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BA (Hons) Youth and Community Studies with Foundation Year

UCAS CODE: YCS4
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

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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.
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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?

This course is offered as a four-year programme, including the addition of an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

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.

Placements Plus

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, 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.

Placements are not only 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.

Useful Information

BA (Hons) Youth and Community Studies Programme Specification.pdf

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to admissions@bucks.ac.uk

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.

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

Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity

Preparing for Success: Self-Development and Responsibility

Inquiry Based Learning

Ways of Learning about the Social World

Year 2 Modules

Community arts and Issue based learning

Informal 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 3 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 4 Modules

Developing a specialist resource

Understanding organisations

Psychosocial theory and models of wellbeing

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

International, Academic Year 2021-2022

£13,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

advice@bucks.ac.uk

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.

Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course like our MSc Social Work or MSc Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding.

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