Institute of Society and Community (IoSC)

Community Development Work and Youth Work

BA (Hons) Full-time 3 years

Do you want to make a difference? Develop the skills and knowledge to effectively work with communities and young people to facilitate social change, locally, nationally and globally.

Do you want to make a difference? Develop the skills and knowledge to effectively work with communities and young people to facilitate social change, locally, nationally and globally.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code L600
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location University Telford Campus
  • School Institute of Society and Community (IoSC)
  • Course Status This course is subject to approval
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Why choose this course?

Do you want to make a difference? Develop the skills and knowledge to effectively work with communities and young people to facilitate social change, locally, nationally and globally.

At all levels, young people and communities are having to deal with difficult and challenging situations. This course will help you learn the practical and analytical skills needed to support people to overcome those challenges. The course is designed for students strongly committed to supporting people experiencing injustice, social disadvantage and/or discrimination and either want to enter professional community development and youth work or are already working in community and youth work settings.

You will want ‘to make a difference’ to help enhance people’s lives at a personal and structural level; to counter discrimination and oppression. The course will equip you with the appropriate knowledge and skills, as well as encouraging and enabling you to explore the value base necessary for qualified community development and youth workers. You will have the opportunity to undertake 800 hours of placement practice in a diverse range of community development and youth work settings.

This course will prepare you for community development and youth work and make you eligible to practise in a recognised professional field. You will also have a broad academic and practice-based understanding of community development and youth work through placement experiences, supported by wide reading and research. 

What happens on the course?

Over the three years of studying this course, you will complete a range of theory-based and practical placement-based modules. You will engage in practice-based learning, with 800 hours dedicated to placements in community development and/or youth work practice settings. A series of skills days will support and prepare you further for placement and practice. Below you will see an example of the structure and modules you may study with us.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

As a qualified community development and youth worker, you will be able to work in a wide range of public and third sector organisations, including rights-based organisations, adults, children and young people’s services, community engagement and capacity building, faith-based community and youth work, employability, health and housing as well as to be employed alongside or managing a range of other professions. These settings include but are not limited to schools, colleges, youth offending services, outdoor activity centres, faith-based centres, residential settings, campaigning and youth and community centres.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Exciting opportunities for inter-disciplinary learning with other professional groups.

Approved placement opportunities across a range of settings in the statutory and third sector.

Placement module leaders ensure that your learning on placement is fully integrated into the curriculum; running a series of support workshops to facilitate this transferable learning.

Skills development work supported by service users, carers and practitioners form an integral part of the course.

You will undertake skills days at our new Marches Centre of Excellence for Health and Social Care at Telford Campus, which provides state-of-the-art training to gain hands-on, real-life experience of community development and youth work to ensure you have the skills and knowledge to benefit employers. The facilities include a mock house, an immersive reality suite for simulations, and various teaching and student social spaces.

You will develop a diverse range of academic and professional skills necessary to successfully complete the course and become a competent practitioner in community development and youth work setting. You will also develop a range of transferable skills which include: study skills, reflection, communication, working to deadlines, management of self and independent learning.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23

Additional Course Costs

Mandatory Costs

Optional Costs

  • Various certified courses are available via My Course + More, ranging from £0-£200

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

GCSE at grade C/4+  (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics  Equivalent qualifications include Key Skills Level 2; Learn Direct Level 2; and Functional Skills Level 2

Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses or GCSE Equivalence Tests from other institutions or organisations.


  • 96 UCAS points
  • A Levels - from three A Levels eg: CCC
  • Access to HE Diploma Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 Merit grade

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found at
  • Applicants should have appropriate and sufficient experience of work in a Community Development and Youth Work setting before starting the programme. It is expected that applicants have completed a minimum of 100 hours’ practical work with communities and/or youth work prior to commencement on the programme.


    Other Requirements

    Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for interview and will be invited to an assessment day where you will be assessed in comprehension, verbal ability and suitability for social work. Interview panels will include, whenever possible, employer and service-user/carer representatives.

    Read further information regarding interview preparation

    Due to the professional nature of this course you are also required to complete a Declaration of Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.

    If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £40.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee. You will also need to complete an occupational health assessment questionnaire prior to starting the course.

    International Applicants

    Non-native speakers will need to hold IELTS with an overall bandscore of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each element.

Social Work England

Approved by Social Work England (SWE) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with SWE as a social worker in England.

National Youth Agency (NYA)

Accredited by the National Youth Agency (NYA)

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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