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Youth and Community Work In-Service BA(Hons)

2022-23 (also available for 2023-24)

Start date

26 September 2022


4 years part-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBC

See full entry requirements

Places available (subject to change)


About the course

If you’re looking to progress your career working with young people, community groups and partnerships, then this course could be ideal for you. You’ll already be working in the sector and you’ll have the opportunity to study part-time alongside students studying the full-time Youth and Community Work BA(Hons).

Why Youth and Community Work In-Service?

  • Upon successful completion of the course, you’ll achieve a degree in Youth and Community Work as well as being awarded the professional Youth Work qualification endorsed by the National Youth Agency and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community Work.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to explore a whole range of subjects relating to young people in today’s society, including education, learning and development, society and how groups and communities interact, social policy and inclusion. We’ll also support you in expanding your knowledge and understanding of government policies, current theories and strategies relating to young people.
  • Students undertaking the in-service route to qualification will use their place of work as their main placement. In addition, in your third or fourth year you’ll normally do a secondary placement of approximately 230 hours in an alternative setting.
  • You’ll be taught by an outstanding team of teachers. You’ll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network which feeds directly into course design and delivery and to 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!

I’m pleased that our Youth and Community Work BA(Hons) course scored 100% for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2021.

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Dr Rajesh Patel, 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 a range of practice-focussed themes, including: the common core of skills and knowledge for the workforce; planning, financing and fundraising for projects; safeguarding and health & safety; reflection; and how to develop new and creative ideas for youth and community work projects and programmes. Assessment is typically via a timed test, the development and implementation of a project proposal and a piece of reflective writing at the end of your placement.

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 assessment and a written assignment.

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 and delivering a presentation considering issues or theories related to your course of study and a portfolio of evidence of your developing research and academic skills.

Entry requirements

BBCat A Level or equivalent

112 UCAS tariff points

Merit at T Level

In addition, you must also:

  • have GCSE English Language at grade 4 or above, or grade C if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.
  • have an appropriate voluntary or paid role with a minimum of 10 hours per week within a relevant setting, and a minimum of one year experience in a relevant setting and current post.

Candidates may be considered for entry without meeting the University's minimum entry requirements. You must demonstrate during interview that you have sufficient general academic skills to be able to undertake the course, together with relevant experience.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

What's it like?

Serena Johnson studying Youth and Community Work

Serena graduated with a First Class Honours degree in July 2015.  Serena spoke to us duringher final year of the Youth and Community Work BA(Hons) course at the University of Huddersfield.  Hear about the amazing guidance she's received from staff and how the support of the Enterprise Team has helped get Serena's community enterprise project off the ground.


Your place of work will act as your substantive placement. We’ll help negotiate with your employer to provide you with the opportunities needed to demonstrate the work-based learning outcomes required for successful completion of the course.

In addition, you’ll complete a compulsory placement of approximately 230 hours with another placement provider.This typically takes place in either your third or fourth year of study.

Previous placements have included youth and community centres and projects, youth theatres and other creatively based groups, community centres, housing associations and organisations working to support young people with alcohol and drug issues.

Current students on this course often attend taught sessions for 2 days per week whilst on placement.

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

Aysha Parveen, graduated from Youth and Community Work BA(Hons) in 2017

Your career

This course provides a much sought after professional Youth Work qualification endorsed by the [National Youth Agency|] 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.*

*LinkedIn and Graduate Employment Statistics (GEMS)

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.

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, along with the Student Protection Plan, 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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