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Bachelor of Arts (Hons ) in Community Development and Youth Work (Endorsed Route) University of Bolton University of Bolton, UK

Intake Sep 2024

Jan 2023, Jan 2024

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GBP 13550

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36 months


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Program Overview

Based at our town centre campus in Greater Manchester, the University of Bolton's BA (Hons) Community Development and Youth Work course offers dual accreditation from two nationally-recognised professional bodies. Recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) and endorsed by the Endorsement Standards Board for Community Development (ESB) and National Youth Agency (NYA), it involves 800 hours of fieldwork practice. Work-based learning through fieldwork placements, and academic studies that support the development of knowledge and skills for practice, are central to this course.

The core values of community development and youth work are at the heart of this degree. Our passionate and knowledgeable staff will guide you to explore issues such as social education, social policy, community engagement, politics, globalisation, social justice, equality and diversity, social history, housing and homelessness. We'll also support you in developing key transferable skills such as communication, self-awareness and time management.

Fieldwork placements or work-based learning can be in a number of distinct settings that work to improve the lives of people in communities and young people, preparing you to adapt to the changing environments in which you may be employed in future. Your work experience will usually be in the Greater Manchester area but can be further afield in the UK.


  • Our Childhood and Youth Studies courses are top in the UK for student satisfaction, according to The Complete University Guide 2022.
  • The University of Bolton's BA (Hons) Community Development and Youth Work degree was the first in the North West of England to be professionally recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth Work (JNC), as validated by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development (ESB).
  • The course has been designed in consultation with employers, ensuring the relevance of the skills and knowledge gained by graduates.
  • Extensive work placements mean you can amass hundreds of hours of practical and professional community development and youth work experience.
  • Our excellent links with over 70 partners and external agencies mean we can offer a wide variety of placements; for instance, in youth and community centres, schools, alternative education projects, women's refuges and community projects, or housing, health, leisure and youth training schemes, resettlement projects, and detached, outreach and mentoring projects.
  • You have the chance to graduate with a wide range of practical and transferable skills that apply in all kinds of social, professional and academic areas.

Key Features

  • Our programme gives you the chance to enjoy extensive practice-based experience at each level of your studies.
  • You'll have access to excellent academic and pastoral support from teaching staff who are also experienced professionals in community development and youth work.
  • Throughout the course, we'll support and encourage you as you develop your understanding and articulation of the key theories of personal and social change affecting young people and communities today.
  • Specialists in the field of community development and youth work join us as guest speakers and lecturers throughout the course.
  • If, by the end of the first semester at HE5, you decide that you don't want the professional endorsements or your circumstances change, you can transfer to our parallel course – the BA (Hons) Community Development and Youth Studies.
  • By choosing to study with us, you'll have the chance to enjoy Bolton's many shops, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities. Manchester, one of the UK's most multicultural and lively cities, is less than 20 minutes away by train. Not forgetting, the North West of England is renowned for its beautiful countryside, coastline and heritage. This makes Bolton an ideal base from which to explore some of the best cultural and outdoor activities the UK offers.
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Program Level 3-Year Bachelor's Degree

College/University Processing Time 30

Program Intensity Full-Time

Work Permit work permit PGWP

General Admission Requirement

    Academic Requirement

    • Minimum Level of Education Required: To be accepted for this program, students must have Standard XII Higher Secondary Certificate.

    6 IELTS Score
    80 TOEFL Score Minimum Overall Score
    50 PTE Score Minimum Overall Score
    60% CGPA Minimum Overall Score

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