Community Education BA (Hons)

University of Dundee
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Community Education BA (Hons)

Community Education (CE) embraces youth work, adult and family learning, and community development. CE professionals are committed to social justice, working to develop a range of learning and development opportunities determined by personal, social, economic and political needs.

As part of this course you will undertake placements in community organisations for a large part of your learning, where you can engage with individuals and groups to help promote and implement positive social change.

Starting with an exploration of the historical and philosophical foundations influencing current practice, you will develop an understanding of relevant policy and political ideas and how they relate to community practice.

You will be encouraged to undertake an in-depth analysis of social justice, equalities, political perspectives, values, and socio-economic trends, while also enhancing your critical thinking and reflection.

You will study community work theories to help you analyse and develop your own community work practice approach. You will also be encouraged to develop a critical understanding of CE values, principles, ethics, and competencies.

The course reflects the current field of CE practice in Scotland, the UK, and worldwide and is professionally endorsed by the CLD Standards Council Scotland.

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Admission requirements

Level 1 entry

Grade requirements

Higher / Advanced Higher, SQA


English language requirements

IELTS Academic

  • Overall - 6.5
  • Writing - 6.0
  • Listening - 5.5
  • Reading - 5.5
  • Speaking - 6.0

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Level 1

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Community Education: Foundations of Practice
  • Working with People
  • Youth Work Practice: Hot Chocolate Trust
  • Working Together
  • Values: Self, Society and the Professions

Level 2

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Community Education - Practice Learning 2
  • Critical Community Practice
  • Inquiry-based Community Education Practice
  • Community Education & Sustainability
  • Social Justice, Policy and Praxis

Level 3

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Developing Research Skills to Inform Community Education Policies and Practices
  • Being a Critical Educator
  • Collaborative Action for Social Justice
  • Community Education Practice Learning 3

Level 4

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Practice Inquiry Project
  • Community Education - Practice 4 - Internship
  • Critical Reflection

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


Tuition fee:

  • Scotland: £ 1,820 per year of study (subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government)
  • England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland: £ 9,250 per year of study (subject to confirmation by the UK Government)
  • Ukraine: £ 1,820 per year of study
  • International: £ 19,500 per year of study

Career paths

This qualification is attractive to employers because it has community empowerment as its focus and includes studying policy initiatives in relation to social justice and partnership working between agencies such as local authority departments, voluntary agencies, housing associations and health and police services.

Our graduates go directly into employment in Scotland, the UK and Europe. Recently, this has included:

  • working in community centres
  • neighbourhood projects
  • primary and secondary schools
  • offsite school provision
  • further education providers
  • homeless units
  • charities and voluntary organisations

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