Youth, Community and Families BA (Hons) / FdA

Overview (NV)

BA (Hons)

Course length
3 years full-time
UCAS code
Fees (Home/EU)
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Fees (International)
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Course length
2 years full-time
UCAS code
Fees (Home/EU)
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Fees (International)
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If you are interested in a career supporting young people and their families, this course will provide you with an excellent start. 

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to apply for a wide variety of jobs working with young people and families within local communities. It equips students 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. 

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 you can study more of what interests you and tailor your qualification to a chosen area of industry.

Why should I choose this course?

  • You will learn practical and professional skills, both in the classroom and through practical placement opportunities throughout the programme.

  • You will develop advanced interpersonal skills that are vital for success in the youth and community sector.

  • You will work with a range of service providers who support children, young people and families.

  • 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

All new students studying a full-time, undergraduate or PGCE course, paying fees at the maximum rate (£9,250), and with a student status of Home, EU or Channel Isles are eligible to receive £300 per year via the Kick-Start Scheme. To find out more about how these funds can support your studies and your future career, and to find out if you are eligible for an additional £500 per year, visit Kick-Start FAQs

Open days

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 (NV)

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 hours including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials per week

Individual study

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 with 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 - 25%

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 

Youth, Community and Families BA (Hons)

Tariff: A minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A-levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. 

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

Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

Youth, Community and Families FdA 

Tariff: A minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points from at least one A-level or equivalent BTEC qualifications.  

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 2019/20 entry.

EU/International students

For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit our Country Specific Information page.


UCAS Tariff calculator

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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

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Qualification Grade Points
Modules (NV)


Year 1

Academic Skills (SEHC) Democratic and Inclusive Practice Developing Community-Based Organisations Policies and Practice Professional Practice in Work with Youth, Community and Families Understanding Self and Others in Practice

Year 2

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Criminology and Criminal Justice Mentoring for Learning Counselling and Guidance Skills for Practice Community Health Substance Misuse

Year 3

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Research option

In the final year 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

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 are 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.

Employability (NV)


Upon successful completion of this course, previous students have gone on to work in youth work and community development, local neighbourhood organisations and work within schools, charitable organisations and children’s centres. 

Students graduating with this degree have also developed specialisms enabling them to undertake targeted work with groups and individuals in a range of areas such as: 

  • Mental health
  • Child sexual exploitation (CSE)
  • Alternative education
  • Looked after children
  • Young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)

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 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, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships and apprenticeships
  • 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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Queen Smith

Queen Smith

Youth, Community and Families

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Otto Tendayi Mponda

Otto Tendayi Mponda

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Unistats Data (NV)