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

Overview (NV)

BA (Hons) Top-up

Course length
1 year full-time
UCAS code
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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.

Kick-start scheme

As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). The scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You could even qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Open days

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about University College Birmingham and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day. 

Accreditations and Endorsements

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Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment

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.

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

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

Academic: A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Youth Work, with 240 credits.

GCSE / IGCSE English A*-C or grade 9-4 or equivalent. 

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email:

EU/international students

Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer)  

GCSE / IGCSE English language and maths grades A*-C or grade 9-4 or equivalent. 

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email



Modules (NV)


Plus one option from:
Counselling and Guidance Skills Learning Disability Offender Management Enhancing Employability for Professional Practice Healthy Communities Managing Mentoring Philosophy of Education

Research option

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

  Please note
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
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)


Upon successful completion of this course, previous students have gone on to work in youth and community development, local neighbourhoods and working with young people involved in the criminal justice system. 

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 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. 

Located on the ground floor of Moss House, 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

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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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