Through this course you will develop both the practical and analytical skills to effectively work with a range of communities to bring about social change.
This programme is specifically designed for people who are working paid or unpaid in the field. You will normally attend classes a day and a half per week from September to May in first and second year and a day a week in third year.
In the first year you will study
- Community development and social action models
- Local and global contexts
- Practice methodology for community development and social action
- Social theories 1
- Transformational practice.
In the second year you will study
- Lifelong learning and social change
- Organisation, planning and evaluation
- Critical practice for empowerment
- Social theories 2
- Popular education (block week).
In the third year you will study
- Social theories 3 (block week)
- Research methods
- Research project
- Practice placement.
Practice placement provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your competence as a worker in a different setting, thereby demonstrating the transferability of your skills. A range of placement opportunities will be available by negotiation with the teaching team.
There is the possibility of carrying out an overseas placement in the third year of the programme. In addition there are annual study trips which, although not part of the degree programme, are run by the course team and enrich the learning of students by exposing them to different cultures and alternative forms of practice. In recent years we have visited Kathmandu, Mumbai, New York, Amsterdam and Ireland.
Students who complete this degree go on to work in many aspects of community development. These include:
- Youth work
- Community arts
- Economic development
- Adult education
- Community regeneration work.
This degree programme is a professional qualification to work in Community Development, Youth Work, Community Work and related fields, endorsed by the Standards Council for CLD in Scotland.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
This is a work-based learning programme and we encourage applicants with no formal qualifications to apply on the premise that they have extensive experience in a community development setting.
All applicants must have the equivalent of two days per week of work (paid or unpaid) in the broad field of community development.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details. If you’re from outside the EU, please see International students for more information.
We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.
For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see: