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Youth, Community & Families

University College Birmingham
3 years
Bachelor's degree
21 September 2020

Program description

Awarded by: University of Birmingham


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.

Program content

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

  • Ethics in Practice
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills for Managing The Professional Environment
  • Research For Enquiry
  • Working with Communities

Plus one option from:

  • Working with Families
  • Young People in Transition

Plus one option from:

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

Year 3

  • Enhancing Professional Practice in Work with Youth, Community and Families
  • Leadership and Management in Community-Based Organisations

Plus one option from:

  • Alternative Practice
  • Youth and Community Development

Research option

In the final year students will have the option of choosing one of the following research modules:

  • Professional Engagement
  • Research Project (SEHC)

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 2019/20. 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.

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU - £9,250. If you are an English or EU student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. 
  • Non-EU - £10,300


BA (Hons) Youth, Community and Families

Career opportunities


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 

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University College Birmingham

Based in the heart of the UK’s biggest regional city, University College Birmingham (UCB) is highly respected by employers and industry for providing career-focused education and training. UCB specialises in vocational courses in both the Higher Education and Further Education...

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I knew this was the right course for me because of the wide range of interesting modules. I was invited to attend an information session where the main course lecturers presented the background and content of the course – this made it easier for me to make the decision that this was the right course for me. One of the highlights of the cours...
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I opted for UCB because of fantastic range of courses on offer, the smaller class sizes, and its location in the heart of Birmingham city centre. My tutor Craig Pinkney has opened my eyes to the current issues affecting the social sector today. I have done work placements with the Children’s Society, St Thomas’s Children’s Centre and Nelson P...
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University College Birmingham

UCB; Summer Row
B3 1JB Birmingham
United Kingdom

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