This four-year course includes a foundation year (Year 0), providing an alternative route into higher education if you don't have the traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree. You'll have opportunities to explore contemporary issues within social sciences and develop an understanding of how to work with communities and young people.
The BSc Community Development and Youth Extended Degree (including Foundation Year) is designed to prepare you for the challenge of studying at undergraduate level. This four-year course provides the background necessary for degree level study and is aimed at those who do not have the traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for entry at Year 1 (Level 4) of an undergraduate degree.
You'll engage with a range of issues within social sciences and humanities in an exciting and stimulating environment. You'll receive all the necessary skills in supporting groups and individuals to improve your neighbourhood and make social provision accountable to residents and service users.
There's a focus on improving your academic and study skills, boosting your confidence and unlocking your potential for further study. You'll be given opportunities to explore contemporary issues within social sciences and develop an understanding of how to work with communities and with young people.
Following completion of the foundation year, you can progress onto Year 1 in a choice of degree subjects in the broad area of the social sciences or choose to specialise in youth studies, youth work or community development.
This four-year extended degree is ideal for anyone looking for a career where they can make a difference in contemporary society.
There are a variety of assessment types across the modules with 87.5% of the assessment being coursework and just 12.5% in exams.
Coursework types include portfolios of reflective writing, digital portfolios, essays, reports, presentations, discussion and seminar skills.
In addition to the University's standard requirements, you should have:
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you are a mature student with significant work experience, you are invited to apply for this course on the basis of the knowledge and skills you have developed through your work.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
This module aims to:
1. clarify what is meant by critical thinking, reasoning and argument
2. explore the importance of examining knowledge critically in academic practice
3. provide the opportunity for students to apply their understanding to academic practices in their particular pathways
4. develop students’ critical thinking and reasoning skills so that they are able to assess, appreciate and defend a variety of beliefs and values, in particular:
• encouraging students to consider the importance of different points of view
• encouraging students to recognise the complexity surrounding many issues
• developing a rational approach to analysing and evaluating argument
• developing the skills needed to form and defend well-reasoned arguments, both orally and in writing
This module aims to:
1. Introduce the use of sociological theories to explore the relationship between society and individuals.
2. Provide opportunities for reflection on relevance of key theories to individuals and contemporary society.
3. Extend academic and independent reading skills and understanding of key terminology.
4. Develop academic speaking (discussion and presenting skills).
5. Develop digital skills by the use of the VLE and production of presentation aids.
The aims of the module are to:
• Provide an understanding of types of community and community development and youth work at local, national and international level
• Analyse diversity within and between communities
• Analyse how individuals and communities can influence policy making
• Identify career opportunities and routes for community development, youth studies and social science students
• Develop employability skills in community work, youth work and allied professions
This module aims to:
1. To introduce students to the study of media, crime and ‘race’.
2. To enable students to develop their reading and seminar skills and to respond critically and analytically to a range of texts.
3. To enable students to search, find and use appropriate digital resources, and further develop and consolidate academic skills to enhance their learning experience.
This module explores introductory ideas around the themes of self and society, in order to:
- introduce students to academic study in the Social Sciences and Humanities at H.E level
- encourage students to reflect on their own identities, as well as their skills and qualities and how they might further develop them through their H.E studies
- introduce and develop academic literacy, critical thinking and analytical skills through engagement with and production of a range of short Social Science and Humanities themed texts
- introduce reflective practice and support students to become effective, self-aware learners
- introduce and develop digital literacy skills
- develop organisational, planning and time management skills
- guide students to constructively use feedback to improve academic work
This core module aims to enable students to:
• Investigate the basic principles of research
• Critically analyse published research
• Develop and practise research skills
• Develop writing skills required for effective report writing
• Develop strategies to use feedback to improve writing
This core module aims to enable students to:
• Increase their knowledge and awareness of current research in their subject area
• Source and critically analyse published research in their area of interest•
• Further develop and practise research skills
• Further develop writing skills required for effective report writing
• Further develop strategies to use feedback to improve writing
This module aims to:
- Improve academic literacy through essay writing and feedback in the context of Social Science and Humanities debates
- Develop critical analysis and evaluation of academic source material
- Select and integrate source material appropriately in academic writing
- Develop students’ voice in academic writing
- Integrate reflective practice throughout the essay writing process
- Further develop organisational, planning and time management skills
- Guide students to constructively use feedback to improve academic work
The first year of this extended degree course involves studying a range of topics and will allow you to gain a taste of the degree subject you aim to progress onto at Year 1 (level 4).
Year 0 (Level 3) modules include:
Modules in Years 1, 2 and 3 (levels 4, 5 and 6) are determined by the path you choose following the completion of Level 3 and other necessary maths and English qualifications. Pathway options include:
Graduates from community development and youth related courses can enter a wide range of careers including social research, community work, counselling, teaching, youth justice and social policy.
Extended degrees provide applicants with an alternative route into higher education. If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing an extended degree. Extended degrees include a Year 0, which is also known as a foundation year. Once you successfully complete your first year of study you will progress into Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.
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