Ruskin College

Community Development and Youth Work Ruskin College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: The Open University


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Course summary

Young people are our future. Society needs their spark and energy to make it tick. Do you desire to make a real difference to the lives and life chances of young people and their communities? Do you want to help communities respond to issues they face and bring about positive change? This programme will equip you with the critical skills and experience needed to do so.

Programme detail

This programme will enable you to reflect and theorise your life experiences so that you are able to understand the challenges young people and their communities face and help them make positive changes. Finding your voice and confidence as a student is crucial to your success and development in this field and it is central to what we do. We’ll prepare you to work with young people and community groups in informal learning settings.

We believe that community development and youth work is about making a difference in society, and this programme aims to equip you with the skills to make that difference, and to help you develop solutions to deal with social issues relating to young people and communities. It will aid your understanding of the ethics of professional practice with young people and communities. You will develop the academic skills you need to analyse policy and practice linked to the study of young people and communities. You will also acquire knowledge of national and international research, policies, and debates in the field of young people and communities.

You’ll learn about the various roles in which people work with children and young people, the responsibilities and he opportunities that open up through this degree. You’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills to work in youth and community roles in a range of organisations including local authorities, non-government organisations, charities, museums, and libraries. Previous fieldwork placements in Oxfordshire include: Leys CDI, Wolvercote Young People’s Club, Trax, Base 33.

Course details


Students receive all course information on enrolment, and timetables are available on the first day of the course.

All modules on this course are compulsory.

Level 1: The Reflective and Reflexive Practitioner; Values and Pedagogy of Community Development & Youth Work (Fieldwork Practice 1); Counselling and Group Work; Power and Politics in Communities and Society.

Level 2: Identity, Positionality and Social Justice; Group Work Practitioner, Critical Skills and Personal Development (Fieldwork Practice 2); Culture, Signs and Meanings; Anti-Oppressive Experimental Group Work.

Level 3: Group Work Project; Research Methods; Dissertation.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

Ruskin College is committed to widening participation and has no specific Level 3 academic entry requirements for students to study on its higher education programmes. Students must demonstrate that they have the ability to benefit from studying the programme and fulfil the learning outcomes of the programme. Students must demonstrate an interest in the field of study they wish to undertake. Students may be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check prior to commencing their programme if they plan to undertake external work experience or placement opportunities offered by that programme.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,000 Year 1
England £9,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,000 Year 1
Scotland £9,000 Year 1
Wales £9,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Once offered a place, full-time students can apply for a single study bedroom for the entire academic year. Accommodation for students on site is of a high standard, recently-refurbished and offering study/bedrooms in small blocks on the peaceful, semi-rural campus. Students who are not resident in college need to budget for transport to the college, and for placement - although we try to ensure placements are as close to residency as possible. Student accommodation costs are: Study Bedroom (standard) £115/week; Study Bedroom (en-suite) £135/week. These are current costs and maybe subject to increase in 2019. All students will need to consider the additional costs of books and stationery items – although much of the reading material that you need will be available in the college library.

Provider information

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Ruskin College
Ruskin Hall, Dunstan Road
Old Headington

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