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1 Julie Flett – Senior Lecturer and Programme Sarah Hargreaves – Head of Christopher Herriot – Senior Lecturer & Admissions Richard Rooke – Mature Student Advisory Welcome to the Foundation Degree (FdA) in Work with Communities and Young People

2 Plan for today Registration & Welcome Course Overview Student Finance Applying Q&As

3 Why YCD? Weve been doing this for half a century! One of the largest Youth and Community teams in the country. A very diverse group with professional experience in lots of different fields. Wide range of programmes and opportunities Active research department

4 The course will… provide an accredited qualification & opportunity for continuing professional development offer an opportunity to understand and develop practice underpinned with relevant theory engage students in current debate in relation to community development and issues relating to young people within community settings

5 FD - The structure Study days: Tuesday & Wednesday – full time students, just Wednesday part-time Class-based and modular – designed to accommodate the needs of both full and part-time students Duration from 2 years full time, 3- 6 years part time Continuous assessment Diverse student group and staff team

6 Modules at Level 4 You can expect to study: Policy, Principle and Values - developing skills and knowledge in relation to community and youth development Perspectives of Practice - including education and community development theories, and their application to practice Professional Context - locating professional practice within a social policy and cultural framework Applied Social Sciences - applying psychology and sociology to understanding young people and communities

7 Modules at Level 5 You can expect to study: Community in Context – understanding communities, exploring notions of cohesion, conflict, social capital & the role of community organisers in building stronger communities. Managing – developing skills in relation to project planning and managing staff/volunteers, organisations and projects Identity and Issue based work – exploring concepts of identity in relation to work with individuals, groups and communities.

8 Level 5 - continued Plus, either: Developing Practice - enabling those in a substantive work setting to gain credit for applying theory to their work practice and building a reflective portfolio Or, Negotiated Module – offering the opportunity to develop a specialised area of interest through identifying a need in the field and developing a practical response. This module also offers the opportunity to accredit prior learning (APL) in some circumstances. *This module outline is subject to validation

9 Learning and Teaching This course: attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds, teaching methods are varied to accommodate this. is work based, emphasising experiential learning. is assessed via coursework including essays, presentations, case studies and reflective diaries.

10 Time commitment & expectations The course: involves 1 full day a week for part-time students & 2 full days for full time students (10-5pm). expects students to be working or volunteering for at least six hours per week. requires students to read, research and study independently for at least a further six hours per week (individually & in groups).

11 Course details... Location – Leicester City campus or North Warwickshire & Hinckley College UCAS Course Code – L590 Entry and Admissions Criteria: One years practical experience in a youth or community environment either statutory or voluntary. By the start of the course, students who are not work- based must have arranged at least six hours of paid of voluntary experience in a youth or community setting per week for the duration of the course. Continued…

12 Entry & Admissions Continued… In addition you should normally have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths, plus one of the following: 180 UCAS points from at least one A Level of BTEC qualification International Baccalaureate: 24 Points NVQ Level 3 or modern apprenticeship in a related subject or a progressive diploma Access to Higher Education Award Experienced and international students are welcomed and will be considered according to their qualifications and experience. Suitable applicants will be invited for interview. CRB – essential for all courses

13 | | 13 Resources De Montfort offers a range of support agencies: CLASS – learning support at the Library University facilities – sports etc. Student Housing Welfare support

14 Student support on the FD The FD is taught in much smaller groups than many undergraduate programmes All students are allocated a personal tutor who will provide individual support throughout the learning journey. Students attend an individual termly tutorial as well as additional group tutorials and support via telephone, and central University services.

15 Foundation Degree – where it leads Excellent basis for further study Opportunities for full honours degree Routes into Professional Qualification Courses (e.g.entry into Year 2 of the BA Youth & Community) Leads to jobs in a variety of contexts

16 Julie Flett – Senior Lecturer and Programme Sarah Hargreaves – Head of Christopher Herriot – Senior Lecturer & Admissions Richard Rooke – Mature Student Advisory Welcome to the Foundation Degree (FdA) in Work with Communities and Young People

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