Community Development and Youth Work

This is a three-year full time or four and a half-year part time undergraduate course.

If you are a full-time student you will be required to attend the College two days a week. In addition you will be expected to attend placements for approximately 16 hours per week from January - June.

If you are a part-time student you will be required to attend the College one day a week. In addition you will be expected to attend placements for approximately 16 hours per week from January - December.

This course is aimed at students with prior experience of youth or community work or with life experience that has enhanced their understanding of these areas. It is built on a strong commitment to furthering equality of opportunity, social justice and anti-oppressive practice and outcomes, both for students themselves and for the people with whom they work during their studies and in the longer term. The approach is founded on the principles, values and ethics of the profession, within an experiential learning environment.

The academic aspect of the course is validated by The Open University and the professional validation is by the NYA (National Youth Agency) and the ESB (Endorsement Standards Board).

 

This is a three-year full time or four and a half-year part time undergraduate course.

If you are a full-time student you will be required to attend the College two days a week. In addition you will be expected to attend placements for approximately 16 hours per week from January - June.

If you are a part-time student you will be required to attend the College one day a week. In addition you will be expected to attend placements for approximately 16 hours per week from January - December.

This course is aimed at students with prior experience of youth or community work or with life experience that has enhanced their understanding of these areas. It is built on a strong commitment to furthering equality of opportunity, social justice and anti-oppressive practice and outcomes, both for students themselves and for the people with whom they work during their studies and in the longer term. The approach is founded on the principles, values and ethics of the profession, within an experiential learning environment.

The academic aspect of the course is validated by The Open University and the professional validation is by the NYA (National Youth Agency) and the ESB (Endorsement Standards Board).

 


The National Youth Agency (NYA) is the validating body for all Youth and Community programmes in England and Wales. Each year they monitor and analyse the quality of each programme and Ruskin’s Youth and Community Work programme was awarded the highest category possible of “Satisfactory with Distinction”. As a team, we are very proud of developing and maintaining the highest possible standards and this is reflected in the quality of the work that students produce and their active participation in ensuring that their learning experience is exemplary.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply MORE INFORMATION

All candidates must be able to satisfy the general admissions requirements for Ruskin College Oxford.

If you have a Certificate of Higher Education or 120 Credits in a relevant subject and are JNC qualified you may be eligible for direct entry onto year two of this course.

Applicants who have successfully completed a Certificate/Diploma or Foundation Degree in Community Development and Youth Work and are already National Youth Agency JNC qualified but who wish to raise their qualification to that of a full BA (Honours) Degree in Community Development and Youth Work can apply for direct entry into Level 6 (third) year of the BA (Hons).

All students are asked to disclose ANY previous criminal conviction (including cautions, warnings, and reprimands) however long ago they occurred and whether as a juvenile or an adult. In addition, students will be required to undergo an up to date enhanced criminal records check and to receive clearance before undertaking any placement.

Where a student has a previous conviction, caution, warning or reprimand this may not be an automatic bar to entry onto the course, but it will be given full consideration and may be subject to a risk assessment.

The programme seeks to develop reflective and reflexive practitioners and to educate and train students 
who are not only aware of the professional and academic value-base, but actively committed to the 
principles they embody. The programme aspires to enhance the professionalism of youth work theory 
and practice, through the continued application of experiential learning of anti-oppressive practice.

 

Level 4 (Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People)

  • The Reflexive and Reflective Practitioner
  • The Values and Pedagogy of Community Development  and Youth Work Power 
  • Politics in Communities & Society
  • Counselling & Group Work
  • Critical Skills & Personal Development Fieldwork Practice

Level 5 (Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People)

  • Identity, Positionality and Social Justice
  • Group Work Practioner
  • Culture, Signs and Meanings
  • Anti-Oppresive Experimental Group Work
  • Critical Skills and Personal Development Fieldwork Practice

Level 6 (BA Hons) 

  • Group Work Project
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Subject Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed the BA (Hons) Community Development and Youth Work course you will:

  • Know about and critically define key features and purposes of youth and community work
  • Know about and understands the function of reflective and reflexive practice and the experiential learning cycle
  • Know about, understands and puts into practice the role of the professional worker in youth and community work
  • Know about the management, organisation and administration of youth and community work
  • Comprehend the processes by which youth and community work can be monitored and evaluated
  • Know about the history and development of community development and youth work and understands its relevance
  • Know about key legislation relating to young people and community develpment and youth work, understands its relevance and how it applies aspects in practice
  • Know about and understands theories and principles underpinning youth work practice
  • Understand theories of adolescence and development
  • Know about the relationship between communities and their cultures
  • Understand theoretical perspectives for the analysis of cultural representation, and demonstrates an understanding of oppression
  • Understand relevant ethical frameworks.

 

Creative and Cognitive Skills
Having successfully completed this course you will be able to:

  • Identify social and economic circumstances influencing communities and individuals
  • Identify structural, environmental and individual factors contributing to social inequalities
  • Critically analyse differing explanations for these inequalities and can distinguish between them
  • Identify equal opportunities issues affecting the role of the informal educator
  • Systematically reflect on the changing nature of the political, policy and economic environment within which youth and community work takes place, and differing explanations for these changes
  • Critically examine the representation of young people in popular culture using appropriate theoretical frameworks.

 

Key Skills
Having successfully completed the course you will be able to:

  • Build relationships with young people that enable them to explore and make sense of their experiences, and plan and take action.
  • Facilitate young people’s learning and personal and social development.
  • Enable communities to organise, and take increasing responsibility for activities, events and projects.
  • Work with young people in accordance with the core values of youth work.
  • Plan, manage and develop youth and community work programmes.
  • Support and develop effective, efficient and ethical practice in youth and community work
  • Develops the skill, value and knowledge identified as the foundation of youth and community work practice
  • Demonstrate effective face-to-face skills when working with young people, and others
  • Work developmentally in, and with, communities and community groups
  • Demonstrate professional competence and integrity
  • Plan, develop and contribute to the management of youth and community work programmes
  • Support and develop effective, efficient and ethical practices in youth and community work
  • Demonstrate a commitment to, and the ability of, a reflective and reflexive practitioner who can link theory with practice
  • Develop research skills appropriate to youth and community work including skills related to needs analysis and practice-based research
  • Undertake development projects specific to youth and community work practice
  • Undertake development projects specific to anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice
  • Evaluate own, and others’, professional practice.

This course starts in September.
Applications close 15th August.

Community Development and Youth Work career destinations are in local authority youth services all over the country and in a wide range of voluntary sector youth work organisations, including centre-based, detached (neighbourhood and community-based) and faith-related projects. Opportunities also exist for qualified workers to work in a range of other settings of professions including: Schools, Drug Agencies, Women's Refuge, Community Work, Youth Offending services and Connexions.

You can apply for courses at Ruskin College online or you can download a pdf of our application form

Send printed application forms to: 
Academic Registrar, Ruskin College, Ruskin Hall, Dunstan Road, Old Headington, Oxford, OX3 9BZ

You can request a hard copy of the application form to be sent to you by contacting Reception at Ruskin Hall on 01865 759600 or email enquiries@ruskin.ac.uk

You may also apply for this course online through UCAS. The UCAS course code is L590

When filling in the application form please ensure that you complete the personal statement section in full and ensure that you include the contact details of two references. Incomplete applications will be returned.

To discuss your application or the course, please contact Bal Gill (Tutor) Tel: 01865 759613 Mobile: 07764 244398

  1. Home/EU tuition fee is £9000 per year with the part-time fee being the same but over the 4.5 years.

  2. The only additional cost would be for travelling to your fieldwork practice.We attempt to ensure that this is located geographically near to the student’s residence if at all possible.