Youth and Community Studies (Top up) BA(Hons)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18, 2019-20)

Our Youth and Community Studies (Top-up) BA(Hons) course aims to help you into a career working with young people, community groups and partnerships.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

UCAS Code

L4L3

Places available (subject to change)

20

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 478249

About the course

If you’re looking to progress your career working with young people, community groups and partnerships, then this course could be for you.You’ll already have an FdA, Dip HE or equivalent qualification in youth and community work or a similar field and you may already be working in the sector. You’ll have the opportunity to study full-time or part-time alongside students studying the full-time Youth and Community BA(Hons).

As part of the course 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. If you’re already working in the field, you’ll draw on your experience whilst studying the course. Otherwise you’ll be supported in finding a voluntary placement to support your learning.

You’ll be taught by an outstanding team of teachers; in fact we are ranked in the top ten for Education in the Guardian University Guide (2017) for the seventh consecutive year. 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 ours as creative and engaging as possible. Today there are so many opportunities to work alongside young people, their communities and to make a significant difference to their lives - it's a really exciting time!

martin-purcell

Dr Martin Purcell, Course Leader

Placements


If you’re already working in the field, you’ll draw on your experience whilst studying the course. Otherwise you’ll be supported in finding a voluntary placement to support your learning.

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

Entry requirements

The entry requirements currently are:

FdA or Dip HE or equivalent in Youth and Community Work or a related field

In addition you must also: have experience of working on a paid or voluntary basis, with young people or community groups. provide a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

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.

Course Detail

Theorising for Advanced Practitioners

This module gives you the opportunity to link theory with your workplace activity whilst considering some of the most influential concepts in the field of community and informal education. Assessment is typically based on written coursework and the development of a report focusing on your learning and development in placement practice.

Research Methodologies

This module explores a range of research strategies and methods, preparing you to assess the value and significance of different approaches to data collection and analysis within your field of study. You’ll learn how to develop your own research design, and how to collect and analyse information in order to find out new things about a topic that you’re interested in. Coursework typically involves developing your own research proposal.

Major Study

This module allows you to pursue your particular interests and demonstrate the breadth of knowledge, understanding and strengths that you have developed during your degree studies. You’ll be supported through the design and implementation of a small scale piece of educational research into your chosen topic. This module is your opportunity to bring together everything you have learned in a study of your choosing and you'll typically be assessed via a dissertation.

Option modules:

Choose one from a list which may include -

Leadership and Management in Professional Contexts

This module seeks to develop your understanding of theories of leadership, management and the organisation of professional practice. You’ll have the opportunity to explore relevant theory and practical factors such as mentoring arrangements, group structures, staff development and the leadership of change in professional practice. Assessment typically involves the development of an annotated bibliography and a poster presentation.

Helping in Context (Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring)

This module seeks to develop your understanding of theories concerning counselling, coaching and mentoring, thereby positively impacting upon your effectiveness in responding to and working with the needs of individuals in a variety of contexts. Assessment typically involves working with peers to undertake practical counselling skills, coaching or mentoring sessions, and reflecting on the practical assessment in a written piece of coursework.

Communities in Theory and Practice

This module gives you the opportunity to examine a variety of minority and majority faith communities in Britain. It seeks to develop your understanding of the concept of ‘community’ and practical approaches to working in communities including neighbourhoods, communities of faith, interest and practice. You'll also have the opportunity to evaluate the impact of secular society on faith communities and their membership. Assessment is typically via analysis and discussion of current issues and policies and practical research on a defined neighbourhood or community of your choice.

Working with research-active staff, 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.

You’ll be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and interactive workshops. You’ll have a personal tutor assigned to you throughout your degree to support your ongoing wellbeing and ensure that you have a positive learning experience.

Your module specification/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.

Please note:
• Modules may be amended in order to ensure the currency of this professionally validated course.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. You can study this course on a part-time basis but, as this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

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. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  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.

*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.

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.

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

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

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 Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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