Youth, Community and Families BA (Hons) Top-up

Overview (NV)

BA (Hons) Top-up

Course length
1 year full-time
UCAS code
L591
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BA (Hons) Top-up

Course length
2 years part-time
Fees (Home/EU)
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Overview

This top-up course continues to build on your knowledge of supporting young people and their families. 

You will explore specialist areas within the sector such as disability, counselling, mentoring and healthy communities. This means that you can study more of what interests you and tailor your qualification to a chosen area of the sector. 

On successful completion of the course you will be able to apply for a wide variety of vocational positions working with young people and families within local communities. It equips you to deliver targeted services to families within the social welfare, community development, health and education sectors. Increasingly, local authorities and voluntary sector organisations need highly trained professionals with the flexibility to work effectively within an integrated and multi-agency environment.

Why should I choose this course?

  • By taking this top-up, you can continue to develop your academic and practical skills in preparation for a successful career within the sector.
  • You will develop advanced interpersonal skills that are vital for success in the youth and community sector.
  • You will be able to work with a range of services in order to support children and vulnerable young people.
  • You will examine current events within the industry that are influencing how society works with young people and families.
  • You will undertake an individual research project as well as having the opportunity to study a specialist area of your choice.
Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment

Full-time route

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and in a typical teaching week you will have up to 11 contact hours made up as follows:

  • Large group teaching - 6 hours of lectures
  • Smaller group teaching - students are timetabled for a 3 hour session per week
  • Tutorials – 2 hour is timetabled per week consisting of a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials

Individual study

You will need to apportion approximately 20 hours per week outside of the timetabled hours. Some weeks the amount of time you need for personal study will increase, especially when completing assessments. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.

Part-time route

You will attend one day per week. The timetable is made up of one module per semester with a total of three semesters in total. The research module is started in semester one and completed in Semester three.

  • Smaller group teaching - students are timetabled for a 4 hour session per week
  • Tutorials - 1 hour is timetabled per week consisting of a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials.

Individual study

You will need to apportion approximately 10 hours per week outside of the timetabled hours. Some weeks the amount of time you need for personal study will increase, especially when completing assessments. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.

Assessment

The following assessment criteria applies to both the full and part-time route and is designed to provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are used. There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course and the application of theory into practice. Your work experience is the basis for most assessments where reflection is strongly encouraged.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

  • Coursework - 75%
  • Practical assessment - 25%
  • Written examinations - 0% 

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a relevant HND with a Merit profile or a foundation degree with 240 credits.

If you have any queries please contact Ben Furlong: b.furlong@ucb.ac.uk

Modules (NV)

Modules

Plus one option from:
Counselling and Guidance Skills Learning Disability Offender Management Understanding Management International Perspectives Working with Young People, Communities and Families Healthy Communities Managing Mentoring Philosophy of Education

Research option

Students will have the option of choosing one of the following research modules:

Placements (NV)

Work placement

UCB encourages you to seek industry experience throughout your studies and we work with industry providers to offer you a variety of opportunities (paid and voluntary). 

Over the years, we have developed close working relationships throughout the youthwork and community sector. Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding work that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans.

Employability (NV)

Employability

Upon successful completion of this course, previous students have gone on to work in youth and community development, local neighbourhoods and working with groups who are most at risk of committing crimes. 

Graduating with this degree will enable you to go onto work in youth and community-related organisations in:

  • Advice and guidance work
  • Mentoring
  • Health promotion
  • Community family support
  • Advocacy (supporting those most vulnerable in society). 

If you would like to continue your study after graduation, UCB offers postgraduate study at PGCE and MA/PG Dip level. 

hired@UCB

hired@UCB is our new student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills. 

Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, in newly refurbished facilities, the hired team comprises specialist staff with knowledge and experience of: 

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency 

Find out more about hired@UCB services.

Profiles (NV)

Student profiles

Read what our current students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their career in industry.

Maxine Mills

Maxine Mills

Youth, Community and Families

Karen Bebbington

Karen Bebbington

Youth, Community and Families

Otto Tendayi Mponda

Otto Tendayi Mponda

Youth, Community and Families

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