ability to think outside the box is an important trait we look for in candidates.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades BCC - CCC preferred.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) preferred in a related subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum score of 26 points with evidence of an interest in Education.
  • Access to HE courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

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Get ahead

We advise you to gain as much experience in educational settings as you can.

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