Youth & Community Work

Anglia Ruskin University
In Cambridge

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Important information

Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Cambridge
Duration 3 Years
Start September 2018
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Cambridge
  • Duration:
    3 Years
  • Start:
    September 2018

The BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work is an exciting course that provides you with a learning environment to explore and examine the concepts, methods and models of practice in engaging with young people and their communities. The focus of the course is to encourage and stimulate your levels of self-awareness and professional development.


Where and when

Starts Location
Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , England
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Starts Sep-2018
Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , England
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· Requirements

Non-Academic Conditions: CRB Checks required, Experience of youth work, Interviews GCSE(s) Required: English grade C and Mathematics grade C We welcome applications from International and EU students. There are country-specific entry requirements.


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What you'll learn on the course

Social Policy
Group dynamics
Professional development
Research methods
Social Issues
Youth Work
Youth Offending
Community Work

Course programme

Course overview

During the course, you will undertake three placements which will support and challenge you in a variety of different working environments. Lectures and seminars will reflect current practice initiatives and will analyse policy and legislation.

Some modules are shared across the disciplines and students from Youth and Community Work, Social Work and Social Policy will study together on topics such as research, dissertation preparation and working with groups and communities. Studying together will encourage the sharing of ideas and experiences, as well as fostering innovative approaches to practice situations. You will also be able to access a range of optional modules and will benefit from the input of staff from a variety of disciplines, as well as from the learning experiences with their peers.


Year one core modules

  • Principles and Practice of Youth and Community Work
  • Policy, Citizenship and Participation
  • Research Methods
  • Youth Work Practice 1
  • Social Problems, Politics and Policy Making

Year two core modules

  • Promoting Young People's Welfare and Assessing Risk
  • Sexuality, Family and Childhood: Problems & Interventions
  • Youth Work Practice 2
  • Research & Major Project Preparation
  • Advocacy & Group Dynamics

Year three core modules

  • Major Project
  • Community Work Practice (Part 1)
  • Community Work Practice (Part 2)
  • Working with Groups & Communities

Year one optional modules

  • Controversies in Criminal Justice
  • The Changing Context of Social Policy

Year two optional modules

  • Communities, Neighbourhoods and Housing
  • Youth Offending: Policies & Practice

Year three optional modules

  • Preparing for Employment in Youth Work & Social Policy
  • Violence & Harm
  • People and Policies at the Margins


The BA (Hons) Youth & Community Work utilises a variety of assessment methods including presentations, case studies, portfolios and essays. On the module Promoting Young People's Welfare and Assessing Risk, you are given a choice of an unseen scenario and you have to present a rationale and action plan.

Dedication: full-time.

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Additional information

Career opportunities: Validated by The National Youth Agency, students will attain the JNC qualification on graduation. As such, graduates will be qualified Youth Workers and will be able to work with young people in a variety of settings such as the community, housing associations, local authorities, schools and charities. Qualified youth workers can engage with young people in diverse ways such as alternative education/alternative curriculum, arts work, detached youth work, drugs & alcohol, health services, mentoring and guidance, rural development, sports, and youth.

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