Youth Work and Community Learning and Development

BA single honours Youth Work and Community Learning and Development 2016/17

This innovative programme, which is offered by YMCA George Williams College and based at Canterbury Christ Church's Medway campus and at the College in East London, explores the processes and thinking involved in animating, facilitating and deepening learning and development both with young people and adults. The programme leads to a Canterbury Christ Church Award as well as full dual professional qualification in youth work (validated by the National Youth Agency) and community learning and development (validated by Standards Council for Community Learning and Development for Scotland).

If you are interested in education and learning in their broadest senses, want professional qualification, and are keen to mix rigorous academic study with reflective practice, this programme may be the one for you. The ways of thinking and acting involved are highly transferable to a wide range of careers − but have special relevance for those committed to developing and extending the range and depth of learning experiences within young people and in local communities.

YMCA George Williams College is a specialist centre for the study of youth work and community learning and offers a wide range of programmes and short courses which are unique in the UK. As well as teaching facilities, the College has a well-stocked specialist library and holds one of the most comprehensive collections in the country of material about youth work.

The Youth Work and Community Learning and Development degree is a multi-disciplinary programme. It consists of eighteen modules, studied over three years. If you come on the programme you will work in different settings (including specialist agencies, and community-based groups and organisations), have your own individual supervisor, and study a range of academic disciplines. The programme includes:

Year 1: Exploring the social context; exploring human growth and development; exploring pedagogy, learning and development; exploring management and evaluation; and reflection on professional practice.

Year 2: Helping and counselling skills; teaching and group work; developing youth work and community learning and development; practising management and evaluation; and reflection on professional practice.

Year 3: Professional judgement and ethics; community learning and development; developing management and evaluation; researching youth work and community learning and development; and reflection on professional practice.

A significant number of people on our programmes work, or go on to work in youth work and community learning and development settings. These include churches and faith organisations, children’s centres and youth organisations, hostels and third sector organisations. They also work in the public sector (including health services, youth justice, and social work) and in commercial organisations. A number can also be found in schools and colleges. Here they operate in different areas including community cohesion, inclusion, learning support, extra- and extended curricula activity, pastoral and careers support, personal, social and health education, citizenship education, and whole school development.

While students based at CCCU's Medway campus have use of the excellent learning and support facilities on offer.

Apply direct to the College for September 2015.

T: 020 7540 4900


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:


£8,000 (YMCA George Williams College)
£9,000 (Medway Campus, Canterbury Christ Church University)**





Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

UK/EU part-time and Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact or the International Office:

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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UCAS code

  • L591


  • 3 years full-time
    4 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • You must normally be at least 18 at the time of entry to Level 4 (first year of the degree programme). The benchmark used by the College is that for entry to the programme you must have prior qualifications, or knowledge and skills equivalent to passes in two subjects at Advanced level, NVQ Level 3 or equivalent. Applicants over 21 do not need to have passed such examinations to get on the programme but they must show that they are thinking and practising at that level.

    A typical offer would be 80 UCAS Tariff points. You will need to have relevant experience in working with young people, two professional references and a current satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.



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