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Children, Young People and Communities

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Courses in the Children, Young People and Communities subject area are designed for those who currently work in, or want to join, the Children and Young People's workforce. We are proud that our courses are shaped by the latest practises and our teaching responds quickly to new policy, ensuring our students graduate with up-to-date expertise, increasing their employability and managerial prospects.

The majority of our courses are accredited or endorsed by their relevant professional organisations. Our undergraduate BA (Hons) Youth Work and Community Development programme is validated by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC), whilst BA (Hons) Childhood Development and Playwork is endorsed by Skills Active. As well as our undergraduate provision, we also offer a range of postgraduate qualifications in play therapy, which are accredited by Play Therapy United Kingdom (PTUK).

Our courses allow students to explore their interests and shape their learning towards a particular career path through the study of a variety of optional modules. This may involve drama and the creative arts or outdoor & adventurous activities for our Youth Work and Community Development and Working with Children, Young People and Families programmes, or choosing modules specialising in specific fields of Childhood Development and Playwork, for example play therapy, playful pedagogy and policy development.

All our courses involve a significant amount of work-related learning and time spend on placement. You will spend over 700 hours during your course working with a wide range of organisations and potential employers in a variety of statutory and community settings, gaining invaluable experience and practising new skills. This might be in schools, adventure playgrounds, hospitals, prisons or children’s centres to name some. This can either be in the UK or abroad, with previous students spending their placements in India, South Africa, Finland, the USA, Ghana or China.

Academic staff teaching our courses are involved locally, nationally and globally in relevant fields of community development, services for young people or playwork. This equips them with a professional integrity to teach on the course, so that students know exactly what to expect when they go out on placement and after graduation.

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