Community Leadership BA (Hons) - Top-up

Community Leadership BA (Hons) - Top-up

School of Social Work, Care and Community




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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    1 year full-time; 2-3 years part-time

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    L544; Short form: BA/CL

  • Campus:

    Burnley (Campus code: A)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons) - Top-up

Why study this course?

Community activists: turn your Foundation Degree or other Level 5 qualification into a degree in just one year. You’ll explore community leadership, politics and governance, faith, gender and global society as part of a lively learning community, where like-minded individuals come together to share experiences and best practice. Good community leadership starts with good collaboration and team-working skills - this peer-led programme is a great way to develop these and prepare for a rewarding career. 

National Student Survey 2017
Social Work at UCLan - 91.9% satisfaction for providing opportunities for students to apply what they have learnt.

Entry Requirements

An appropriate Level 5 qualification.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Level 6 (Year 3)

Compulsory modules

  • Leading a Community Project
  • Communities Skilled for Change
  • Empowering and Engaging Marginalized Groups

Level 6 (Year 3)

Optional modules

  • Practical Volunteer Management (accredited by the ILM)
  • Global Community Exchange

Further Information

An academic qualification in community leadership provides an excellent and recognised foundation for a career in the field. The course is designed to prepare the student for community leadership roles within the third sector, the public sector, governance and politics, and also within an international context. 

Institute of Leadership and Management

The course provides excellent opportunities for international, national, regional, and local networking and the development of personal social capital which will serve to effectively enhance employability prospects.

Underpinned by the philosophy of Paulo Freire, the BA (Hons) in Community Leadership Year 3 course focuses on core themes relating to community leadership, politics and governance, faith, gender, global society. By completing this unique programme, you will be eligible for the ILM Level 5 in Volunteer Management. You will have the opportunity to engage with the Global Community Exchange programme.

The course is designed to progress community activists, with an appropriate Foundation Degree or other Level 5 qualification, through to a BA (Hons) and is based upon the concept of a learning community, whereby you will come together to share experiences and best practice. It works on the belief that within the context of community leadership, individuals learn best from a peer led programme. The course is grounded in the educational philosophy of Paulo Freire, and uses action reflection praxis as a basis for learning, allowing you to take new theoretical concepts and critically challenge them within their own communities and within an international context.

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Most modules are delivered at the Burnley UCLan campus or through blended web-based learning. The Burnley UCLan campus is a brand new development with excellent teaching facilities. The programme is delivered through applied learning, where you will apply theory to practice within the context of community based placements. Modes of delivery include lectures, discussions, guided group activities, case studies and individual study elements supported by paper based and online course materials. Moreover, the Freire Institute is based within the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership (CVCL) at the Burnley Campus, and provides ample opportunities for extra-curricular Freire based learning and activities, including online training programmes.

The staff engaged in the delivery of the programme are all practitioners and internationally recognised in their fields. Their role is to share their knowledge on a peer to peer basis and support learners in developing new and innovative solutions to current issues.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Apply Now

You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Professional Accreditation

ILM Certificate in the Management of Volunteers.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Aspects of the programme are available via the web in real time. This makes it possible for students that are working or live at a distance to be able to take individual modules without regular weekly attendance at the University. However, the ethos of a strong peer learning community is central to all modes of learning, regardless of being either classroom or web-based.

This course is assessed continuously and there are no formal examinations. A range of assessment methods will be used during your course. Your skills, knowledge and understanding will be formally and informally assessed through written assignments, oral presentations and through practical tasks. 

Opportunities will also be provided throughout the course for informal, formative assessment of your skills, knowledge and understanding. You will be invited to, contribute to class and online discussions, apply your learning informally in the workplace and take part in tutorials.


Students undertake structured work experience through volunteering or community action. All students have the opportunity to take part in a Global Community Exchange or our peer leadership development programme, Ambassadors for the Future. We have working partnerships in Oman, Pakistan, and Russia.

Graduates have entered careers in community development, public services management, education, youth work, politics, and social enterprise. Other graduates have also progressed to postgraduate study.

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