Youth, Community and Families BA (Hons) / FdA

Overview (NV)

BA (Hons)

Course length
3 years full-time
UCAS code
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Course length
2 years full-time
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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.

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.

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.

Students studying the FdA will have the option of progressing onto the final year of the BA (Hons) at the end of year 2.

What our staff and students say


Why choose this course?

  • Become industry ready - You will learn practical and professional skills, both in the classroom and through practical placement opportunities throughout your studies
  • Specialise your skill-set - You will develop advanced interpersonal skills that are vital for success in the youth and community sector
  • Expand your network - You will work with a range of service providers who support children, young people and families
  • Develop your knowledge - 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
  • Employment edge – You will hear from a wide range of expert industry speakers, covering a range of topics. Recent speakers include the BBC, Cherished UK and Project GiveBack

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 might even qualify for an additional £500 per year.

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. 

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 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

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

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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

Over the years, we have developed close working relationships throughout the sector. You will have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, which is an exciting opportunity to put what you have learned into practice, broaden your experience and demonstrate your abilities to potential employers.

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.

Placement locations have previously included:

  • Youth centres
  • Community centres
  • Children’s centres
  • Local community projects (with women, homeless, and asylum seekers)
  • Hostels
  • Primary and secondary schools (mentoring and pastoral care)  

Work Placement - School of Education, Health and Community - University College Birmingham

What our employers say

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. Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding a placement that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans.



If you do 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)

Graduate careers 

Following successful completion of this course, graduates will have the knowledge and skills to work in a wide range of areas, including youth work and community development, local neighbourhood organisations and within schools, charitable organisations and children’s centres.

Graduates of this course will be eligible for careers in:

  • Youth work
  • Community work
  • Youth justice
  • Family support
  • Counselling
  • Drugs services
  • Youth offending
  • Learner mentoring
  • Housing

Graduates have also developed specialisms enabling them to undertake targeted work with groups and individuals in a range of areas:

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

Successful graduates may choose to continue with further postgraduate studies in this area such as in Education or Youth Work and Community Development. UCB offer a range of postgraduate degrees and you may be eligible for a postgraduate loan.


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 in new facilities on the ground floor of Moss House, 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

Youth, Community and Families

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