Course overview

Community Development Level 1 City of Bristol College

Get the most out of your volunteering and community work. Learn about what community development is during this short, friendly 10-week (three hours per week) course that develops the knowledge, skills and professional practice of those who want to find work in the community.

Additional information

Who is it for?

This course has been specifically designed for those wanting to get the most out of their volunteering or community work. The course content is wide-ranging and covers working in the community and public sector.

Combining volunteering or community work with a professional qualification will enhance your CV, develop your professional experience and support your individual goals.

There are three units to complete and all learning materials will be provided.

What you'll learn

During this 10-week course, you will:

  • Learn what community development is and how it can be used in different professions.
  • Develop your skills as a volunteer and specialist knowledge for jobs and career progression.
  • Learn how to develop yourself professionally and develop your communication skills.
  • Learn industry standards and expectations.
  • Develop independent critical thinking skills.
  • Understand how to work as part of a team and deal with challenges.
  • Learn how to lead groups of people.

Entry requirements

To join this course, you must:

  • Be able to work at Entry 3 or above in English
  • Be 19+

You do not have to be volunteering, but you must have an interest in community activities.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

You will achieve the Award by completing three units.

You will produce a portfolio of evidence which is internally and externally moderated. There are no exams.

Future career and study opportunities

You could progress onto the Level 2 Community Development Certificate. You could also progress to other Level 1 courses.

Candidates have also gone into direct employment in a community-associated role.

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel, stationery and visits.

Blended learning

To keep our students and staff safe, we’re reducing the number of people in our buildings at one time.

To achieve this, most of our courses will include sessions taught at the college supported by online learning to help you reach your full potential.

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