This course is also offered as a part-time FdA (Professional Studies) for those already pursuing a career in the sector.
If you are interested in a career supporting young people and their families, this course will provide you with an excellent start.
You will be given the opportunity to explore specialist areas within the sector such as sexual health, substance misuse and rehabilitation, homelessness, community arts, sports projects and working with young people involved in the criminal justice system. This means that you can study more of what interests you and tailor your qualification to a chosen area.
On successful completion of the course you will be able to top-up to the Youth, Community and Families BA (Hons) which is accredited by the University of Birmingham. Students are equipped 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?
- You will be taught practical and professional skills, including managing activities and people.
- 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.
Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about UCB and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day.
Teaching & assessment
Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and in a typical teaching week you will have up to 12 teaching contact hours made up as follows:
- Large group teaching - 6 hours of lectures
- Smaller group teaching - 4 hours of teaching in smaller groups
- Tutorials - 2 hour including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials per week
You will need to apportion approximately 20 hours per week. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.
Assessment 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.
An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:
- Coursework - 75%
- Practical assessment - 20%
- Written examinations - 5 %
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.
Community, Youth and Families FdA
Tariff: A minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points from at least one A Level or equivalent BTEC qualifications. Find out more about the changes to the UCAS Tariff.
Non-tariff: Non UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry.
Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions.
GCSE / IGCSE English A*-C grades or 9-4 grades or equivalent.
Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS).
Find out more information on Tariff entry requirements for 2017 entry.
For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit our Country Specific Information page.
UCAS Tariff calculator
You can use our calculator below to convert your predicted/achieved grades into UCAS Tariff points.
If your total predicted/achieved points do not meet those outlined above or your qualification(s) do not appear on the UCAS tariff please contact the admissions directly on 0121 604 1040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In the final year students will have the option of choosing one of the following research modules:
You will have a one-to-one interview with a member of the placement team in the first semester of your first year and they will do their best to find you a work placement that mirrors your intended career path. You will begin your placement in semester two and be encouraged to find voluntary roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors to further develop your skills during your second and third year. The dates and times of your placement will be discussed as the nature of voluntary work requires flexibility.
If you are looking for further work experience opportunities, our highly experienced hired@UCB staff members have a diverse mix of advisors with experience in a wide variety of areas including early years, education, learning disability, special education, child protection, community service development and management.
At UCB, we understand the importance of work placements within academic study, and our employer contacts say they give preference to students with qualifications who also have experience within the field.
If you did well on your placement, there are additional opportunities available – such as recommendation for industry-supported mentoring schemes to guide you through your future career.
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
- 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 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 of 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.
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