Our BA (Hons) in Community Development and Youth Work is recognised by the JNC and was the first in the North West of England to offer dual professional recognition from the NYA and ESB. Incorporating 800 hours of fieldwork experience, it offers the flexible and adaptable skills and knowledge needed for a career making a real difference to young people and communities. Based at our town centre campus in Greater Manchester, the University of Bolton's BA (Hons) Community Development and Youth Work course offers dual accreditation from two nationally-recognised professional bodies. Recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) and endorsed by the Endorsement Standards Board for Community Development (ESB) and National Youth Agency (NYA), it involves 800 hours of fieldwork practice. Work-based learning through fieldwork placements, and academic studies that support the development of knowledge and skills for practice, are central to this course. The core values of community development and youth work are at the heart of this degree. Our passionate and knowledgeable staff will guide you to explore issues such as social education, social policy, community engagement, politics, globalisation, social justice, equality and diversity, social history, housing and homelessness. We'll also support you in developing key transferable skills such as communication, self-awareness and time management. Fieldwork placements or work-based learning can be in a number of distinct settings that work to improve the lives of people in communities and young people, preparing you to adapt to the changing environments in which you may be employed in future. Your work experience will usually be in the Greater Manchester area but can be further afield in the UK.
Information about the modules offered as part of this course is available on the University of Bolton’s website.
Details of the learning activities and assessment methods for this course are available on the University of Bolton’s website.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- National Youth Agency
- Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community Workers
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent), including English and Mathematics. If you lack the required formal qualifications but have many years experience of working with young people and adults in the community, we encourage you to apply. You'll be expected to attend a face-to-face interview and undertake a written assessment.
Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
You'll be required to attend an interview as part of the application process.
For this endorsed pathway, you'll need to provide evidence that you've completed at least 100 hours of work experience, either working with young people or in a youth work or community practice setting.
Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.
English language requirements
|If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent).
We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
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Fees and funding
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*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.