BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work

Accredited by the National Youth Agency (NYA)

Course details

UCAS Course code L530

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Help young people to achieve their full potential through an exciting degree in youth and community work! You'll become fully-qualified to work with young people, adults and community groups, developing skills and knowledge to serve you, no matter where your career takes you. Our supportive community provides a fantastic level of learning, and with three practical placements throughout the course, you'll have plenty of chance to put what you learn into practice.

We have an outstanding reputation for providing high-quality and challenging programmes, developed over 25 years to produce a refined learning path. You'll learn from tutors with substantial youth and community work experience, building on your strengths through a positive student experience. Whether you want to work with local authorities or not-for-profit organisations, we'll support your studies to give you the right level of learning to go onto a career working with young people and the community.

We will build from your experience of working with young people and adults in community-based organisations, expanding and enhancing your knowledge, understanding and skills within a positive and challenging programme of study. A wide range of teaching methods are used, including tutorials, workshop activities, presentations, role plays and many more. 

Your academic study will be complemented by three varied and exciting practical placement opportunities in local authority, national, regional and local voluntary organisations, predominantly in Cumbria and Lancashire.


Year one

Compulsory modules

  • Fundamentals of Professional Practice
  • Understanding Youth Work
  • Youth Work Skills
  • Understanding Youth
  • Managing Yourself and Your Learning
  • ‘Face-to-Face’ in the Professional Context
  • Qualificatory Practice Unit 1: face to face

Year two

Compulsory modules

  • Valuing Diversity, Delivering Equality
  • Delivering Youth Work
  • History and Development of Youth & Community Work
  • Introducing Management and Leadership
  • Community Work Theory and Practice
  • Managing Curriculum in a Professional Context
  • Qualificatory Practice Unit 2: managing curriculum in practice

Year three

Compulsory modules

  • Politics, Policy and Youth Work
  • Strategic Management
  • Research Project
  • Management of Organisations and Strategic Planning
  • Qualificatory Practice Unit 3: management of organisations and strategic planning

Optional modules (Subject to availability and demand)

  • Global Youth Work
  • Youth Work in the Outdoors
  • Spirituality and Youth Work
  • Youth and Crime

Programme specification

For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Download the programme specification (PDF)

2017 entry

80-96 UCAS tariff points - to include GCSE in English Language at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).

Find out more about qualification options from the UCAS tariff table.

Applicants will need satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and medical clearance prior to registration.

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

2018 entry

80-96 UCAS tariff points - to include GCSE in English Language at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).

Find out more about qualification options from the UCAS tariff table.

Applicants will need satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and medical clearance prior to registration.

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

Selection criteria

Applicants who are unable to offer one 'A' level or equivalent, or provide evidence of study within the last 5-6 years, may be required to demonstrate competencies or skills via prior experiential learning and/or pre-course assessment procedures as appropriate.
Candidates should be assured that we consider all aspects of an application, not just qualifications and grades; above all we look for motivation, commitment and potential - ability to benefit from study at higher education level.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate experience of varied work activities in at least one youth and community work setting.

Full-time courses

Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September and January; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.

Their website provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:

Institution code name: UoC

Institution code: C99

Campus location:

  • A Ambleside
  • B Brampton Road, Carlisle
  • E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
  • F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
  • L Lancaster
  • T University of Cumbria in London
  • Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness

Part-time courses

Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement.
  • Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

And if I accept?

The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

International students

Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

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Your qualification will enable you to work in a diverse range of youth and community settings, including youth services, domestic violence charities, homeless hostels, work in the outdoors, drug and alcohol projects, prisons, young offender institutions, Young Enterprise initiatives and Connexions partnerships.

A number of our graduates now successfully lead and manage youth organisations and services across the UK. Others have built careers in training and educating future generations of youth and community workers at universities across the country.

You'll have access to our Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment, providing easy online access to course information, course materials, relevant web links and an online discussion board. Our well-stocked library and Learning Gateway offer interactive and flexible study spaces, and our Library and Student Services (LiSS) provide excellent resources and equipment to facilitate your learning.

Second year undergraduate students produced an information resource pack and DVD for the 'Discrimination, Oppression and Youth Work' module. This aims to educate young people and communities about gender equality from a global perspective, and offers a wide range of interactive activities, case studies, group activities and quizzes to engage groups.