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

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.   

This degree is validated by the Open University. The professional qualifications are validated by English Standards Board and the National Youth Agency.

Year 1

  • The Reflective and Reflexive Practitioner

  • The Values and Pedagogy of Community Development and Youth Work

  • Power and Politics in Communities and Society

  • Counselling and Group Work

  • Critical skills and Personal Development (Fieldwork Practice 1 )

Year 2

  • Identity, Positionality and Social Justice

  • Group Work Practitioner

  • Culture, Signs and Meaning

  • Anti-Oppressive Experiential Group Work

  • Critical Skills and Personal Development (Fieldwork Practice 2)

Year 3

  • Group Work Project (Field Work Practice 3)

  • Research Methods

  • Dissertation

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


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.


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 is available from Student Finance England if you live in England (, 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.


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.

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.

All candidates must be able to satisfy the general admissions requirements for Ruskin College. These are:

  • You must demonstrate a commitment to the ethos and vocation of Ruskin College

  • You must have the ability to benefit from study at this level

  • Selection interviews are conducted as a two-way process in which you can make an informed decision about the suitability of the programme for you.

  • You must obtain medical clearance

  • We must receive two satisfactory references for you

  • You will be subject to a Probationary First Term

  • You will do an online literacy assessment

  • If you are a Social Work or Youth and Community Work student we must receive an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check for you

  • You must participate in an induction week, which includes sessions on all aspects of the college.

Apply now.

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.