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Working with Young People and Communities (Youth Work or Community Development) BA (Hons)


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University of Derby Kedleston Road Derby DE22 1GB

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Fees: This is a resource intensive course, so it costs £8,250. Start date: You can start this course in September.

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

Teaching and learning You will be taught in a range of ways: lectures, tutorials, workshops, activity based group work and self-directed study. You will have a placement in each year, in different settings, giving an opportunity for learning through work. There are no exams: you will be assessed through work placements and assignments including essays, reflective diaries, reports and placement portfolios. What you will cover Stage One You will 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 one


Stage TWO

Preparation for Practice

Working with Young People

Working with Communities

Placement of 7 weeks or part time equivalent


Duration and mode of study: You can study this course full time for three years or part time for up to six years.

About the course This course is for people who want to work with young people and/or communities. Community and youth workers enable people to learn in ways that are informal, creative, enjoyable and produce real results in people’s lives. They often do this in challenging situations when responding to the problems of discrimination, poverty, poor health and abuse.

Working with Groups and Individuals

Research and Critical Thinking

Health and Wellbeing

Preparation for Practice


Entry requirements: You will need relevant experience of youth and/or community work, plus 200 UCAS points from accepted qualifications (see for a full list).

Inequalities: Social Structures and Experience

Community Learning

Working with Children, Carers and Families

Placement of 9 weeks or part time equivalent

Preparation for Practice

Resourcing Services and Social Enterprise

Placement of 9 weeks or part time equivalent


UCAS code: L532

In the 2013 National Student Survey, 96% of our students were satisfied with the teaching on this course and 95% were satisfied overall. The Youth Work pathway is also approved by the National Youth Agency as a recognised professional qualification. The National Youth Agency described this course as, ‘imaginative’, ‘creative’, ‘inspiring’ and ‘ahead of the field’, and approved it with no conditions at a recent validation event.

Study modules


Where you will study: Derby Campus, Britannia Mill

Why choose this course?



Management and Development of Practice

Independent Study

Stage Two You will explore how we enable people to learn in informal ways and in challenging contexts; this includes the study of health, working in multi-agency teams with children, carers and families and research. Stage Three You will consider management and development of services and crucially how to resource these services. Additional information Placements are found for you and negotiated with you to meet your professional needs. On placement you will have support from an experienced worker. The combination of placements in each year, a wide range of employment settings and the option of a professionally validated course make our graduates very employable.

Your career When you graduate you can focus either on working with young people or with broader community-based groups of all ages. You could work in multi-agency teams working with children, young people and vulnerable adults. You may focus on health and wellbeing (eg sexual health and community mental health); crime prevention (eg offending, trafficking, abuse); housing (eg homelessness hostels and social housing); education (eg outdoor education, school exclusion, environmental projects) or supporting young people and adults into employment. This course prepares you to be a worker and manager of these services.

Working with young people and communities (youth work or community development) ba (hons)