BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work

General

Program Description

This is a three-year full time or four-year part-time undergraduate course.

If you are a full-time student, you will be required to attend the College two days a week. In addition, you will be expected to attend placements for approximately 16 hours per week from January - June. If you are a part-time student, you will be required the College one day a week. In addition, you will be expected to attend placements for approximately 8 hours per week from January - December.

This course is aimed at students with a prior experience of youth or community work or with life experience that has enhanced their understanding of these areas. It is built on a strong commitment to furthering equality of opportunity and anti-oppressive practice and outcomes, both for students themselves and for the people with whom they work during their studies and in the longer term.

The approach is founded on the principles, values and ethics of the profession, within an experiential learning environment. The National Youth Agency (NYA) is the validating body for all Youth and Community programmes in England and Wales. Each year they monitor and analyse the quality of each programme and Ruskin’s Youth and Community Work programme was awarded the highest category possible of “Satisfactory with Distinction”. As a team, we are very proud of developing and maintaining the highest possible standards, and this is reflected in the quality of the work that students produce and their active participation in ensuring that their learning experience is exemplary.

What will I study in the course?

The programme seeks to develop reflective and reflexive practitioners and to educate and train students who are not only aware of the professional and academic value-base but actively committed to the principles they embody. The programme aspires to enhance the professionalism of youth work theory and practice, through the continued application of experiential learning of anti-oppressive practice.

Admission Requirements

All candidates must be able to satisfy the general admissions requirements for Ruskin College.

If you have a Certificate of Higher Education or 120 credits in a relevant subject and are JNC qualified, you may be eligible for direct entry onto year two of this course.

Applicants who have successfully completed a Certificate/Diploma or Foundation Degree in Youth and Community work and are already National Youth Agency JNC qualified but who wish to raise their qualification to that of a full BA (Honours) Degree in Youth and Community Work can apply for direct entry into Level 6 (third) year of the BA )Hons).

All students are asked to disclose ANY previous criminal conviction (including cautions, warnings, and reprimands) however long ago they occurred and whether as a juvenile or an adult.

In addition, students will be required to undergo an up to date enhanced criminal records check and to receive clearance before undertaking any placement.

Where a student has a previous conviction, caution, warning or reprimand this may not be an automatic bar to entry onto the course, but it will be given full consideration and may be subject to a risk assessment.

Course Dates

This course starts in September. Applications close 15th August.

Careers

Youth and Community Work career destinations are in local authority youth services all over the country and in a wide range of voluntary sector youth work organisations, including centre-based, detached (neighbourhood and community-based) and faith-related projects. Opportunities also exist for qualified workers to work in a range of other settings of professions including Schools, Drug Agencies, Women’s Refuge, Community Work, Youth Offending services and Connexions.

How to apply for this course

You can apply for courses online via the Ruskin College website, or you can download a pdf of our application form.

Funding your studies

Funding is available from Student Finance England if you live in England (www. gov.uk/student finance, 0845 300 5090). If you live in other parts of the UK, please contact Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Award Agency for Scotland. International students will be responsible for the payment of their own tuition fees.

Tuition Fees 2015/16

Access to HE Programmes, Level 3, Full Time: £3,358

Certificate of Higher Education Level Full Time Part Time
Business and Social Enterprise Level 4 £6,000 £3,000
English Studies: Creative Writing and Critical Practice Level 4 £9,000 £4,500
History Level 4 £9,000 £4,500
International Labour and Trade Union Studies Level 4 £9,000 £6,750
Law Level 4 £9,000 £4,500
Social and Political Studies Level 4 £9,000 £4,500
Writing for Performance Level 4 £9,000 £4,500
B.A. Degree Level Full-Time Part Time
Social Work Level 4 £9,000 £6,750
Youth and Community Level 4 £9,000 £6,750
MA Programmes Level Full-Time Part Time
Public History Level 7 £5,100 £2,550
Resident Study Bedroom Rates 2014/15 40wks per wk
Study Bedroom standard Y£4,000 £100
Study Bedroom en-suite £4,840 £121
Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

As a Further Education College based in Oxford, Ruskin offers educational opportunities, to adults with few or no formal qualifications in an informal setting. Our curriculum starts with the students, ... Read More

As a Further Education College based in Oxford, Ruskin offers educational opportunities, to adults with few or no formal qualifications in an informal setting. Our curriculum starts with the students, their enthusiasm, needs, ambitions and skills and we offer our applicants potential progression routes from foundation courses, through to Access to Higher Education, Degree Programmes up to Masters level. Read less