Taught course

Youth Work & Community Development

Leeds Beckett University · Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a 2.2 Honours degree. Applicants should demonstrate in their personal statement the relevant work or voluntary experience they have gained with young people or adults in a community related setting. Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. All suitable candidates will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process. For International students the English requirement for this course is IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Our course will increase your professional opportunities in the rapidly changing area of youth and community work, and support you in becoming a force for change. It is professionally validated by the National Youth Agency on behalf of the Joint Negotiating Committee, meaning you will achieve a nationally recognised, professional qualification, and will enhance your existing skills as well as develop new ones that might be needed when working in community development or youth work.

You will participate in a rich and culturally diverse learning environment and undertake two challenging placements - one of which may be an international placement. You will grow your understanding of current management theory and practice, Government policy and competing welfare ideologies, as well as fundamental skills and values which underpin professional practice.

You'll have the chance to critically analyse and examine recent developments, to share experiences with colleagues from a range of related settings, and to further your own education and professional development. In addition, there is the opportunity to gain a basic understanding of practitioner research, which will benefit your future employment as well as preparing you for our MA Community & Youth Studies.

Fees and funding

Full-time, year one typically £5,333.33.

A scholarship of £1,500 is offered to new full-time students studying an MA, MSc or MBA who are eligible to pay Home/EU fees. For Postgraduate Diplomas, Postgraduate Certificates, or part-time courses, a pro rata scholarship is available. Please see our website for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Admission Enquiries
+44 (0)113 812 3113