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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Two years, Part-time: Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    L540; Short form: FdA/VCA

  • Campus:

    Burnley (Campus code: A)

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Why study this course?

This programme - developed by community leaders, for community leaders - is designed to give people working at grass roots level the tools they need to make change happen. You’ll develop skills in leadership, project development and management, and find out how to fund and effectively manage action groups, so your community can take control of its own regeneration. The idea is that everything you learn, you pass on to your peer groups through mentoring - a cascade effect that sustainably improves the community for everyone. You’ll graduate fully prepared to lead your community - and it’s the perfect stepping stone to a further Honours degree.

Entry Requirements 2016/17

160 points or a portfolio of appropriate experiential learning and interview. We welcome applications from mature students who have a good track record in community practice.

Entry Requirements 2017/18

160 points or a portfolio of appropriate experiential learning and interview. We welcome applications from mature students who have a good track record in community practice.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • VO1001 Cohesive Communities
  • VO1002 Volunteer Health and Safety Management (students will undertake a certificate in H&S in the workplace as part of this module)
  • VO1004 Community Culture

Optional Modules

  • VO1006 Volunteering and Community Action
  • VO1009 Gangs and Gun Culture
  • VO1010 Bullying Interventions

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • VO2001 Mentoring in the Community (students can also take the ILM Award in Mentoring as part of this module)
  • VO2002 Project Development (Students can also take the ILM Award in Social Return on Investment (SROI) as part of this module)
  • VO2003 Community Leadership

 Optional Modules

  • VO2004
  • VO2005

Further Information

The Campus plays an important part in the overall economic and social development of Pennine Lancashire and you will have opportunities to participate in work placement or volunteering activities with local employers and community groups.

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The programme is designed to enable students to become effective community leaders within various professional workplace situations. It follows a three stage learning process: theoretical perspectives, application of theory in practice, and reflection on application. The programme will engage the student in learning core skills in leadership and management, whilst also allowing them to explore concepts relating to community within a broader social and cultural context. You will also be eligible for awards from the Institute of Leadership and Management as part of your programme. 

You will have opportunities to engage with communities on an international level through our strong links in Russia, Pakistan, Oman, and the USA. We organise a number of international visits per year. 



This programme has provided our students with some wonderful opportunities to broaden their knowledge and horizons. We take great pride in personal care and individual attention to student needs. We have taken a local programme and given it a global perspective through our excellent international links. Most importantly, our students make a massive contribution to the community during their study and our practical based programme allows them to develop a very strong CV and skills for employment, education and life.

Wajid Khan LLM Course Leader



Maximising your employability is a key part of what we offer. This includes working with you after you complete your course, including the provision of first class business incubation facilities that you can use if you want to start your own business, backed up with free training to help your business succeed.

Students have graduated from this programme to go into local politics, education, youth work, business development; local government and public sector, law and management. You can top up to a BA (Hons) in Community Leadership from where you can progress onto the MA programme in Community Leadership.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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

Apply Now

You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £7,000 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,167 per 20 credit module (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Industry Links

We have strong links with employers including British Aerospace, Rolls Royce, Cisco Systems and Aircelle.

The programme works with the Freire Institute and is an approved delivery centre for the Institute for Leadership and Management.

Professional Accreditation

The Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership is Matrix accredited for Advice and Guidance.

Learning Environment and Assessment

At our Burnley Campus, you can take advantage of the fantastic resources that we have to support your study, teaching and learning, sports and recreation. The Campus is very supportive and friendly with small class sizes, and you will receive exceptional academic and personal support. We consistently get high numbers of students achieving First or 2.1 honours degrees and Distinctions.

You can take part in structured work experience as part of the course. This is central to the teaching and assessment of the programme. You will be offered opportunities to take part in global community exchanges and the Global Community Leadership Programme with our partners in Pakistan, Oman, Turkey and Russia

Assessment is by portfolio and continuous practical assessment. Role play and presentation also forms a key part of the assessment process.

I never thought I would return to education, but the degree at UCLan appealed to me because it allows you to fit in your studies around your family.

Najma Shah

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