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Youth and Community - BA (Hons)

  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Study mode: Full Time (3 Years), Part Time (5 Years)
  • Location: City Centre

Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Any arrangements put in place by the University for the 2021/22 academic year will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

The Youth and Community degree at BCU is a contemporary and exciting course, which has accreditation from the Joint Negotiating Committee, which is the Professional body that accredits Youth Workers in England and Wales.

The course has been designed with key stakeholders, including the National Youth Agency, UK Youth, youth work managers, practitioners and young people themselves, to integrate the core knowledge and skills required to jump-start a successful career, working with young people and communities, whether that be in the public sector, non-governmental organisations/voluntary field or private sector.

Practice skills, cultural competencies, communication, placement and community engagement opportunities, have been built-in throughout the programme, to ensure students incrementally develop the essential and specialist skills and expertise to build thriving careers, working with diverse young people and communities.

The Youth and Community BA degree at BCU offers:

  • A JNC recognised qualification to work in Youth Work, which is also valued and recognised in many other ‘people work’ contexts and sectors, in the UK and across the globe
  • A core focus on diversity, equality and social difference. We offer opportunities to learn and work on placement in Britain’s second biggest city, with highly diverse young people and communities, in a vibrant urban context of rapid social change. This experience is supported with diversity-oriented learning on core modules
  • A core leadership and enterprise strand, which runs throughout the programme, to develop skills to fast-track your career through strategic, project management and youth work organisational skills
  • A global focus and commitment throughout modules, and in two dedicated modules, situated in level 5 and level 6, which prepare students for careers that could lead to employment anywhere in the world. We integrate global issues in youth and community across your studies, such as refugee and migrant support, cross-cultural working, working in situations of conflict and anti-modern slavery/anti-trafficking practice
  • Opportunities at level 5 and 6 to select optional modules including: mental health and counselling approaches, black political activism, youth, crime and justice
  • Excellent placements throughout the three years to provide experiential learning and opportunities to build professional networks and your own field of interest in youth and community
  • Research skills training, specifically focused upon working with diverse communities and young people
  • Coverage of innovative and creative digital skills and practice for youth and community work
  • The course will include at least 800 hours of assessed professional practice, with a minimum of 50% of this time spent in contact work with young people. Such work will normally be with 13 – 19 year olds, but may extend to 11-25 year olds

Why Choose Us?

  • On all of our courses you will gain a professional focus and real world experience on youth and community perspectives, ensuring you are equipped to make an immediate impact in your career. You have the opportunity to embark on micro placements with public sector and not for profit organisations.
  • We are aiming to get accreditation for our graduates to qualify as JNC accredited youth workers.
  • All our courses have an international focus. This is embedded throughout the curriculum, giving you the opportunity to transform your experience with us into a global one. There are a variety of exciting possibilities open to you, ranging from our successful international travel scholarships scheme, through which you can spend a summer working for a charitable organisation overseas, to one of our many overseas study exchange programmes.
  • As a student on one of our undergraduate degrees, you will be able to benefit from our Graduate+ initiative. This three-year award course enables you to gain award levels for all the extra-curricular activities you undertake so that you can stand out from the crowd on graduation.
  • You will have opportunities to engage with our Birmingham 2029 project which seeks to map the city across a decade of change and be part of the Social Impact Hub which will enable you to engage with local organisations in the community and voluntary sectors.
  • The School of Social Sciences is recognised for being at the forefront of applied research, specialising in areas such as social identities, race and racism, hate crime, gender and violence and mental health. We have proud to have a vibrant research culture with five interdisciplinary research centres and a strong record of publications.
  • Gain an understanding of the contemporary world by practising a form of inquiry that is informed, knowledge-applied, evidence-based and interdisciplinary.
  • You will study in our state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, ideally located for you to take advantage of our links to industry in the UK’s second city.

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"This course is an excellent opportunity for an individual to gain both theoretical and practical experience to prepare them for a career in youth work. It balances knowledge with real life experience to support people for a real world role, ensuring that students engage with different types of working and learning as a practice for the working world.

Students will be able to specialise in subject areas that resonate with them, and I am particularly excited about the discussions on themes surrounding diversity and inclusion for students that want to work in those areas.

The course situates itself well in the wider context of the University’s aim to become embedded in its local landscape, helping to support the people of Birmingham."

Sharan Dhanda – BeatFreeks

Entry Requirements

Due to the limited number of places available for this programme, applications are being considered as a gathered field. We therefore advise applicants to ensure they apply by 29 January 2021. Applicants can expect a decision as to whether they have been offered a place to study by 31 March 2021.

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Essential Requirements

BBC or 112 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of 3 subjects.

Applicants should have appropriate and sufficient experience of youth and community work before starting the programme. It is recommended that applicants have completed a minimum of 100 hours’ practical work with young people and/or communities prior to commencement on a programme.

Applicants will also have to pass an interview and an enhanced DBS check before they are able to enrol on the course.

Level 2 Qualifications
UK Qualification Requirements 2021/22
GCSE
  • GCSE English language at grade C/4 or above

  • Equivalent level 2 qualifications can be accepted

  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment

Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level)
  • See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.
Scottish National 5
  • English language at grade C or above

  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment

Plus one of the following Level 3 (and above) Qualifications
UK Qualification Requirements 2021/22
A level and Advanced VCE
  • BBC / 112 UCAS points

  • A maximum of 3 subjects are considered excluding General Studies. These can be other A-levels or level 3 equivalents.

Access to HE Diploma
  • Social Sciences or Humanities pathway

  • Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at level 3. 18 of the level 3 credits must be achieved at either merit or distinction grade.

  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma
    (2016 – present)
  • Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)
    (2010 - 2016)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
    (2002 – 2010)
  • DMM

  • Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
    (2016 – present)
  • Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)
    (2010 – 2016)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Certificate
    (2002 – 2010)
  • 112 UCAS points.

  • Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.

  • Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

  • Pearson BTEC National Foundation Diploma (2016 to present)
  • Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) (2010 - 2016)
  • 112 UCAS points
  • Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.

  • Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate
    (2016 – present)
  • Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)
    (2010 - 2016)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Award
    (2002 - 2010)
  • 112 UCAS points
  • Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.

  • Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

IBO Certificate in Higher Level

  • Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects

  • Considered with other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS Tariff Points

  • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall

  • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.

Irish Leaving Certificate (Highers)

  • Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1)

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Applied General Certificate in Health and Social Care

  • 112 UCAS points.
  • Can be considered along with A-levels or a combination of equivalent level 3 qualifications

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

  • DMM

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

  • 112 UCAS points

  • Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

  • OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate
    (2016 – present)
  • OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma
    (until 2016)
  • 112 UCAS points

  • Considered with two A-level or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

Scottish Advanced Higher

  • Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.

  • Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD.

  • Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).

Scottish Higher

  • Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either five Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.

  • Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of grades BBCCC is required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers.

T-Levels

  • 112 UCAS points (Merit overall)

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate - Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

  • 112 UCAS points
  • Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma – Core (awarded until 2016)

ESW/KS Combined component

  • 112 UCAS points
  • Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology (QCF)

  • 112 UCAS points
  • Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
Other Qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
Additional information for EU/International students
Essential

Applications from international applicants with equivalent qualifications to 112 points are welcome. Please see your country page for further details on the equivalent qualifications we accept.

In additional to the academic entry requirements listed above, international and EU students will also require the qualifications detailed in this table.

English language requirements 2020/21
IELTS

6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

If you do not meet the required IELTS score, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses. Please note that you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to study on the pre-sessional English course. More information.

Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

  • UK students
  • International students

Award: BA (Hons)

Starting: Sep 2021

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Award: BA (Hons)

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 3 Years
  • £13,200 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Due to the limited number of places available for this programme, applications are being considered as a gathered field. We therefore advise applicants to ensure they apply by 15 January 2021. Applicants can expect a decision as to whether they have been offered a place to study by 31 March 2021.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Fees for part time students

If you study this course part-time or via distance learning, you will be charged on a pro-rata basis. This means your fee will be calculated per module.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year One

In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Introduction to Youth and Community Work
20 credits
Working with Individuals, Groups and Communities
20 credits
Social Policy: Inequalities and Inclusion
20 credits
Equality, Diversity, Values and Social Justice
20 credits
Placement: Foundations in Practice
20 credits
Identities, Self and Intersectionality
20 credits

Year Two

In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 100 credits).

Researching with Youth and Communities
20 credits
Global Youth and Community Development
20 credits
Placement: Reflexive Practice
40 credits
Leadership, Management and Enterprise Skills in Youth and Community Contexts
20 credits

In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete at least 20 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules.

Social Pedagogy with Youth and Communities
20 credits
Mental Health, Wellbeing and Counselling
20 credits
Youth, Crime and Justice
20 credits
Black Political Activism
20 credits
All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

Final Year

In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 80 credits).

Placement: Critical Operational Reflexive Practice
40 credits
Multi and Intra-professional Working Project
20 credits
Leadership, Networking and Partnership Building in Youth and Community
20 credits

In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete at least 40 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules.

Violence, Conflict and Mediation
20 credits
Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Therapeutic Communities
20 credits
Black Arts Movement
20 credits
Counselling and Wellbeing Support Skills for Youth and Community
20 credits
Decolonising Youth and Community Work
20 credits
All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

Testimonials

"The youth and community degree provides an opportunity for students to engage in a bold and thoughtful new subject of study at BCU. The course will meaningfully engage with contemporary issues that require responses from across the voluntary and public sectors.

Students will not only be provided with learning opportunities on the social, cultural, political and economic factors that impact youth and community work, they will also learn about employment pathways upon completion of the degree. BCU’s strong partnerships with local employers will provide work placement opportunities to enhance students’ learning and employability.

Combining theory and practice, this degree is an essential offer to young people who wish to develop and enhance their knowledge and skills to include critical, analytical and reflective thinking within a youth and community work setting."

Halima Nessa, Head of National Programmes, UK Youth

"This course is an excellent opportunity for an individual to gain both theoretical and practical experience to prepare them for a career in youth work. It balances knowledge with real life experience to support people for a real world role, ensuring that students engage with different types of working and learning as a practice for the working world.

Students will be able to specialise in subject areas that resonate with them, and I am particularly excited about the discussions on themes surrounding diversity and inclusion for students that want to work in those areas.

The course situates itself well in the wider context of the University’s aim to become embedded in its local landscape, helping to support the people of Birmingham."

Sharan Dhanda – BeatFreeks

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It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other social sciences, law, business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

Realistic, simulated environments include two mock court rooms, a Magistrates' and Crown Court, and an interviewing suite. We’re also exploring the use of virtual environments as a way to develop case study analysis.

For those studying on the BA (Hons) Policing or BA (Hons) Criminology, Policing and Investigation degrees, you’ll experience simulations of police interviewing environments for both suspects and witnesses, with access to tape recording and video playback analysis.

Crime investigation files are prepared using computer-based technology, and the crime data analysis requirements of the degree are supported by appropriate statistical and analytical software.

Psychology students can look forward to using state-of-the-art equipment as well, including the latest in eye-tracking software, and our new EEG machine, all geared towards giving you true hands-on experience with tools you’ll be using in your later career. You will also benefit from facilities across the wider campus including the Parkside and Millennium Point buildings.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free

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Associate Professor in Criminology, Acting Head of Department for Criminology and Sociology

Having initially studied Social Policy as an undergraduate Sarah became immersed in the study of the social world, this served as the foundation for an unrelenting interest in social research which she pursues to this day. 

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