Working in the community development sector is a skilled occupation and requires the ability to work with people and to be able to communicate and organise well. As a mature student, whatever your educational background, there are community development courses available at the right level for you to help you get the qualifications you need. On some courses you build up credits at your own pace, until you have enough for a qualification. Many employers support staff who want to improve their skills – and some are even willing to help with course costs.
Around 40 per cent of higher education students do part-time or flexible courses which are especially popular with people who have family and work commitments. Foundation Degrees and certificate or diploma courses are quicker to complete than traditional degrees – and can be ‘topped up’ at a later date.
Higher education courses are available at many local colleges, so it’s often possible to study close to home. Distance learning courses allow you to study from home at times that suit you. There’s a good range of community development courses to choose from and plenty of information on this website to help you find what you are looking for.
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