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FdSc Youth, Social and Community Studies

Suiting a range of careers, this dynamic and diverse FdSc aims to develop students who have the intellectual, effective and practical skills needed to work with communities, young people and their families and associated services.

why choose this course

Demand is growing for qualified practitioners working in children’s and young people’s services and within youth and community capacity; this course will boost employability as students will gain specialist knowledge and professional skills to progress into practice. The FdSc Youth, Social and Community Studies course offers a contemporary, employer-focused programme which combines core academic disciplines with practical, work-based learning.

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Start date: 19/09/2022

Course code
HEYOUTH22P
Level
Level 5
Location
Penwith College
Duration
2 years
Qualification
Foundation Degree
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top course highlights

compressed timetable

small class sizes

authentic assessment

broad career options

practical and academic balance

A balance between practical and academic assessment is a key feature of the programme, recognising the importance of nurturing student’s abilities in linking theory to practice, while developing practical, work-based skills, vital for employment

work based learning

Work based learning is embedded throughout this course, this is underpinned by academic face to face lectures, guest lecturers, seminars, tutorials and some independent study. The programme is  delivered in an interactive and supportive manner with clear emphasis on learning, teaching and assessment strategy whilst encouraging independent reading/research and learning

employer focus

The applied nature of this course leads to the development of an enterprise, employability and employer focus. The compressed timetable model enables students who would otherwise not be able to engage in higher education the opportunity to attend college and work part-time to support their studies.

what will i learn?

Students completing the programme will be able to identify and evaluate key concepts in understanding human and social needs in multi-cultural Britain, distinguish, describe and illustrate core social policy issues and be able to demonstrate the intellectual, effective and practical skills used in working with, communities young people and their families and associated services.

Overall students will be able to critically evaluate professional, cultural and ethical aspects of leadership in relation to theoretical models, frameworks, and contemporary research.

MODULES

  • Professional Skills & Digital Literacy
  • Understanding Communities & Society
  • Working in Partnership to Support the Foundations of Mental Health
  • Introducing Issues in Social Policy
  • Developmental Perspectives and Youth
  • Professional Practice (Work Placement)
  • Applied Research Practice
  • Developing Wellbeing in the Community
  • Leadership in Youth, Social & Community Organisations
  • Contemporary Social Problems & Social Policy
  • Culture & Identity in a Knowledge Economy
  • Critical Professional Practice (Work Placement)

METHODS OF STUDY

The course will be assessed through coursework and practical elements which will include:

Written assignments, including essays and reports,

Presentations

Professional development portfolios

A research project

A balance between practical and academic assessment is a key feature of the programme, recognising the importance of nurturing student’s abilities in linking theory to practice, while developing practical, work-based skills, vital for employment

EMPLOYABILITY

100% coursework/practical model which includes authentic, and real-world assessment, with no exams. This is supported by employer and staff feedback, to increase practical and employment related skills

Work-based learning has been placed as a fundamental component of the course.  It underpins all modules, enabling theory to practice and practice to theory

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where will it take me?

This course will boost employability as students will gain specialist knowledge and professional skills to progress into practice. Suitable career progressions are:

Youth Offending Teams

Probation Services

Family Services

Advice work

Community Work

Social Care (Youth & Adult)

Family Support Work

Voluntary Sector

Drug & Alcohol Services (Including Rehabilitation)

Further Education & Student Services

Social Enterprise Companies

Typical progression routes are:

BSc (Hons) Applied Social Science

BA (Hons) Human Behavioural Studies

BA Education and Training

BSc (Hons) Sociology at the University of Plymouth

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entry requirements

24 UCAS points from relevant Level 3 qualifications – and English and Maths GCSE at grade C and above

Assessment Information

The course is assessed through coursework (78%) and Practical assessment (22%)

Additional Information

UCAS Code: L530

Awarding body: University of Plymouth

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