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

Youth Work & Community Development (JNC)

International Scholarships available

Overview

Locally, nationally and globally, young people and communities are having to deal with difficult and challenging situations. You will develop your understanding of social care and services for children and families through an extensive range of taught modules and completing 800 hours of assessed youth and community practice placements, as you build the expertise needed to transform people's lives for the better. You will have the opportunity to work with individuals and groups anywhere in the UK or overseas and gain a professional youth and community work qualification validated by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC), which endorses professional qualifications for youth and community workers. You also have the opportunity to transfer to the BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People & Families or BSc (Hons) Social Care, Justice & Recovery course on completion of your first year, without the need to repeat modules.

Validated by:

From rural communities to multi-cultural suburbs, studying in Leeds means you have access to a very diverse area for placement and future work opportunities. You will undertake placements in a wide variety of settings working with individual young people, groups or the wider community such as young offenders, drug services, environmental agencies and outdoor education centres. You will also have the chance to do a placement in India, South Africa or New York. Alternatively, you can set up your own placement in any area you wish.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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Course Features

  • Professional accreditations
  • Placements
  • Real-life projects
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
  • 100% of students thought the course enabled them to bring information and ideas together from different topics (National Student Survey 2017).
  • 100% of students were able to contact staff when they needed to (National Student Survey 2017).
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Entry Requirements

96
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 96 points required. (Minimum 64 points from two A levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSE English Language.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

International Baccalaureate: 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:96 points required. (Minimum 64 points from two A levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSE English Language.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

International Baccalaureate: 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.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

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."

Teaching and learning

Gain the expertise required to become a youth work and community development worker, while meeting the skills and values demanded by the National Youth Agency's Professional Validation and Curriculum Requirements. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study; the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.
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Explore the key skills to approach your degree with confidence including social justice, politics of everyday life and human development, and engage in 100 hours of work-related learning in a setting involving children, young people or families. You will study with students on similar courses within our School portfolio, enhancing your interprofessional experience.
Overall workload
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290 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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710 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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300 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
32%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
68%
Core Modules

Transition into higher education by developing the academic and professional skills necessary to successfully complete the course and become competent practitioners in a social care setting. You will be introduced to a range of skills which include: study skills, reflection, communication, working to deadlines, management of self and independent learning.

Examine how politics impacts on everyday life and seek to gain an understanding of how globalisation affects and shapes political organisation(s) and this effect on young people, families and their communities.

Study the knowledge concerning physical, psychological and psychosocial development across the human life course, in a political, cultural, economic and environmental context.

Understand the foundations for successful employability and to consider how volunteering can provide an environment for learning. You will develop a wide range of personal and professional skills.

Gain an understanding of the qualities and skills needed for effective communication and engagement skills for practice. You will explore key aspects of verbal and non-verbal communication and relate them to established therapeutic techniques and communication skills theory.

Develop your understanding of multiple inequalities and the way that these limit choices and opportunities for individuals, groups and communities. This engages you in contemporary debates that surround social justice, diversity and inequality in a broad inter disciplinary network of health, criminal justice, housing, addiction, and welfare services.

Focus more on the specific disciplines within youth work and community development. You will be encouraged to design, deliver and validate informal education activities to young people and community members. Option modules will allow you to develop these skills in areas of practice such as drama and creative arts, health and wellbeing and outdoor activities.
Overall workload
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274 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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586 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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480 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
3%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
35%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
62%
Core Modules

Explore the concept of community and examine the ideas, perspectives and approaches of critical thinkers and writers/practitioners. You will study contemporary issues that impact on communities such as Preventing Violent Extremism, Forced migration, Brexit, Poverty and Inequality and Environmental concerns. In a second section, you will investigate in more depth community development ? both as a set of National Occupational Standards and as a distinctive practice that sits alongside youth work. Learn how to facilitate community research, collaborative partnership work and promote community learning that creates meaningful social change.

Engage in a minimum of 325 hours assessed professional practice. Taught input will focus on the placement process and introducing students to the knowledge and skills involved in delivering informal education and facilitating learning. Students are required to plan, deliver and evaluate a `programme of intervention? which is initially `rehearsed? in the classroom and then delivered to individuals/groups in practice.

Study a range of theoretical approaches which inform youth and community work and the historical and ideological debates that influence youth and community work practice.

You will learn the basic approaches of social research, helping you to foster critical thinking and research skills, and examine ethical research considerations and prepare to become a practitioner researchers.

Option modules may include:

You will develop your awareness of models and approaches used working in the outdoors with young people, with a particular focus on the relevance of outdoor activities for use in a youth work setting.

Enhance your awareness of models and approaches used in health initiatives, with particular focus on the relevance for use in informal education. You will consider health in a global context, but also focus on work in the UK. You will be enabled to develop creative ways of working with people around issues of health.

Develop your critical awareness and promote a better understanding of the socially complex issues practitioners face within community practice. You will have the opportunity to explore key contemporary debates within youth, social care, justice, recovery and family services in an academic, critical and informed manner.

Build on your awareness of models and creative approaches used in engaging individuals and groups through drama and creative arts. You will develop creative ways of working around a range of issues.

In Year Three your learning will concentrate on leading and managing practice. You will conceive and draft a real-life funding bid to develop your research and entrepreneurial skills, and undertake work-related learning focusing in management and leadership. You will gain a global outlook and a deeper multidisciplinary understanding of youth work and community development, to ready you for the world of work and to enable you to see the bigger picture.
Overall workload
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238 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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822 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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300 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
32%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
68%
Core Modules

Explore the concept of globalisation and locate global forces within contemporary practice. You will critically explore the impact of globalisation on local practice, with reference to themes such as economics, migration and conflict.

Foster your skills, familiarity, and confidence to enable you to take on personal and organisational responsibilities. In a workplace context, you are equipped with knowledge and practice in management, leadership and motivation approaches whilst at an individual level gaining insights into their own styles, preferences and experiences. The aim is to enable you to be able to make choices about how you work to get the best from yourself and others at work. On completing the module you'll have developed skills and techniques to become effective day to day managers and innovative leaders.

Undertake a minimum of 325 hours' assessed professional practice. You will critically apply your academic learning and demonstrate a high level of practice informed by the values, ethics, principles and National Occupational Standards of Youth Work, and core standards of Community Development Work.

Study an area of practice in depth and demonstrate an understanding of the relevant social, economic and political context impacting on that particular practice. You will utilise skills developed in the Year 2 research module which introduces the basic approaches of social research and helped you foster critical thinking and research skills, informed by an ethical approach consistent with your professional value-base.

Build on your understanding of the social, political, economic and cultural issues that impact upon contemporary family life and increase your knowledge of evidence-based practice to promote the well-being of children and young people and support families.

Leeds Beckett University
Dr Erika Laredo
Senior Lecturer
The skills you leave with enable you to challenge preconceptions about young people, so you feel confident and passionate in the work you do. You will be empathetic, effective practitioners.
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BA (Hons) Youth Work and Community Development - Jo Bishop, Course Lecturer
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 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.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Access to the Clinical Skills Suite with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

Placements
The University makes a financial contribution to travel expenses for placements, but students may need to pay towards their own travel expenses.

Course-specific optional costs

Books: £100, or available on loan from library. Ebooks are available for some key texts.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets). 

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

 

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. 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.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Access to the Clinical Skills Suite with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

Placements
The University makes a financial contribution to travel expenses for placements, but students may need to pay towards their own travel expenses.

Course-specific optional costs

Books: £100, or available on loan from library. Ebooks are available for some key texts.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets). 

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

 

Facilities

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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