Community Development and Youth Work

BA (Hons)

Full and Part Time Options

September 2017

Three Years (FT) or Four and a Half Years (PT)

Contact us: 01865 759600 enquiries@ruskin.ac.uk

Do you want to put something back into your community? If so, this course will enable you to reflect and theorise your life experiences so that you are able to understand the challenges people and their communities face and help them make positive changes.

This is why finding your voice and confidence as a student is crucial to your success and development in this field and it is central to what we do.

If you want to make a real difference to the lives and life chances of young people and their communities then this course will equip you with the critical skills and experience needed to do so.  

Students receive all course information on enrolment, and timetables are available on the first day of the course.

All modules on this course are compulsory.

Semester

Module

Credits

Assessment

Hours

1

The Reflective and Reflexive Practitioner

20

Presentation (100%)

Contact: 45

Self-directed: 200

1

Values and Pedagogy of Community Development & Youth Work

20

Formative Assessment (0%)

Essay, 2000w (100%)

Contact: 45

Self-directed: 200

1 & 2

Critical skills and personal development Fieldwork Practice 1

30

Practice Assessment (0%)

3-Way Meeting (100%)

Contact: 78

Self-directed: 300

2

Counselling and Group Work

30

Case Study, 3000w (50%)

Presentation (50%)

Contact: 45

Self-directed: 300

2

Power and Politics in Communities and Society

20

Essay, 2000w (100%)

Contact: 45

Self-directed: 200

The course involves nine hours of teaching and one hour of tutorials each week.  You are also expected to complete 800 hours of fieldwork practice. Part-time students will be expected to attend around six hours of teaching per week.

There are no exams associated with this programme. Assessment is through coursework, essays, presentations and case studies, and we aim to return marked work with feedback within 3 weeks of the submission date.

 Tutors in this course have extensive experience of working with local, regional and national organisations both in the voluntary and statutory sectors. Fieldwork placements are arranged by students in negotiation with course tutors and the host agency.

There are no geographical limits to where a placement can be located, but previous fieldwork placements in Oxfordshire include:

… and many more.

After successful completion of course you will be awarded a BA (Honours) in Community Development and Youth Work, awarded by the Open University. The community Development component is recognised by Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning (ESB), and the Youth Work component is recognised by the National Youth Agency (NYA).

LEARNING DEVELOPMENT

We have a Learning Development office that offers free one-to-one tutorials for support with the following:

  • Individual study support, e.g. essay-writing, reading and note taking, or study confidence
  • English as a foreign language
  • Specific cognitive or physical learning needs, e.g. Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, ASC, Paraplegia.

Learning Development tutorials can be face-to-face, over the phone, or via Skype, and run in addition to your subject tutorials. Library and computing staff are also available for support in their specific areas.

Questions to do with the Library are best addressed to the library staff.  Questions to do with Computing are best addressed to the Computing Staff, who are available at different times. 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

We have a free and confidential counselling service to all students.

Ruskin College supports counselling as part of this mission. We regard emotional intelligence as an integral aspect of learning, towards which counselling has much to offer. In order to transform society, individuals must first learn to transform themselves. Counselling at Ruskin extends beyond the traditional notion of support for mental health issues, into the realm of personal and professional development.

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The course involves nine hours of teaching and one hour of tutorials each week.  You are also expected to complete 800 hours of fieldwork practice. Part-time students will be expected to attend around six hours of teaching per week.

You will be required to submit a range of coursework each semester involving essays, presentations and reflective recordings. Tutors in this course  have extensive experience of working with local, regional and national organisations both in the voluntary and statutory sectors. There are no exams associated with this programme. Assessment is through coursework, essays, presentations and case studies. After successful completion of course you will be awarded a BA (Honours) in Community Development and Youth Work (ESB and JNC recognised).

Tutors on this course:

Baljeet Singh Gill

Steph Green

Dr Muhammed Khan

   

Baljeet Gill (Programme Co-ordinator)

I started off my youth and community work career in 1973 as a senior helper, volunteer, and part-time youth worker… more 

Steph Green (Lecturer)

I have worked as a Youth and Community Worker in NW England for many years. I qualified as a youth and community worker in 1987 at Manchester Metropolitan University… more 

Muhammad Khan (Lecturer)

The issues and questions that animate my writing and research have often centred on issues of identity and belonging.  This has often meant that my approach to subjects have been inter-disciplinary drawing on religion, humanities generally and pedagogy… more 

Entry Requirements & How to Apply MORE INFORMATION

Ruskin College is committed to widening participation and has no specific Level 3 academic entry requirements for students to study on its higher education programmes. Students must demonstrate that they have the ability to benefit from studying the programme and fulfil the learning outcomes of the programme. Students must demonstrate an interest in the field of study they wish to undertake. Students may be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check prior to commencing their programme if they plan to undertake external work experience or placement opportunities offered by that programme.

We do however require students to have significant life/work experiences to demonstrate they have an understanding of the needs of young people and the communities to which they belong.

If you have a Certificate of Higher Education or 120 Credits in a relevant subject you may be eligible for direct entry onto the second year of this course (level 5).

Similarly, if you have a Diploma of Higher Education or 240 Credits in a relevant subject you may be eligible for direct entry onto the third year of this course (at level 6).

Apply now.

Students are able to meet with our Student Money Adviser before enrolling on the course to discuss any fees or funding issues. For more information, contact Helen Heath: hheath@ruskin.ac.uk

FEES

Home/EU tuition fees are £9,000 per year for full time students. The International fee is £9,000 per year. Part time student fees are £6,750 per year.

Fees are payable to Ruskin College on enrolment. Please note that these fees may be subject to change. Subject to eligibility, most full and part time students will be eligible to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company.

MAINTENANCE

Subject to eligibility, full time students may be eligible to apply for help with their living costs with a Maintenance Grant/Loan. Part time students are not eligible for any financial help with maintenance.

FUNDING

Funding is available from Student Finance England if you live in England (www.gov.uk/studentfinance, 0845 300 5090). If you live in other parts of the UK please contact Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Award Agency for Scotland. International students will be responsible for the payment of their own tuition fees. Further information on funding can be found here.

OTHER COSTS

Once offered a place, full-time students can apply for a single study bedroom for the entire academic year. Accommodation for students on site is of a high standard, recently-refurbished and offering study/bedrooms in small blocks on the peaceful, semi-rural campus.

Students who are not resident in college need to budget for transport to the college, and for placement - although we try to ensure placements are as close to residency as possible. All students will need to consider the additional costs of books and stationery items – although much of the reading material that you need will be available in the college library.

Students from this course  typically work in open youth and community centres, specific targeted work, drug and rehabilitation, housing, schools, colleges and the police-force.  Others have gone on to work internationally in places such as New Zealand, Australia and a variety of African countries.