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Youth Work and Community Development BA (Hons)

 Youth and Community Development allows you to work alongside the professionals in practical work placements in order to effectively support and empower young people. A highly flexible degree, you will learn a proven set of transferable skills which enable you to work in a wide range of areas.


Reasons to study Youth Work and Community Development BA (Hons) at DMU:

  • 97 per cent graduate employability
    students are in work or study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2014/15)

  • 100 per cent of YWCD students
    felt that they had developed personally during their course, while 94% reported that they were satisfied overall with their course in the 2016 National Student Survey

  • Professionally recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee
    and being considered for re-validation by the National Youth Agency

  • Established reputation of more than 55 years
    with one of the UK’s largest youth work teaching and research teams

  • Innovative teaching by award-winning academic
    who won a National Teaching Fellow for inspiring work #DMUglobal 

  • Practical work placements 
    and volunteer opportunities within the sector enhance your learning experience

  • £12million investment 
    in our Faculty’s facilities which include first-class teaching spaces

  • #DMUglobal international experience initiative
    Some students have visited France, Russia and Taiwan

  • Rated in the top 10 most popular universities in the UK by UCAS
    find out more #ichoseDMU



At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer a scholarship for this course.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2017. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.


  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: L530

Duration: Three years full-time, four to six years part-time 

Location: De Montfort University, Leicester UK. Placements in the East Midlands and optional international study visits

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from placement locations.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.



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Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: L530

Duration: Three years full-time, four to six years part-time

Location: De Montfort University, Leicester UK. Placements in the East Midlands and optional international study visits

Fees and funding: £12,750

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.


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Entry criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above including English

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 104 from at least two A levels with a subject at grade C or above


  • BTEC National Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - Distinction/Merit/Merit

Further information about BTEC equivalencies 

International Baccalaureate: 28+

Access course 

  • Pass in QAA Access to HE with at least 30 level 3 credits at Merit. English GCSE required as separate qualification. Equivalency not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

We may still consider applicants that do not meet the GCSE requirements providing they can demonstrate ability or attainment in these subjects in an alternative way; usually through work experience, alternative qualifications or by a University admissions test or interview. All such applicants will be considered on a case by case basis.

Interview: Yes. Professional conduct during the event will also contribute to the decision making regarding an applicant’s application.

Work experience

One year's direct practical experience in a youth-related environment either statutory or voluntary prior to the start of the course

This course welcomes mature students and values their experience. In some cases an alternative experiential and academic profile may be accepted for entry. We may still consider applicants that do not meet the GCSE requirements providing they can demonstrate ability or attainment in an alternative way: usually through work experience, alternative qualifications or by a University admissions test or interview. All such applicants will be considered on a case by case basis.

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.

Personal statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence
  • If relevant for the course - work and life experience

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

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UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments




First Year

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.

  • Learning, Education and Youth Work
  • Youth and Community Work in Context
  • The Self in Context
    • There may be an opportunity for an international Study visit looking at disaffection/marginalisation
  • Developing the Professional Practitioner 1

Second Year

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.

  • Black Perspectives
  • Developing the Professional Practitioner 2
  • Context, Management and Governance
    • There may be an opportunity  for an international Study visit – looking at Social Policy
  • Research Methods/Negotiated Module
  •  There may be the opportunity for  an international Study visit – European Seminar  around Immigration /Super-diversity.

Third Year

The third year focuses on enhancing your research skills, increasing your understanding of social issues and extending your range of practical and managerial skills.

  • Globalisation and Global Youth Work 
    (there may be the opportunity for an international Study visit -The Gambia / Globalisation)
  • Practice-Related Research
  • Professional Formation and Action Learning
  • Developing the Professional Practitioner 3

There may be the opportunity  for an international Youth Camp. 

You will be taught with a variety of teaching methods, including:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Group Work
  • Problem Solving
  • Guided Reading
  • E-Learning

Assessment methods are covered through:

  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Projects
  • Reflective logs

Each module is taught for two to three hours a day over 11 weeks in the school term.

You are expected to engage in additional self-directed study throughout the course.

Teaching Contact Hours

Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on the optional modules you choose to study. However, typically you will have up to 14 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: approx. 2 hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week

Medium group teaching: approx. 4 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: approx. 8 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: approx. 6 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

Currently being considered for re-validation by the National Youth Agency (NYA), it provides a professional qualification recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee, where we consistently achieve the highest scores in professional quality assurance.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences 


Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study facilities.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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Work experience and placements

In the first year you will undertake approx. 120 hours of supervised practice 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; where you will provide informal education programmes to stimulate creativity and learning.

The second and third years involve a approx. 320 hour assessed practice placement. 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 to learn directly from working professionals.

Third year placement develops two specific areas of practice; Development of Service Provision, and Leadership and Management (please note, that there may be travel costs associated with placement attendance).

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Graduate Careers

Graduates with a professional qualification have a proven range of transferable skills and employment opportunities include:

  • Detached Youth Work
  • Community Development
  • Work with Homeless/Hostels
  • Schools and Colleges
  • Work with Refugee & Asylum Seekers
  • Mentoring
  • The Arts
  • Health
  • Youth Justice Work

At DMU, our range of postgraduate courses further enhances your knowledge and professional development.

Learn more about graduate employability and careers

The valuable experience gained from taking the JNC professional qualification, by being placed each year in a real working environment, provides our graduates with considerable benefits when seeking professional careers – this is reflected in our successful rates of graduate employment  



International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.

Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.


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