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Youth Work and Community Development BA (Hons)

About the course


Youth and Community Development allows you to work alongside the professionals in practical work placements in order to effectively support and empower young people. A highly flexible degree, you will learn a proven set of transferable skills which enable you to work in a wide range of areas.

Reasons to study Youth and Community Development at DMU Leicester

  • One of the UK’s largest youth work teaching and research teams, we have an established reputation of more than 50 years
  • Validated by the National Youth Agency and professionally recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee
  • We aim to make a global difference- our current students have worked on projects to combat inequality in The Gambia and we are working alongside the Japanese Prime Minister’s Policy Advisor to address youth labour issues in Japan
  • Practical work placements and volunteer opportunities within the sector enhance your learning experience
  • Develop your skills to support and empower young people and the wider community
  • 100 per cent of graduates seeking to enter employment or further study are successful within six months of completing the course (DLHE 2013/12014) 

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Key facts

UCAS course code: L530

Duration: Three years full-time, three to six years part-time

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above including English

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 260 from at least two A levels with a subject at grade C or above


  • BTEC National Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit
Further information about BTEC equivalencies

International Baccalaureate: 28+

Access course (started before September 2014)
Pass. English GCSE equivalency of 12 level two credits required.

Access to HE Diploma (started after September 2014)
Pass Access qualification. The GCSE requirement is still under review. An update of our entry requirements will be given on our website and on UCAS as soon as it is available.

Interview: Yes. Professional conduct during the event will also contribute to the decision making regarding an applicant’s application.

Work experience
One year's direct practical experience in a youth-related environment either statutory or voluntary prior to the start of the course

This course welcomes mature students and values their experience. In some cases an alternative experiential and academic profile may be accepted for entry.

You must complete a declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service application form before starting the course, which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admissions policy. Contact us for up-to-date information. 

English language requirements:
If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

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Personal statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence
  • If relevant for the course - work and life experience

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods include:

  • Lecturers
  • Scenarios/simulations
  • Role play
  • Small group discussions
  • Various practical work-based tasks 

Your precise timetable will depend on your modules, you will normally attend around 14 hours of timetabled taught sessions, plus 18 hours of placements/voluntary work, and 5.5 hours of independent learning and group-work tasks per week.

There are no exams, but each module has several different assignments including written essays, presentations, group projects and reports. Assessment of field practice is through observation, reports, and an accompanying portfolio of evidence.

Employer-based students normally attend one or two days a week. 

Course modules

First year

The first year explores the history and development of youth and community work and other services that work with young people. It includes work around identity and anti-oppressive practice and observation of different organisations that work with young people.

  • Learning, Education and Youth Work
  • Youth and Community Work in Context
  • The Self in Context
  • Developing the Professional Practitioner 1

Second year

The second year develops skills and understanding of youth and community work, society and social policy, along with your ability to identify and tackle oppression. It promotes a greater understanding of inter-agency work, community development and management.

  • Black Perspectives
  • Developing the Professional Practitioner 2
  • Context, Management and Governance
  • Research Methods

Third year

The third year focuses on enhancing your research skills, increasing your understanding of social issues and extending your range of practical and managerial skills.

  • Globalisation and Global Youth Work
  • Practice-Related Research
  • Professional Formation and Action Learning
  • Developing the Professional Practitioner 3

Academic expertise

The Youth and Community Division is one of the largest teaching teams in the UK, with more than 50 years’ experience.

Industry links and professional accreditation

Validated by the National Youth Agency (NYA), it provides a professional qualification recognised by the JNC, where we consistently achieve the highest scores in professional quality assurance.

Work experience and placements

In the first year you will carry out voluntary work to support and empower young people in the wider community. This takes place in settings from youth and community centres to schools and voluntary organisations; where you will provide informal education programmes to stimulate creativity and learning.

The second and third years involve assessed practice placements. You gain experience in an exciting range of organisations and projects, working on issues including mentoring, advice and guidance, youth justice, homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse, global youth work and arts and sports based work.

Employer-based students normally carry out the first placement with their employer and the practice placement in a new work environment.

Placements provide the opportunity to have hands-on experience and to learn directly from working professionals. (please note, that there maybe travel costs associated with placement attendance).

Learn more about our Placement opportunities

Graduate careers

Graduates with a professional qualification have a proven range of transferable skills and employment opportunities include:

  • Detached youth work
  • Community Development
  • Connexions
  • Children’s trusts and schools
  • Mentoring
  • The arts
  • Health
  • Youth justice work

At DMU, our range of postgraduate courses further enhances your knowledge and professional development.

Learn more about graduate employability and careers

Fees and funding

Full-time £9,000
6 Year Course £3,950
Band 1 £12,250

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Additional costs

It is likely there will be some additional costs wherever you choose to study. Here at DMU, we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist laboratories and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs, which vary from course to course. We provide full details of all course fees, but these extra costs may include general living expenses, field trips, travel for work placement opportunities, materials, additional text books and others such as supplementary printing.


Learn more about our undergraduate scholarships and awards information.


Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

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How to apply

Applications for undergraduate courses from UK/EU applicants must go through UCAS, you can fill out an application form through their website If you do not have regular access to the internet or find it difficult to fill out applications online you can request an alternative format from UCAS either through their website or via the contact details below.

International students can apply to study at DMU using our online applications portal.

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Contact details

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Telephone enquiries: +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70

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