Why choose this course?

Do you have a desire and passion to make a difference in the lives of communities and young people?  Do you want to develop a career that is exciting, challenging, fulfilling and enjoyable?  This programme offers you the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to effectively work with communities and young people.

The Course is professionally accredited by The Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) for youth and community workers and is validated by the National Youth Agency and The Endorsement and Quality Standards Board (ESB) for Community Development Learning. This means that, at the end of the course, you will gain a recognised professional qualification in both community development and youth work.  You will study in Wolverhampton, Telford and have opportunities for a range of placements and roles with the statutory and voluntary sectors.

This will enable you to work in a variety of communities, settings and roles, and your qualification will be recognised by employers throughout the UK and Ireland.  Having a JNC professional qualification ensures it is quality checked and fit for purpose. This will also enhance your career development opportunities, in terms of taking on leadership and management roles.

What happens on the course?

The Course will equip you to work with diverse communities and young people in a wide range of settings. Teaching and practice are integrated as our approach to learning. Reflecting on your practice will enable you to understand and articulate your work.  

There are three work-based assessed practice modules over the course, one day a week in Year 1 and Year 3, and 2 days a week in Year 2.  You will have an excellent opportunity to engage in practice-based learning, dedicated to placement in a wide range of settings such as centre-based provision, detached/street-based youth work, community centres, schools, mental health service providers, community development projects, supported housing projects and many more.

Course Modules have been developed in collaboration with practitioners and are designed to develop your skills and understanding of community development and youth work practice.   Module learning contents include topics such as community development and youth work, interpersonal skills and informal education, safeguarding, psychology, sociology, social policy, research, leadership and management.  You will also explore contemporary themes such as mental health, social media and crime, social justice and activism to ensure your practice responds to the needs and aspirations of young people and communities.

Taught sessions will be delivered in a schedule of one day per week on campus. Assessments will reflect our innovative teaching methods and practice-focused philosophy, and will include portfolio-based tasks, reports, presentations, research and essays.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

This course will prepare you for working with diverse communities and people. Successfully completing the course will give you professional qualifications in both community development and youth work.  The training process will deepen your understanding of yourself and your practice, as well as developing your gifts, skills and talents as an effective professional. 

The team at Wolverhampton University brings a wealth of practice, training and teaching experience in local, national and international contexts.  All teaching staff on the course are JNC qualified and are still in practice.  Our approach to teaching and learning is innovative, encouraging and supportive , preparing you for the rigours of current practice.

We have a wide network of JNC professionals and agency partners that will offer you excellent opportunities to enhance your practice experience and skills, as well as opening up future career routes.  JNC qualified practitioners are now working in a broad spectrum of settings and agencies and developing transferable skills is essential to thrive in the modern workforce.

Wolverhampton University is an accessible campus in the heart of the city.  We pride ourselves on developing welcoming and supportive learning environments.  Our course is flexible, and we are responsive to your needs as students and adult learners.  We offer students a range of support, including professional, academic and well-being.

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. You will also develop excellent transferable skills such as:

  • Interpersonal skills – an ability to listen, work and communicate with a diverse range of people and communities
  • Project Planning
  • Supervision, coaching and mentoring
  • Reflective leadership and management of people and organisations
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Self-Direction
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Research
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Having difficult conversations
  • Facilitating informal learning
  • Report writing
  • Presenting information verbally and visually
  • Writing funding applications

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
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 http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
  • 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 £38.00 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.

Contextual Offers

The university recognises that many students have additional barriers in progression to university, whether this be through disability, as a care leaver, from an area of deprivation or another factor. The university wishes to provide additional support for these students through the contextual offer scheme. If you are eligible, the University will apply a contextual Admissions decision, in the form of a reduced offer letter by up to two grades or 16 UCAS tariff points. Find out more.

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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