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Bachelor of Arts with Honours Youth Work and Community Development (JNC), Level 5, 2020/21 - Course Handbook
Welcome to the Course
Welcome to our new and returning students to the BA (Hons) Youth Work and Community Development (JNC) degree. This handbook provides you with information that you will need on your course. You should find it helpful when you first start, when you are preparing for assessment and at any time that you need help or advice in connection with your studies here. You will also receive a module handbook for each module you study on your course.
Your course team and the School of Health and Community Studies are committed to ensuring that you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the coming year. Your Academic Advisor and I are available to help with any questions regarding your learning support arrangements in 2020/21.
The course team is looking forward to working with you this year and we hope that your time studying with us at Leeds Beckett University is both enjoyable and successful. On behalf of our University and the whole course team I would like to wish you well in your studies.
Alan Smith, Course Director
Welcome to your course in the School of Health and Community Studies. Whether you are a new or returning student I am delighted to be able to welcome you into the 2020/21 academic year.
The year ahead will contain successes, challenges, and personal growth for you, and the School’s team of dedicated academic staff and administrators are here to help you to achieve your potential.
The School has a broad range of disciplines in our Health Promotion, Nursing and Healthcare, Psychological Therapies and Mental Health, and Social and Community Studies groups. Our academic teams work collaboratively, drawing on each other’s expertise to support learning, undertake professional practice and consultancy, and deliver internationally recognised, societally impactful research.
Throughout the year ahead please do take time to let us know what you are enjoying and what you find valuable, but also please let us know if there are things we could do differently to improve your experience through feedback to your Course Director, at the School Forum or through module evaluations and surveys.
I wish you every success for this academic year.
Dr Duncan Sharp, Dean of School
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This Handbook contains important information about Leeds Beckett University’s planned approach to course delivery and assessment in 2020/21. You should read this web page carefully so that you are aware of any changes that affect your course.
The University is informed by Government and Public Health England (PHE) Covid-19 advice and guidance for maintaining a Covid-secure learning and working environment. We have made arrangements to continue to provide a high-quality educational experience in a way that protects the safety and wellbeing of both students and staff. We are engaging closely with Leeds Beckett Students’ Union to inform the arrangements and will also be informed by feedback provided by our individual students.
Government and Public Health England advice and guidance continues to evolve, so the arrangements for delivery of your course and use of the campus may need to change during the academic year to continue to protect students and staff.
The taught content advertised at each level of study, or its equivalent, will be delivered across the academic year 2020/21. We have identified an appropriate mix of blended learning – a mix of face-to-face, on-campus, online and digital content and teaching and learning for each subject, reflecting what will maximise learning as well as supporting more vulnerable learners and enabling the university as a whole to minimise transmission risk.
Covid-19 social distancing measures will be implemented during 2020/21 for teaching, learning, assessment and student support.
In the event of further government lockdowns, either local or national, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies.
If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice. We may revert to different proportions of on-campus learning and online learning delivery later in the academic calendar year or a later teaching block. Learning will remain accessible for students who are unable to attend on campus sessions.
How we will communicate with you
We have sent information to new and continuing students on the plans for delivery of your course in 2020/21, the academic calendar (teaching block delivery or alternative) applicable for your course and the options available to you, to enable you to make informed choices.
As the situation evolves, further information on local course delivery arrangements will be provided to you in emails and on the University’s Covid-19 microsite.
In addition to the course specific information set out in this Handbook and the above communications, the University’s Covid-19 microsite contains information for students and applicants, including information relating to University accommodation and University facilities and services. The Covid-19 microsite is regularly reviewed and updated as the situation, advice and planning evolve.
Key terms and conditions
Further important information for applicants and students is available on our Information for Applicants and Students website. This includes information about the student contract, fees and funding, your rights of cancellation, the student protection plan and the University complaints process. It is essential that you read the information on this webpage carefully as it sets out the rights and obligations that form the contract between you and the University and information about how to make a complaint.
Location of delivery
In academic year 2020/21, it is planned that your course will be delivered via a blend of online and digital learning and on-campus teaching and learning, with the necessary Covid-19 social distancing and other measures in place on campus informed by the Government and Public Health England advice and guidance.
Information on how blended teaching and learning will be delivered and the location of any on-campus delivery is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘Location(s) of Delivery’ and ‘Teaching and Learning Activities’.
Information on the delivery of placements and other off-campus learning opportunities is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (if applicable to your course), ‘Sandwich Placement Information’.
Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. Other additional costs remain as published on our original Online Prospectus information in addition to the areas of costs outlined below and in the updated 2020/21 Course Specification for your course.
The course will be delivered via a blended approach that includes online teaching and learning, digital learning and on campus sessions. If a further lockdown is necessary then delivery will be continued and supported via online and digital learning. Students are advised that they will need a personal digital device for this purpose. The University’s wide range of student support services available for students also includes a laptop loans scheme. Students may wish to bring an existing personal device or purchase or lease a laptop or similar device for their personal use which would be an additional cost. The costs of this would vary depending on your individual requirements but can be in the region of £400-800 depending on the device.
The University has developed a means-tested Covid-19 Financial Assistance Package to support students to acquire a laptop should this be needed. Students may also apply for a living expenses fund for unexpected personal hardship as a result of the Covid-19 Crisis.
Students will need to follow the Public Health England advice and any specific national requirements for maintaining personal safety and hygiene to protect themselves and others from the Covid-19 risks. These personal safety measures such as the wearing of face coverings will be an additional cost that students need to consider.
Where PPE is an essential requirement for the nature of the course you are undertaking this will be detailed below.
Policies, Standards and Regulations
Covid-19 social distancing measures will be in place for teaching, learning, assessment and student support in 2020/21. This means that there will be operational requirements and protocols in place for the way in which your course is delivered and the way in which University activities, facilities, and spaces operate which students and staff will need to follow.
In the event of further government lockdowns either local or national in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. We may need to implement approved emergency Covid-19 pandemic academic regulations to take account of the impact of Covid-19 general extenuating circumstances.
Details of the policies and regulations which are relevant to you are available in the ‘Policies, Standards and Regulations’ section of this Handbook.
Sandwich Placements, Other Placements and Other Off-Campus Learning Opportunities
Covid-19 response measures are likely to impact on the arrangements for placements, field trips, volunteering and other off-campus activities. If available, these are likely to operate with appropriate social distancing arrangements. Employers may reduce the availability of placement or volunteering opportunities due to the impact of Covid-19 on their operations.
The availability or type of placements with employers, study abroad or volunteering opportunities, may be restricted. The University follows the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice and is also informed by any specific in-country international travel restrictions or requirements.
The University’s current position is that we will not facilitate outward (from UK) international/overseas placements, study abroad or volunteering activity in 2020/21. This is to protect students and minimise the risk of you being stranded abroad in the event of a lockdown and the introduction of national/local travel restrictions. We will only consider international placements for students whose domicile address is in the country of their placement.
Inward Erasmus study (from other EU countries to the UK under this scheme) will be supported where these align with the teaching blocks academic calendar delivery dates. There may be other national or international travel restrictions or quarantine measures or specific work-place Covid-19 measures that impact on these opportunities.
Should the Covid-19 response and alert level be amended any activity may also be subject to Covid-19 employer, local or in-country requirements applicable at the time of the placement/activity. We will keep the position under review for teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2, informed by Public Health England and the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice.
Students will have access to advice and support from the University careers and employability team during their studies via the online resources and support.
Further information on placements or other off-campus learning opportunities applicable to your course is provided in the ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (where relevant) ‘Sandwich Placement Information’ sections below.
Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course
We will prioritise face-to-face teaching and practical teaching to meet any requirements of relevant professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRB) if your course includes these elements. This will ensure that your course retains its full professional status.
Where applicable, specific information on applicable professional statutory or regulatory body recognition or requirements for your course is summarised in the ‘Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course’ section below.
Teaching and Learning Activities
The way we will deliver this course and teaching, learning and assessment activities in 2020/21 will be informed by Public Health England advice and guidance on Covid-19 secure requirements and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff.
You will experience a blended approach to learning for 2020/21; this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus online, and digital content, teaching and learning.
We are working within the government 2 metre social distancing measures for Teaching Block 1 so we are not planning to deliver large-group teaching on campus throughout 2020/2021. This will ensure that maximum space will be available for small-group teaching.
In most cases, the taught content will also be available online so you can still access it if you are not able to attend campus due to the pandemic (for example, due to self-isolation, shielding or travel restrictions). There will be digital content and recorded lectures available online to support students who may be unable to travel to campus. In some circumstances, other formal taught sessions may also be recorded.
In the event of a further government lockdown in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies and study towards achieving any specified professional statutory and regulatory body accreditation requirements where this applies.
If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice (see Introduction section above).
Further information on local course delivery arrangements will continue to be available from your School.
Our approach to delivering student support in 2020/21
Given the planned social distancing measures in place on campus for 2020/21 to ensure safe delivery of services for students and staff, some of the arrangements for student support will be accessible online.
We are committed to ensuring you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the forthcoming year. General learning spaces, including access to libraries, will be available to be booked online; and where specialist space is needed, this will either be provided: as normal; created in newly adapted spaces; or replicated as part of an enhanced suite of online resources.
We want to provide a safe environment for students and staff, so on-campus delivery of student support services will be limited. This may mean that campus-based school offices will operate within defined core office hours. However, full access to advice, learning support and specialist services will be delivered via telephone, email, video calls and online live chat. The Students' Union will also be implementing social distancing arrangements for student advice services.
Access to Library support in 2020/21
The Library offers access to thousands of resources via MyBeckett or theLibrary website which also provides full details of all our services.
In response to Covid-19, and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff, the libraries will be available via a booking system in 2020/21 for students to study, access PCs and laptops, printer/ copiers, and other equipment, and to use the books and journals.
Further information on Library support is available in the ‘Library and IT Support’ section of this Handbook.
Range of Support Services Available
There is a range of support for disabled or vulnerable students. Any student with a disability, who may or may not have declared this to the University and wishes to discuss their learning support for the year ahead or their status as a Covid-19 extremely vulnerable person, should contact their Disability Adviser for their School who is based in Student Services to discuss their support needs in the first instance. The service contact details are email@example.com or telephone 0113 812 5831. Students who are classed at Covid-19 Extremely Vulnerable (i.e. you have received a Shielding Letter from the NHS) but who do not regard themselves as disabled, and have not registered with the Disability Team, should discuss any support arrangements they may need, directly with their Course Director and if resident in halls, their Residential Life Team.
Further information is available in the ‘Support for Disabled Students’ section of this Handbook.
Information on the support available from your School and other Services is available in the ‘Key Contacts’ and ‘Learning Support’ sections of this Handbook.
In order to provide you with information on student services support in 2020/21 in response to the changing Covid-19 position, updated information will be provided on our University Covid-19 microsite.
Please note that this course is being taught with the teaching block-based delivery (not in semesters) and your teaching block dates are provided in the 2020/21 Student Academic Calendar. Teaching blocks are 10 weeks long. Check your module handbooks for the dates of delivery and the assessment period for each module.
It is currently planned that most lectures will be delivered online given the current restrictions placed on social distancing, but this will be reviewed at regular intervals. Alongside this, small seminar groups will offer both online and in-class learning activities to contextualise and support the taught lectures and provide regular contact with peers and tutors.
Access to a personal digital device to enable participation in digital and online learning, teaching and assessment is essential (see above for more details). Online delivery may use a variety of platforms including Skype for Business and MS Teams. Other platforms may be used for specific activities. Support is available from the University to enable you to use platforms or software that you are unfamiliar with; you can download Microsoft Office onto your device by logging into your Office 365 portal from the IT tab on MyBeckett and you can obtain IT Support here: https://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/it_support.
Details of how students will be supported to engage with online content and assessment on the course will be covered at induction and detailed in your module handbooks, available on MyBeckett. You will be guided to the support available from the University to help with unfamiliar software or platforms for your modules. You will also be guided to our usual online resources, such as the Skills for Learning and the Library resources, and to the support provided by the Library Academic Support team. You will receive guidance on managing your independent study hours for each module undertaken.
Teaching block 1 plans (updates will be provided)
Level 4 students will attend 90 minutes of seminars in alternate weeks, with synchronous delivery online for students unable to visit City Campus. Within the Professional and Academic Skills module there will be presentations from various University services including support for essay writing and effective use of online resources.
Level 5 students will attend three hours of lectures and workshops in alternate weeks with synchronous delivery online for students unable to visit City Campus.
Level 6 students will attend workshops of 90 minutes in alternate weeks, with synchronous delivery online for students unable to visit City Campus.
Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch
Confirmed at induction
Urszula Scibior firstname.lastname@example.org 0113 812 7603 Calverley Building room 518
When elected, your Course Representative details will be provided in class or via MyBeckett.
The contact details of other key services, such as the Student Advice Hub, Disability Support, Library, Money, Careers, Students' Union Advice Service and Students' Union Student Voice Team can be found on the Students web page.
Academic and administrative staff at our University use your student email address to contact you. It is important that you check this account regularly. You can forward emails from your student email address to a preferred personal email address, however, quarantine and spam filters needed by our University mean that emails sent from external email addresses may be delayed, blocked or deleted. It is therefore important that your student email address is the only email address that you use to contact University staff. Information on how to access your student email address can be found on the Library Student IT Support page (http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/it_support/office365/outlook)
Please make sure that you inform your Course Administrator team whenever you change your address and contact details. It is important that you also update your records yourself. You can do this via the My Account/Update my Data tab on MyBeckett. This will ensure we can always contact you in an emergency, and that you receive any important University communications that we may need to send you.
We will inform you of class activities and course notifications, including any cancellations, normally through MyBeckett announcements or emails. For each module, the Module Handbook will include the preferred method of communicating general information about that module to you.
Your course team is based in Calverley Building, fifth floor and your School admin office is in Calverley Building room 518.
Skype for Business is a communication tool for staff and students:
- Make calls using audio, video and instant messages across the University community.
- Create and participate in group online meetings to support project assignments.
- Available across University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.
- Fully integrated with the Office 365 suite already used by staff and students.
Further information is available on the Library's Skype for Business web page for students.
MS Teams is part of the Office 365 suite used by staff and students for communication and collaboration:
- Access via MyBeckett on University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.
- Participate in online meetings and video conferencing in groups or one-to-one.
- Work on shared content, ideas, projects and online learning.
Further information is available on the Library's MS Teams FAQ web page.
Your course team will advise how Skype for Business and MS Teams will be used on your course.
Do you need to know more about joining your online teaching sessions or seminars? See the guidance from the Library on this link: How do I attend an online meeting/seminar/webinar?
This course will be scheduled using a teaching block or semester-based delivery. The 2020/21 academic calendar and term dates are available on our Academic Calendars web page.
Taught sessions will normally be scheduled and included in your timetable. This will include on-campus sessions that you should attend. In 2020/21, depending on your course, this may also include scheduled online teaching and learning sessions where student engagement is required at a specified time and tutor pre-recorded lectures and scheduled discussion sessions. Module information will be made available online by the school for enrolled students.
Timetables will be made available to students during induction week via:
1. The Student Portal (MyBeckett)
2. The Leeds Beckett app
You should discuss any difficulties relating to your engagement with timetabled sessions with your Course Administrator.
The School Forums, where students raise feedback on their academic experience, are scheduled into all students’ timetables. Any student can attend but only Course Reps are expected to be in attendance.
This course aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge, skills and values required by the National Youth Agency in its Professional Validation and Curriculum Requirements guidance to achieve a professional qualification at graduate level. A distinctive aspect of the youth work and community development programmes at the University has been the priority given to learning through reflection and the emphasis on the contribution of theory to practice and of practice to theory. As such, the course encourages students to: critically examine previously held assumptions about themselves, others and society; question traditional concepts such as 'youth' and 'community'; recognise and explore contradictions inherent in youth work and community development such as the tension between empowerment and social control, and; to promote enterprising, sustainable and ethical practice.
Whilst the main focus of the professional validation process is Youth Work, the course seeks to encourage students to understand the diverse family and community contexts in which young people live and the contribution they make. The aim is to equip our students with knowledge and skills to enable them to respond creatively to change taking place in families and communities whether of identity, interest and/or location. Our view is that there are common and defining principles which underpin youth work, work with young people and community development. Similarly, the impact of the changing political world (particularly post-Brexit), a decade of public sector austerity measures and the impact of globalisation on young people and communities has taken on a greater significance in the curriculum and placement opportunities. The contexts for practice are changing and innovative models of evidence based practice are evolving to meet the demands and needs of new and diverse constituencies, including newly arrived migrants and unaccompanied asylum seeking children, survivors of child sexual exploitation, those with mental health concerns, homeless people, and young people struggling to survive in mainstream education.
Inter-agency working within and across different sectors has become an established requirement for all public sector work and this has resulted in models of practice that have the potential to complement and reinforce the significance of youth work and community development. These models include coaching and mindfulness, participatory practice, mentoring, counselling, mediation and restorative practice. The development of a School-wide portfolio of courses for those who work with individuals and groups in community-based settings introduces students to inter-professional working, interdisciplinary learning, models of evidence based practice and approaches used, and raises awareness of the professional roles and responsibilities that are inherent within a changing and diverse workforce. The overall aim of the course is therefore to develop qualified workers who can demonstrate skills for employment and future learning and have attributes valued by employers within the specific youth and community work workforce and wider related settings; this includes the ability to understand and apply national policies and guidance, including the Department for Education (2017) Working Together to Safeguard Children; to be able to undertake primary research and evaluation into areas of professional practice, using a wide range of approaches and evidence that guide and inform future practices.
By the end of the course, students will:
- Have developed a critical understanding of the place of social sciences in the professional and applied contexts of youth work and community development practices.
- Have developed the ability to employ knowledge, skills and values that reflect ‘best and innovative practice' in complex situations.
- Be able to adopt an enquiring, analytical and critical approach to applying policy to their practice as it relates to young people and communities.
- Have developed a reflexive approach to new and creative forms of learning including digital literacy.
- Be able to critically assess and evaluate new and evolving models of practice and potential synergies with youth and community work.
- Be able to critically analyse the significance and impact of global/political events on young people and local communities and support appropriate practice interventions.
By the end of level 5 students will:
- Understand and articulate the various approaches and models of practice that inform and support youth work and community development.
- Critique a range of complex historical and contemporary issues associated with youth work and community development and explore how these issues impact upon individuals, groups and communities.
- Understand and apply hierarchies of evidence and the importance of research to inform practice.
- Demonstrate their ability to design, deliver and evaluate meaningful learning to individuals and groups through informal education approaches.
- Develop practical skills associated with engaging young people or community members in planned learning activities.
- Reflect on their professional practice, its underpinning theory base and ethical considerations in line with professional body expectations, national policy drivers (including the Department for Education (2017) Working Together to Safeguard Children) and Occupational Standards.
Assessment & Feedback
Level 4 is assessed by coursework and practical assessments.
Level 5 is assessed by coursework and practical assessments.
Level 6 is assessed by coursework and practical assessments.
Placements on this course are assessed.
Please note the exam/assessment periods in the academic calendar and make sure that you are available during those periods. Further details of your schedule of assessments and presentations can be found on your timetable once the assessment schedule is released. Coursework submission deadlines can normally be found on MyBeckett, and in individual module handbooks/other module guides.
Disabled students requiring adjustments to assessments and/or examinations should contact Disability Advice at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their support requirements. In order for adjustments to be identified and implemented in a timely fashion we urge all students to register with us as soon as possible, as we cannot provide adjustments at short notice.
For further information visit Disability Advice or email us at email@example.com or call us on 0113 812 5831. Please also see Disability Advice on the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett for further information.
It is important for your progression and achievement that you submit all work for all assignments in a timely manner. It is also important that you keep copies of all work submitted until after you have graduated. You should also keep any receipts confirming the submission of assignments. In the event of your submitted work being lost you may be required to produce a copy of the work and submission receipt. If you are unable to do so, your work will not be marked.
It is important to note that submitting all assignments is a requirement of your course. Should you experience extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting on time please make yourself aware of the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances process. Without any form of extenuating circumstances, standard penalties apply for late submission of assessed work. Full details of the penalties for late submission of course work are available in section 3.12 of the Academic Regulations. Please check the penalties that apply to this course as some Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirements may mean that different penalties apply.
If you have been recommended ‘flexibility around deadlines’ as a reasonable adjustment in a Reasonable Adjustment Plan, your Course Administrator will be able to advise you of the process.
You may be required to submit your written work via Turnitin; further information on Turnitin is available.
Assessed work will normally be returned with appropriate feedback within four weeks of your submission. Each module handbook will provide you with specific guidelines on how and when you will receive feedback on your assessments. Students are encouraged to communicate and consult with their module tutor as first point of contact if they are unsure about anything relating to the assessment, or the mark they have been awarded. Open communication on assessment between student and module tutor is key for developing an integrated approach to formative and summative feedback.
Formative assessment is integrated throughout the modules on the course. Key modules have practical skills assessments using communication suites, allowing tutors and peers to provide students with instant feedback on their skills and application of knowledge. Formative feedback is also provided through classroom activities such as presentations, debates, discussions, group work and online discussion boards. The use of video blogs and podcasts by students within portfolio work also allows formative feed forward from the academic advisor using electronic communication methods (audio and email). Formative feedback is also encouraged in personal tutorials to support reflective learning and personal and professional development.
Summative assessment feedback is provided in line with University guidelines (normally within a four week turnaround period). Summative assessment results are placed on the VLE and students receive an electronic communication announcing the publication of results. The four week turnaround period allows staff to mark, moderate and quality assure all student work.
Results from module assessments and decisions on progression to the next level of study (e.g., from Level 4 to Level 5 of an undergraduate degree) or awards (if you are in the final level) are available on the Results Online system: https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/results-online/
Results will appear on Results Online within five working days from the date of the Progression and Award Board meeting (the meeting where your end of level outcome will be decided) or the Module Board meeting (the meeting where modular outcomes are decided).
If you are unsure about when you might receive your results or have queries relating to your results, you should contact your Course Administrator.
The University recognises that, from time to time, students may encounter issues which may prevent them from being able to submit or take assessment. Where this is the case, students may be able to submit their 'extenuating circumstances' for consideration. Please see the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances web page for further information.
If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you will be eligible for re-assessment. See your module handbook for details of the relevant re-assessment process (e.g., whether it is coursework, a presentation or other form of assessment/when it will take place/what the deadline is). You will be advised by email or via Results Online of your options for re-assessment. You are advised to contact your module leader for any clarification.
Details about our Appeals process can be found on the Appeals web page.
Academic integrity means intellectual honesty and is part of good academic practice. Further information can be found on our Academic Integrity web page.
Teaching & Learning
The course emphasises peer-learning and co-production of knowledge, in line with the professional value-base, and beliefs about the relationship between teacher and learner. In the majority of modules, this is experienced as a ‘workshop’ style approach to encourage everyone to participate. To enable students to make the most of this approach, significant emphasis is placed on preparatory work which is either uploaded in MyBeckett in support of ‘flipped learning’ or provided as module readers. This shared approach to learning is further embedded through the use of debates, in-class activities and small group tasks.
In order to support students in their transition to University, many of the modules encourage small group working and an opportunity to practise and develop skills in the safety of the classroom, rather than in a summative assessment or placement setting. At level 5, in the option modules, the learning and teaching activities are very practically focussed, whilst at level 6 part of the Management, Leadership and Enterprise module requires students to work in small teams to undertake a very practical task, usually a funding bid, and present this to a panel of senior staff from local youth and community work projects. Within the current context of youth and community work management the ability to undertake a practice-focussed enquiry or write and present funding bids and project proposals is a growing area of practice.
Digital learning objects and digital audio and video tools are used to support teaching and learning. These are introduced at level 4 to support their digital leaning and communication. Students are asked to produce a digital communication output in the Politics of Everyday Life module and the Engaging and Communicating module. These outputs take the form of a podcast/(v)log for the Politics of Everyday Life module and a practice skills video within the Engaging and Communicating module. Multimedia sources are used to engage and support students learning in a comprehensive manner throughout the course.
In addition to the taught modules, the practice placement modules include taught workshops to prepare students for undertaking their work-related learning and practice placements. These include a specific introductory course on safeguarding and child protection which must be completed prior to undertaking the Level 4 Work-Related Learning. There are other level specific sessions on employability, developing reflective practice skills, understanding how to apply safeguarding policies in practice, risk-assessments and asset-based community development. These workshops are co-ordinated by our Practice Placement Co-ordinator, and include external speakers and inputs from staff within the University.
During the course, students undertake two periods of assessed practice with support from a suitably qualified and experienced practice supervisor on placement. Each placement has a specific focus, and students are supported by a member of the course team and a supervisor, to identify individual learning outcomes, role and responsibilities. The summative practice assessment is completed by a member of the course team, based on feedback and evidence from the student and their supervisor.
Level 4 core modules
Engaging and Communicating
Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
Politics of Everyday Life
Professional and Academic Skills
Social Justice and Inequality
Working Positively: Empowering Relationships
Level 5 core modules
Developing Research in Practice: Young People and Communities
History and Ideologies of Youth and Community Work
Practice Placement: Facilitating Learning
Working in Communities
Level 5 option modules
The following option modules are indicative of a typical year. There may be some variance in the availability of option modules
Drama and Creative Arts: Creative Ways of Working with Individuals and Groups
Emerging Issues in Practice
Informal Education Approach to Health and Wellbeing
Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
Level 6 core modules
Contemporary Challenges for Practice: Working with Children, Young People and Families
Management, Leadership and Enterprise
Practice Placement: Leading and Developing Practice
Level 5 full-time delivery in 2020/21 - indicative
Teaching Block 1
|History and Ideologies of Youth and Community Work
|Practice Placement: Facilitating Learning (all blocks)||Y|
Teaching Block 2
Working in Communities
|Practice Placement: Facilitating Learning (all blocks)||Y|
Teaching Block 3
Developing Research in Practice: Young People and Communities
Practice Placement: Facilitating Learning (all blocks)
A standard 20 credit module equates to 200 notional learning hours, comprising teaching, learning and assessment, embedded placement/work-related learning activities and independent study.
Overall Workload in hours
Teaching and Learning
Independent Study and Assessment
Details of School academic staff can be found on the School of Health & Community Studies Website.
Attendance & Absence
The University expects you to attend and fully contribute to all mandatory sessions on your timetable as set out in your student contract. Engagement in your lectures, seminars and practicals is an important part of your learning - contributing both to the University community and the learning experience of your fellow students on the course.
We monitor your engagement at the University as regular attendance and academic achievement are closely linked. Moreover, by monitoring your engagement and attendance we can identify students who may need our guidance or support at an early stage to help them progress in their studies. This is part of our commitment to ensuring an excellent education and experience and supporting your success at Leeds Beckett.
The University does understand that from time to time there is good reason why you cannot attend a class, and in this instance you must contact your School office to let them know.
Please note that any attendance reports can be shared with you and your Course team. You might be asked to contact your School office so that appropriate academic or pastoral support can be offered, should your attendance record give cause for concern.
Our most important aim is to support your studies, but we are also required to report attendance to various external bodies such as the Student Loan Company and the Home Office. There are measures in place for students who seek to falsely register either their own or fellow students’ attendance.
Our Attendance Policy is available under ‘Student Contract’ on the Student Regulations web page.
Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific attendance requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.
You must notify your Course Administrator if you are absent for more than one day (for example for an interview, emergency unforeseen circumstances, or for compassionate leave). If you are going to apply for mitigation you will need to provide written evidence of the reason for your absence.
Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.
If you are unable to study due to Covid-19 (coronavirus) symptoms, please see the guidance available on our Covid-19 web page.
If you are unable to study because of another illness for more than 14 consecutive days (including weekends), you must provide us with a Fit Note.
You can send a digital copy of your Fit Note to your Course Administrator, and then send the original by post.
If you are absent through illness on the day of an examination or assignment deadline and you intend to apply for mitigation, you must also provide us with details as possible. Your submission for mitigation may be made online and the circumstances surrounding it may be self-certified unless your period of absence is prolonged. Generally, all absences of 2 weeks or more will require the submission of verifiable documentary evidence. For more information on ‘fit to sit’ and mitigation please visit our Mitigation web page.
Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.
Campus-based students who suspect they may have, or have been diagnosed as having a serious infectious disease such as Mumps, TB, measles, meningitis or chicken pox should not attend campus and notify their Course Director or Course Administrator as soon as possible giving information regarding which groups of students (and/or colleagues and clients on placements) you have been in contact with and when. For diseases such as Mumps, TB or meningitis, your doctor will notify the West Yorkshire Public Health Protection Team who may also wish to speak to you (or your family) to determine if others require screening or medication. You should follow advice given by the hospital or your GP about when it is safe to return to University. Further information is available on the Student Wellbeing web page.
For guidance on what to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus), please visit our Covid-19 web page.
If you are thinking about changing course or withdrawing from your course, further information can be found on our Student web pages
Please be aware that our university fully complies with University Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) policy at all times. There are legal reporting requirements for all students in the UK on a Student visa, and full attendance is mandatory for all students on a Student Visa. Failure to meet UKVI attendance requirements could lead to your academic sponsorship being withdrawn and your visa being revoked. Students on a Student Visa need to be aware of their responsibilities whilst in the UK, please see www.ukcisa.org.uk or our Student Immigration Advice and Compliance web page for full information.
For up to date information about visas, immigration issues and other matters relating to international students, please visit the International Students’ web pages on the Students website (www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/) or contact the International Student Advice Centre on firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course
National Youth Agency
Leeds Beckett University is working closely with the National Youth Agency to ensure students can meet the professional recognition requirements and all minor course adjustments have been discussed and agreed in advance.
Current Covid-19 advice from the National Youth Agency can be found here: https://www.nya.org.uk/
This course gives graduates the status of professionally qualified youth and community worker, as recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC).
In order to successfully complete the course and qualify as a youth and community worker, each student must undertake and pass all placements during their course. It is an NYA requirement that students must complete at least 50% of their placement in direct engagement with young people aged 11 to 25 years, but where the primary focus is 13 to 19 years.
'In Year' Work Placement Information
Students undertake two assessed practice placements totalling 650 hours minimum during their course of study, 50% of which must be with young people aged between 11 and 25, but with a primary focus on 13 to 19 year olds. In addition, during level 6, students are required to undertake a piece of Practitioner Enquiry in their final placement setting, and 150 hours focussed on Management and Leadership, within the Management, Leadership and Enterprise module, exceeding the NYA 800 hours minimum requirement. Students are encouraged to gain experience in new and challenging contexts, including international settings that meet both their individual learning needs and the NYA’s Professional Validation and Curriculum Requirements guidance.
Students also undertake work-related learning of 100 hours at level 4.
While most applicants will not undertake prolonged placement activity in the first year of study, shorter work based placements, field trips or volunteering opportunities may still be available during the first year of the course in-line with National Youth Agency and Public Health England guidance.
Please be aware that the Covid-19 response measures may impact on the arrangements for placement and other off-campus activities and may lead to changes in what opportunities are available or the ability to undertake these. This may include the application of national or international travel restrictions or quarantine measures or specific work-place Covid-19 measures. The availability or type of placements with employers may be restricted. Students will be advised about any new information or required revisions to confirmed arrangements as soon as this information becomes available.
Level 4: 100 hours of work-related learning
Level 5: 325 placement hours
Level 6: 325 placement hours and 150 hours of work-related learning
Local, regional, national and international (please see the summary section for further details for 2020/21 due to Covid-19 restrictions).
Travel expenses: Students undertaking work-related learning/placements may be able to access financial support in some situations – details are provided within the module handbook.
Students undertake two assessed practice placements totalling 650 hours minimum during their course of study, 50% of which must be with young people aged between 11 and 25, but with a primary focus on 13 to 19 year olds. In addition, during level 6, students are required to undertake a piece of Practitioner Enquiry in their final placement setting, and 150 hours focussed on Management and Leadership, within the Management, Leadership and Enterprise module, exceeding the National Youth Agency 800 hours minimum requirement. Students are encouraged to gain experience in new and challenging contexts, including international settings that meet both their individual learning needs and the National Youth Agency’s Professional Validation and Curriculum Requirements guidance.
During level 4, the course is delivered on a maximum of three days each week, allowing students to undertake a concurrent Work-Related Learning module, to gain practical experience of working with individuals and groups for up to two days, this normally starts before the end of semester one, and must be completed by the end of semester two. Students are able to negotiate increased hours during holiday periods and non-teaching time. The total number of hours to be completed is 100 hours. This work-related experience is designed to enhance students communication skills increasing their confidence through applying theory to practice and engaging in the real world. Students are introduced to key concepts, including safeguarding and child protection, prior to undertaking the Work-Related Learning and are then supported in developing a wide range of personal and professional skills which assist them to examine their own contribution to both their agency and wider society.
At level 5, students engage with a range of practice workshops which help prepare them for undertaking 325 hours of assessed practice which must be completed prior to commencement of level 6. This is normally started before the end of semester one and takes place concurrently with module teaching, however, students have the opportunity to undertake international placements in level 5 or level 6, and the timing of this is discussed and agreed with each individual student, as many are dependent upon the placement setting. These workshops introduce students to the skills needed to design and deliver social and informal education activities, offer them an opportunity to explore their own personal and professional ethics, and provide them with a contextualised understanding of safeguarding practice within a range of youth work settings.
In level 6, students undertake 150 hours of Work-Related Learning during semester one, as part of the Management, Leadership and Enterprise module, before commencing their final practice placement and Practitioner Enquiry after teaching has finished in semester one. Students must undertake a 325 hour assessed practice placement, which focuses on leading and developing practice, together with a practice-focussed research project, undertaken in the placement agency. This can be the same setting where they have undertaken their Work-Related Learning for the Management, Leadership and Enterprise module, but this should not be the same placement setting as level 5.
Each of the assessed practice placements has a specific focus and the learning outcomes and patterns of attendance including the timing and weekly commitment is determined by the individual student’s and placement’s availability. Each placement requires students to understand and apply professional body expectations, national policy drivers (including the Department for Education (2017) Working Together to Safeguard Children) and Occupational Standards. The course offers a wide diversity of placement opportunities, including short-term international placements during non-teaching periods. In addition, students can undertake placements with the National Citizens Service during the summer months. Students can ‘self-source’ their placement or be allocated a placement, and this is co-ordinated with support from the Placement team who maintain an up-to-date list of available placement agencies. These include: alternative education providers; youth centres; community centres; environmental projects; schools; behaviour support units; mentoring projects; sports-based provision; arts and drama provision; mental health services; and young offender institutions.
Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities
Upon completing the degree, students have gained a broad range of academic and vocational skills. Here are some of the core skills that are developed on your academic journey: communication skills, both written and verbal; reflective practice; research skills; evidence based practice; evaluation and decision-making; social enterprise skills; digital literacy; and critical thinking within a global context.
You will have opportunities to gain recognition during your time at Leeds Beckett University for the extra activities you do in addition to your studies, including volunteering, student societies, playing in our University sports teams and being a Course Representative.
There are three Graduate Attributes for Leeds Beckett University and these are tailored to suit your course. The three attributes you should achieve by the end of the course are for you to be digitally literate, have a global outlook and for you to be enterprising. Learning about these attributes and being assessed on them as part of your modules will provide you with capabilities which are essential for your future career and wider life as you move on from your studies here. You will be formally assessed on all the attributes in some of your modules at each academic level in each year of your course. Information on your assessment is included in your Module Handbooks.
Being enterprising as a concept forms part of the professional landscape of social care service provision; to support this learning and graduate attribute we have embedded it throughout the course. At level 4 we embed enterprise as a core concept within the Professional and Academic Skills module which looks at enterprise within classroom learning activities and through direct learning and observation within practice.
Digital literacy is systematically integrated throughout all modules through teaching, learning and assessment strategies. The modules use a range of digital platforms to complete module assessment including the use of a VLE environment through eportfolios to support written reflections, video logs and audio communications to demonstrate student learning and progression in relation to digital literacy.
A global outlook is embedded at multiple levels within the course. Globalisation and diversity are essential components of academic learning and professional placement. We want students to understand and appreciate how the complex social forces of globalisation interconnect with everyday life and social care practice.
The work-related learning offered at all levels is supported by the Placement team. Students work with the team to identify their placement learning opportunity, or they may wish to use paid employment within a project or service that works with young people. At each level an academic advisor/workplace mentor supports the placement experience, acting as a point of contact for the organisation and management of the placement experience, and also providing support for the academic work-related learning (portfolio). As you are studying a professional qualification, not only will you develop graduate skills that are transferable to the workplace, you are also meeting the expectations and requirements of the professional validation, which uses professional and national occupational standards in both youth work and community development.
As a qualified youth and community worker, you will be able to work in children and young people’s services, employed alongside or managing a range of other professions. Our graduates work in schools, colleges, youth offending services, outdoor activity centres, residential settings and youth and community centres. Role examples include youth workers, community development workers, behaviour management workers and learning support workers.
If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your Course Administrator is there to help you. Course Administrators work closely with academic staff and can make referrals to teaching staff or to specialist professional services as appropriate. They can give you a confirmation of attendance letter, and a transcript. You may also like to contact your Course Rep or the Students’ Union Advice team for additional support with course-related questions.
Your Academic Advisor will be an academic member of staff who teaches you on your course. Your Course Director will make sure that you are given the contact details of your Academic Advisor at the beginning of each year, usually in your course induction. Further details on the role of your Academic Advisor are available on the Academic Advisor web page.
The Student Advice Hub Team can support with a number of practical elements of University life. When you first arrive at University, they produce your first Student ID card and any replacements you require during your studies. When you commence your studies, they can provide you with bank letters, so that you are able to open and maintain student bank accounts, and Confirmation of Enrolment letters that you might need for a range of purposes. Current students and graduates can also request transcripts from the Student Advice Hub.
As you progress with university life, the Student Advice Hub Team are able to provide information in relation to any element you might need help with. If you have a question and you’re not sure who to ask, please get in touch. If the team aren’t able to answer your query directly, they will ensure you can access the most appropriate team to offer help.
If you need help with more complex queries or concerns, their trained advisers also support students with 1-1 appointments, providing a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to talk about your circumstances and identifying support that you can access within and outside of the University. You can book an appointment with an Adviser on MyHub.
Ordinarily, members of the Student Advice Hub in the Student Hubs on the ground floor of the Rose Bowl and Leslie Silver at City Campus and in Campus Central at Headingley. However, due to Covid-19, and in the interests of the health and safety of our students and staff, for a period of time this service will support you digitally via live chat, email, video calls and online resources. Their telephone number is 0113 812 3000 and you can contact them via e-mail on email@example.com. Appointments can be booked via the Student Advice Hub Team web page, all of which will be delivered virtually.
Within MyBeckett you will see two tabs (Support and Opportunities) where you can find online information and resources for yourselves. The ‘Support’ tab gives you access to details of services available to give you academic and personal support. These include Library Services, the Students’ Union, Money advice, Disability advice and support, Wellbeing, International Student Services and Accommodation. There is also an A-Z of Support Services, and access to online appointments/registration.
The ‘Opportunities’ tab is the place to explore the options you have for jobs, work placements, volunteering, and a wide range of other opportunities. For example, you can find out here how to get help with your CV, prepare for an interview, get a part-time job or voluntary role, take part in an international project, or join societies closer to home.
Support for disabled students is available from our Disability Advice team. Support is available for students with a range of disabilities including:
• epilepsy, diabetes and IBS
• depression, anxiety and eating disorders
• dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D
• Autism Spectrum Conditions
• Mobility difficulties
• Sensory impairments
Support is individually tailored depending on the nature of your disability and the demands of your course. We would encourage you to contact us as early as possible to enable us to implement any adjustments you may need. If you have a disability and have not previously declared it, please fill in the registration form (which is also available via the Disability Advice web page) or contact the Disability Advice team on 0113 8125831 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on disability advice is available under the Academic and Personal Support sections of the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett, and on the Disability Advice web page.
Disabled students can also access the Disability Resource Areas in each library and the support provided by the Library Learning Support Officer. More information is available on the Library website.
The Library offers 24/7 support for your studies. You can access thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services.
Library Academic Support
The Library Academic Support Team can help you develop your academic skills such as critical thinking, academic writing and analysing data, and research skills such as how to find, use and evaluate information for your studies. The team liaises with your lecturers to provide the information resources you need for your subject and to arrange academic skills sessions to support you in your studies.
The team maintains a number of websites to support your learning:
- In your Subject guide, you'll find a variety of information resources which have been selected as a good starting point for research in that area. These are available on the Skills and Subject Support web page or via the Course or Support tabs in My Beckett.
- On the Skills for Learning website, you’ll find online resources covering topics such as essay writing, research and time management, plus information to help you reference and avoid plagiarism, alongside details of online workshops that are designed to help you succeed in your assessments. The Skills for Learning website can be found on the Library website or via the Library or Support tabs in My Beckett.
Library and Student IT Advice Service
The Library and Student IT Advice Service team can answer your queries on borrowing, finding information, passwords, Office 365, online meetings, saving your work, MyBeckett and more:
- online (including 24/7 chat) via the Contact Us web page
- by phone - 0113 812 1000 (24/7 IT support)
They also have a wide range of short tutorials available on the Library’s YouTube channel.
Wi-Fi on the University campus is provided by eduroam, a secure wireless network, which also allows you Wi-Fi access if you visit other universities. To connect:
1. Select eduroam from available Wi-Fi
2. Your login details are:
Username: e.g., email@example.com
Password: your normal university password
*Android Users: Select under Phase 2 Authentication – MS-CHAPv2
Help is available on the Library’s Wi-Fi web page.
Microsoft Office 365
You are provided with free access to Office 365 and the latest version of Office can be downloaded from the IT tab in MyBeckett or from office.com. All students who are registered for a qualification at Leeds Beckett University are eligible and you can use the subscription for the duration of your course. For instructions and more information, please see the Office 365 support page.
OneDrive Leeds Beckett is your individual file storage with 1TB of storage space. With OneDrive you can access and share your files across your devices. This is accessible on University PCs and off-campus through Office 365 portal. See the Saving your Work pages on the Library website for more information.
Leeds Beckett RemoteApp
The Leeds Beckett RemoteApp gives you access to a range of specialist software for your course on your personal devices. See the RemoteApp page on the Library website for more information.
Media Equipment – free loans
You can borrow high-end Media Equipment for free. Browse, reserve and collect equipment ranging from GoPros to Remote Presenters from the ground floor of the Shelia Silver and Headingley Libraries. Further information is available on the Media Equipment web page.
The Students’ Union Advice Service offers free, independent, non-judgemental advice and guidance to all Leeds Beckett Students. This can include advice on any problems you might have whilst on your course including all the Academic Regulations (Mitigation, Extensions, Complaints, Appeals, Disciplinary procedures and Academic Integrity). We can also give advice on any issues you may have with your housing including disrepair, contract checking and issues with deposits. We can also advise on student funding and debt.
We will listen to your problem and outline what options are available to you, so you can make an informed decision on what to do.
Hopefully you will never need us but just remember we are here for you if you do.
Tel: 0113 812 8400
The Students’ Union Student Voice & Insight Team works together with the Education Officer to effectively represent students’ academic interests.
We provide support, training and ongoing development to c.1000 Course Representatives, who are elected by you to represent you whilst you study at Leeds Beckett, and facilitate the School Forums where any student can raise feedback about their academic experience at Leeds Beckett and discuss changes that have occurred as a result of student feedback with University staff.
Unsure who your Course Rep is? Maybe you’re interested in becoming a Course Rep or have feedback about your academic experience? Drop us a message on the details below:
Tel: 0113 812 8400
MyBeckett, the portal and virtual learning environment provides:
• access to your modules and timetables;
• your reading lists and email account;
• your personal storage area on our University IT servers;
• information on where to look for academic or personal support (Support tab);
• information on opportunities such as jobs, careers, part-time work, placements and volunteering (Opportunities tab)
• access to Library and student IT advice
Further information and support for using MyBeckett can be found on the MyBeckett Support Pages.
The physical and online resources available for this course include:
• Classroom and lecture facilities with PC and smartboard facilities.
• Social learning spaces with individual tutorial rooms.
• Online learning repository ‘MyBeckett’ which contains lectures, notices, assignment submission facilities.
Equality and Diversity
The University actively promotes the dignity and respect of all students. It facilitates an inclusive approach through its Equality and Diversity team and by working in close co-operation with the Students’ Union. The University and the Students’ Union have established several staff / student forums including a Disability Action Group, Gender Forum, Rainbow Rose LGBT form and a Race Equality Forum. These provide opportunities for dialogue and support for both students and staff. As a student we encourage you to get involved and feedback issues of interest and concern.
If you have individual concerns the University and the Students’ Union employ trained, experienced professionals fully aware of equality and diversity issues. The University Wellbeing team and the Student Welfare Office can offer support, advocacy and advice in relation to these and many other issues. More information is available under the Academic and Personal Support sections of the Support tab in MyBeckett, the Equality and Diversity page on the Student Hub, and on the Students’ Union web site. See: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/equality-diversity/
We are committed to working in partnership with you and the Students’ Union to provide you with an inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment which is conducive to study for all our students and our staff. An important element of your time studying with us is your engagement in developing your learning. Your engagement and attendance on your course enables you to further your learning and supports your achievement, course completion and aspirations for the future. There is an expectation that students will attend, engage in their learning and submit for assessment. We provide support for you to maximise your time studying with us and to develop your learning, skills and abilities to support you in your chosen career path.
We seek active participation by all our students in the continuous enhancement of our courses and through our monitoring, annual review and enhancement processes. These are formal processes used by our University for assuring the academic standards and quality of your course and its continuous improvement. These processes utilise your feedback, External Examiners’ reports, feedback from staff and others, data relating to student outcomes on the course and student surveys to reflect on areas of good practice and areas for further enhancement. We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey. We utilise the outcomes of these surveys to benchmark our courses nationally and to inform annual course enhancements.
Informal feedback is also welcome at any time either via your Academic Advisor or module tutor or via your Course Representative. Our partnership with you enables us together to make the most of your learning experience with us and to enhance the quality and reputation of your course. You can find out what actions have been taken in response to your feedback through your Course Representative, the Students’ Union, your tutors or through the Library.
Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course level, in formal and informal meetings with academic and support staff online and follow up on actions that have occurred as a result of student feedback at School Forums. Details about being a Course Representative are available on the Students web pages. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available on the Students’ Union website.
You have the opportunity to become an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives. The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.
As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:
• acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
• gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
• enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
• working with the Course Director, members of the course team and the Students’ Union to enhance your course;
• facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
• being an ambassador for your course.
Further details about Course Representatives are available on the web pages above and in our University’s Academic Regulations.
We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey.
We are committed to providing a high quality experience for all our students. We welcome comments and compliments from students, and find them valuable for on-going improvements to our provision. Comments and compliments about your course can be raised with your Course Representative or directly with your Course Director or Academic Advisor.
If you have a specific complaint about an act or omission of our University, you may be able to make a complaint under the Student Complaints Procedure. In the first instance, you should raise the matter as soon as possible with the member of staff most directly concerned, or with the person who can best resolve it. If this does not resolve the matter, or if the complaint is too serious to be addressed in this way, then you should make a formal complaint in writing. Information about how to make a complaint, including the student complaints procedure and a complaints form, is available on the Students web pages
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) Applied Social and Community Studies
Bachelor of Arts Youth and Community Studies
Diploma of Higher Education Youth and Community Studies
Certificate of Higher Education Working with Children and Young People
Leeds Beckett University
Level 6 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, with 120 credit points at each of levels 4, 5, and 6 of the Higher Education Credit Framework for England (360 credits in total)
This course is only delivered full-time.
City Campus, Leeds (plus location of work placement, if applicable)
In 2020/21, the course will be delivered via a blended approach that includes online teaching and learning, digital learning and on campus sessions when possible. If a further lockdown is necessary then delivery will be continued and supported via online and digital learning.
Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. If you have any queries about your tuition fees, please visit our Course/Tuition Fees Payment web page or contact Fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Ongoing queries relating to additional course costs may be discussed with your Course Administrator.
Policies, Standards & Regulations
Key University regulations and policies can be accessed on the following web pages:
• Academic Regulations (including assessment regulations) are available on our Academic Regulations web page
• The Student Contract is available on our Student Regulations web page
• The Student Charter is available on our Academic Regulations web page (Section 20)
Other Student regulations and University policies, including Safety, Health and Wellbeing policies, are available on our Student Regulations web page
You should also familiarise yourself with our Zero Tolerance Report and Support web page regarding sexual harassment and assault, and also the Report & Support web page regarding racial harassment.
The course follows the Academic Regulations except where noted below.
Fitness to Practise: The course is authorised to use the University Fitness to Practise Policy. Students are expected to act in a professional manner at all times in line with the Policy. https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/-/media/files/policies/student/ups_fitness_to_practise_policy_procedure.pdf
Modules required to be passed: The level 5 and 6 practice placement modules and the level 4 work-related module (and all their components) must be passed to achieve the target award, BA (Hons) Youth Work and Community Development (JNC), with each component of assessment for these modules to be passed at a minimum of 40% and the pass/fail assessment must be passed:
• Level 4 Working Positively: Empowering Relationships
• Level 5 Practice Placement: Facilitating Learning
• Level 6 Practice Placement: Leading and Developing Practice
Placements: In order to successfully complete the course and qualify as a youth and community worker, each student must undertake and pass all placements during their course. It is an NYA requirement that students must complete at least 50% of their placement in direct engagement with young people aged 11 to 25 years, but where the primary focus is 13 to 19 years.
In the event of failure of placements: Once a student is on placement they are expected to conform to the expectations of their host agency. All students have an allocated Placement Tutor who completes their Professional Dialogue assessment in year 2 and year 3 and may undertake a three-way meeting (or discussion) during the placement. A focus on their fitness to practise is discussed, where it is felt that this is not being met a student may ‘fail’ their placement.
In the event of failure of any aspect of the placements, the student, course leader and Professional Practice Co-ordinator determines whether this aspect can be re-assessed. If failure is deemed to be through lack of evidence of appropriate learning, students may be asked to complete a further piece of assessed practice. Students may be able to extend or retake the placement at a suitable time. Where appropriate, this may involve an External Examiner (Fieldwork) meeting with them. However, where an issue of fitness to practise or misconduct is the reason for failure, the Fitness to Practise Policy and Procedures is followed.
Attendance requirements: Students are required to engage with all aspects of the taught course. Evidence of attendance, in excess of the minimum placement hours detailed within the module specification, must be presented. The student is responsible for providing evidence of completing their assessed practice placement hours. Failure to meet the attendance requirements, without evidence of mitigation, may result in a student only being eligible for a non-professional contained award. Where students are at risk of failing to meet the attendance requirement, they are seen in the first instance by their Academic Advisor, and if concerns remain the Course Leader or Course Director agrees an Action Plan/ Learning Contract.
- BA (Hons) Applied Social and Community Studies: Non-professional contained award: For students who have undertaken 360 credits of study and have met the University requirements for the award of an honours degree, but have failed to successfully pass their assessed practice at any level or achieve the minimum 80% academic attendance and 100% placement attendance as required by the NYA.
- BA Youth and Community Studies
Diploma HE Youth and Community Studies
- Certificate HE Working with Children and Young People
The External Examiner assures that you are assessed fairly in relation to other students on the same course and also that the standard of your own award is comparable to similar courses taken by students in other higher education institutions within the UK. The External Examiner(s) provide an annual report for your course. External Examiner reports are available on our External Examiner Reports web page, which is accessible via the Course Information link on the Students home page.
Ms Farrukh Akhtar, Senior Lecturer, Kingston University
Ms Tracy Cowle, Senior Lecturer, University of Cumbria
Mr Dmitry Fedotov, Enterprise and Communities Manager, The Youth Association (fieldwork)
The Course Administrator can provide you with the module information for your course, or tell you where to locate the details. This includes a description of module content, how the module will be taught and how you will be assessed.. In most cases, you will be provided with a module handbook at the start of the module or one will be made available to you In My Beckett