Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Youth Work and Community Development

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: L531

What you'll study

Full-time students take a range of modules over three years. Part-time students study the same modules for one to two days a week over four and half years.

A range of teaching methods are adopted including lectures, group work and interactive sessions. Assessment is continuous throughout the programme, with no formal examinations.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • 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 is Youth Work and Community Development 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 be provided with 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 understand 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 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, in which you will develop practice around required areas of National Occupation Standards for Youth Work (2012) and Community Development (2015). You will be provided with opportunities to develop as a reflective practitioner and to work with key theories to understand the professional values and ethics that shape your own and others practice.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • 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 community interventions. Use practice based case studies to explore the ever changing context of work within the youth and community justice system, both in UK and further afield.

  • Global Context and International Practice

    Explore the impact of the socio-economic and political contexts framing global connectedness with 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 that provides you with opportunities to experience different organisational structures, reflect on your own and others practice experience and integrate relevant theory. You will follow a programme of work which is new and challenging and, that provides you with opportunities to develop practice competence across the required National Occupational Standards for Youth Work (2012) and National Occupational Standards for Community Development (2015) and underpinning values.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • 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, offering 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 be provided with the opportunity to undertake 300 hours of professional practice within an agreed placement setting and, through which you will plan, deliver and evaluate a new piece of work or project. You will reflect on your own and others practice, including the role of professional values and ethics and 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).

“Coming to Hull enabled me to learn something I am passionate about, work for some great organisations and volunteer for some brilliant causes.”

Katie Hobson

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 (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.

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Our teaching staff

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

Strong partnerships with hundreds of schools, colleges, community organisations and early years settings.

Specialise in a particular age range and master advanced teaching methods taught by expert staff.

A diverse range of routes into teaching includes undergraduate programmes that incorporate Qualified Teacher Status.

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.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

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.

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.


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.