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

Youth Work & Community Development (JNC)

Overview

Locally, nationally and globally, young people and communities are having to deal with difficult and challenging situations. You will develop the understanding and expertise needed to transform people's lives for the better while completing 900 hours of assessed practice placements and through studying an extensive range of taught modules. 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.
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.

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).

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.
Work Experience
Evidence of working with young people and/or community groups is required. This is normally expected to be 150 hours part-time (paid or voluntary) or 3 months full-time equivalent. Direct entry to level 6 is available to applicants who hold a professional qualification or a DipHE in a related area. Part-time students must have at least 10 hours paid work in a relevant area and be supported by a named supervisor.
Interviews:
We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to an interview - interview dates will be published in due course. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details.
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.
Work Experience
Evidence of working with young people and/or community groups is required. This is normally expected to be 150 hours part-time (paid or voluntary) or 3 months full-time equivalent. Direct entry to level 6 is available to applicants who hold a professional qualification or a DipHE in a related area. Part-time students must have at least 10 hours paid work in a relevant area and be supported by a named supervisor.
Interviews:
We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to an interview - interview dates will be published in due course. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details.
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."

Modules & learning

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Explore theories that impact on our understanding of children and young people's development, from both a western and global perspective.

Learn how to deliver informal education programmes, assess learner needs, design programmes, select delivery methods and use creative or digital media.

Analyse a range of theoretical approaches with the historical and ideological debates that influence youth and community work practice.

Explore themes of social constructionism, essentialist perspectives of self, others and society. Challenge the structure of society at a local, regional and global level.

Explore and develop an awareness of a variety of skills which will enable you to deliver effective Youth Work and Community Development.

Gain the academic skills to succeed as a higher education student while looking at the theory and practice of interpersonal communication, counselling and group work.

Look at the basic concepts of project management, using theory to guide a practical enterprise activity.

Explore the basic approaches of social research, helping you foster critical thinking and research skills.

Explore the basic approaches of social research, helping you foster critical thinking and research skills.

Delve into theories that inform community work and build a rich knowledge base for working in diverse community settings.

Gain a basic understanding of the English Legal System and the legislative process.

Undertake a dissertation in social research by looking at a range of methodologies, types, aims, motives and ethical considerations.

Study key and major current issues in youth and community work and their implications for management and policy development, at strategic and organisational level.

Demonstrate your understanding, skills and values associated with being a professional practitioner.

Explore three interconnected themes: globalisation and social, political, cultural and economic consequences; environmentalism and sustainable development; and global interconnections, and study their effects on rights and responsibilities.

Examine the impact on families, young people and their communities of a changing world, exploring the history and effect of the welfare state and social movements.

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

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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Fees & funding

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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.

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