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University of West London

Community Development

UCAS Code: L800

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-B,B,B

Minimum 60 credits, with at least 45 at level 3

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

UCAS Tariff

104-120
100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Community work

This community development course is for anyone who wants to achieve social change, reduce inequalities and challenge injustice. We focus on a bottom-up approach to change. You will gain absorbing insights from experienced tutors and community development workers, who will introduce you to the social, structural and political aspects of communities.

Practical experience plays a big role in our community development degree. You will spend at least 25 per cent of the course on placement, which could be in housing, faith groups, advocacy projects or community land share initiatives.

The community development course is grounded in the experience of community development workers who are currently practising. Their expertise will help you to take a realistic approach to challenges and opportunities, including:

- the role you might play as a community development worker

- the legal and ethical issues you might face

- how to deal with conflict

You will develop skills that help you support community empowerment and make it easier for communities to achieve their aspirations.

The focus of your course will be on ‘doing’ rather than just on ‘knowing’ and all the teaching and learning, and assessment strategies, will reflect this. Through group work, including field trips and case studies, you will develop your communications skills as well as your ability to respond to feedback and to work as part of a diverse team. These transferable skills will be highly useful in a range of employment situations.

We will help you to identify a placement with a community development organisation. Your experiences on the placement will give you the chance to put theory into practice, testing your abilities and enhancing your skills. To help you make the most of your placement experience, your work will be overseen by a qualified practitioner as well as by your personal tutor.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main site - West London

Department:

School of Human and Social Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
10%
Male students
90%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
B

After graduation


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Social work

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
95%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

59%
Welfare professionals
17%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
9%
Caring personal services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We're short of social workers - so if you want a degree that is in demand, then this could be the one for you! There's a shortage of social workers all over the UK, and graduates can specialise in specific fields such as mental health or children's social work. If you decide social work is not for you, then social work graduates also often go into management, education, youth and community work and even nursing. Starting salaries for this degree can reflect the high proportion of graduates who choose a social work career - social work graduates get paid, on average, more than graduates overall, but not all options pay as well as social work. This is also an unusual subject in that London isn't one of the more common places to find jobs - so if you want to get a job near to your home or your university this might be worth thinking about.

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