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University College Birmingham

Youth, Community and Families

UCAS Code: L592

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

Entry requirements

A level


UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.

You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE / IGCSE English language grade A*-C or grade 9-4 or equivalent.

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


This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff


Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email [email protected]

About this course

Course option


Full-time | 2021


Youth and community work

**Course snapshot**

If you are interested in a career supporting young people and their families, our foundation degree, accredited by the University of Birmingham, will provide you with an excellent start.

**Who’s the course for?**

You will be interested in working in youth and community development, local neighbourhoods, and working with groups who are most at risk of committing crimes.

**Why should I study the course?**

- **WORK PLACEMENT** – Apply your training and broaden your experience on a work placement in a variety of settings within the industry

- **ENRICHMENT** – Gain valuable insight from a range of guest speakers – recent examples have included representatives from the BBC, Cherished UK and The Give Back Project

- **SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES** – Develop a specialism that aligns with your career aspirations through a choice of optional modules

**Great. Tell me some more**

You will be given the opportunity to explore specialist areas within the sector such as sexual health, substance misuse and rehabilitation, homelessness, community arts, sports projects and working with young people involved in the criminal justice system. You can study more of what interests you and tailor your qualification to a chosen area of industry.

You will be equipped to deliver targeted services to families within the social welfare, community development, and health and education sectors. Increasingly, local authorities and voluntary sector organisations need highly-trained professionals with the flexibility to work effectively within an integrated and multi-agency environment.

Eligible students can also get £300 a year for study materials via our Kick-Start scheme.

This course will require you to undergo vetting by the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). However, UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of your DBS check prior to enrolment.

**What skills will I gain?**

You will be taught practical and professional skills, including managing activities and people, both in the classroom and through placement opportunities.

Our experts will help you to develop advanced interpersonal skills that are vital for success in the youth and community sector. You will be able to work with a range of service providers in order to support children, young people and families.

You will examine current events within the industry that are influencing how society works with young people and families.

You will be supported to find a work placement that mirrors your intended career path. You will begin your placement in semester two of your first year and be encouraged to find voluntary roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors to further develop your skills during your second year.

There are additional opportunities available, including recommendation for industry-supported mentoring schemes to guide you through your future career.

**What about the future?**

The course will give you the confidence and know-how to move into a wide range of rewarding areas of work involving young people and families. Future career paths could include youth and community-related organisations, local neighbourhood organisations and work within schools, charitable organisations and children’s centres in:

- Mental health

- Child sexual exploitation (CSE)

- Alternative education

- Looked after children

- Young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)

Upon completion of the foundation degree, you can also progress onto the final year of the full BA (Hons) degree at the end of year two.


**Year 1**

- Academic Skills (SEHC)
- Democratic and Inclusive Practice
- Developing Community-based Organisations
- Policies and Practice
- Understanding Self and Others in Practice
- Professional Practice in Work with Youth, Community and Families

**Year 2**

- Ethics in Practice
- Interpersonal Communication Skills for Managing the Professional Environment
- Research for Enquiry
- Working with Communities

**Plus one option from:**

- Working with Families
- Young People in Transition

**Plus one option from:**

- Mentoring for Learning
- Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Substance Misuse
- Community Health
- Counselling and Guidance Skills for Practice

Assessment methods


Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers. In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 12 teaching contact hours made up as follows:

- Large group teaching - 6 hours of lectures
- Smaller group teaching - 4 hours of teaching in smaller groups
- Tutorials - 2 hours per week, including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials

**Individual study**

You will need to apportion approximately 20 hours per week. Our Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas, provides 24-hour access to learning and support material.


Assessment is designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are used. There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course and the application of theory into practice.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

- Coursework - 75%
- Practical assessment - 25%

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

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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.

Youth and community work

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Social work

Teaching and learning

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

Library resources
IT resources
Course specific equipment and facilities
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

UK students
International students
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Female students
2:1 or above
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)


After graduation

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Social work

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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

Welfare and housing associate professionals
Welfare professionals
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.

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