Professional Studies in Youth, Community and Families

Overview (NV)
Course length
2.5 years part-time (one session per week on Wednesdays, 2pm-7pm)
Fees (Home/EU)
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This course is also offered as a full-time BA (Hons).


If you are already pursuing a career in the youth, community and families sector, this course will help you enhance your qualifications. You will combine academic and work-related experience and knowledge to learn lifelong skills and gain a higher level qualification. 

As part of this course you will examine the types of roles that are needed in communities through the analysis of current policies and legislation, as well as the psychological aspects of understanding behaviour. 

This course has been designed to reflect the Children’s Workforce Development Council’s (CWDC) role profile of those working as support workers. It recognises the importance of tailored support to meet individual family and community needs as well as voluntary support organisations such as Home Start. 

UCB has many industry links with support organisations including Birmingham City Council, Walsall Council, the Regional Youth Work Unit and the Training Agencies Group in youth and community work. 

The skills you will learn on this course have been mapped against the National Occupational Standards for social work, health studies and youth and community work; all of which are endorsed by the Sector Skills Councils.

Why should I choose this course?

  • It provides an opportunity for you to develop your knowledge and understanding in the areas of children, youth, family support and community development.
  • You will examine current events within the sector that are influencing how society works with young people, families and the areas in which they live.
  • You will develop your individual and personal professionalism, improving your knowledge of the self and enhancing your performance in the workplace as well as your fundamental research and study skills.
  • It has a flexible approach to learning, which enables you to enhance your knowledge and skills whilst maintaining full or part-time employment.
  • This course can lead to a BA (Hons) degree, which allows progress to postgraduate level courses.
Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment

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

  • Smaller group teaching - 3 hours of seminars in small groups discussing topics presented in lectures
  • 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 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 - 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.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

A Level 3 qualification, preferably in a similar knowledge area

You must be working in an appropriate environment for 8-10 hours per week (paid or unpaid)

A letter of support will also be required from your line manager

Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)

Find out more information on alternative entry requirements

Modules (NV)


Year 1

Academic Skills (SEC) Emotional Intelligence in Practice Managing Activities and People Policies in Action The Professional at Work 1

Year 2

Plus one option from:
Criminology and Criminal Justice Substance Misuse Working with Gangs Community Studies Dynamics in Families Family Wellbeing Supporting Transition Mentoring for Learning
Placements (NV)

Work placement

It is expected that you are currently employed, or volunteering, and are able to use your place of work to complete your practical assessments. You will need a letter of support from your line manager to confirm your suitability for the course and that your workplace is in full agreement for you to attend and undertake assessment. 

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.

Employability (NV)


This course provides an excellent platform for those who want to build on their career working with children within the public, private and voluntary sectors. 

Graduating with this foundation degree will enable you to continue your work in the youth and community industry in areas such as:

  • 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 undergraduate top-ups and postgraduate study at PGCE and MA/PG Dip level in youth work and community development, education and other practitioner-based qualifications.


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 students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their careers in industry.

Maxine Mills

Maxine Mills

Youth, Community and Families

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Karen Bebbington

Karen Bebbington

Youth, Community and Families

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Otto Tendayi Mponda

Otto Tendayi Mponda

Youth, Community and Families

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KIS Data (NV)