Youth and Community Work In-Service BA(Hons)

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

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

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Our Youth and Community Work in-service BA(Hons) course aims to help you to progress your career working with young people, community groups and partnerships.

Start date

24 September 2018


4 years part-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBC

See full entry requirements

Places available (subject to change)


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 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 BA(Hons).

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; 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.

At a time when the provision of youth work and other services for young people and communities is changing, it is important that you receive the best quality opportunities to develop your understanding and skills.  This course provides you with a good balance of taught sessions and time spent on placement, working with experienced practitioners delivering support to young people in a variety of settings.  You will be challenged throughout your time on the course, and exposed to some excellent teaching and practice, helping you to hone your skills and generate a deep understanding of what is needed to be an effective practitioner.  On completing this course, you will be in a good position to find work in your chosen field, following in the footsteps of our successful graduates. 


Dr Martin Purcell, Course Leader


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

Ayesha Perveen, Student

Entry requirements

BBCat A Level or equivalent

112 UCAS tariff points

  • have GCSE English at grade 5 or above, or grade C if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.
  • have experience of working on a paid or voluntary basis, with young people or community groups.
  • provide a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health clearances

Candidates over the age of 21 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.

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

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.

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.

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. As this course is both an academic and professional qualification, you’ll attend taught sessions at the University and in your third or fourth year you will undertake a placement of approximately 230 hours in another setting.

Each year you’ll have the opportunity to study a range of relevant subjects as follows:

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.

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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