Youth and Community Studies (Top up) BA(Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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About the course

If you're looking to progress your career working with young people, community groups and partnerships, then this course could be for you. You'll already have an FdA, Dip HE or equivalent qualification in youth and community work or a similar field and you may already be working in the sector. You'll have the opportunity to study full-time or part-time alongside students studying the full-time Youth and Community BA(Hons).

As part of the course you'll have the opportunity to explore a whole range of subjects relating to young people in today's society, including education, learning and development, society and how groups and communities interact, social policy and inclusion. We'll also support you in expanding your knowledge and understanding of government policies, current theories and strategies relating to young people. If you're already working in the field, you'll draw on your experience whilst studying the course. Otherwise you'll be supported in finding a voluntary placement to support your learning. You'll be taught by an outstanding team of teachers; in fact we've been ranked in the top five in the Guardian Guide for Education for the sixth year running. You'll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network which feeds directly into course design and delivery and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.


UCAS code:
L4L3

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017

Duration:

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Course type:

Full Time / Part Time

Contact:

Clearing helpline:
03301 232 277

Course content

Working with research-active staff, you'll have the opportunity to explore aspects of individual, educational and social development of young people, and learn how to help them develop into confident adults.

Here's what Ryan has to say about studying our full-time Youth and Community Work BA(Hons) at the University of Huddersfield.

## Full-time study

Theorising for Advanced Practitioners

This module gives you the opportunity to link theory with your workplace activity whilst considering some of the most influential concepts in the field of community and informal education. Assessment is typically based on written coursework and the development of a report focusing on your learning and development in placement practice.


Research Methodologies

This module explores a range of research strategies and methods, preparing you to assess the value and significance of different approaches to data collection and analysis within your field of study. You’ll learn how to develop your own research design, and how to collect and analyse information in order to find out new things about a topic that you’re interested in. Coursework typically involves developing your own research proposal.


Major Study

This module allows you to pursue your particular interests and demonstrate the breadth of knowledge, understanding and strengths that you have developed during your degree studies. You’ll be supported to select a relevant topic and develop a proposal. This module is your opportunity to bring together everything you have learned in a study of your choosing and you'll typically be assessed via a dissertation.

Option modules:

Choose one from a list which may include -

Leadership and Management in Professional Contexts

This module seeks to develop your understanding of theories of leadership, management and the organisation of professional practice. You’ll have the opportunity to explore relevant theory and practical factors such as mentoring arrangements, group structures, staff development and the management of change in professional practice. Assessment typically involves the development of an annotated bibliography and a poster presentation.


Helping in Context (Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring)

This module seeks to develop your understanding of theories concerning counselling, coaching and mentoring, thereby positively impacting upon your effectiveness in responding to and working with the needs of individuals in a variety of contexts. Assessment typically involves working with peers to undertake practical counselling skills, coaching or mentoring sessions, and reflecting on the practical assessment in a written piece of coursework.


Communities in Theory and Practice

This module gives you the opportunity to examine a variety of minority and majority faith communities in Britain. It seeks to develop your understanding of the concept of ‘community’ and practical approaches to working in communities including neighbourhoods, communities of faith, interest and practice. You'll also have the opportunity to evaluate the impact of secular society on faith communities and their membership. Assessment is typically via analysis and discussion of current issues and policies and practical research on a defined neighbourhood or community of your choice.

Part-time study

Year 1

Option modules:

Choose one from a list which may include -

Leadership and Management in Professional Contexts

This module will develop your understanding of theories of leadership, management and the organisation of professional practice. You will explore relevant theory and practical factors such as mentoring arrangements, developmental supervision, group structures, staff development and the management of change in professional practice. Coursework will consist of an annotated bibliography on a relevant topic of your choice (75% of the marks). For the other 25%, you will discuss management structures and leadership roles while exercising your creativity with a poster presentation.


Helping in Context (Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring)

This module develops your understanding of theories concerning counselling, coaching and mentoring. In doing so, it will improve your effectiveness in responding to and working with the needs of individuals in a variety of contexts. You will have an opportunity to develop your helping skills and evaluate the use of different helping approaches. The first part of the assessment will involve working in a trio to undertake a practical counselling skills, coaching or mentoring session (40% of the marks). The second part will allow you to reflect on the practical assessment in a written piece of coursework (60% of the marks).


Communities in Theory and Practice

This module gives you the opportunity to examine a variety of minority and majority faith communities in Britain. It seeks to develop your understanding of the concept of ‘community’ and practical approaches to working in communities including neighbourhoods, communities of faith, interest and practice. You'll also have the opportunity to evaluate the impact of secular society on faith communities and their membership. Assessment is typically via analysis and discussion of current issues and policies and practical research on a defined neighbourhood or community of your choice.

Year 2

Research Methodologies

This module explores a range of research strategies and methods, preparing you to assess the value and significance of different approaches to data collection and analysis within your field of study. You’ll learn how to develop your own research design, and how to collect and analyse information in order to find out new things about a topic that you’re interested in. Coursework typically involves developing your own research proposal.


Major Study

This module allows you to pursue your particular interests and demonstrate the breadth of knowledge, understanding and strengths that you have developed during your degree studies. You’ll be supported to select a relevant topic and develop a proposal. This module is your opportunity to bring together everything you have learned in a study of your choosing and you'll typically be assessed via a dissertation.

Please note:

•  Modules may be amended in order to ensure the currency of this professionally validated course.

•  A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required to enable you to undertake placements in settings with children and young people. We arrange this as part of the application process. Please note that there is a charge for the DBS check which is approximately £44.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Placements

If you're already working in the field, you'll draw on your experience whilst studying the course. Otherwise you'll be supported in finding a voluntary placement to support your learning.

Career opportunities

This course could enable you to consider a wide range of careers in youth and community settings, including youth offending teams, housing associations, organisations supporting people with alcohol and drug issues and community centres. Previous graduates have also progressed into teaching, social work and learning disability support worker roles.*

  • Source DHLE survey

Upon successful completion you may also consider pursuing further study, including PGCE, Master's degree in Social Work and other professional programmes.

Teaching and assessment

You'll be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and interactive workshops. You'll have a personal tutor assigned to you throughout your degree to support your ongoing wellbeing and ensure that you have a positive learning experience. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

  • permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

Who will teach me?

Some of our teaching staff who may teach you on this course include:

Dr Helen Jones

Jean Hatton

Lyn Boyd

Dr Martin Purcell

Dr Shamim Miah

Professor Paul Thomas

Dr Emma Salter

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Please also note:

•  A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required to enable you to undertake placements in settings with children. We arrange this as part of the application process. Please note that there is a charge for the DBS check which is approximately £44.

Further study

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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