Inspire, encourage and nurture. Our Community Youth and Families Programme enables you to develop skills and knowledge through academic learning and experiential placements.
Three A-levels at grades CCD or above
Or BTEC triple grades MMP or above
Or Access 3-36 D/M with min 3D
And GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above*
A DBS check and an interview is required
UCAS code TBC
UCAS institution code P63
Duration Three years full-time, with options to start in year one or to transfer in to years two or three from other courses.
* For entrants with an ECHP or legacy statement, the minimum requirement is Entry L3; BSL qualification is required for those whose primary language is BSL.
Applicants should have some practical experience of communities, youth or family work prior to commencement of the course.
This programme supports employees and employers across the youth and community work sector. In response to consultation of stakeholders, the curriculum aligns to current and anticipated workforce needs and developments. This includes the co-delivery of specialist modules, bringing in experts from local organisations, further strengthening links into the community.
Learning consists of one full day on campus, generally 6 hours a week, split between lectures and activity-based seminars, with some online study and 1-2-1 tutorials that can be arranged to suit your needs, with a timetable to fit around other life commitments, like work and childcare. Throughout the academic year, there is a consistent day on campus each week, allowing you to benefit from the full range of Plymouth Marjon University's digital and information resources and facilities.
The course has a design to help you achieve your best possible results, with an extended academic year of three terms, enabling modules to be taught in a way that paces the assessment and learning load, and allowing you to develop skills without feeling overwhelmed.Three experiential placements take place across the three years. These will be a mix of individual and group experiences, co-designed with each cohort and in response to available opportunities.
We have over 25 years' experience in training outstanding youth and community professionals.
As a student at Marjon you will be welcomed into the student community.
The course involves collaborative learning with a range of local community organisations.
The flexible design enables a diverse student body from across the South West region, providing opportunities to learn from each other.
The university offers all students the best support with digital information and learning, and pastoral care.
The research active programme team are recognised leaders in their field.
Please note: This course is subject to validation which means that it is either a new course or that the content is currently being updated. You can apply for this course now while some of the details of the course are being finalised by the University. Please contact the course leader if you would like further information.
The current issues facing communities, young people and families and we can help address these issues.
The best practices for engaging with people and fostering positive relationships.
How practitioners develop and implement effective programmes and initiatives that meet the needs of the community.
How practitioners effectively collaborate with other organisations and stakeholders to achieve common goals.
The ethical considerations and challenges involved in working with communities, young people and families, and how can these be navigated.
Developing the key skills and competencies required to be an effective community worker, and how can these be maintained over time.
You will become a community-based practitioner with the ability to work across the public and voluntary sectors, in a range of settings, including family hubs, youth and community work organisations, housing projects, and in public health-related projects.
The programme draws on youth and community work, which is a distinctive body of professional practice held together by a commitment to a set of shared values: participation, inclusion, empowerment, partnership and learning. Teaching on the programme is aligned with the educational processes that practitioners use in community settings, whilst recognising the formal and assessed nature of the degree. You will develop the ability to apply academic theory to your practice with communities, young people and families.
Assessments reflect and enhance the duties and skills required within community-based work, with assessment tasks based on coursework (essays, reports, academic posters, reviews, blogs), presentations and placement files that include reflective practice and self-assessment.
Course leaderView full profile
Tracy is excited to be leading this innovative and collaborative programme that supports the development of community-based professionals across the south-west region.
Fees UK students: £9250
Fees for International students: £12,500
This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.
This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.Fees and funding
Senior LecturerView profile
Tracy joined Plymouth Marjon University in September 2022, from the University of Cumbria, where she lived and worked for 10 years. Prior to this, she was based in the Midlands, where she was employed as training manager for an association of youth clubs. Her doctoral research creatively explored the relationship that young people have with the natural environment. She has published for public, practitioner and academic audiences, including BERA (British Educational Research Association) and IOL (Institute of Outdoor Learning). Tracy has a diverse range of practical and professional experiences through working in and researching with the voluntary and statutory sectors. She loves walking, gardening, reading – and playing outdoors.
Jon worked for 20 years as a youth worker before joining Marjon in 2003. He brings his knowledge and commitment to youth work to his teaching and research. He is particularly interested in the impact of policy on practice as well as theory and practice of youth and community work, as well as outdoor education. In 2018 Jon led a major research project into the value and impact of Youth Work on the lives of young people in Europe.
Visiting LecturerView profile
I have been a practising youth and community worker for 25 years. I started my youth work career as a volunteer and over the years worked my way up to full professional practice and management.