Youth, Community and Families undergraduate students


BA (Hons) Top-up

Accredited by the University of Birmingham



BA (Hons)


1 year FT (Top-up)




Multiple placements


September, February


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Customise your course with a wide range of optional modules to suit your career interests

Undertake a research project on an industry topic that interests you

Working with young people and families is a hugely varied profession, ranging from education and health to social welfare and community development. If you have a background in this field and want to boost your skills, our Youth, Community and Families top-up degree course will provide you with the essential training to help play a vital role in supporting the next generation.

Designed for anyone who has previously studied a relevant subject, this course examines current events within the industry that influence how society works with young people and their families. You will also be able to explore a range of specialist subjects such as disability, counselling, mentoring and healthy communities.

To further specialise your knowledge, you will undertake a research project examining an area of your choice within the industry. By completing the course, you will be equipped to deliver a range of targeted services to help children, vulnerable young people and families across multiple sectors, as well as being able to support local authorities and voluntary sector organisations.

If you have previously studied a relevant subject up to Level 5, you will be able to enrol on our one-year top-up course. If you have previously studied a relevant subject up to Level 4, you can apply to transfer onto our course at Level 5 for the remaining two years of your degree.

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Why should I choose this course?

  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Put your training into practice in the real world through work placement opportunities
  • BOOST YOUR SKILLS – Develop advanced interpersonal skills essential for success in the sector, as well as further key academic and practical skills
  • SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES – From Counselling and Guidance to Youth and Community Development, build specialist knowledge and skills through our portfolio of optional modules
  • IN-DEPTH RESEARCH – Carry out your own individual research project into an area of the industry that interests you and matches your career aims

Our facilities

Our learning spaces at University College Birmingham ensure you have the right environments to build your knowledge, from lecture theatres to interactive group working spaces and extensive library resources.

Course breakdown

  • Modules

Core Modules

Enhancing Professional Practice in Work with Youth, Community and Families

Developing and recognising graduate attributes will enable you to set yourself apart from the crowd, presenting to future employers the skills necessary to undertake your professional role in a competitive employment arena. The vocational practice you experience on this module will enhance your professional development by advancing your theoretical knowledge, increasing your professional skill set skills and enriching your personal and professional confidence.

Leadership and Management in Community-Based Organisations

Studying on this module you will develop your skills and understanding of leadership and management in community settings. Each week you will undertake a task which will culminate in you to creating a funding application for a project proposal. These tasks will develop your skills, so that you become a more effective practitioner, better equipped to lead and manage in the current professional field.

Choose one option from:

Alternative Practice

This placement module involves 75 hours of practice and ensures that students will experience different organisational structures and arrangements, as well as following a programme of work which is new and challenging. Reflective and sharing practice is at the heart of this module.

Youth and Community Development

You will learn about the nature and theory of community, as well as the causes of conflict within communities and how these may be resolved. You will find out about how Youth and Community Development work evolved historically through social justice movements, as well as looking at how policy is taking shape today.

Plus one option from:

Professional Engagement

You will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge within a chosen area of the course and the related industry. Using your creativity, problem-solving abilities and data analysis techniques, you will communicate the application, management of research and appraisal of your chosen area under the supervision of an experienced tutor.

Research Project (SEHC)

You will develop your independent learning, problem solving and analytical skills by choosing a particular area of the course and related industry to study in greater depth. You will be encouraged to integrate concepts and knowledge from previous modules and draw on wide range of academic and industrial resources, supported by a lecturer within personal tutorials.

The modules listed above for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements

Level 5 (Year 2)

Academic: A relevant HNC or a foundation degree in the area of Youth Work, with 120 credits.

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable, please contact us before completing an application. You can complete our enquiry form here or call us on 0121 604 1040

Level 6 (Year 3)

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

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable, please contact us before completing an application. You can complete our enquiry form here or call us on 0121 604 1040

EU/international students

Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered.

  • Level 5 (Year 2): Applicants will need to have achieved 60 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer).
  • Level 6 (Year 3): Applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer).

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 complete our enquiry form: 

Enquiry Form

Key information

Teaching and assessment


Below sets out our intention for how teaching will look in the 2021/2022 academic year for each level/year of this course. You can view more information on our teaching plans here.


Estimated breakdown of assessment for this course (weighting will vary depending on modules selected):

  • Coursework – 75%
  • Practical assessment – 25%

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


As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). This 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.

Tuition fees

UK/EU students

If you are a UK/EU student enrolling on a full-time foundation degree or a BA/BSc in 2020/21, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250 per each full year. A half year tuition fee is £4,625. UK/EU students do not pay tuition fees for any placement periods.

International students

If you are an international student enrolling on a a full-time foundation degree or a BA/BSc in 2020/21, your fee for this academic year will be £11,500 per year.

If you complete a placement year, there will be an administration fee of £500 for a full year, or £250 for a half-year placement.

UCBconnect - meet other students on your course

Starting university is an exciting time, but we understand that it can sometimes feel a little daunting. To support you, we have created a platform called UCBconnect, where you can meet other students who have applied for the same course at University College Birmingham, before you start studying here.

As soon as you have been made an offer, you will be sent an invitation via text and email to complete your user registration and join UCBconnect. For more information, please visit


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Work placements

Work placements are vital for gaining real-life experience and for building your confidence and skills before you finish your course – and they may even lead to a job when you graduate. Our hired@UCB team can help find the ideal placement for you.

Our BA Youth, Community and Families top-up course (Level 6) includes a mandatory placement of 75 hours in semester 1, as well as an optional placement module of 75 hours in semester 2.

Work alongside experts in your sector

A snapshot of some of the employers we have worked with:

  • Birmingham and Solihull Women's Aid
  • Kitts Green Family Support Team
  • Prince's Trust
  • The Salvation Army
  • YMCA Sutton Coldfield
  • Standing Ovation Project
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, please be aware that opportunities to travel abroad for placements, project work or residential trips may be affected by government travel restrictions. Please visit our updates and FAQs page for information.

I knew this was the right course for me because of the wide range of interesting modules. One of the highlights of the course was sharing the benefits with work colleagues. I love working within the community – no two days are the same. The constant challenges can be exciting, as well as motivational.

Maxine Mills Youth, Community and Families BA (Hons)

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Youth worker

Average Salary: £31,820

Community development worker

Average Salary: £28,500

Advice worker

Average Salary: £28,000

Community support worker

Average Salary: £18,417

Family support worker

Average Salary: £21,000

Learning mentor (school)

Average Salary: £18,750

Want to take your studies to the next level? Completing the BA (Hons) degree will enable you to move onto our postgraduate courses such as Educational Leadership MA/PGDip. If you are interested in teaching, you could also progress onto our PGCE course.


We are here to support your career goals every step of the way. 


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