Youth and Community Work BA (Hons) with Foundation Year


What is the course?

Newman University is piloting a new innovative foundation year for their social science degrees. The pre-degree year of this four year course, if passed, leads into the same study programme as the 3 year joint honours degree course in Youth and Community Work .

This foundation year enables those unable to access the traditional UCAS tariff requirements for a three year degree, an alternative route into beginning and ultimately gaining an honours degree.

What is it about?

The Foundation Year in Social Sciences promotes student understanding of education, society and the social sciences alongside consideration of their own educational journey, to effectively prepare them for degree level study. It sees personal reflection, growth and high levels of student determination as essentials. It provides a supportive learning environment which develops confidence, intellectual curiosity in tandem with the ability to manage working as a member of a team as well as autonomously. The programme emphasises non-formal adult learning and democratic development on an individual and community level.

Students apply for a named foundation year degree but can swap onto other degrees within the Foundation Year route in the course of the year, if the subject agrees.

Further Information

For further information regarding years 2, 3 and 4 of this course please visit the 3 year degree course details. Youth and Community Work BA (Hons)



Studying Youth and Community Work at Newman will not only enable you to gain professional Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) recognition, which you require to practise as a youth worker in the UK, but you also get to choose an optional pathway in a practice-based setting.

Newman offers you the opportunity to gain the knowledge and experience of the policies, best practice and skills required to develop yourself both personally and professionally. The course is taught by a team of experienced and enthusiastic tutors that have an excellent reputation for supporting students and established strong partnerships with local employers. You will also benefit from mixing with students from a variety of backgrounds and prior learning experiences.

What does the course cover?

This course covers the whole suite of modules that you will need to successfully complete in order to become a professionally qualified youth worker and an effective, competent community worker able to operate in a wide range of settings.

Youth and Community Work at Newman is about more than study, so the core modules include fieldwork at each level. In addition, optional modules at level 6 may include spirituality, community organising, crime and chaplaincy. This allows you the time you need to develop your own areas of interest.

You can expect a challenging and supportive learning environment as the Youth and Community Work team has an excellent reputation for supporting students and having strong partnerships with local employers.

What makes this course distinctive?

This is one of the few professional youth and community work courses in the West Midlands which will give you Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) recognition. This is required to practise as a professional youth worker in the UK

The work placement element will furnish you with valuable transferable skills and you may have the opportunity to participate in international work

 You will benefit from Newman’s considerable experience and reputation in the areas of teacher education, child development and community engagement and be taught by a strong youth and community work led teaching team, most of whom have direct experience in the field and present at international conferences.

How will I be assessed?

You will experience a range of assessment formats including journals, case studies, online discussions, role plays and presentations - no exams. The course will recognise your needs as a learner and develop independent study skills that are transferable to a range of learning situations and assessment tasks.

How could this course develop my career?

In order to practice as a professional youth worker in the UK you will need to obtain recognition from the JNC for Youth and Community Workers. The programme is designed to provide you with recognition, making it a key step towards professional status and career development. You will gain skills and experience relevant to various youth work roles and an understanding of the policies and practices necessary in this important area of work.

Newman Youth and Community Work graduates have gone on to a variety of both traditional and non-traditional youth and community work jobs ranging from housing, detached youth work and counselling to peer research on a European project. Some have pursued their passion for the subject at postgraduate level.

Newman University would like to draw your attention to our Academic Regulations. These regulations are your Terms of Reference and should be considered when making a decision to study with our institution.

Entry requirements


Fees per academic year: 2018/19* 
Fees are currently £4,560 for the Foundation Year 0 and are funded through the government loan scheme (effectively meaning people undertake a four year degree).

Fees for the following three years are currently £9,250 per year. Please go to the standard 3 year degree page for details.
Youth and Community Work BA (Hons)

* Please note for 2019/20 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Finance information

Additional costs:

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required for entry into this programme.  The cost of the DBS is currently £55 (including processing fee) with the option of subscribing to the update service which is currently £13 per year.  For more information on your DBS application please click here

Youth and Community Work BA (Hons) with Foundation Year

The Foundation Year

The foundational modules Studentship, Education and Society (1) & (2) go across the programme, examining what is needed to be successful in higher education including one’s personal disposition towards learning. These work through student’s experiences of formal assessment such as exams, reading academically and academic writing conventions, to help develop strategies in overcoming barriers to effective engagement. Concurrently students will undertake the module Foundations of Social Sciences. This explores the relevance of philosophy, politics, sociology, psychology and economics, and applied social science such as sports science, criminology and health to student’s everyday lives.

In the second semester and in tandem with the second Studentship module, students undertake two projects. In Understanding and Exploring Society, students apply what they have learnt to the real world. Students then investigate and make a case for studying on the subsequent course they wish to study. This involves undertaking both desk based research and interviews with lecturers and current students, as well as undertaking direct experience of the teaching conducted across at least two courses within the pathway.

For course content for years 2,3, and 4 of this course please visit the 3yr full-time degree page
Youth and Community Work BA(Hons)


Course code


Course Code: L53F

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