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Communities and Young People Specialist BA (Hons)

What makes studying this course at Worcester special?

Our course will transform you into a specialist practitioner equipped to meet the challenges that communities and young people face today.

We will equip you with a set of skills, knowledge and experiences that will enable you to work with communities and young people across a range of diverse and dynamic settings. Studying this course, you will have the opportunity to develop a specialism in a range of areas including, Youth Justice, Outdoor Adventure and Health and Wellbeing.

At Worcester, our programme is supported by a wide range of partners, offering a diverse range of work-based learning opportunities that are the ideal preparation for a career in a field increasingly marked by collaboration and multi-disciplinary working.

This course was formerly known as Youth & Community Work.

Key features

  • Individually tailored course to develop your interests in specialist areas such as, Outdoor Adventure, Alternative Educational. Provision, Youth Justice, Learning Disabilities, Social Media and Virtual Communities , Health and Wellbeing
  • Employer supported work based placements in specialist areas of interest
  • International opportunities
  • Recognised degree level qualification that provides access to a wide range of employment opportunities and progression to further professional qualifications


Students marching to 'stop violence against women & girls' on Worcester High Street

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview, and will be expected to demonstrate that they have an understanding of the nature of work with young people. Candidates will be expected to have experience of working with young people in a paid or voluntary capacity

A satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau disclosure and health clearance will be required for successful applicants

The points used above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


  • Social Media and Communities
  • Learning and Change
  • Professional Formation Placement Practice


  • Foundations of Outdoor Adventure
  • Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Water Based Personal Skills
  • Land Based Personal Skills
  • Introducing Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Child and Adolescent Development

Year 2


  • Applied Research in Practice
  • Social Justice
  • Community Practice
  • Professional Formation Placement Practice


  • Developing a Criminological Perspective
  • Facilitation and Reviewing in Outdoor Learning
  • Water Based Coaching
  • Land Based Coaching
  • Mental Health & Interventions with Children, Young People and Families

Year 3


  • Team work and Leadership
  • Social Enterprise
  • Professional Formation Placement Practice
  • Independent Study

This course is exactly what it says on the tin. It develops us personally and professionally so that we can work with a range of young people and the community to help make a difference.

Symonne Banton, first year student

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

The teaching programme is participative and interactive which includes discussions, group work together with formal lectures and seminars.

Our aim is to develop reflective practitioners capable of drawing knowledge from experience. Consequently, emphasis will be given to linking lecture based inputs with group work, problem based learning and technology enhanced learning.

Over the course of your three years of study you will be encouraged to become an independent learner and critical thinker. In all three years you are supported academically by the course team and are delegated a placement mentor and supervisor who help you in your practice. Study skills support over the three years enables you to develop into an independent learner and in the final you will complete an Independent Study of your own choice.



Where could it take you?


With increasing emphasis on multidisciplinary and multi-agency service delivery to communities and young people there is growing demand for specialist practitioners across a wide variety of settings both within the statutory and voluntary sector.

The specialist skills, knowledge and experience are valued by a wide range of employers, service providers, charities and international organisations. Career pathways include; alternative education provision, outdoor education, community development work, international development, youth work, youth justice work, health and wellbeing, schools, mentoring, residential care, family support, children's rights and advocacy work, advice and guidance work, housing support, work with the homeless, sexual health, domestic violence, substance misuse services.


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The staff have invested so much time into me making me the person I am now and for that I am incredibly grateful.

Courtney Hewison, recent graduate


How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2017 will be no more than £9,250, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2017 will be no more than £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £91 per week to the £149 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Communities and Young People Specialist BA (Hons) L540


UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111

Course leader

Jo Lewis
01905 542160