Community Development and Youth Work

BA (Hons)

Key Features

  • Industry placement
  • Professional accreditation
  • No academic entry requierments

Full-time

3 years | September 2017 – July 2020

Part-time

4.5 years | September 2017 – January 2021

Course validation

Open University

Professional accreditation

ESB | NYA

Delivered at Ruskin College
Dunstan Road
Old Headington
Oxford, OX3 9BZ

 

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.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Semester

Module

Credits

Assessment

Hours

1

The Reflective and Reflexive Practitioner

20

Presentation (100%)

 

Contact: 45

Independent: 155

1

Values and Pedagogy of Community Development & Youth Work

20

Formative Assessment

 

Essay, 2000w (100%)

Contact: 45

Independent: 155

1 & 2

Critical skills and personal development

(Fieldwork Practice 1)

30

Practice Assessment

3-Way Meeting (100%)

Contact: 78

Independent:

Fieldwork:

2

Counselling and Group Work

30

Case Study, 3000w (50%)

 

Presentation (50%)

Contact: 45

Independent: 255

2

Power and Politics in Communities and Society

20

Essay, 2000w (100%)

Contact: 45

Independent: 155

Year 2 (Level 5)

Semester

Module

Credits

Assessment

Hours

1

Identity, Positionality and Social Justice

20

Formative Presentation

Essay, 2000w (100%)

Contact: 45

Independent: 155

1

Group Work Practitioner

20

Case Study, 2000w (50%)

Contact: 45

Independent: 155

1 & 2

Critical skills and personal development

(Fieldwork Practice 2)

40

3-Way Practice Assessment (75%)

Community Profile Assignment, 2000w (25%)

Contact: 45

Independent:

Fieldwork:

2

Culture, Signs, and Meanings

20

Presentation (100%)

Contact: 45

Independent: 155

2

Anti-Oppressive Experiential Group Work

20

Self & Peer Assessment (50%)

Presentation (50%)

Contact: 45

Independent: 155

Year 3 (Level 6)

Semester

Module

Credits

Assessment

Hours

1

Group Work Project

60

Reflective analysis of student’s own learning 1500w (17%)

 

Reflective Assignment, 4500w (33%)

 

Verbal feedback and peer marking (33%)

 

Practice Assessment (17%)

Contact: 190

Independent: 130

Fieldwork: 280

1 & 2

Research Methods

15

Proposal, 2000w (100%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 114

2

Dissertation

45

Essay, 10000w (100%)

Contact: 80

Independent: 370

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.

 

Fieldwork Practice Hours

Agency and study Hours

Minimum Contact Hours with young people

Level 4 (FP1)

185

85

100

Level 5 (FP2)

335

85

250

Level 6

(FP3)

280

230

50

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.

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 offer a free and confidential counselling service to 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.

 

Please visit our staff webpage to learn about our course tutors.

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.

All candidates must also be able to satisfy the general admissions requirements for Ruskin College on application or at interview:

  • You must demonstrate a commitment to the ethos and vocation of Ruskin College
  • 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.
  • We must receive a satisfactory references for you
  • A satisfactory health check  
  • You must participate in an induction week, which includes sessions on all aspects of the college.

APPLICATIONS

To make an application, complete our online application form

 

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 enquiries@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. Student accommodation costs are: Study Bedroom (standard) £103/week; Study Bedroom (en-suite) £124.50/week.

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 who take up the optional Work Placement module will be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check prior to commencing their programme. This currently costs £59.

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.

Of the graduates in 2016, 75% have successfully obtained employment in the field of youth or community work. Occupations range from managing a youth club, working with Army welfare and working for charities such as Barnardo’s.