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Youth Work & Community Development [HONS]

Liverpool Hope University
Full Time: 3 Years | Part Time: 4-6 Years
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Bachelor's degree
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About this program

Youth Work & Community Development [HONS]

The BA Youth Work and Community Development offers degree-level professional education and training. It is a unique, value-based course underpinned by a commitment to social justice, anti-oppressive practice, and empowerment. These values inform teaching, learning, and the development of practice skills, enabling students to develop critical knowledge and understanding of a range of societal issues and problems that impact the lives of young people and the wider community. Topics include, but are not restricted to social inequalities and social injustice, poverty, discrimination, participation and rights, mental health and wellbeing, safeguarding, social media, environmental justice, and crime and violence.

The course provides opportunities for students to acquire the academic and professional competencies required for becoming innovative and reflective youth and community development workers. It encourages students to be personally, socially, and politically engaged with their respective communities, and, utilising a ‘strengths-based’ approach to practice, seeks to enable students to foster and create positive social change.

This program is accredited by the Endorsement of Quality Standards for Community Development and Learning (ESB) as well as the National Youth Agency (NYA).

Admission requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A-Levels: BBC
  • UCAS Tariff Points: 112 UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A-Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications
  • Access to HE: 112 Tariff Points
  • IB: 28
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
  • Welsh Baccalaureate: This qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications.
  • Subject Requirements: GCSE Grade C or above in English (Grade 4 or above in the new grading system) Students applying for the BA Youth and Community Development Course must have some practice experience working with young people and/or adults in the wider community through a variety of settings. This can be through paid or voluntary experiences. Offers will be subject to a Health Check Statement and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB). Unfortunately, due to requirements of the placement providers we are unable to consider any applicants with convictions within 5 years of the start of the course. Additionally, all applicants will be required to undertake an interview.

For International Students

  • IELTS: Non-UK applicants should achieve a minimum score of 7 overall in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assessment (or an equivalent assessment).

For specific country requirements, please contact the institute.

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Program content

Each year of the programme is structured through key strands, YWCD Core, Contemporary Studies, and Professional Practice.

Year One

  • Introduction to Youth Work
  • Introduction to Community Development
  • Introduction to Youth Work and Community Development Management
  • Contemporary Studies and Social Justice
  • Professional Practice 1

Year Two

  • Explorations in Youth Work and Community Development
  • Explorations in Youth Work
  • Exploration in Community Development
  • Explorations in Youth Work and Community Development
  • Research Methods
  • Contemporary Studies and Social Justice 2
  • Professional Practice

Year Three

  • Advanced Studies in Youth Work
  • Advanced Studies in Community Development
  • Advanced Studies in Managing Youth and Community Development
  • Advanced Research Courses
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Scholarships & funding

We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies.

For information on scholarships, please contact the institute.

Program delivery

Across all levels, students will engage in a range of taught sessions designed to foster the development of knowledge, understanding, and professional practice skills. These will include lectures that will provide key academic content, interactive seminars in which students will debate and discuss lecture content, and small-group tutorials where students shall work together with their tutor to further expand and explore the taught materials and connect theory and practice.

Students are also expected to engage with their studies outside of taught sessions, being curious about their professional studies and taking responsibility for their own learning.


  • The tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
  • If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
  • The International Tuition fees for 2022/23 are £12,500.

Additional fees are applied to this program, for more information on this please contact the institute.

Career paths

Youth Work and Community Development is a diverse practice, which subsequently provides a variety of career opportunities. This dedicated practice is focused on supporting both young people and adults within the community and can include working within education, health and community or welfare services. Youth Work and Community Development Workers are employed within a range of organisations including voluntary and community associations, local authorities, schools, social work teams and within youth offending services.

Work Placement Opportunities

Placements are mandatory within the course. Placements must be completed successfully in order to achieve the JNC professional qualification.

Students must complete 800 hours of professional practice placement over the 3 years of the course. If you are studying part-time, you would complete a placement in alternate years.

Suggested placement pattern:

  • Year 1 - 150 - 200 Hours
  • Year 2 - 250 - 300 Hours
  • Year 3 - 300 - 350 Hours

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