Bradford College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Bolton

Youth Work and Community Development

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Course summary

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This is a professional qualification that is recognised by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and the Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community Workers (JNC). It can be studied at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. If you would like to support and encourage young people and adults to reach their potential, would enjoy face to face conversational work in our local communities and feel able to relate to people from all backgrounds, then a rewarding career in Youth and Community work will enable you to achieve your goal. As a student studying on this programme, you will be learning alongside and within these communities embracing the key themes of diversity, equality, inclusion and ultimately social justice. This is a community that has a long rich history in youth and community work and greatly supports the student experience. We are a diverse teaching team still immersed in practice, adopting a philosophy of experiential learning that embraces education as both an enjoyable and challenging experience. This means that whilst the academic setting is vital to your development there is a high emphasis on widening the breadth and depth of your learning experience. You will have the opportunity to undertake field work placement opportunities across the three years of your study in a variety of settings, locally, nationally and internationally in countries such as Finland, Spain, Poland, Norway and others. To support your learning, you will benefit from the support of experienced practitioners in the field as you cultivate relationships within both academic, youth work and community work settings as part of your portfolio of learning. Our focus is to equip you with the skills and knowledge that enable you to learn and develop alongside a profession that is engaging with change and new and emerging communities of practice. Our programme will support you on your professional, academic and personal journey and will provide you with the requisite skills and knowledge to transform you into a competent and professional practitioner within the rewarding and fulfilling sector of youth and community work. On graduation, you will be able to gain employment within a variety of settings with young people, adults and community groups. For example: centre or club-based youth work; secondary schools and extended school settings; neighbourhood community work; detached work; issue-based youth and community work; social work services with communities and young people; community health projects (including drugs and alcohol work); unemployment and training projects; housing and homelessness projects; work with young people and adults with special needs; criminal justice work; outdoor education; project work. If you successfully complete the BA (Hons) degree in Youth and Community Work you could then go on to study on the PGD/MA Youth and Community Development programme.

Course details


The programme is based around three supervised fieldwork practice experiences and 17 Modules organised over three levels of study. Applicants employed in youth and community work settings are required to undertake an alternative placement. Modules at Level Four: The Politics of Social Policy; Human Development and Learning; Personal, Academic and Practitioner Development; Foundations of Youth and Community Work; Facilitating Change; Professional Practice Placement 1. Modules at Level Five: Interprofessional Working; Questions of Identity; Practitioner Research; Taking Action in Communities; The Professional Role; Professional Practice Placement 2. Modules at Level Six: Managing and Leading; Globalisation, Diversity and Difference; Issues in Contemporary Society; Dissertation; Professional Practice Placement 3. Fieldwork placements play an essential part in the professional training of youth and community development workers. It is essential that you have the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge to a level which equips you to deliver and lead work in a range of professional settings. Placements can happen locally, nationally and internationally, we have opportunities available in Finland, Spain, Poland and Norway as examples. Therefore, the course provides the opportunity over three years for you to experience work in diverse contexts and demonstrate your competence in performing a range of youth and community work roles. The course will provide you with the opportunity to relate theory to practice and develop theory based on practice through the integration of the placement experience in to the overall learning programme.

Assessment method

The course aims to provide you with the theoretical knowledge and development of independent study skills to succeed at Honours Degree level. You will develop a deeper understanding of the application of theory to practice and will acquire evaluation skills through building research skills over all three years of the course and undertaking increasingly independent practitioner research activities in a range of modules. Generic study skills support is available to you. You will interact with the curriculum through involvement in student led seminars, presentations and discussions. The development of independent learning and leadership skills, including self-evaluation and conscious awareness of effective learning techniques, is promoted through interactive teaching approaches such as personal tutorials, email and Moodle. You are also required to undertake independent research. Teaching and learning are conducted through a variety of methods, which include lectures, group work, seminars, presentations and independent focused research for the dissertation module. Blended learning through the medium of the Moodle (the College's virtual learning environment) is a key feature of the course. We use a range of assessment methods. Our aim is for you to develop your knowledge through both understanding and use. We will clearly explain the task and the assessment criteria within a module outline and an assignment brief. Continuous assessment is an integral part of your progress and learning. The course is based on a variety of assessments methods such as presentations, assignments, seminars, research papers and fieldwork portfolios. There are no examinations.

Professional bodies

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

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Candidates must have evidence of at least six months voluntary or paid work experience with young people aged 10 to 25 years and/or adults in community settings and show a commitment to all aspects of the course including anti-oppressive practice and personal professional development. The programme caters for a range of entry qualifications and applications from non-traditional entrants are actively encouraged. Applicants with no formal qualifications and those who do not meet the standard entry criteria will be required to produce evidence of their ability to study at Higher Education level and may be asked to complete a piece of written work as part of their application. Short courses and relevant work experience may be taken into account. All non-standard applications should be referred to the course team for consideration. RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) from NYA/JNC validated courses only will be actively considered.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Enhanced DBS certificate required for the Child and Adult Workforce.

Health checks

Successful candidates will be required to complete an online health questionnaire.


All candidates who meet the requirements for entry listed above will be interviewed on a one-to-one basis to ascertain career direction and suitability for the Youth and Community Development field.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8750 Year 1
Scotland £8750 Year 1
Wales £8750 Year 1

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Youth Work and Community Development at Bradford College - UCAS