Youth and Community Work BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

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Places available in clearing. Find out more.

Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

3 years full-time

UCAS Code

L530

About the course

If you would like to work with young people and help them reach their full potential, or play a part working in the community with local groups then this Youth and Community Work degree could help you get the qualification and experience you need.

The course doesn’t just lead to a degree in Youth and Community Work – upon successful completion you’ll also be awarded your professional Youth Work qualification. As it’s endorsed by the National Youth Agency (nya.org.uk) and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community Work, this qualification could help you stand out from the crowd.

During your studies you’ll have the chance to study a whole range of subjects relating to young people in today’s society. You’ll look at education, learning and development, and explore how groups and communities interact. You’ll also be able to study social policy and inclusion.

We’ll give you the opportunity to gain a wider knowledge and understanding of government policies, as well as the current theories and strategies to do with how young people act. You’ll also have the chance to study a wide range of broader topics, including controversial issues like what society can do to prevent child sexual exploitation or violent extremism.

The course is designed to be an extremely practical introduction to your subject. In fact, we aim to give you at least 800 hours of practical , hands-on experience in a wide range of settings. You could be working in youth and community centres, youth projects, youth theatres and other creatively based groups. Some students have even taken placements up in housing associations and organisations working to support young people with alcohol and drug issues.

With such an emphasis on placements and work experience, it’s a great opportunity to develop your practical knowledge and skills – exactly what employers in the real world are looking for.

During your time at Huddersfield you’ll be able to access our extensive professional and academic network, not to mention our excellent facilities and specialist equipment.

The pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning is absolutely key - we've gone as far as exploring the use of gaming and even Lego to make our course as creative and engaging as possible. Today, there are so many opportunities to work alongside young people and their communities, and to make a significant difference to their lives - it's a really exciting time to train for this important profession!

martin-purcell

Dr Martin Purcell, Course Leader

Course detail

Core modules:

Foundations for Practice

This module helps prepare you to participate fully in the fieldwork elements of the Youth and Community Work course. You’ll explore the common core of skills and knowledge for the workforce, about planning, financing projects and fundraising, safeguarding, health and safety and development ideas for youth and community work projects and programmes. Assessment is typically via a timed test and the development of a project proposal.

Self Society and Welfare

This module helps develop your understanding of society. You'll examine social issues in society, such as poverty and inequality, and how the state responds to them through ‘welfare’, as well as through ‘rights’ and ‘citizenship’. Assessment typically involves the completion of a timed test and a written assignment.

Perspectives in Learning and Development

You’ll be introduced to the theories and research that underpin development and learning for children, young people and adults and consider key concepts that explain the basis of development and learning. Assessment typically involves the production of a display and a timed test.

Theories and Strategies for Learning

This module encourages the development of the academic study and communication skills necessary for successful study at degree level. Assessment typically includes preparing an essay considering issues or theories related to your course of study and a portfolio of evidence of your developing research and academic skills.

On this course you’ll have the opportunity to explore aspects of individual, educational and social development of young people, and learn how to help them develop into confident adults. As this course is both an academic and professional qualification, you’ll attend taught sessions at the University and go out on work placements.

Each year you’ll have the opportunity to study a range of relevant subjects and you’ll be encouraged to develop your own particular interests by choosing some option modules after Year 1.

You’ll be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and interactive workshops. 18.3% of the study time on the Youth and Community course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.You’ll also have a personal tutor assigned to you throughout your degree to support your ongoing wellbeing and ensure that you have a positive learning experience.

You’ll also be assessed on your performance in your work placements, commonly by a report from your fieldwork supervisor in conjunction with University staff.

Your course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Entry requirements

To find out if you are eligible for this course, please call our Clearing helpline on 0330 123 227701484 472777.

In addition to the academic entry requirements, the following requirements apply:

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required.

Placements


A significant amount of your learning takes place whilst on placement. In fact you’ll benefit from a minimum of 800 hours of practical, hands-on experience in a diverse range of settings. Previous placements have included youth and community centres and projects, youth theatres and other arts-based organisations, community centres, housing associations and organisations working to support young people with alcohol and drug issues, those excluded from schools with Pupil Referral Units and those seeking to prevent child sexual exploitation and violent extremism.

Your placement could be in Huddersfield or surrounding areas, so please consider any travelling costs you may incur.

My placements have really opened my eyes. I've been able to work alongside young offenders and my current placement is working with young people with learning difficulties. Both have been a real challenge and it's made me realise just how many opportunities are open to me.

Ayesha Perveen>

Ayesha Perveen, Student

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


This course provides a much sought after professional Youth Work qualification endorsed by the [National Youth Agency|http://www.nya.org.uk/] and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community Work. This course could enable you to consider a wide range of careers in youth and community settings, including youth offending teams, housing associations, organisations supporting people with alcohol and drug issues and community centres. Previous graduates have also progressed into teaching, social work and learning disability support worker roles.**

*Percentage of graduates from this subject area at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

**LinkedIn and Graduate Employment Statistics (GEMS)

90% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Education and Professional Development, which you would be a part of should you decide to study this course. The school provides you with support in a variety of areas, these include:

Student Support Office (iPoint): a one-stop-shop for students, studying within the School. Here you can get help and advice, including checking your timetable, finding a tutor, handing in assessments. We can also refer you to other departments within the University such as, student finance, student services etc.

Academic Skills Tutor: provides guidance about how you can develop your academic skills in order to improve your grades. We provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness. 

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Placements, Employability and Partnerships An enormous part of your learning takes place whilst on placement.  To help you get the best possible experience we operate an extensive professional network giving you the opportunity to access a wide range of high quality placement providers. Our professional network includes links with local authorities, schools, colleges, early years settings, voluntary organisations, youth services and youth offending teams to offer you real-life experience whilst you study. Our placements team offer you help to find your placement and support you through it.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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