Beginning with a foundation year
Starting at foundation level is ideal if it has been a while since you were in formal education; are planning a career change; would benefit from a more gradual introduction to university level study; or do not meet the entry requirements to join our three-year honours degree directly.
It gives you an insight into working in health and social care environments, as well as supporting you to develop the skills you need to achieve your goals.
On completion of the Foundation Year you will then commence study on the full BA (Hons) Youth Work and Community Development degree.
Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more
Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.
Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.
You’ll study modules such as:
You’ll study a selection of modules such as:
- Study Skills
- Arts and Health
- Communication Skills
- Working in Health and Social Care
- Work-Based Learning
- Anti-Discriminatory Practice
- Fundamentals of Public Health
- Introduction to Mental Health
If you do not have GCSE in English and/or Maths, you will need to take these as core components of your foundation year, in place of some of the above foundation year modules.
- Social Inequalities
- Youth Work
- Community Development
- Group Work
- Reflection and Resilience in Practice (placement, double module)
- Creating Learning
- Managing Inter-Professional Working
- Managing Learning in Practice (placement, double module)
- Research, Change and Impact
- Self, Culture and Identity
- Resources, Enterprise and Project Management
- Responding to Emerging Issues (Independent Study)
- Pathway-specific Module
- Pathway-specific Module
- Pathway in Practice (placement, double module)
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
Staff you will meet
Our teaching team has extensive experience of youth and community work, along with wide-ranging professional networks.
Simon Williams, our Programme Leader, is an alumni of this course and has significant experience in management and development of difficult and unusual youth and community work settings, including faith based organisations, and work with refugee and migrant communities. Simon has vast experience of organisational policy and culture, and is involved in sourcing student placements for the course. Simon has written about working with migrant communities and continues to research in this area.
Sarah Barley-McMullen is an alumna of this course and has significant experience in the management and development of youth and community work delivery, youth arts work, youth work in schools and colleges, career education and youth work in faith-based organisations. She was also a Manager in Student Support Services in Further Education. Sarah’s research interests include Social Pedagogy, risk and resilience.
Laura Fox-Lee is an alumna of this course and has significant experience in youth work delivery including youth work in alternative education provisions, co-ordination of Play-Work setting which specialise in working with children and young people with autism, faith based residential youth work and faith based youth clubs and outreach. Laura's research interests include Managing Behaviours which may be perceived as challenging and Child Development.
Tim Howell, has extensive experience both as a youth and community worker in the voluntary, statutory and commercial sector in a huge range of contexts of delivery and organisation and in Further Education as a course leader, lecturer, assessor and trainer. His research interests include social media, outdoors and adventure education and responding to challenging behaviour. He is Admissions Tutor for the programme.
Jodie Low has worked in the Youth and Community field for over 15 years with specialism in working with children, young people and families in Youth Offending and Children’s Rights. As a change manager in a Local Authority Jodie led work in implementing safeguarding and prevention strategy in line with Working Together 2012. Jodie is currently still in practice managing Youth and Community Work; Parenting and Counselling in areas of deprivation in Northamptonshire.
Tim Rosier has over twenty years of experience working in a variety of settings with young people and communities. These range from performing arts based youth empowerment projects and residential camps to faith-based youth clubs and prison-based work with young offenders. For the last fifteen years, Tim has been a criminal justice practitioner working with juvenile and young adult offenders in both the community and custodial settings, as well as in a specialist multi-agency team within the counter-terrorism related arena. His research interests include chaplaincy work with children and young people, inter-generational offending and faith and desistance.
Personal academic tutoring
Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.
Find out more about personal academic tutoring
September 2021 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE|
GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at Level 2 as part of your course of study.
|IELTS||6.5 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||Yes - see interview details|
Alternative entry qualifications
- BTEC - MPP
- Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits, with 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 0 Merit: 30 Pass: 15
- An Occupational Health Assessment and Clearance by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this when required
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
Anywhere you find young people, you can work professionally with them as youth workers in diverse multi-professional fields. Our graduates go on to work in education, health promotion, mental health, youth justice, housing, multi-agency teams, voluntary sector, community projects, community arts, outdoor learning, advocacy, advice, counselling and employment sectors, for example:
Multi-agency teams working with children, young people and vulnerable adults
- Alternative curriculum projects
- Teenage pregnancy projects
- Voluntary sector youth work
- Homelessness and social housing initiatives
- Youth/adult offending and rehabilitation work
- Refugee and asylum-seeker support agencies
- School and FE student support
- Care-leaving and advocacy work
- Faith-based community and youth work
- Dual-diagnosis youth support teams, addressing issues such as mental ill health and drug use
- Health promotion
- Community mental health
- Community development
- Community arts
- Outdoor education
- Agencies which support young people and adults into employment
If you're already employed in community and youth work, this qualification could be your springboard to more senior and specialist roles where you can add further value to your organisation.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
Additional information about your studies
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.
Included in your fees
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Travel expenses to placements, the student pays the first £5 of travel costs
- Two bound copies of independent study approx. £6 per copy
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Text books to supplement anything available through the library
- Study trips and conferences are made accessible throughout the programme. Where possible the programme will pick up the costs for these
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.
Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run. This also relates to individual pathways where minimum numbers must also be met.