School of Education

Young People, Family and Community

BA (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

The BA (Hons) Young People, Family and Community provides you with the knowledge and skills for a range of careers working with young people and families and the communities in which they live. 

The BA (Hons) Young People, Family and Community provides you with the knowledge and skills for a range of careers working with young people and families and the communities in which they live. 

BA (Hons)
Start date(s)
25 September 2023
Course specifications
Course length
Full-time (3 years),Part-time (6 years)
Campus location
Walsall Campus
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What's unique about this course?

  • You will be taught in our state-of-the-art teaching buildings
  • Our teaching staff have a wealth of experience in the field of education and are passionate about the subject
  • Undertake enterprising work-based investigation and problem-solving
  • Ideal for those new to this area, as well as experienced staff searching for career development

Why choose this course?

The BA (Hons) Young People, Family and Community provides you with the knowledge and skills for a range of careers working with young people and families and the communities in which they live. There is an increasing need for graduates to work in the field of family support and community work as well as increasing opportunities to work directly with young people, this course is designed to prepare you for these roles.

The BA (Hons) Young People, Family and Community course offers a unique blend of theories and practices in relation to services that support families and is suitable for people new to this area or experienced people searching for career development. We value and promote your individual engagement, progression and success and recognise that each of you will have your own unique learning needs. Therefore, we aim to maximise your potential through our inclusive approaches to your teaching and learning experience, ensuring the curriculum is relatable to you. Our course does not include any exams and we work hard to make our assessments inclusive and relevant to your career goals.  We usually teach in smaller classroom-based student groups, as opposed to larger lecture theatres, to give you a supportive and personalised learning experience and our staff work hard to help develop the confidence of our students.

As you progress through your degree you will develop your skills of critical thinking as you analyse how to tackle inequalities, broaden your perspectives on empowering young people and vulnerable adults and explore how to effectively engage with individuals and groups. In addition, you will focus on how communities can be supported and investigate issues relating to youth, culture and identity within society.


Placements are expected as part of the course and these can be negotiated in a range of settings such as charitable organisations, family support teams and youth and community centres.  Outside of placement hours, students are encouraged to actively seek volunteering opportunities.

The BA (Hons) Young People, Family and Community is three years full-time and can be studied PART-TIME which requires you to attend day-time sessions. However, if you would like to study more flexibly for example in the evening, our partner colleges offer part time Foundation Degrees in Supporting Children in Primary Education and Early Years Services  

After completing your part time Foundation Degree, you can then progress onto a final year of a part- time BA degree course to gain a full honours degree.

The BA (Hons) Young People, Family and Community degree sits within an exciting range of Childhood and Family Studies courses we offer within the Institute of Education.

What happens on the course?

At level 4 you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills of community work, explore ideas related to childhood and youth and begin to unpick concepts around power, rights and diversity.

At the University of Wolverhampton there are a range of teaching and learning activities to help you achieve successfully on your course. Your sessions will have formative learning opportunities and formative feedback from your tutors which will help you prepare for your final marked assessment (summative assessment). You will also be provided with feed forward written and/or oral feedback on your summative assessments that will help you develop your academic skills as you progress through your course.

All your modules will offer opportunities for you to interact, and to demonstrate practice, application, exploration, critique, dialogue and analysis of theory.   In each of your modules you will be provided with a structure of scheduled learning and teaching activities (both on campus and online) combined with guided and independent learning, to enable you to fully engage to achieve specified learning outcomes. These include:

  • Active contribution to lectures, group activities, including critical debate and discussion in seminars
  • Additional online consolidation activities
  • Guided reading 
  • Asynchronous discussion forums
  • Non-timetabled one-to-one meetings with Module Leader / Module Team
  • Preparation for scheduled learning and teaching activities
  • Preparation/Completion of assessment tasks
  • Revision tasks
  • Non-synchronous webinars
  • Wider reading and research activiy


    There are also a variety of optional assessment types that are used to support and test your learning and progress and to help you develop employability skills that are valued beyond your university studies and into your working life.


Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Your lived experience of this course will extend beyond the classroom.  You will be taught in our state-of-the-art teaching buildings at Walsall Campus, just a short walk from Walsall town centre and a bus ride from the centre of Birmingham and Wolverhampton.  Our provision includes: buildings which are fitted with interactive whiteboards, lecture theatres, and classrooms as well as social learning areas which include the Student Union. Walsall is a smaller campus with a real sense of community and offers everything you need to complete your studies in one place.

Our teaching staff have a wealth of experience in the field of education and are passionate about the subject. We have a real sense of pride in the quality of our teaching and work hard to offer our students a personalised and supported learning experience. Our lecturers pride themselves on the relationships they are able to develop with our students and the sense of belonging they help to promote. 

We are proud of our long-standing tradition of research and study in Young People, Family & Community. You will benefit from the team’s expertise as all our staff are actively engaged in research and publishing including ‘mental health and resilience,’ ‘healthy eating in schools,’ ‘impact and influence of teaching and assistant support,’ ‘inter-agency working,’ ’higher education and social justice’ and ‘teens and toddlers.’ We also have strong partnerships with a variety of settings and organisations in the young people and community sector including local schools and wider educational settings within the community.

The library will provide you with academic skills support via the Skills for Learning programme . You can attend workshops on campus or online or ask for one-to-one help on a range of skills such as academic writing and referencing. 1:1 online Skills appointments are also available.

The University Student Support website offers advice on a variety of matters (careers, counselling, student union advice, etc.) You can also access these services by booking appointment with the student union, careers, counselling services, etc.

  • You will be allocated a Personal Tutor who will support you with the transition into higher education and will support you through your studies
  • Specific assessment support will be factored into each module.
  • If you have disabilities and/or specific learning difficulties you can gain a wide range of support from Student Support and Well Being team at the university
  • Higher Education academic skills will be embedded throughout the curriculum.

Twitter: @YPFC_WLV


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply and synthesise knowledge and understanding of diverse community-based contexts for practice, engaging with individuals and groups to meet and support the needs of children, young people, and their families, including issues of health, risk, and well-being.
  • Conduct research into a range of factors in relation to the development of the life course, inclusive of the ecological - social, cultural, and political -context, issues of identity, power, rights, diversity, and social exclusion.
  • Recognise and critically analyse powerful social policy and media discourses that may influence practice within the field of family and community work.
  • Make critical judgements about key concepts, theories, and principles in the global context, together with current debates in the field of family and community studies, as part of ongoing development as an ethical and reflective practitioner
  • Be able to critically reflect on personal value systems, and that of others, in a systematic way to develop your professional and ethical practice.
  • Undertake enterprising work-based investigation and problem-solving and be able to clearly communicate a wide range of theoretical positions to a range of audiences using appropriate media and digital literacy skills.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3120 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

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
  • NCFE CACHE L3 Diploma in Childcare and Education or NCFE CACHE L3 Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education - grade C
  • Access to HE Diploma (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 (96 UCAS point equivalence, minimum 45 credits at merit)

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Entry to this course requires a 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.

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see for further information.


''Beginning the Young People, Families and Community course in 2019, I have gained so much over the years. This course has granted me with relevant knowledge and practice on how to improve my own professionalism and develop skills to be an effective practitioner while working with individuals and groups in this filed. The teaching has always been up the highest standards. The support, feedback, and guidance provided by lectures is outstanding.'' - Agnieszka Nalepka (Yr 5 Student)


“The Young People Family and Community Course is amazing for me! I joined this course initially because it was exactly what I wanted to go into and study. The course itself has developed my knowledge and understanding further so I'm always looking forward to learning more and more. The modules are very interesting, and the lecturers have been supportive”. (Level 4 Student)

“The course will enable you to learn so much about yourself and the community around you!” (Level 4 Student)

“I have really enjoyed studying this course due to its relevance to my job as a foster carer and where I intend to go career wise, which is to work with immigrant families or in a domestic abuse setting. Following advice, I started this course from the foundation year. This was for the best as it allowed me to prepare for the degree as a mature student. So far there has been a lot that I have achieved in terms of knowledge and also friends made. The lessons learnt are not only helpful professionally but also personally as a mother and foster carer. The study hours are very convenient, and the support offered by all tutors and other staff from different departments such as the library and student services is immeasurable! Some of the other highlights for me are the seminars which are always coordinated or facilitated by the lectures. I recently attended one seminar and out of it I have managed to get a volunteering role with Walsall children services. I believe this is a course that can be taken by anyone regardless of their age and ability as the support is always there” (Level 5 student)

“The university part of my life came from my previous job of working with children and families as a mature student I found my experience supported my journey. I have loved every part of being a student and only wished I would have done this earlier in life. I personally feel now I can make a positive difference with my knowledge and confidence in my professional role.” (Level 6 student)  

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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