Community Leadership

Community Leadership FdA

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.

Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:


  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Burnley (Campus code: A)

  • Start Date:


  • Sociology at UCLan is 3rd in the North West for teaching quality and assessment and feedback - National Student Survey 2019.
  • The course provides excellent opportunities for international, national and local networking, which will effectively enhance employability prospects.
  • You will have opportunities to participate in work placement or volunteering activities with local employers and community groups.
  • You will have opportunities to engage with communities on an international level through our strong links in Russia, Pakistan, Oman, and Morocco. We organise a number of international visits per year.

Course Overview

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

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

64 points, or a portfolio of appropriate experiential learning and interview.

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Advice & Guidance

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DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

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 ILM 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.

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.

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.

Library Study Area

Greenbank Lecture Theatre

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 ILM.

Professional Accreditation

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

What our students say ...

Waheed Butt
First Year Foundation Degree Community Leadership Student

Waheed Butt

Course Enquiries

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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.