Youth Work and Community Development (BA (Hons))

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 14045 per year

All study options

About Youth Work and Community Development at University of Derby

If you want to make a difference in the lives of children, young people and their families this is the degree for you. It enables individuals to make decisions about their lives, build personal resilience and reach their full potential. This is one of the largest professional youth and community work training courses in the country providing you with a challenging and worthwhile career.

Youth work is a hands-on, face-to-face skill set and process which enables young people aged 11-25 to learn the skills, knowledge, values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviours to support their transition from childhood to adulthood. It is a distinct educational process based on voluntary participation, equality of opportunity and empowerment enabling the holistic development of young people.

At Derby, we see youth work as taking place anywhere where young people are present and purposeful relationships can be built. It is about making a difference alongside young people, supporting young people in context within their families and communities and promoting the collaborative involvement of young people and their influence in their self-determination.

  • Prepare for professional roles in public, voluntary and private organisations working with young people and communities
  • With two additional professional endorsements, you'll achieve a JNC professional qualification in youth work endorsed by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and an endorsement for community development by the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development (ESB).
  • There's also a further professional qualification in youth justice if you select that pathway (Youth Justice in Effective Practice Certificate - YJEPC).
  • This relaunched course received fifteen commendations from the professional bodies and panel, including praise for student support, employer relations, local, national and international placements, innovative assessments, creative use of technology, an outstanding teaching team and exemplary integration of inter-professional working

With its emphasis on innovation and effective informal engagement, this course equips you with the professional skills and knowledge to have a positive impact on people's lives.

Make a difference

Youth and community professionals work with individuals and groups in many dynamic, imaginative and creative ways. Our degree prepares you to develop and lead initiatives which help people build resilience and engagement skills, while addressing professional challenges ranging from mental health and troubled families to youth offending, radicalisation and community engagement.

The course is designed in response to current changes in social policy and practice which have transformed the nature of services for young people and community work across the UK. It offers multiple specialist pathways which add value, knowledge and expertise and will put you at the forefront of latest developments in the field:

  • The Youth Justice Pathway, if you want to work with young offenders, youth justice or probation and have the opportunity to gain the nationally recognised professional award, the Youth Justice in Effective Practice Certificate (YJEPC).
  • The Mental Health Pathway, if you want additional knowledge in the counselling, support and advocacy for young people experiencing poor emotional well-being.
  • The Radicalisation Pathway, if you want to work to prevent and respond to the radicalisation of young people and communities
  • The Social Pedagogy Pathway, if you are concerned with well-being, learning and growth of children, young people and families within their communities, especially where they are parented by the state.
  • The Special Educational Needs Pathway, if you want to work with young people with special educational needs.
  • The Outdoor Learning Pathway, if you want to work with people in outdoors environments such as outdoors, environmental or adventure education

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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study find out
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 14045 per year

Entry requirements

UCAS points

  • 112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)

Specific requirements at A-level

  • No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSE

  • GCSE English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification. Level 2 Maths is not required for entry to the programme.


  • 6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)

Interview / Audition


  • N/A

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