BA (Hons) Top-up

Community Leadership (Top-up)

1 year
September 2024

Are you a community activist with a Foundation Degree or other Level 5 qualification? Convert it to a BA (Hons) Community Leadership degree, hosted at our Burnley Campus, in just one year.

Why study with us

  • Joint
    in the UK for graduate prospects (on track)
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  • 2nd
    in the North West for research quality
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  • All students have the opportunity to take part in a Global Community Exchange or the peer leadership development programme, Global Youth Solutions. We have working partnerships with community groups in Oman, Pakistan, Greece and Morocco.
  • Take advantage of excellent opportunities for international, national and local networking, which will enhance your employment prospects.
  • A unique course in the UK which is designed to prepare you for community leadership roles within the third sector, the public sector, governance and politics, and also within an international context.

What you'll do

  • The course is grounded in the educational philosophy of Paulo Freire, and uses action reflection praxis as a basis for learning.
  • Access extra-curricular Freire-based learning opportunities and activities, including online training programmes, via the on-campus Freire Institute.
  • You’ll undertake structured work experience through volunteering or community action. You will also be eligible for awards from the ILM as part of your programme.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

Dr Yasmeen Ali
Senior Lecturer
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Yasmeen Ali leads and develops academic programmes in Community Leadership. The programme incorporates practice-based learning, providing students with professional experience in community action, mentoring and leading on community projects. Formed using a transformative framewor…

Bob Walley
Lecturer in Community Leadership
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Bob teaches on the MA, BA and FdA Community Leadership courses which he co-wrote and initiated with the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership team. He has 20 years experience managing local, national and international community and student engagement-based projects whi…

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  • The Institute is at the leading edge of management thinking and are a globally recognised professional membership body for leaders and managers. Their research into new ideas, techniques and methods ensures that ILM courses are constantly improving, helping to develop students' leadership and management skills.

Future careers

Our 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 such as our MA International Social Work and Community Development.

The course is designed to prepare you for community leadership roles within the third sector, the public sector, governance and politics, and also within an international context.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,250 per year
Part-time£1,540 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Health, Social Work and Sport

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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