The Youth and Community Development Degree develops your knowledge, skills and experience to support and empower young people.
The second year enhances your understanding of youth and community work, oppression, society and social policy; promoting a greater understanding of inter-agency work, community development and management.
The final year focuses on enhancing your research skills, understanding of social issues and extending your range of practical and managerial skills.
UCAS course code: L530
Duration: Three years full-time, three–six years part-time
Institution code: D26
One year's practical experience in a youth-related environment either statutory or voluntary. Must be working/ volunteering in a youth/ community setting for at least six hours per week by the start of the course and for its duration, with a reference provided to confirm this placement. Work experience is an important criteria for selection.
International Baccalaureate: 28+
This course welcomes mature students and values their experience. In some cases an alternative experiential and academic profile may be accepted for entry.
You must complete a declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service application form before starting the course, which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admissions policy. Contact us for up-to-date information.
Interview Required: Yes
If English is not your first language, we require an English language level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
Personal Statement selection criteria
Teaching methods include lectures, scenarios/simulations, role play, small group discussions and various practical work-based tasks.
You will normally attend around 14 hours of timetabled taught sessions, plus 18 hours of placements/voluntary work, and 5.5 hours of independent learning and group work tasks per week.
There are no exams, but each module has several different assignments including written essays, presentations, group projects and reports. Assessment of field practice is through observation, reports, and an accompanying portfolio of evidence.
Employer-based students normally attend one or two days a week.
The first year explores the history and development of youth and community work and other services that work with young people. It includes work around identity and anti-oppressive practice and observation of different organisations that work with young people.
The second year develops skills and understanding of youth and community work, society and social policy, along with your ability to identify and tackle oppression. It promotes a greater understanding of inter-agency work, community development and management.
The third year focuses on enhancing your research skills, increasing your understanding of social issues and extending your range of practical and managerial skills.
The Youth and Community Division is one of the largest teaching teams in the UK, with more than 50 years’ experience.
Validated by the National Youth Agency (NYA), it provides a professional qualification recognised by the JNC, where we consistently achieve the highest scores in professional quality assurance.
In the first year you will carry out voluntary work to support and empower young people in the wider community. This takes place in settings from youth and community centres to schools and voluntary organisations, providing informal education programmes to stimulate creativity and learning.
The second and third years involve assessed practice placements. You gain experience in an exciting range of organisations and projects, working on issues including mentoring, advice and guidance, youth justice, homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse, global youth work and arts and sports based work.
Employer-based students normally carry out the first placement with their employer and the practice placement in a new work environment.
Placements provide the opportunity to have hands-on experience and learn directly from working professionals. (Please note that there maybe travel costs associated with placement attendance).
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