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Youth and Community Studies with Foundation Year

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

32-56

A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 32 - 56. Every application is considered on an individual basis. For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our General Entry Requirements pages.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Youth and community work

You’re a people person. You want to engage community groups in life-enhancing projects. Or maybe you have ambitions to help young people who might not have anyone else to turn to.

There’s nothing more rewarding than helping a young person overcome personal challenges and go on to fulfil their potential. Studying the BA (Hons) Youth and Community Studies course with us will help you carve out a career making exactly this kind of important impact in a deeply rewarding way.

**Why study this subject?**
Youth and community workers can make a huge impact on the lives of young people and their families. Your support, ideas and commitment could be the difference between a teenager dropping out of education or getting back on the right track.

The programmes you develop could give families and communities new hope for the future, and its exactly that learning you’ll receive here at BNU – we’ll give you the skills and knowledge you need to make this kind of impact in whatever community you choose to serve in.

**Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?**
You’ll have the best of both worlds at BNU because our teaching staff have expertise in lots of different community settings and are all experienced researchers too meaning you’ll get a unique insight to what it’s really like to work on the ‘front line’.

Our teaching team will take you through important areas of youth and community work like peer education, community arts, community consultation and youth and community development. Their mix of professional and academic expertise means you’ll be learning from the best and developing a strong foundation in these areas for yourself.

We’ve developed this course to introduce you to different aspects of the sector and help you specialise further down the line.

**What will I study?**
You’ll study the relevant theory behind youth and community work, with issues including social discrimination, contemporary subcultures, or communication within the digital age.

Across the three years, you’ll study fascinating areas like safeguarding of vulnerable groups and communities, social policy, social inequality, models of wellbeing and social enterprise.

At BNU, we’re always focused on setting you up for success, regardless of the career you choose to pursue beyond graduation. We therefore offer a number of personal development and skills-based modules too.

**How will I be taught and assessed?**
By studying with us, you’ll benefit from regular one-to-one contact with a personal mentor who’ll guide you in your career goals and personal development.

We also encourage our students to engage in peer-learning and group work as well as teaching through the more traditional classroom, lecture, discussion and seminar environments. The sharing of experiences with your fellow students will also be crucial to your development in this course.

You’ll be taught via workshops, placement and work-related learning, project supervision, engagement with the university Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), group and individual tutorials, guided independent study and external visits.

You’ll put your learning into practice in your projects, collaborating with classmates, running workshops, and learning techniques you’ll need to support vulnerable groups and engage people in programmes.

You’ll complete a number of reflective assignments as part of this course which will encourage personal reflection as a practitioner in the future, an important part of working on the front-line in any community-focused role. The question being, how impactful is this activity or initiative I’m running to this group of people and how am I engaging with them in a positive way?

You’ll be assessed through essays, reports, presentations, posters and commentaries, reflective learning journals, biographic and cultural narratives, project proposals and evaluations and literature reviews.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,250
per year
International
£14,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Buckinghamshire New University

Department:

School of Human and Social Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

40%
low
Youth and community work

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

Teaching and learning

65%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
65%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

60%
Library resources
60%
IT resources
61%
Course specific equipment and facilities
55%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
11%
Male students
89%
Female students
60%
2:1 or above
14%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,400
med
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
87%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

80%
Welfare professionals
12%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
4%
Caring personal services

We're short of social workers - so if you want a degree that is in demand, then this could be the one for you! There's a shortage of social workers all over the UK, and graduates can specialise in specific fields such as mental health or children's social work. If you decide social work is not for you, then social work graduates also often go into management, education, youth and community work and even nursing. Starting salaries for this degree can reflect the high proportion of graduates who choose a social work career - social work graduates get paid, on average, more than graduates overall, but not all options pay as well as social work. This is also an unusual subject in that London isn't one of the more common places to find jobs - so if you want to get a job near to your home or your university this might be worth thinking about.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Health and social care

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£27k

£27k

£30k

£30k

£32k

£32k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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