Community Development

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Through this programme you will develop both the practical and analytical skills to effectively work with a range of communities to bring about social change.

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in a valuable work placement, as well as annual study trips.

Programme structure

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.

Year 1

You will study:

  • Community development approaches
  • Community development methods
  • Community development practice
  • Social theories 1
  • Local and global context.

Year 2

You will study:

  • Community development for social change
  • Critical practice for empowerment
  • Social theories 2
  • Popular education (block week).

Year 3

You will study:

  • Social theories 3 (block week)
  • Introduction to research for community development
  • Community development placement.

Special Glasgow feature

The third year 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.

Our international links

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.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2015

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: CCC.
  • Other mandatory requirements: None.

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB/ABBB by the end of S6.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: None.
  • Other mandatory requirements: None.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 30 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 28 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Offers will specify subjects and grades to be attained at Higher Level.

This is a work-based learning programme and therefore all applicants must have at least two days per week of paid or unpaid work in the broad field of community development. Applicants with no formal qualifications are encouraged to apply on the premise that they have extensive experience within a community development setting.

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

Interviews

Acceptance to the programme will be decided by interview.

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
  • IGCSE: English language: B minimum.

Please note that TOEFL has now been removed from the approved list of English tests by the Home Office and TOEFL tests taken on or after 17 April 2014 will no longer normally be accepted for UK visa applications. However, the University as an HEI can still choose to accept TOEFL tests for admission to degree level courses and so TOEFL tests can still be accepted as normal for this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
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:

FAQs

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.

Career prospects

Students who complete this degree go on to work in many aspects of community development. These include:

  • Youth work
  • Community arts
  • Housing
  • Addictions
  • Economic development
  • Literacies
  • Adult education
  • Community regeneration work.

Accreditation

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.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

BA

  • KIS
    Community Development: XL35

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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.

Scholarships

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:

How to apply

UCAS closing dates for entry in 2015

The UCAS process requires applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry to be submitted by 15 October each year, and applications to all other degree programmes by 15 January each year. The University of Glasgow cannot accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines, nor can it accept changes to applications after these dates. It is the applicants responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be allowed after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October 2014: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January 2015: all other UK/EU applicants
  • 30 June 2015: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March 2015.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

British Sign Language

UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.  

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

elizabeth.docherty@glasgow.ac.uk