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Youth Work and Community Development BA (Hons)

Apply theory to practice in this flexible degree course, and develop skills required to support young people in a range of graduate employment settings.

Available in Clearing. Call (0116) 257 7000 or WhatsApp on 07970 655 800 to secure your place

Overview

Youth work has been described as ‘the science of enabling young people to believe in themselves and build positive futures’ (National Youth Agency).

Working with people primarily aged between 11 and 25 is both a challenging and rewarding career choice and the professionals specialising in this field aim to support a young person to develop both personally and socially.

On this course, you’ll cover the history and development of youth and community work, explore the self, groups and learning, society and social policy, and develop your understanding of social science.

You’ll also be looking at oppression, globalisation, how agencies work together, and community development and management, as well as enhancing your research, practical and managerial skills.

Compulsory work placements in youth and community centres, and schools and voluntary organisations, provide ample opportunity to achieve hands-on experience working alongside professional youth and community workers. And you’ll see, first-hand, some of the issues that can affect young people and their communities.

Key features

  • 100% of our summer 2017 graduates from this course are in work or further study (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2016-17) compared to a sector average of 94.6%.
  • We have one of the UK’s largest youth work teaching and research teams, with an established reputation of more than 55 years’ experience.
  • The course is professionally recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee and validated by the National Youth Agency.
  • Engage in up to 320 hours of practical work placements and volunteering opportunities – while working alongside professionals – in areas such as mentoring, advice and guidance, youth justice, drug and alcohol misuse, homelessness, and arts or sports-based work.
  • Qualify for graduate employment opportunities including detached youth work, community development, school and college positions, mentoring, and work with refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our #DMUglobal programme – during previous trips, our students have focused on the role of young people creating positive social change in Berlin and the issues of poverty, health and social problems in Florida.
  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: L530

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

Location: De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Placements in the East Midlands and optional international study visits.

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: L530

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

Location: De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Placements in the East Midlands and optional international study visits.

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £13,750

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Entry criteria

  • A typical offer is a minimum of 104 from at least two A-levels with a subject at grade C or above, or
  • BTEC National Diploma — Distinction/Merit/Merit, or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma — Distinction/Merit/Merit

Plus five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English.

Alternative qualifications include:

  • Pass in QAA Access to HE with at least 30 level 3 credits at Merit. English GCSE required as separate qualification. Equivalency not accepted within the Access qualification.

We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ Points.

We may still consider applicants that do not meet the GCSE requirements providing they can demonstrate ability or attainment in these subjects in an alternative way; usually through work experience, alternative qualifications or by a University admissions test or interview. All such applicants will be considered on a case by case basis.

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. We may still consider applicants that do not meet the GCSE requirements providing they can demonstrate ability or attainment in an alternative way — usually through work experience, alternative qualifications or by a University admissions test or interview. All such applicants will be considered on a case by case basis.

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.

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

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.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2019 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Accreditations

 

 

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

There may be an opportunity for an international study visit looking at disaffection/marginalisation

  • 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

There may be an opportunity  for an international study visit – looking at Social Policy

  • Research Methods/Negotiated Module 

There may be an opportunity  for an international study visit – European Seminar about Immigration /Super-diversity

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 

There may be the opportunity for an international study visit -The Gambia / Globalisation

  • Practice-Related Research
  • Professional Formation and Action Learning
  • Developing the Professional Practitioner 3

There may be the opportunity for an international Youth Camp

 

You will be taught with a variety of teaching methods, including:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Group Work
  • Problem Solving
  • Guided Reading
  • E-Learning

Assessment methods are covered through:

  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Projects
  • Reflective logs

Each module is taught for two to three hours a day over 11 weeks in the school term.

You are expected to engage in additional self-directed study throughout the course.

Teaching Contact Hours

Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on the optional modules you choose to study. However, typically you will have up to 14 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: Approx. 2 hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week.

Medium group teaching: Approx. 4 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.

Large group teaching: Approx. 8 hours of lectures each week.

Personal study: Approx. 6 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

Currently being considered for re-validation by the National Youth Agency (NYA), it provides a professional qualification recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee, where we consistently achieve the highest scores in professional quality assurance.

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Facilities and features

Hawthorn Building

Substantial investment in Health and Life Sciences has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Meanwhile, the ten-storey Edith Murphy building provides a dedicated learning space, featuring classrooms, a lecture theatre, computer labs and meeting rooms.

Library and learning zones

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers a range of print and online resources to support your studies. Many resources and services can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone. We also have space across campus for group or individual work and study, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology available.

More flexible ways to learn

Our Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has been recognised as leading the university sector. It builds upon our pledge to offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students.

UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures.

This means students can revise taught material in the way which suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

As part of this course you will have the opportunity to complete work placements which offer invaluable professional experience.

In the first year you will undertake supervised practice to support and empower young people in the wider community, while the second and third years involve an assessed practice placement where you can gain experience working on issues including mentoring, advice and guidance, youth justice, drug and alcohol misuse, homelessness, and arts or sports-based work.

Our careers programme #DMUworks can help you secure a placement through activities such as mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and you will be assigned a personal tutor to support you throughout your placement.

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Graduate Careers

Our graduates go on to work in a variety of areas including detached youth work, community development, working with homeless communities, the education sector, with refugees and asylum seekers, mentoring roles, the arts industry, healthcare and youth justice work.

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Students on this course have recently undertaken #DMUglobal trips to places such as Berlin, where they focused on the role of young people as change-makers to create positive social change, and Florida, where they learned about poverty, health and social problems in the area.

 

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