Undergraduate 

Community Development BA

People walking with signs and banners

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

You’ll have the opportunity to gain invaluable practice experiences both locally and internationally.

  • September start
  • Session dates
  • Community Development BA (Hons): XL35 4 year degree

What our students say

Community Development student

“The level of support from all staff is exceptional and students are actively encouraged to discuss, question and challenge the concepts presented.

I entered University as a mature student, which I felt would be an intimidating experience for me. However, that intimidation was quickly put on ease as the BA Community Development course is led and delivered by an incredible team of lecturers who support and encourage your entire process of University learning. From the beginning, the program team and administrative staff were exceptionally responsive, informative, and friendly.

I would strongly recommend this program to anyone considering a professional career in Community learning and development (CLD).”

James, Community Development student

“Everybody should do Community Development. I am much more confident and determined to create positive social change and ready to face the world. I met friends for life, who can also be useful partners to network with. Thank you for giving me this opportunity and it will always stay with me as I continue to learn and grow as a Community Development practitioner and as a person.”

Courtney, Community Development student

Programme structure

This programme is specifically designed for people who are working within the field either in paid employment or in a voluntary capacity. You will normally attend classes approximately a day and a half per week from September to May. Work-based learning, reflective enquiry, and subject area studies are interwoven throughout the programme.

Year 1

You will study:

  • Introduction to academic study
  • Introduction to community development
  • Engagement strategies for community development
  • Introduction to social theories
  • Community development practice 1. 

Year 2

You will study:

  • Power and empowerment
  • Challenge, change and action
  • Study trip: local and global contexts
  • Popular education
  • Community development practice 2.

Year 3

You will study:

  • Social justice and contemporary issues
  • Introduction to research
  • Space, place and community
  • Community development placement.

Year 4

You will study elective options spanning a range of areas such as Community arts, Urban studies and Business, and complete an applied research practices course to support a research-based project in the field.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

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 both locally and globally, established with the support of the programme team.

Our international links

In the second year of study every student will have the opportunity to take part in an international, national or local study trip. This provides students the opportunity to see community development practice in different sites around the world. There is the possibility of carrying out an overseas placement in the third year of the programme.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2021

Summary of entry requirements for Community Development

Applications are welcomed from those without formal qualifications, who can be considered on the basis of relevant experience in the field of community development.

SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6) 

  • AAB/ABBB 
  • Additional requirements: Work-based learning requires a minimum of two days’ work in the field of community development.

SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements

  • No Adjusted Higher Requirements 

A-level Standard Entry Requirements

  • BBB – CCC
  • Additional requirements: Work-based learning requires a minimum of two days’ work in the field of community development.

IB Standard Entry Requirements

  • 30 (6,5,5 HL) – 28 (5,5,5 HL)
  • Additional requirements: Students must be involved in work-based practice (paid or voluntary) for two days per week in the field of community development.

2021 Admissions Policy and further information about entry requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

English language requirements

Important information for entry in Autumn 2020 and January 2021

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)

  • 6.5 with no sub-test under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ib, my best or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

PTE (Academic)

  • 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Duolingo

  • 120 with 120 in two or more sub-scores including literacy and no sub-score below 110 for direct entry, in-sessional support requirement available for those with 120, 100 for 5 week PSE, 100 for 10 week PSE.
  • Tests must have been taken within 1 year of start date.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
  • Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
  • Masters degree from English speaking country
  • Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit 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 School of Modern Languages and Cultures 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 External Relations

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:


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 see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.


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
  • 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 (Hons)

Community Development: XL35 (4 years)
KIS

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.

Scholarships

The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That's why we've invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.

RUK Access Bursary

The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship. It is available to new entrant full-time, undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2021/22, as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.

RUK Excellence Scholarship

The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent). 

James McCune Smith Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has 30 undergraduate scholarships available for students Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students. The scholarship supports students who could face financial difficulties taking up their place to study at the University. The value of the scholarship is £2,000, paid in instalments for the first year of undergraduate study. The scholarship is open to new applicants to the University. Current students who have previously been in receipt of the award may reapply, however, preference will be given to applicants entering their first year of study.

Beaconhouse Schools

The University of Glasgow offer a 15% discount on the first year of tuition fee to students from Beaconhouse Schools and who enrol on an undergraduate programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount does not apply to Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry programmes.

Cowrie Foundation Scholarship

The University of Glasgow and The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation (CSF) will offer a scholarship to support Black African and Caribbean heritage applicants from socio-economically challenged backgrounds.  Applicants must be ordinarily resident in the UK and commencing an undergraduate study in the academic year 2021-2022.

The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation wants to fund 100 Black British students through UK universities in the next decade. More information on the Foundation can be found here.

Undergraduate Talent Scholarships

The University of Glasgow awards c.50 undergraduate Talent Scholarships each academic year to support students who could face financial difficulties in taking up their place to study at the University. The value of each scholarship is typically £1,500 p.a. for each year of the degree programme, subject to satisfactory progress. Talent Scholarships are available to students entering any of the University's Colleges.

Dental School students are eligible for a Talent Scholarship in their first year of study only. They are eligible for the NHS Dental Student Support Grant in the following years.

Humanitarian Scholarships

The University of Glasgow is offering four scholarships (one per college) for applicants to the University who are staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds and are facing challenges in progressing onto Higher Education. The scholarship is open to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate taught students of the University of Glasgow applying for entry in 2021/22. The scholarship meets the full cost of tuition fees for the duration of your programme as well providing an additional £5,000 per year stipend, if the eligibility criteria for university accommodation is met this will also be provided for the duration of your degree. For more information on the accommodation criteria, please see the Accommodation Services section on the website.

We are also offering eight scholarships to students who hold refugee status. This scholarship is awarded as a £2,500 stipend towards study costs, per year of study.

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

How to apply

 

Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The University will accept Centre or Teacher Assessed Grades in lieu of exam results.

SQA applicants who are eligible for our Widening Participation programmes are encouraged to participate in one or more of these programmes, including Summer School, to support your application and the transition to higher education.

International students to Arts, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Science, and Social Sciences can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS. Applications to Dentistry, Education, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine must be made through UCAS.

Application deadlines

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 29 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website): this has been extended from 15 January 2021 due to covid restrictions.
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students

We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.

It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

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