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University College Birmingham

Youth, Community and Families Top-up

UCAS Code: Not applicable

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

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

HND (BTEC)

P

A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Youth Work, with 240 credits.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Variable | 2021

Subject

Youth and community work

**Course snapshot**

Supporting young people and their families can be an enormously rewarding career, and there is increasing demand for highly-trained professionals with the flexibility to work effectively within an integrated and multi-agency environment. UCB's Youth, Community and Families Top-up course will build on your knowledge in this field and open the doors to a wide variety of vocational positions working with young people and families within local communities. You'll have the chance to gain hugely valuable real-world experience thanks to our strong links in the sector, while our course is accredited by the University of Birmingham, one of the world's leading academic institutions.

**Who’s the course for?**

This course will be ideal for you if you have previously studied a relevant subject and are interested in a career supporting young people and their families in a professional capacity.

**Why should I study the course?**

- **BOOST YOUR SKILLS** – Develop advanced interpersonal skills vital for success in this sector, as well as further key academic and practical skills

- **SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES** – From Offender Management to Counselling and Guidance or Learning Disability, gain specialist skills and knowledge through our portfolio of optional modules

- **IN-DEPTH RESEARCH** – Conduct your own individual research project into an aspect of the industry that interests you and matches your career aspirations

**Great. Tell me some more**

Over the years, UCB has developed close working relationships with the youth, family and community sector, so we can offer you a wide range of work opportunities within specialist and targeted youth, health, social and welfare services based in the community.

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?**

This course will help you develop advanced interpersonal skills that are vital for success working in the youth and community sector.

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

You will also have the chance to deepen your knowledge within a chosen area of the industry through Professional Engagement or develop your independent learning, problem-solving and analytical skills through the Research Project.

**What about the future?**

Completing this course will enable you to move into a variety of areas in the sector, with past graduates having gone on to work in youth and community development, local neighbourhoods and supporting young people involved in the criminal justice system.

You will also be able to work in youth and community-related organisations in areas such as:

- Advice and guidance work

- Mentoring

- Health promotion

- Community family support

- Advocacy (supporting those most vulnerable in society)

Modules

- Enhancing Professional Practice in Work with Youth, Community and Families
- Leadership and Management in Community-Based Organisations

**Choose one option from:**

- Professional Engagement
- Research Project (SEHC)

**Plus one option from:**

- Alternative Practice
- Youth and Community Development

Assessment methods

**Teaching**

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and in a typical teaching week you will have up to 11 contact hours made up as follows:

- Large group teaching - 6 hours of lectures
- Smaller group teaching - students are timetabled for a 3 hour session per week
- Tutorials – 2 hours are timetabled per week consisting of a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials

**Individual study**

You will need to apportion approximately 20 hours per week outside of the timetabled hours. Some weeks the amount of time you need for personal study will increase, especially when completing assessments. UCB Online provides 24 hour access to learning and support material.

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

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£12,500
per year
International
£12,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University College Birmingham

Department:

School of Education, Health and Community - BA/BSc

TEF rating:
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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.

74%
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

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

79%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
8%
Male students
92%
Female students
61%
2:1 or above
26%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

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.

41%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
17%
Welfare professionals
9%
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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