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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.
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
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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.
There are wide-ranging career routes in this area, from working in community arts to primary education. We’ve developed this course to introduce you to different aspects of the sector and help you specialise further down the line.
What facilities can I use?
We’ve invested in a range of state-of-the-art facilities across our campuses to support your learning.
Our library is the perfect place to find the resources you need and a quiet place to study, filled with four floors of books, journals, computer suites and study rooms. Or, if you’d rather work off campus, e-Journals and resources are only a few clicks away using our Virtual Learning Environment.
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.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
In your first and second year on this course, you’ll focus on classroom learning with the opportunity in year three to gain work experience through placement which can further enhance your potential career development.
Not only are placements valuable for experiencing what working in this sector will be like, but you'll also build your own network meaning you’ll have relationships to leverage when it’s time to look for your first job beyond graduation.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 80 - 104
A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Community arts and Issue based learning
Youth and Community Models of Practice
Safeguarding vulnerable groups and communities
Public and private selves: identity in the digital age
Personal and Professional Development 1
Year 2 Modules
Engagement, consultation and participation
Networks, partnerships and capacity building
Social Policy and Social Inequality
Culture, subculture and Diversity
Research and Project Development skills
Personal and Professional Development 2
Year 3 Modules
Developing a specialist resource
Psychosocial theory and models of well being
Contemporary Social Issues
Personal and Professional Development 3: The Placement
Community Interests, Social Enterprise and Business Models
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
Our BA (Hons) Youth and Community Studies course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities. You could work in:
- Substance misuse
- Community Development
- Youth Work
- Family Support
- Primary Education
- Social Work
- Charities and not-for-profits.