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Community Studies: Children, Youth and Adults - Entry Programme

UK students only
6 weeks
May 2022
Distance Learning

Are you a mature student interested in a career in an applied community, child or youth social services related profession, but lack the Level 3 formal qualifications to apply for this degree? 

Why study with us

  • This free programme supports application to courses in the broad Community and Social Care, Youth Work and Children, Schools and Families sectors.
  • Over the course of six weeks, you will be supported and assessed against the entry requirements and be eligible to apply for Year 0 or Year 1 of one of the degree pathways.
  • This programme will provide a taster of what it would be like to study for a course in Applied Community and Social Care, Youth Work and Children, Schools and Families subject areas and introduce the study skills required for success.

What you'll do

  • Over the six week programme the course will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the opportunities within the linked work based sector as well as supporting your practical knowledge and understanding of what studying a full-time course in this area would entail.
  • Through activities such as guided learning, study tasks and group discussions students are supported to develop the academic, literacy and numeracy skills required for future study leading to a career in the broad Community, Children, Schools and Families, and Youth Work related fields.
  • You’ll develop and enhance your confidence, self-awareness and interpersonal skills whilst through gaining an insight into what it would be like to study an undergraduate degree from our expert academic tutors.

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Future careers

During the Return to Study Entry Programme, you will be able to apply onto a range of courses within the areas of: Applied Community and Social Care, and Children, Schools and Families at Year 0 or Year 1 and Youth Work and Community Practice or Community Leadership at Year 1.

Entry requirements

There are no specific academic entry requirements although ideally applicants should hold a Level 2 qualification. Applicants should possess relevant work or voluntary experience. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of a personal statement which must be submitted as part of the application for consideration.

This programme is only available to UK/Home students.

For those wishing to progress and apply for a Social Care degree, acceptance on to the degree course is subject to enhanced DBS and Occupational Health clearance.

Applicants are required to submit a personal statement for consideration. Any applications submitted without a personal statement can not be processed.

Fees and funding

This programme is free of charge.

However, we recommend consideration of the cost of continuing into a full-time degree as students with existing financial commitments will need to consider the different modes of study, support, financial options that exist.


This course is based in the School of Social Work, Care and Community located in the Faculty of Allied Health and Wellbeing

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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