What will I learn?

You’re a people person. You want to engage community groups in life-enhancing projects. Or maybe you have ambitions to help young people who might not have anyone else to turn to.There’s nothing more rewarding than helping a young person overcome personal challenges and go on to fulfil their potential. Studying the BA (Hons) Youth and Community Studies course with us will help you carve out a career making exactly this kind of important impact in a deeply rewarding way.**Why study this subject?**Youth and community workers can make a huge impact on the lives of young people and their families. Your support, ideas and commitment could be the difference between a teenager dropping out of education or getting back on the right track.The programmes you develop could give families and communities new hope for the future, and its exactly that learning you’ll receive here at BNU – we’ll give you the skills and knowledge you need to make this kind of impact in whatever community you choose to serve in.**Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?**You’ll have the best of both worlds at BNU because our teaching staff have expertise in lots of different community settings and are all experienced researchers too meaning you’ll get a unique insight to what it’s really like to work on the ‘front line’.Our teaching team will take you through important areas of youth and community work like peer education, community arts, community consultation and youth and community development. Their mix of professional and academic expertise means you’ll be learning from the best and developing a strong foundation in these areas for yourself.We’ve developed this course to introduce you to different aspects of the sector and help you specialise further down the line.**What will I study?**You’ll study the relevant theory behind youth and community work, with issues including social discrimination, contemporary subcultures, or communication within the digital age.Across the three years, you’ll study fascinating areas like safeguarding of vulnerable groups and communities, social policy, social inequality, models of wellbeing and social enterprise.At BNU, we’re always focused on setting you up for success, regardless of the career you choose to pursue beyond graduation. We therefore offer a number of personal development and skills-based modules too.**How will I be taught and assessed?**By studying with us, you’ll benefit from regular one-to-one contact with a personal mentor who’ll guide you in your career goals and personal development.We also encourage our students to engage in peer-learning and group work as well as teaching through the more traditional classroom, lecture, discussion and seminar environments. The sharing of experiences with your fellow students will also be crucial to your development in this course.You’ll be taught via workshops, placement and work-related learning, project supervision, engagement with the university Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), group and individual tutorials, guided independent study and external visits.You’ll put your learning into practice in your projects, collaborating with classmates, running workshops, and learning techniques you’ll need to support vulnerable groups and engage people in programmes.You’ll complete a number of reflective assignments as part of this course which will encourage personal reflection as a practitioner in the future, an important part of working on the front-line in any community-focused role. The question being, how impactful is this activity or initiative I’m running to this group of people and how am I engaging with them in a positive way?You’ll be assessed through essays, reports, presentations, posters and commentaries, reflective learning journals, biographic and cultural narra

Which department am I in?

School of Human and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
£14,250.00 (US$ 19,486) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

19 September 2022


Buckinghamshire New University

Queen Alexandra Road,

High Wycombe,


HP11 2JZ, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students require successful completion of a High School Diploma with GPA above 2.8, plus one of the following: SAT with a minimum of 1100 overall, and a minimum of 550 from Evidence Based Reading and Writing, and Mathematics; Minimum of 3 APs with grades above 3. International students with IELTS 6.0 (5.5) or below will have to undertake an enhanced curriculum in addition to the advertised programme.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


Get in touch