Industry recognition for University course

Posted on Friday 30th June 2017

The University of Bolton is pleased to share its success in being the first University in the North West to provide a Community Development and Youth Work programme that has been professionally recognised by the JNC for Youth Work (as validated by the NYA) and the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development (ESB). 

The BA (Hons) Community Development and Youth Work/Studies has been designed with the ‘future’ in mind!

Working in collaboration with key stakeholder’s the future context of community development and youth work has been creatively explored. The future learning journey of our new programme has been designed in partnership with employers, students and professional bodies.  

The core values of community development and youth work are at the heart of the subjects, content and approaches to teaching and learning. Some of the modules on the programme are available to fieldworkers as continuous professional development courses such as: Working with Individuals and Groups in Communities, Housing and Homelessness, Global Youth Work and Sustainable Communities, Enabling Healthy Communities, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, Management Governance and Organisational Development for example.

The BA (Hons) Community Development and Youth Work/Studies is a three year degree programme with a twist - it has two study pathways.

One pathway is professionally endorsed by the above professional bodies and consists of fieldwork practice over three years of study, whilst the degree offers fieldwork placements in two years. Work-based learning through fieldwork placements and the development of knowledge and skills for practice is central to both degree pathways. The programme provides all students with opportunities to apply knowledge and develop practice skills under the guidance of an experienced practitioners, and opportunities to connect theory to the everyday reality of practice. 

Future employers are looking for people that can work in non-traditional, non- routine and creative environments, and they are looking for people who can develop strong relationships in unpredictable settings; our new programme and diverse range of fieldwork placement opportunities enable students to meet these requirements which enhances student employability in these changing environments.