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Young People, Communities and Society
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Young People, Communities and Society

Overview

Empower people of all ages by combining social care with social science. You will learn how to work with individuals, families and communities by looking at local policy, provision and contemporary practices that are used in relation to these groups. Your knowledge will grow from the local to the global. As you progress, you will study national and international issues and viewpoints, increase your cultural awareness and apply your practical experience to the wider society. You will gain an understanding of how different professions work together to support vulnerable people, and you will learn how to manage projects that will make a difference to communities.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University demonstrated strength in five emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including social work and social policy.
You can undertake an international volunteering placement in your second and third years. Previous students have delivered education and community development programmes in India, South Africa, Finland and the USA with people from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds.

You'll share modules with students from related courses, allowing you to learn about the different areas of social science and how specific environments and situations are handled. You'll also undertake role play with professional actors playing the part of vulnerable people as well as produce video diaries and blogs, all fantastic opportunities to practice your skills in a safe environment and reflect on your learning.

Entry Requirements

56
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 56 points required. (Minimum of 48 points from 2 A Levels or equivalent awards excluding General Studies.)
Additional Requirements:

GCSEs: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

Access to HE Diploma: Pass Access to HE Diploma overall with 56 UCAS points.

International Baccalaureate: Pass IB Diploma with 24 points.

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points: 56 points required. (Minimum of 48 points from 2 A Levels or equivalent awards excluding General Studies.)
Additional Requirements:

GCSEs: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

Access to HE Diploma: Pass Access to HE Diploma overall with 56 UCAS points.

International Baccalaureate: Pass IB Diploma with 24 points.

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
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Careers

Amanda Croft

Careers

Amanda Croft
Youth and Family Support Practitioner East Riding of Yorkshire Council

BA (Hons) Youth Work & Community Development (JNC)

“"My course placement opportunities were invaluable. They helped me realise my career goals and how important and powerful youth and community work can be. I learned about the differences in people and how to respect diverse opinions and choices. The experience on my placements alongside my academic progression has helped me achieve my perfect job."

Modules & learning

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Explore the theories that impact on our understanding of children and young people's development around the world.

Understand the foundations for successful employability and how volunteering can inspire learning. You'll examine your contribution as a volunteer and assess the importance of volunteers to society.

Examine local policy frameworks and guidance that inform practitioners supporting vulnerable citizens across Leeds.

Study significant political developments from the recent past to the present day and make sense of the intense social and economic upheavals of the late 20th and early 21st century.

Explore the theory and practice of interpersonal communication, counselling and group collaboration for people working with young people and communities.

Examine the concepts and ideas that shape our understanding of the modern world and multi-cultural Britain, including relationships, where we live, access to welfare, climate change, global inequality and economic uncertainty.

Gain a broad knowledge of the English legal system and develop an awareness of the politicised nature of welfare provision, exploring those policies which will impact on your role.

You will study a range of practice models across the social care and allied professions, and you'll debate how appropriate and effective they are.

You will examine the structure of society at a local, national and global level, and consider how power is used to maintain social class divisions.

Informed by an ethical approach, examine basic approaches to social research and develop your critical thinking and research skills.

Examine policy developments and explore the theories that inform community work, providing a comprehensive and critical knowledge base for practitioners working within diverse communities.

Examine social and economic developments in the voluntary sector, and discover how local projects have evolved in response to community action and economic change.

You will discuss and apply relevant contemporary ways of working in order to address social, emotional and care needs. You will also develop the communication skills needed to engage people in sensitive conversations relating to their health.

Looking at families, young people and their neighbourhoods against a backdrop of a rapidly changing world, you will examine the evolution of institutions which shape communities and lives.

Develop a critical understanding of the political, social and economic consequences of globalisation.

You will carry out an in-depth research project in a subject that is appropriate to the course and of particular interest to you.

Develop the skills to influence practice, promote change, deal with complex and shifting work environments, and respond creatively to planned and unforeseen events.

Leeds Beckett University
Sue Lindsay
Senior Lecturer
Our academics have extensive experience of working in health, community and education settings in a variety of projects locally, nationally and globally. We have excellent links with the NHS, local authorities and third sector agencies who contribute to the course, ensuring we offer the most up to date knowledge and skills to our students.
If you want to work with people and make a positive contribution to their lives, this course equips you with the skills and knowledge to really make a difference.
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BA (Hons) Young People Communities and Society - Sue Lindsay, Senior Lecturer

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2017/18 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2017/18 is £10500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Facilities

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • Interpersonal Skills Suite
    Interpersonal Skills Suite

    We have plenty of private rooms to allow you to try out your counselling skills. They come equipped with recording facilities so you’re able to reflect on and improve your practice.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

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