Youth and Community Work In-Service BA(Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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 be working in the sector and you'll have the opportunity to study part-time alongside students studying the full-time Youth and Community BA(Hons).

Upon successful completion of the course, you'll achieve a degree in Youth and Community Work as well as being awarded the professional Youth Work qualification endorsed by the National Youth Agency and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community Work.

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. Students undertaking the in-service route to qualification will use their place of work as their main placement. In addition, in your third or fourth year you'll normally do a secondary placement of approximately 230 hours in an alternative setting.

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 2016 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.

Start date:
25 / 09 / 2017


4 years part-time

Entry requirements

Candidates over the age of 21 may be considered for entry without meeting the university's general entry requirements. You must demonstrate during interview that you have sufficient general academic skills to be able to undertake the course, together with relevant experience.

Entry requirements for this course are typically one of the following:

•  BBC at A Level or equivalent

•  112 UCAS points

In addition you must also:

•  have GCSE English grade C or above, or equivalent.

•  have experience of working on a paid or voluntary basis, with young people or community groups.

•  provide a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health clearances

Please note: UCAS points are based on the new UCAS tariff, introduced for courses starting in 2017/18.


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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. As this course is both an academic and professional qualification, you'll attend taught sessions at the University and in your third or fourth year you will undertake a placement of approximately 230 hours in another setting.

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

Each year you'll have the opportunity to study a range of relevant subjects as follows:

[b]Year 1[b]

Core modules:

Foundations for Practice

This module helps prepare you to participate fully in the fieldwork elements of the Youth and Community Work course. You’ll explore the common core of skills and knowledge for the workforce, about planning, financing projects and fundraising, safeguarding, health and safety and development ideas for youth and community work projects and programmes. Assessment is typically via a timed test and the development of a project proposal.

Self Society and Welfare

This module helps develop your understanding of society. You'll examine social issues in society, such as poverty and inequality, and how the state responds to them through ‘welfare’, as well as through ‘rights’ and ‘citizenship’. Assessment typically involves the completion of a timed test and a written assignment.

Theories and Strategies for Learning

This module encourages the development of the academic study and communication skills necessary for successful study at degree level. Assessment typically includes preparing an essay considering issues or theories related to your course of study and a portfolio of evidence of your developing research and academic skills.

[b]Year 2[b]

Core modules:

Working in Community Settings

Building on your first year workplace learning activities, this module allows you to explore different models of community development and their relevance to your 2nd year placement. You'll participate in discussions within taught sessions to help you to apply theories to the communities and agencies in which you're working or on placement. You'll also have the opportunity to develop a ‘mock’ community profile with other students in preparation for the first assessment.

You will be assessed on two pieces of coursework: the presentation of a ‘community profile’ in a seminar with your peers (40%); and a reflexive assignment (worth 60% of the module marks) which will discuss your learning and practice within the context of your work placement.

Social Policy and Inclusion

This module focuses on differing theoretical and ideological understandings of social inclusion, and the role of social policy in response to experiences of exclusion in modern British society. Assessment is typically via coursework and may include the development a written essay and creative poster campaign.

Perspectives in Learning and Development

You’ll be introduced to the theories and research that underpin development and learning for children, young people and adults and consider key concepts that explain the basis of development and learning. Assessment typically involves the production of a display and a timed test.

[b]Year 3[b]

Core modules:

People in Action: Work with Individuals and Groups

This module examines the theory, principles and practice of working with individuals and with groups. Exploring different individual, group and online responses to people and their needs, you‘ll develop your understanding of professional practice. Assessment typically involves the completion of a presentation and a written assignment.

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.

Option modules:

Choose one from a list which may include -

Safeguarding Children and Young People

This module will help raise your awareness of current legislation, policies and procedures which exist to promote children and young people’s rights and to keep them safe from harm. It emphasises the knowledge, skills and qualities required to work with children, young people, their families and carers and other professionals in safeguarding contexts; and critically explores broader concepts of child abuse. Assessment typically involves the completion of an oral assessment and a timed test.

Languages and Communication for Effectiveness and Inclusion

This module seeks to develop your understanding of language development in children and young people, and language acquisition in adult years. You’ll have the opportunity to focus on an aspect of language development of particular interest to you through written coursework and to use your creativity in designing a unique story sack.

Philosophical Approaches to Education

This module explores the impact of different philosophical systems on the way that education is conceived and put into practice. You’ll have the opportunity to design an ideal educational system based on your own unique philosophy and representing your own values and beliefs. Coursework typically involves presenting your ideas and evaluating your system in a paper.

[b]Year 4[b]

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.

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.

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.


Your place of work will act as your substantive placement. We'll help negotiate with your employer to provide you with the opportunities needed to demonstrate the work-based learning outcomes required for successful completion of the course.

In addition, you'll complete a compulsory placement of approximately 230 hours with another placement provider.This typically takes place in either your third or fourth year of study.

Previous placements have included youth and community centres and projects, youth theatres and other creatively based groups, community centres, housing associations and organisations working to support young people with alcohol and drug issues.

Current students on this course often attend taught sessions for 2 days per week whilst on placement.

Your placement could be in Huddersfield or surrounding areas, so please consider any travelling costs you may incur.

Career opportunities

This course provides a much sought after professional Youth Work qualification endorsed by the National Youth Agency and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community Work. 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.*

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

Professional links and accreditations

This course provides a much sought after professional Youth Work qualification endorsed by the National Youth Agency and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community Work.

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

James Reid

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the part-time tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £950 per 20 credit module (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). 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:

•  Your placements could be in Huddersfield or close to where you live, so please consider any travelling costs you may incur.

•  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.

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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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