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Working with Young People and Communities BA (Hons)

Education with the personal touch

Working with Young People and Communities BA (Hons) Where you will study: Derby Campus – Britannia Mill site Entry requirements: Academic – 200 UCAS tariff points from your International Baccalaureate or equivalent qualification. Or, if you have no qualification but a significant amount of work experience in this field, you can also apply. Language – A qualification such as IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all areas) or TOEFL – 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), 80 (internet based). See our website for other accepted qualifications or phone us: +44 (0)1332 591698. Additional – You also need relevant experience of youth and community work. If your application is successful and you accept an offer, we will ask you to undergo criminal records checking. This is to make sure you do not have a criminal history that would make you unsuitable for the course. Duration: 3 years full time Course fees: £10,225 year* *These fees apply if you are starting this course between September 2013 and August 2014. We recommend you check fees as they can change. Costs can increase each year.

Start date: September UCAS Code: L530

Why choose this course? In the 2012 National Student Survey, 100% of our students were overall satisfied with this course and it's approved by the National Youth Agency as a recognised professional qualification. You’ll complete a placement at each stage of the course, which results in our excellent employment rate for our graduates.

About the course Youth and community workers respond to the problems of homelessness, poverty, drug misuse, crime and abuse. They enable people to learn in ways that are informal, creative, enjoyable and produce real results in people’s lives. The course prepares you to work in a wide range of settings as a worker and as a manager of these services.

How you’ll learn We understand the anxieties that studying can raise, so you’ll find there’s plenty of support for you. There are no exams; you’ll be assessed through work placements and assignments including essays, reflective diaries, reports, placement portfolios and posters. You’ll be taught in a range of ways, including lectures, tutorials, workshops, activitybased group work and you’ll also complete your own self-directed study.

Your career The employment rate for community and youth work students is very high. You could work in areas including multiagency teams working with children, young people and their families, schools and colleges, and hostels for homeless young people and adults. You could also work with excluded pupils, youth arts, youth offending, teenage pregnancy, drug and alcohol misuse, care leavers, health education, supporting young people into employment, training and apprenticeships.

Additional information We’ve designed this course so you can respond positively to those in need of support. Enabling people to make informed, creative decisions in their lives can give a great sense of personal achievement and career fulfilment and this can happen in a wide range of employment settings. You’ll develop the understanding, skills and practical experience to work productively with others to encourage change, whilst looking at the effects of discrimination and how to make an effective response to the challenge of equal opportunities.

What you’ll cover At each stage of the course you’ll go on work placements in different settings to gain an insight into the different environments you could work in when you graduate. Some of our students have had placements working with young offenders, in teenage pregnancy and parenthood centres, in youth clubs and with organisations dealing with domestic violence, trafficking of young people, school exclusion or homelessness.

Placements are a great way of applying the theory you learn in practice. If you’re already employed in a community and youth work setting, then you can use this for most of your assessed placements.

Options Stage One You’ll gain a clear sense of your professional identity and the foundations of good practice which includes the study of inequalities, youth work, community development and working with individuals and groups. Stage Two You’ll explore how we enable people to learn in informal ways and in challenging contexts; this includes the study of health, research and the link between self, culture and identity. Stage Three: You’ll consider management and development of service delivery which includes the management of people, organisations and community development and their funding.

I have always enjoyed my work with young people. But the course helped me to build on my experience and understand the bigger picture of policy and theory, and how these can link with my practice. Matt, graduate

Get in touch Vicki Millward or Claire Ambrose E: T: +44 (0) 1332 591703

The information in this leaflet was correct when we produced it, but please check our website for the most up to date information.

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