The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
You’re a people person. You want to engage community groups in life-enhancing projects. Or maybe you have plans to help young people who might not have anyone else to turn to. But how do you start?
This course gives you a broad experience of youth and community work to help you find your own route to a rewarding career. With an equal mix of academic and practical work, you’ll have a solid understanding of current issues and the skills to make a difference.
- Benefit from regular contact with a mentor who’ll guide you in your career goals
- Take part in group projects to get a real flavour of what it takes to run a successful community programme
- Explore placement opportunities to enhance your career
- Keep your options open with the wide scope of the course
- Learn from Bucks staff with decades of professional and academic expertise
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
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Youth and community workers can make a huge impact on people’s lives. Your 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.
There are wide-ranging career routes in this area – from working in community arts to primary education. We’ve developed this course to introduce you to different aspects of the sector and help you specialise further down the line.
You’ll study the relevant theory behind your work, with issues including social discrimination, contemporary subcultures, or communication in the digital age. Then you’ll put this into practice in your projects. You’ll collaborate with classmates, running workshops, and learning the techniques you’ll need to support vulnerable groups and engage people in programmes.
You don’t need any previous experience – just a passion to work with people from diverse backgrounds. However, the course is just as suitable for someone looking to advance or consolidate their existing career with a new qualification.
Experts in the sector
You’ll have the best of the academic and professional worlds at Bucks. Our teaching staff are experienced researchers and practitioners. They have decades of experience in areas like peer education, community arts and community consultation. And the course leader has a professional qualification in youth and community development.
A great feature of this course is the mentor relationship. You’ll benefit from all the expertise of your mentor in regular one-on-one sessions focusing on your personal development and your career goals.
Progress as you learn
The course begins by teaching you the broader themes and the basic skills you’ll need. You’ll develop communication skills and understand the impact your work will have on people.
As you move into your second and third years, you’ll begin to specialise more. Pick optional modules to suit your interests or your ambitions. You can then apply your new expertise in projects and explore your focus areas with your mentor.
You could explore youth support work, community initiatives, charity work, social enterprise, or targeted community projects. You might also decide to carry on your studies with a postgraduate degree, such as our MSc Social Work.
The course is an ideal stepping stone for professional practice. Potential career areas include:
- substance misuse
- community development
- youth work
- family support
- primary education
- social work
- charities and NGOs
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Foundation Year Modules
- Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity
- Preparing for Success: Self-Development and Responsibility
- Inquiry Based Learning
- Ways of Learning about the Social World
Year One Modules
- Community arts and Issue based learning
- Informal Learning
- Youth and Community Models of Practice
- Safeguarding vulnerable groups and communities
- Public and private selves: identity in the digital age
- Personal and Professional Development 1
Year Two Modules
- Engagement, consultation and participation
- Networks, partnerships and capacity building
- Social Policy and Social Inequality
- Culture, subculture and Diversity
- Research and Project Development skills
- Personal and Professional Development 2
Year Three Modules
- Developing a specialist resource
- Understanding organisations
- Psychosocial theory and models of well being
- Contemporary Social Issues
- Personal and Professional Development 3: The Placement
- Community Interests, Social Enterprise and Business Models
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,500 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.
For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks