Community Leadership

Community Leadership BA (Hons) - Top-up

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.

Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons) - Top-up

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Burnley (Campus code: A)

  • Start Date:


  • Delivery staff are all practitioners and internationally recognised in their fields.
  • As part of the course you can gain an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 3 Award in Mentoring and a ILM Level 3 Award in Management of Volunteers. You’ll also be eligible for the ILM Level 5 in Volunteer Management.
  • The course provides excellent opportunities for national and international networking and the development of personal social capital which will enhance employability prospects.

Course Overview

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

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

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

Entry Requirements

Pass foundation degree or HND plus interview

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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.  

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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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

Professional Accreditation

ILM Certificate in the Management of Volunteers.


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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Third Year Community Leadership Student

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Social Work, Care and Community

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.