Youth Work and Community Development

BA (Hons)

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What you'll study

* All modules are subject to availability

Fees and funding

UK/EU: £9,250

Overseas: £13,500

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Where you'll study

Blended between Hull Campus and work placements

Teaching and Assessment

Typical breakdown of teaching time - based on a core of 1,200 hours per year

Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning
YearScheduledPlacementIndependent Study
Y1 14% 17% 69%
Y2 14% 17% 69%
Final 11% 33% 56%
Y1 0% 5% 95%
Y2 0% 17% 83%
Final 0% 0% 100%

About the course

This is the first undergraduate programme in England and Wales to enable aspiring and practising youth work and community development practitioners to gain an academic degree and two professional qualifications – one for youth work (JNC recognised) and one for community development.

You will have the opportunity to study a wide range of modules over the three years (four and a half years for part-time students), for example - ethics, values and reflective practice in the first year, youth and community justice, global context and international practice in the second year and politics, policy and action and a chance to choose a topic of interest to you to write a dissertation in your third year.

Professional practice placements in a diverse range of settings allow you to apply the theory to the real world of youth work and community development practice. You can tailor placements to suit your particular interests and have the opportunity to apply to conduct an international placement in the second year of study.

We have strong links with local, national and international agencies involved in delivering services and support to young people and communities, and our research-active staff are experts in their fields who bring new insights to the subjects taught and keep them current. 

Throughout the programme you will receive a high level of support and supervision which is characteristic of our School of Education and Social Sciences, in which students enjoy a uniquely friendly and nurturing environment.

Entry requirements

International students

(language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Future prospects

The programme qualifies successful graduates to work in a range of youth work and community development settings in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors. As a graduate with a BA Honours degree and professional qualifications in both youth work and community development you are in a strong position for graduate employment or postgraduate study.

From the start of your course, a friendly team of experienced careers advisers, employer liaison and information staff are here to assist you, whether or not you have any firm ideas about the next step in your career.

We run an extensive programme of events to develop your career awareness, helping you to explore opportunities including employer talks and careers fairs. We offer one-to-one advice and guidance - a truly personal service - which supports you and your career plans - and you will have a named careers adviser for your subject.

The Careers Service offers a range of services including skills workshops, practice interviews and practice ability tests, and have extensive up-to-date information, both online and in printed format, with the latest job vacancies, work experience opportunities and changes to recruitment processes.

We maintain very close links with graduate employers, on local, regional, national and international levels, so we can offer you the best advice available and work closely with academic colleagues and student committees to provide specific opportunities, information and events for your course. Many of our academic programmes offer you the opportunity to undertake an internship or work placement.

One of the things that make our Careers Service stand out from those at other universities is that we continue to offer you careers services beyond your graduation. Once you have begun studying at Hull, we are here to guide you at any point of your studies or subsequent career.

Our Careers Service was one of the first to be accredited against the new Matrix standards - the UK quality standard for advice, information and guidance services.