Health, Social and Community Work Undergraduate Courses

Ready to make a difference in your community? Whether you want to be a youth or social worker, family support worker or community project manager, our practical, work-focused courses will set you on the road to a successful career.

If you’d like to make a genuine difference to people’s lives, choose Derby’s high-quality and dynamic courses as your route to register and practise as a social work professional. Our range of relevant work placements will educate and inspire you, and our inter-professional learning approach will give you the opportunity to work alongside a range of health care and other professionals – providing you with realistic preparation for your working life after graduation.

What is Youth Work?

The aim of Youth Work is to facilitate and support young people’s growth, encouraging their personal, social and educational development. Youth workers are informal educators that build professional relationships with young people to support them in building a positive future for themselves and their communities. Youth work is an active profession working alongside young people aged 11-25. It is a distinct educational process based on voluntary participation, equality of opportunity and empowerment enabling the holistic development of young people.

Community Development is working alongside individuals in communities to build bridges and champion social justice using groupwork skills and open spaces to develop skills, knowledge and understanding, leading to creating positive change. Community development practitioners work with all ages through voluntary participation, equality of opportunity and empowerment seeking holistic development.

Find out more about what Youth Work is

Find out about our BA (Hons) Health and Social Care degree at the University of Derby

For information on placements, please see course pages or contact

What our Health, Social and Community Work graduates do

There is a huge demand for social workers and our range of courses will set you up for a rewarding career after graduation.

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

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