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:

  • Professional practice for working in communities
  • Introduction to community development
  • Understanding society, community and ideology
  • Engagement strategies
  • Community development practice 1.

Year 2

You will study:

  • Critical understandings of culture & power in communities
  • Challenge, change & action for social change
  • Connecting local & global contexts in community development (study trip)
  • Advanced community development practice 2.

Year 3

You will study:

  • Space, place & community development
  • Social justice & contemporary issues
  • Community development responses to exclusion & marginalisation
  • Introduction to research
  • Community development placement.

Year 4

You will study:

  • Approaches & applied research methods
  • Practices for sustainability in community development
  • Community, arts & media for community development
  • Research project – dissertation.

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 2023

This is a work-based learning programme and therefore all applicants must have at least 12 hours per week of paid or voluntary 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.

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.

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

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)

  • 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.

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.

Cambridge English Qualifications

  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): 176 overall, no subtest less than 169
  • Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 overall, no subtest less than 169

School Qualifications

  • iGCSE English or ESOL 0522/0500, grade C
  • International Baccalaureate English A SL5 or HL5
  • International Baccalaureate English B SL6 or HL5
  • SQA National 5 English or ESOL, grade B
  • SQA Higher English or ESOL, grade C
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education, English Language grade 4
  • West African Examination Council, Senior Secondary School Certificate, English grade C6

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.

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 Community Learning & Development 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.

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). 

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
  • 26 January: all other UK applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international 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.

Apply via UCAS