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Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Youth Work and Community Development

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: L531

What you'll study

Join the first course in England and Wales to offer both a degree and professional qualifications in youth work and community development.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Introduction to Youth Work and Community Development

    This module explores the key concepts of youth, community and society, encouraging you to think about social constructions. It provides you with an understanding of what youth work and community development is and gives you different models of practice to work from.

  • Foundations for Academic and Professional Practice

    You will be supported in identifying strategies to enhance your academic experience. This module provides opportunities to develop the skills required for study in higher education. You will gain foundation knowledge and skills required for professional practice including National Occupational Standards for Youth Work (2012) and Community Development (2015).

  • Concepts and Engagement Strategies

    Explore participative ways of working with young people and communities. You will discover creative tools and techniques to engage people by building trusting relationships using informal learning, group work and dialogue. You'll hear from practitioners in the field discussing their innovative ways of working and study the theories of participation and engagement by exploring good practice together with the pitfalls and dangers encountered in poor practice.

  • Ethics, Values and Reflective Practice

    This module will support you to examine ethical thinking, reflective practice and the theories which underpin your professional development. You will be encouraged to self reflect, think ethically and analyse professional practice cohesions and dilemmas.

  • Education and Social Change

    This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore different forms of education including formal, informal and critical pedagogy. You will see how education can be a vehicle for social change, helping people to imagine a better world through working towards social justice. This module enables you to explore and design exciting, creative and radical approaches to learning with young people and communities.

  • Professional Practice Placement 1

    You will undertake a 300 hour professional practice placement in an agreed setting. On placement, you will develop practice around required areas of the National Occupation Standards for Youth Work (2012) and the National Occupational Standards for Community Development (2015). You will develop as a reflective practitioner and work with key theories to understand the professional values and ethics that shape your own practice and others'.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Youth and Community Justice

    Develop a critical understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to practice effectively and ethically within the contemporary youth justice system and in the context of community interventions. Use practice-based case studies to explore the ever changing context of work within the youth and community justice system in UK and further afield.

  • Global Context and International Practice

    Explore the impact of the socio-economic and political contexts framing global connectedness and its positive and negative impacts. You will be able to draw on practice-based examples from an international perspective to compare and contrast with a UK context and consider the requirements of working internationally with young people and communities.

  • Diversity and Difference

    Explore key theories including social justice, equality, and human rights to analyse diversity and difference on personal, cultural and structural levels and evaluate how these relate to practice. You will critique power theories and analyse these using critically reflective processes in the context of your own emergent professional practice.

  • Health and Wellbeing

    Develop your analysis of key theories used to understand health and the promotion of health. Learn about how factors such as poverty impact on health and explore key health issues, such as mental health, sexual health and substance use.

  • Research

    You will learn about a range of research practices within the field of social research, including the importance of ethics in research, different research methods and how to collect and analyse data.

  • Professional Practice Placement 2

    You will undertake 300 hours of professional practice, experience different organisational structures, reflect on your own and others practice experience and integrate relevant theory. You will follow a new and challenging programme of work that provides you with opportunities to develop practice competence across the required National Occupational Standards for Youth Work (2012), the National Occupational Standards for Community Development (2015) and their underpinning values.

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Dissertation Projects (Youth Work)

    Choose your own subject for an extended study related to youth work and community development. You'll build on and develop your knowledge, skills and experience from across the programme. This offers you the chance to develop an in-depth knowledge in a subject of interest. You will have the opportunity to conduct your own primary research exploring social issues with relevant people in the field.

  • Policy, Politics and Action

    There are major problems in the UK in relation to fairness, equality and social justice and many of these impact disproportionately on young people. The module divides into two interconnected parts. Firstly, you will consider how and why injustice continues in the UK and how it impacts upon young people. You'll then consider how to engage young people in challenging injustice and how to support them in playing a positive and meaningful role in processes for change.

  • Managing Self and Others

    This module enables you to develop your knowledge and skills in managing yourself, others and practice. You will explore leadership and management styles and learn about key aspects of project delivery and management, including funding, monitoring, evaluation and partnership working.

  • Contemporary Themes in Theory and Practice

    You will engage in a critical evaluation of global, national and local issues that affect children, young people, families and communities. For example, mental health, poverty, crime and child exploitation.

  • Professional Practice Placement 3

    You will undertake 300 hours of professional practice in an agreed placement setting. Through this experience, you will plan, deliver and evaluate a new piece of work or project. You will reflect on your own practice and others', including the role of professional values and ethics. You will also integrate relevant learning to your ongoing practice, demonstrating competence across the relevant National Occupational Standards for Youth Work (2012) and National Occupational Standards for Community Development (2015).

"I feel really proud to be a student at Hull. And I really encourage people to come and try it. It feels like home."

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More about this 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 and one for community development.

  • 99% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduating (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018)
  • This course is accredited by the National Youth Agency (with JNC recognition) and the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning.
  • Strong relationships with local, national and international agencies mean that we can provide you with high-quality placements.

Our research-active staff are experts in their fields. They bring new insights to the subjects they teach and make sure the content is right up to date. You can tailor placements to suit your interests and you can apply to go on an international placement in your second year.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

5%

95%

Second year

8%

92%

Final year

8%

92%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Set yourself up for a rewarding career making a real difference to the lives of children, young people, and adults.

Youth Work and Community Development students gain two professional qualifications – one for youth work and one for community development.

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit

Applicants must also attend an interview. This allows us to check your suitability to practice and ensure we know about any additional support needs that you may have. Criminal convictions do not necessarily prevent acceptance on the course, but some may be regarded by an employer as excluding you from practice. A Disclosure and Barring Service check is required.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

International students

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 academic 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.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

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

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Future prospects

The programme qualifies successful graduates to work in a range of youth work and community development settings in the public, 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 liaisons and information staff are here to assist you.

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 personal one-to-one advice and guidance which supports you and your career plans with the help of a named careers adviser for your subject.

The Careers Service offers a range of services including skills workshops, practice interviews and ability tests. There is extensive up-to-date information about the latest job vacancies and work experience opportunities.

We maintain very close links with graduate employers, on local, national and international levels so we can offer you the best advice available. We also work closely with academic colleagues and student committees to provide specific opportunities, information and events for your course.

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

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.