University of West London

Course Introduction

This community development course is for anyone who wants to achieve social change, reduce inequalities and challenge injustice. We focus on a bottom-up approach to change. You will gain absorbing insights from experienced tutors and community development workers, who will introduce you to the social, structural and political aspects of communities.

Practical experience plays a big role in our community development degree. You will spend at least 25 per cent of the course on placement, which could be in housing, faith groups, advocacy projects or community land share initiatives.

The community development course is grounded in the experience of community development workers who are currently practising. Their expertise will help you to take a realistic approach to challenges and opportunities, including:

- the role you might play as a community development worker

- the legal and ethical issues you might face

- how to deal with conflict

You will develop skills that help you support community empowerment and make it easier for communities to achieve their aspirations.

The focus of your course will be on ‘doing’ rather than just on ‘knowing’ and all the teaching and learning, and assessment strategies, will reflect this. Through group work, including field trips and case studies, you will develop your communications skills as well as your ability to respond to feedback and to work as part of a diverse team. These transferable skills will be highly useful in a range of employment situations.

We will help you to identify a placement with a community development organisation. Your experiences on the placement will give you the chance to put theory into practice, testing your abilities and enhancing your skills. To help you make the most of your placement experience, your work will be overseen by a qualified practitioner as well as by your personal tutor.

Start Date:

09/2020

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) Other Fees