Course snapshot If you are interested in a career supporting young people and their families, our BA (Hons) degree, accredited by the University of Birmingham, will provide you with an excellent start. Who’s the course for? You will be interested in working in youth and community development, local neighbourhoods, and working with groups who are most at risk of committing crimes. Why should I study the course? On successful completion of the course, you will be able to apply for a wide variety of vocational positions working with young people and families within local communities. Great. Tell me some more You will be given the opportunity to explore specialist areas within the sector such as sexual health, substance misuse and rehabilitation, homelessness, community arts, sports projects and working with young people involved in the criminal justice system. You can study more of what interests you and tailor your qualification to a chosen area. You will be equipped to deliver targeted services to families within the social welfare, community development, and health and education sectors. Increasingly, local authorities and voluntary sector organisations need highly-trained professionals with the flexibility to work effectively within an integrated and multi-agency environment. As an undergraduate, you will have access to UCB’s £26 million study centre at McIntyre House in the historic Jewellery Quarter. What skills will I gain? You will be taught practical and professional skills, including managing activities and people. Our experts will help you to develop advanced interpersonal skills that are vital for success in the youth and community sector. You will be able to work with a range of services in order to support children and vulnerable young people. You will examine current events within the industry that are influencing how society works with young people and families. You will undertake an individual research project as well as having the opportunity to study a specialist area of your choice. You will help you to find a work placement that mirrors your intended career path. You will begin your placement in semester two and be encouraged to find voluntary roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors to develop your skills during your second and third year. If you do well on your placement, there are additional opportunities available, such as recommendation for industry-supported mentoring schemes to guide you through your future career. What about the future? The course will give you the confidence and know-how to move into a wide range of rewarding areas of work involving your people and families. Future career paths could include youth and community-related organisations in: • Advice and guidance work • Mentoring • Health promotion • Community family support • Advocacy (supporting those most vulnerable in society) • Housing • Learner mentoring UCB also offers postgraduate study at PGCE and MA/PG Dip level.