Community Development & Youth Work (BA Hons)
Young people are our future. Study on our Community Development & Youth Work degree and you will gain the confidence, skills and understanding you need to bring about real positive change to the lives and life chances of young people and their communities.
Purpose: Higher Education
Duration: 3 years full-time/4½ years part-time
Course Validation: The Open University
Next course: Starts September 2020
What are the qualifications about?
Community development and youth work is about making a difference in society, and this programme aims to equip you with the skills to make that difference, and to help you to use your own life experiences to develop solutions to deal with social issues relating to young people and communities. Through informal learning settings, you will get ready to work with young people and community groups, whilst developing the academic skills you need to succeed in the field.
The course is professional accredited by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning (ESB).
Who are they for?
If you have previous experience within youth or community work, or life experience which has enhanced your understanding of these areas, this would be a great course for you.
What do I need?
There is no specific level 3 qualification required but you will need English at Level 2 and a commitment to achieving Level 2 in Maths during the course. You will also need to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.
Why choose Ruskin College?
Each year the National Youth Agency (NYA) monitor the quality of each programme and our Youth and Community Work programme was awarded the highest category of ‘Satisfactory with Distinction.’
Ruskin has a remarkable history of community engagement and development, alongside a reputation for excellence in social science studies.
You will study in a challenging and supportive learning environment with a small learning group approach which really focuses on you.
What sorts of things do they cover?
- The Reflective and Reflexive Practitioner
- Values and Pedagogy of Community Development & Youth Work
- Practice 1: Critical Skills and Personal Development
- Counselling and Group Work
- Power and Politics in Communities and Society
- Identity, Positionality & Social Justice
- Group Work Practitioner
- Fieldwork Practice 2: Critical Skills and Personal Development
- Culture, Signs and Meanings
- Anti-Oppressive Experiential Group Work
- Group Fieldwork Project
- Research Methods
How will I learn and be assessed?
You will be assessed through coursework, essays, presentations and case studies. There are no exams. You will get nine hours of teaching and one hour of tutorials each week (full-time), and complete 800 hours of fieldwork practice.
Previous fieldwork placements in Oxfordshire include Leys CDI, Wolvercote Young People’s Club, Trax and Base 33.
How long do they take?
Completing the Community Development and Youth Work BA (Hons) usually takes:
- 3 years full time
- 4½ years part time
What jobs could they lead to?
After Ruskin, our students have gone on to have wide and varied careers, as well as those who have continued their academic careers elsewhere.
Some career paths you might consider include community development practitioners, youth workers, and in allied roles in the housing, health, education, care, justice and leisure fields.
Some of our students have chosen to go on to do a Masters in a range of subjects including Community and Youth Work, Women’s Studies or Counselling.
Approximately 75% of graduates get jobs in youth and community work.
What would it cost me?
£9,000 per year full-time, £6,750 per year part-time (not including enhanced DBS check for work placement). For more information visit our University Programmes Fees and Funding page.