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Youth Work and Community Development

Entry requirements


104 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 2 A2 subjects.

Our Access requirements are currently under review. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

104 points including at least two subjects at Advanced Higher Level with one subject at grade C or better.

UCAS Tariff

104

Must be from a minimum of 2 A2 subjects or equivalent.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Youth and community work

Youth work has been described as ‘the science of enabling young people to believe in themselves and build positive futures’ (National Youth Agency).

Working with people primarily aged between 11 and 25 is both a challenging and rewarding career choice and the professionals specialising in this field aim to support a young person to develop both personally and socially.

On this course, you’ll cover the history and development of youth and community work, explore the self, groups and learning, society and social policy, and develop your understanding of social science.

You’ll also be looking at oppression, globalisation, how agencies work together, and community development and management, as well as enhancing your research, practical and managerial skills.

Compulsory work placements in youth and community centres, and schools and voluntary organisations, provide ample opportunity to achieve hands-on experience working alongside professional youth and community workers. And you’ll see, first-hand, some of the issues that can affect young people and their communities.

Key features

- Professionally recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee and validated by the National Youth Agency.

- Throughout the course you will undertake up to 800 hours of practical work placements as well as volunteering opportunities, in a range of relevant organisations and projects, to enhance your learning experience in areas such as mentoring, advice and guidance, youth justice, drug and alcohol misuse work and sports-based work.

- You will study a range of topics including learning, education and youth work, youth and community work in context, developing the professional practitioner and globalisation and global youth work.

- Gain an international perspective on your studies through our DMU Global programme. Recent trips have seen Youth Work and Community Development students focus on the role of young people as change-makers to create positive social change in India and The Gambia, and consider poverty, health and social problems in Florida.

- Graduate employment opportunities include detached youth work, community development, Schools and colleges, work with refugee and asylum seekers and mentoring.

- We have one of the UK’s largest youth work teaching and research teams, with an established reputation of more than 55 years’ experience.

**DMU’s careers and employability service, known as DMU Works, was awarded the Best University Careers/Employability Service at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards in February 2021. We understand university is a huge investment, and our careers commitment to you is not simply to help you secure a job, but to equip you with the skills to thrive, adapt and innovate in our ever-changing world.**

Modules

YEAR ONE: Learning, Education and Youth Work; Youth and Community Work in Context; The Self in Context; Developing the Professional Practitioner 1. YEAR TWO: Black Perspectives; Developing the Professional Practitioner 2; Context, Management and Governance; Research Methods/Negotiated Module. YEAR THREE: Globalisation and Global Youth Work; Practice-Related Research; Professional Formation and Action Learning; Developing the Professional Practitioner 3.

Assessment methods

You will be taught with a variety of teaching methods, including: lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, problem solving, guided reading, e-learning. Assessment methods include: essays, reports, presentations, projects, reflective logs. 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.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,750
per year
International
£14,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leicester Campus

Department:

Health and Life 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.

83%
med
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

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
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

89%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
100%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
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?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
90%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

65%
Welfare professionals
19%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
4%
Business, research and administrative professionals

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.

£25k

£25k

£28k

£28k

£24k

£24k

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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