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The Integrated Common Entrance Test (ICET) is a state-level entrance exam conducted by the Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) for admission into various postgraduate courses such as MBA, MCA, and PGDM. The exam is conducted annually and the application process for the same can be completed online. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you apply for ICET online:
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Youth & Community Work - Masters Degrees
At Cardiff Met we offer a suite of professionally focused postgraduate degrees in Youth and Community Work aimed at both Youth and Community Work professionals working in the field, or graduates of Youth and Community Work who hold a JNC professionally endorsed qualification.
- MA in Youth and Community Work (with JNC professional endorsement)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Youth and Community Work (with JNC professional endorsement) (exit award from the MA in Youth and Community Work)
MA in Advanced Youth and Community Practice
- Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management of Youth Work (exit award from MA in Advanced Youth and Community Practice
MA in Youth and Community Work
The MA in Youth and Community Work has a professionally endorsed Post Graduate Diploma in Youth and Community work embedded within it and is particularly suited to graduates who have found themselves working in youth and community work and who wish to gain a professional qualification in the field.
The course offers students the opportunity to gain a full academic MA as well as a professional qualification in youth and community work. The programme requires students to undertake two separate professionally supervised placements in the field of youth and community work and it is possible to study the programme on either a part time or a full-time basis, attending the university to undertake the taught modules and guided practice tutorials. Students on this programme tend to develop into a highly supportive, friendly, and professional group.
The course is endorsed by Education Training Standards (ETS) Cymru Wales for youth work and will enable you to secure a professional youth and community work role in the field of youth and community work.
The course comprises four taught modules of which one is an optional module, and two placement focused modules taught at the university campus, that run concurrently with two fieldwork placements. Modules run over a semester and are each worth 20 credits at level 7. Students will complete a dissertation module worth 60 credits, focusing on a topic of choice related to the field of youth and community work.
Postgraduate Diploma in Youth and Community Work
The PG Diploma in Youth and Community Work is an exit point from the full MA in Youth and Community Work for students who only wish to secure their professional qualification in youth and community work. As with the full MA it is particularly suited to graduates who have found themselves working in youth and community work and who wish to gain a professional qualification in the field.
The postgraduate diploma element of the MA programme requires students to undertake two separate professionally supervised placements in the field of youth and community work and it is possible to study the programme on either a part-time or a full-time basis, attending the university to undertake the taught modules and guided practice tutorials.
Students on this programme tend to develop into a highly supportive, friendly, and professional group. The course is endorsed by Education Training Standards (ETS) Cymru/Wales for youth work and will enable you to secure a professional youth and community work role in the field of youth and community work.
The PG Diploma in Youth and Community Work as an exit point from the full MA in Youth and Community Work comprises of all modules of study on the full MA except for the dissertation module worth 60 credits.
Taught modules (mandatory)
- Adolescent Development and Learning
- Multi Agency Practice
- Leading and Managing Professional Practice
Fieldwork Modules (mandatory)
- Philosophy Principles and Policy of Youth Work
- Advanced Critical Reflective Practice in Youth Work
- Activism, Protest and Community Organizing: Global and Local Perspectives
- Mentoring and Coaching: Principles and Policy in Action
- Additional Learning Needs and Inclusion
Dissertation - Mandatory
The MA in Advanced Youth and Community Practice is suitable for graduates within the field of youth and community work who hold a JNC professionally endorsed qualification in youth and community work. It is also suitable for those from associated professional disciplines who wish to study youth and community work at an advanced level, for the purpose of their professional learning and development.
It aims to equip graduates with the knowledge and understanding to equip them to respond effectively to the challenges and opportunities of the evolving fields of practice involving young people and communities. It will support progression into managerial positions in youth and community work.
The course comprises six taught modules of which four are mandatory and two from a range of options that are taught at the university campus. Modules run over a semester and are each worth 20 credits at level 7. Students will complete a dissertation module worth 60 credits, focusing on a topic of choice related to the field of youth and community work.
- Young People and the Internet: Information, Communication, and Identity
- Mentoring and Coaching: Principles and Policies in Action
- Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children and Young People
- Activism, Protest and Community Organising: Global and Local Perspectives
- Youth Culture and Subculture: A Site for Radical Youth Work
- Developing Leadership and Management Capability through Enquiry (ILM accredited)
Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management of Youth Work
The Post Graduate certificate in Leadership and Management is an exit point from the MA in Advanced Youth and Community Practice that entails successful completion of the two mandatory modules; and Leadership and Management of Professional Practice and Developing Leadership and Management Capability through Enquiry (ILM accredited) and an optional module; Mentoring and Coaching Principles and Policy in Action or Multi Agency Practice
The course comprises 3 modules of study two of which are mandatory and a choice of one optional module
- Leadership and Management of Professional Practice
- Developing Leadership and Management capability through Enquiry
Learning & Teaching
MA Youth and Community Work
All modules have a focus on application to contemporary fieldwork practice contexts. The taught modules consist of lectures and group work/discussion, with the two modules attached to the placement providing more of an opportunity to develop critical reflection and analysis of context, with more of an acute focus on practice. All modules are taught by highly experienced professional youth and community workers with vast range of experience. Students will be expected to undertake a considerable amount of self-study to enhance the collective learning process. It is envisaged that students will utilise their fieldwork experience to enhance the level of analysis in all learning processes and engage in reflective learning throughout the duration of the course.
The full-time route will entail attendance of university to study a total of two tutorial modules every Tuesday evening 5-7 p.m. over one academic year. The four taught modules are delivered as a study block; each one generally being taught intensively over three consecutive eight hour days, two per semester. The block study modules will also be supplemented with online learning materials and online Teams live seminars. Online learning materials will be uploaded to Moodle the university learning platform.
The part-time route will entail attendance of university to study a total of two tutorial modules bi-weekly on Tuesday evening 5-7 p.m. in years 1 and 2. The four taught modules are delivered as a study block; each one generally being taught intensively over three consecutive eight hour days, one per semester. The block study modules will also be supplemented with online learning materials and online Teams live seminars. Online learning materials will be uploaded to Moodle the university learning platform.
Students on both part time and full-time routes will be allocated a Professional Tutor who will offer pastoral support throughout the programme, a Fieldwork Supervisor on each placement who will support and guide the student whilst on placement and a Professional Supervisor to support and guide the student through the dissertation process. This includes refining the question, literature review, selection of methods and analysis of data. Where possible the student will be allocated a supervisor with expertise in the research interest area of the student.
PG Diploma in Youth and Community Work
This will be delivered in the same way as the full MA as it is embedded within the MA and an exit award for those not wishing to complete a full masters award.
Students on both part time and full-time routes as with the MA, will be allocated a Professional Tutor who will offer pastoral support throughout the programme, a Fieldwork Supervisor on each placement who will support and guide the student whilst on placement
All modules examine features present in contemporary youth and community work practice contexts at an advanced level and offer an opportunity for students to consider the content in relation to their own real world experiences. Modules are taught substantively by professional youth and community worker and academics with specialism according to modules. The modules consist of lectures and group work/discussion. Students will be expected to undertake a considerable amount of self-study to enhance the collective learning process.
The full-time route will entail attendance of university to study modules that are delivered as a study block; each one generally being taught intensively over three consecutive eight hour days, three per semester. The block study modules will also be supplemented with online learning materials and online Teams live seminars. Online learning materials will be uploaded to Moodle the university learning platform.
The part-time route will entail attendance of university to study modules that are delivered as a study block; each one being generally taught intensively over three consecutive eight hour days, two per semester in year 1 and semester one of year 2, with one in semester two year 2. The block study modules will also be supplemented with online learning materials and online Teams live seminars. Online learning materials will be uploaded to Moodle the university learning platform.
Students on both part time and full-time routes will be allocated a Personal Tutor who will offer pastoral support throughout the programme. A Professional Supervisor will be allocated to support and guide the student through the dissertation process to include refining the question, literature review, selection of methods and analysis of data. Where possible the student will be allocated a supervisor with expertise in the research interest area of the student.
Students on the ETS professionally endorsed programmes will be assessed on both their youth and community work-based practice and their academic assignments through a range of assessment types, including essays, presentations, debates, Blogs, group exercises, audio-visual work. Students will receive detailed annotations on all written work and audio summary feedback and detailed written and audio feedback on presentations and assessed debates and a reflective practice portfolio, to include fieldwork observations and assessment and viva voce. An assessed dissertation research study for those undertaking full master’s degrees will be assessed with detailed written feedback by two markers.
Students on the Advanced Practice master’s degree will be assessed through a range of assessment types, including essays, presentations, debates, Blogs, group exercises, and audio-visual work. Students will receive detailed annotations on all written work and audio summary feedback and detailed written and audio feedback on presentations and academic debates with the dissertation assessed with detailed written feedback by two markers.
Employability & Careers
The programme leads to both an academic MA and a professional qualification in youth and community work through its endorsement for youth work by ETS Cymru Wales. The embedded post graduate diploma professional qualification significantly enhances employment opportunities in the field of youth and community work whilst the MA study significantly enhances skills of research and analysis in the field.
PgD in Youth and Community Work
The Postgraduate Diploma in Youth and Community Work is an exit point from the master’s programme that leads to a professional qualification in youth and community work through its endorsement for youth work by ETS Cymru Wales. The qualification significantly enhances employment opportunities in the field of youth and community work.
MA Advanced Youth and Community Practice
The programme is aimed at practitioners and managers in the generic and expanding field of youth and community development work. It aims to develop professional understanding and skills through a supportive and challenging learning environment. The programme will be of particular interest to experienced practitioners who manage aspects of youth or community development provision as advanced practitioners or senior practitioners working in services for young people who wish to develop their analytical and professional capabilities.
This programme is intended on providing an exit point from the full master’s in Advanced Youth and Community Practice with a post graduate certificate that has a focus on equipping leaders and managers in the contemporary and changing field of youth work with the skills and knowledge to lead and manage skilfully and effectively in practice.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
MA in Youth and Community Wor k
Applicants should have a minimum of 200 hours of direct and recent experience in the field of youth and community work; community development work or associated occupational groups. In addition, applicants should normally possess a degree or a or a relevant professional qualification. Practitioners who do not have a first degree, but who have considerable professional experience can apply for exceptional entry. Please contact the Programme Director to discuss this further. We only offer conditional places for this course, subject to obtaining an enhanced DBS check prior to starting the course. Please check further DBS information here .
Applicants will normally have substantive experience in services working with young people and communities and should normally possess a degree or a or a relevant professional qualification. Practitioners who do not have a first degree, but who have considerable professional experience can apply for exceptional entry. Please contact the Programme Director to discuss this further.
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.5 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.
Selection Procedure: Application form, CV and interview
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service system. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply .
If you are interested in using credit from another institution, or have obtained qualifications and/or experience to study for a course at Cardiff Met, you can find further information on this as well as information on how to apply on the RPL page.
Tuition Fees and Financial Support: For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees .
Part-time fees: Charges are per Single Module unless specified: Undergraduate = 10 Credits; Postgraduate = 20 Credits
Generally we find most students will complete 60 credits per year (4 x 15 credit modules). To obtain a true costing please clarify this by contacting the Programme Director directly.
For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email [email protected]
For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader: Cez James: Email: [email protected] Tel: 029 2020 5948
We endeavour to deliver courses as described and will not normally make changes to courses, such as course title, content, delivery, and teaching provision. However, it may be necessary for the university to make changes in the course provision before or after enrolment. It reserves the right to make variations to content or delivery methods, including discontinuation or merging courses if such action is considered necessary. Please read our Terms and Conditions for the full information.
Key Course Information
Place of Study: Cyncoed Campus
School: Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy
Course Length: 1 year full-time; 2-3 years part-time
Course Disclaimer We endeavour to deliver courses as described and will not normally make changes to courses, such as course title, content, delivery, and teaching provision. However, it may be necessary for the university to make changes in the course provision before or after enrolment. It reserves the right to make variations to content or delivery methods, including discontinuation or merging courses if such action is considered necessary.
Please read our Terms and Conditions for the full information.
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MA Youth and Community Work
Advance your career and practice as a youth or community worker.
Delivering youth work courses for over 25 years
Apply now for this course, entry requirements.
A relevant degree
You'll display an understanding of youth and community work, as well as a commitment to the values of the course
DBS clearance is required
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and students. All students are expected to share this commitment and demonstrate consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct.
See full entry requirements
UCAS code Apply to Marjon
UCAS institution code P63
Duration One year full-time or two years part-time
Any questions about postgraduate study at Marjon?
Contact Rachel Bailey-Lewis, our Student Recruitment Officer (Postgraduate).
Our exciting MA Youth and Community Work provides a career pathway for anyone who wants to work with young people and communities. You will be encouraged to explore historical and contemporary evidence and theory to develop an enhanced understanding of youth and community work. You will learn how to support inclusive practice that can inspire positive social change.
The course offers a rich and culturally diverse teaching and learning environment and you will undertake two placements where you will be able to apply your knowledge and hone your practical skills. The MA Youth and Community Work leads to professionally qualified status in youth work, a nationally recognised qualification from the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC), as part of the University’s continued commitment to boosting students’ employability and professional confidence.
Modules for this course
Theory & practice of youth & community work, leadership & organisational contexts, research in practice, research project, professional practice placements, see where our graduates are now.
“All I have ever wanted to do was be a youth worker, helping people has always been my thing. I have taken a lot from the course and while I always pride myself on making myself accessible to the young people I work with, Sue really set a standard for me. I had a lot of bumps in the road but Sue was always the supportive presence, always willing to help, always willing to find the answer and she showed me how to be a decent human being. What a journey!”
“The MA increased my knowledge and skills on how I can best support young people. I have always done youth work but learning about the history of youth work was also fascinating and has given me more zeal to continue working with young people. Being able to work with young people by mentoring and support them during these teen years when they are going through a lot of emotions and challenges in our society brings me so much joy.”
Jozzy now works as a Personal Advisor to Care Leavers
"I have a background in community work but wanted formal qualifications to back up my experience. During the course I attended a placement which helped me meet a number of contacts in the diversity and race sector leading to a job. This course is practitioner based so everything you learn is transferable to real life. The interaction, seminars and group work make the course more interesting than simply being lectured to. I loved this course and the lecturers have been very supportive."
Becca is a Youth Participation Worker for the Racial Equality Council.
What might you become?
The MA Youth & Community Work is validated by the National Youth Agency on behalf of the Joint Negotiating Committee. Successful achievement of the MA confers professionally qualified status for Youth Workers in England.
This course is the pathway to exciting, meaningful, and challenging careers in youth & community work organisations that aim to promote young people’s wellbeing and to empower them and their communities as active, critical citizens who can contribute to positive social change at local, national, and global levels. Our graduates have forged careers in the public and voluntary sectors, in schools, in housing projects and in public health-related projects.
National Youth Agency
This course validated by the National Youth Agency and is ‘JNC recognised’ enabling you to gain the status of qualified youth worker. JNC recognition ensures your degree reflects the current demands of the role and that the course delivers a suitable level of work experience too.
How you’ll be taught and assessed?
Dr Tracy Ann Hayes
Tracy is excited to be leading this innovative and collaborative programme that supports the development of youth and community professionals across the south-west region.
Fees and funding
Fees UK students: £8,000 per annum
Fees for International students: £14,500 per annum
This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.
Funding available for this course
Our Student Funding Advisors offer confidential and impartial advice about your funding options.
Tracy joined Plymouth Marjon University in September 2022, from the University of Cumbria, where she lived and worked for 10 years. Prior to this, she was based in the Midlands, where she was employed as training manager for an association of youth clubs. Her doctoral research creatively explored the relationship that young people have with the natural environment. She has published for public, practitioner and academic audiences, including BERA (British Educational Research Association) and IOL (Institute of Outdoor Learning). Tracy has a diverse range of practical and professional experiences through working in and researching with the voluntary and statutory sectors. She loves walking, gardening, reading – and playing outdoors.
Professor Jon Ord
Jon worked for 20 years as a youth worker before joining Marjon in 2003. He brings his knowledge and commitment to youth work to his teaching and research. He is particularly interested in the impact of policy on practice as well as theory and practice of youth and community work, as well as outdoor education. In 2018 Jon led a major research project into the value and impact of Youth Work on the lives of young people in Europe.
I have been a practicing youth and community worker for 25 years. I started my youth work career as a volunteer and over the years worked my way up to full professional practice and management.
I spent most of my time working in the Voluntary/Community Sector where I developed a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that the sector, successfully navigating the continually changing professional landscape.
My various roles required me to develop skills in project management, staff management and development, professional supervision, funding management, and partnership working.
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Youth and community work (with jnc recognition) - msc.
Many of our students are eligible for a Postgraduate Loan of over £10,000.
You will be required to have:
- an undergraduate degree with second-class honours or above
- GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above, or acceptable equivalent
- three-six months' experience in a related area, such as paid or unpaid experience in community and youth work organisations or charities. A reference will be required to verify work experience.
In addition to the above, you will also need to pass an interview with the course leader.
All suitable applicants are required to have an Enhanced DBS check for the Child Workforce which is registered with the DBS Update Service.
We consider all applications on a case-by-case basis so even if you do not meet all of the requirements above, we may still consider your application. If you do have an undergraduate degree but have an alternative qualification and extensive work experience in community and youth work, we would like to hear from you.
International students and English language requirements
Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Student visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals may be considered for admission who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.
Accreditation of Prior Learning
Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) .
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2023/24 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
- all year (September start)
- autumn semester
- spring semester
This module has been designed to ensure the National Occupational Standards for Youth Work and Community Development for practice-based learning are achieved by students at an advanced level.
The module content is also informed by the Subject Benchmarks as defined by the QAA which inform essential practice for a Youth and Community Worker upon qualification.
The module provides students with structured learning opportunities to consolidate the theoretical aspects of their studies on the MSC Youth and Community Work programme to practice settings which might be organisationally different to their current work place setting.
The taught element of the module will consolidate students’ practical skills gained in previous settings as preparation for the advanced placement and related assessment, and, in reviewing progress on previous experiences and on professional development.
The substantive period of 400 hours of assessed practice will involve two distinct placements one lasting 80 hours and one lasting 320 and will provide experience of contrasting client groups and agencies. It will require students to examine in depth intervention and evaluate outcomes that take into account inter professional working and anti-oppressive practice.
Evaluating research and evidence provide a sound basis for professional, academic and personal development. In particular, the professional commitment to reflective practice, professional autonomy and responsibility means that programme is characterised by a rigorous attention to the development of reflexive practitioners, who are able to develop practice out of theorisation in a reflective practice cycle. Consideration and analysis of ideas, models and approaches in planning and delivering practice are integral to the supervisions and seminars.
The module aims are to: 1. Consolidate students’ practical skills to secure contrasting placements to their previous work place settings. 2. Develop students' leadership skills in the implementation of ethics, values, safeguarding and anti-oppressive practice in a practice-based setting 3. Prepare students in recognising their responsibility to implement the required professional occupational standards whilst on placement 4. Consolidate students’ confidence and critical analysis skills in relating, reflecting and evaluating youth and community work theory to practice 5. Consolidate students’ skills in critically recording and reflecting on practice using a range of professional tools and methods of reflections 6. To develop an understanding of practice-led research through an action learning project.
- spring semester - Monday afternoon
The module aims to enable students to develop an understanding of philosophical, practical and ethical aspects of social research methods and skills for designing and conducting social research in the field of youth and community development. A specific focus on this module is on action research – understood as a form of social enquiry which aims to bring together action and reflections on practice with disadvantaged communities.
The module provides training on research design - developing an answerable research question, identifying aims and objectives of the research, identifying an appropriate methodology and developing a critical appreciation of ethical research practice. It also develops the skills required for reviewing and appraising published research and for developing arguments and making conclusions on the basis of evidence.
The ultimate purpose of this module is to equip students with necessary conceptual understanding and the practical tools for conducting social enquiries on issues of their choice which seeks to bring about positive social change. The module feeds the dissertation project and the placement component of their degree programme.
The specific aims of the module are to:
1. Enable students to appreciate the importance of scientific (systematic, rigorous and academic) research in the practice of youth and community development work. 2. Introduce students to the principles of social research methods with particular focus on qualitative research and specifically of action and emancipatory research. 3. Enable students to develop relevant skills to formulate their research questions that are informed by theoretical insights and translated into the design of conducting a social research. 4. Enable students to appreciate an ethical approach to research and demonstrate a critical application of ethical practice. 5. Provide students with skills to appraise published research, design an appropriate interview schedule, conduct in-depth interviews, observe social phenomenon and reflect on their own practice and values. 6. Develop students’ capacity to analyse qualitative data and develop arguments on the basis of evidence 7. Enable students to develop skills in reporting and applying research.
- autumn semester - Monday afternoon
Students are introduced to a range of key issues in relation to the context of Youth and Community Work,anti-oppressive practice and understanding the needs of young people and their communities. There is a strong emphasis on the National Occupational Standards (NOS).
Throughout the module, students are encouraged to take into account diversity and anti-oppressive practice issues effecting young people and the impact such issues have on youth identities and future youth and community work practice. Thus, combined with the ethics, values and philosophy underpinning professional practice and students’ own experiences and knowledge base, this module aims to provide a firm foundation for the professional practice of working with young people and their communities. You will learn by engaging critically with the subjects through:
• lectures or direct teaching • group work • study skills such as paragraph writing, guided reading or referencing tips • preparation for assignments • online activity • Interactive learning experiences
Module aims This module aims to enable students to:
1. Critically examine key concepts of values, ethics , theory, policy , principles and practice in relation to youth work and community work 2. Introduce students to the sector professional occupational standards and the notion of an informed reflective practitioner 3. Examine diverse representations of young people and their communities in society to develop students’ skills in self-management, group work, oral presentation and academic writing 4. Prepare students taking the pathway leading to NYA and ESB recognition for their placement module
- summer studies
The module aims to provide students with a detailed understanding of: 1. Conventional and co-productive policy development approaches 2. Challenges of Complexity, design and governance in public services 3. Design thinking in policy making and public sector innovation
The aim of the course is to develop an understanding of the role of design thinking in assisting public and non-for profit sector transformation.
This module will identify what Trauma is and how it can affect a young person’s life. It will be suitable for front line practitioners and managers. It is designed to encourage students to be reflective and to demonstrate a knowledge base relating to legislations and a theoretical underpinning of the approaches and critiques associated with Trauma mental health and well-being. It will critically examine methods of support and supervision for practitioners. It will examine the personal, cultural and structural impact on the individual and community. Aims 1 A critical analysis of the predisposing, precipitating and perpetuating factors impacting on a young person's mental health and experience of trauma 2 Explore the extent and forms of trauma in child and adulthood 3 Critically examine theoretical, conceptual and explanatory frameworks 4 locate support services and policy development in comparative contexts 5 Critically examine the impacts and consequences for young people and their communities 6 Critically examine the support networks for practitioners.
- spring semester - Monday evening
The module aims to provide students with a detailed understanding of: 1. Public service commissioning in a changing world; 2. Commissioning for social value and local economic development 3. Outputs, outcomes and evaluation in public procurement
The aim of the course is to develop a critical understanding of the role of commissioning in developing services that meet local needs and improve people’s lives.
- spring semester - Tuesday afternoon
The module aims to provide students with a detailed understanding of: 1. The relationship between community and youth activism and professional practice 2. Conceptual frameworks for understanding and critically evaluating citizenship 3. Practical approaches to supporting lobbying, single issue and political campaigning including use of social media
The aim of the course is to develop a critical understanding of the role of activism in changing policy, meeting local needs and improving people’s lives.
- autumn semester - Monday evening
This module provides a critical perspective on youth and community issues. It focuses on contemporary issues, placing these within historical context of struggle and empowerment. You will critically engage with key concepts such as power, class, ethnicity and gender, applying relevant theory to current events and debates. You will benefit from a range of perspectives of staff who are working at the cutting edge of policy and practice in fields such as community and youth work, housing, education, crime, health and migration. You will be able to place your own community and youth practice in the context of long-term changes in society, and be able to respond to the challenges that face young people and communities today in an effective way, informed by current research and best practice
The aims of the module are to: • identify current challenges in youth and community work, placing these in the context of long term changes in society and policy; • critically evaluate current policy and practice responses to community and youth work issues; • identify power relationships between the state, the market and individuals in communities, and how individuals may be empowered; • reflect on the professional values of youth and community workers, and how these can be used to address complex challenges in policy and practice; and • enable students to engage in anti-discriminatory practice to address policy and practice issues.
- spring semester - Monday morning
Students will learn to place their skills in, and understanding of, journalism in relation to today’s digital environment. They will develop their writing, production and design skills to a professional level, learning how to adopt creative approaches to creating journalistic stories across different media platforms, (including social networks, such as Twitter TikTok, Facebook Live, Snapchat). Students will be asked to build multimedia packages, blogs, websites and develop ways of working that engage the audience in interactive and participatory ways.
Specifically, the module will introduce students to the writing skills and technical demands of online, audio and visual journalism. Students will be asked to develop and deliver news stories working individually and as part of a team.
- spring semester - Tuesday morning
This module explores the creative potentials of digital platforms and tools for writers within the postdigital era. It stimulates students to experiment with how their own writing practice and ideas about literature, storytelling and persuasive communication might continue to take new directions in response to the many ongoing innovations in digital media and their cultural impacts.
• You will extend your own writing practice in relation to digital innovations of narrative and rhetorical technique, form and effect. • You will develop your technical, theoretical and experiential understanding of the current state of the field of digital forms of creative and professional writing. • You will think critically about dominant cultures associated with various digital tools and platforms. • You will enhance your range and critical self-awareness as a writer in contemporary creative and/or professional domains.
This module provides students with practical experience in the production of digital video. It will serve as an introduction to the topic but is also suitable for those with some experience in this area. Students will develop professional practices working individually or in small groups to produce a short documentary, promotional video, or mockumentary. They will be required to research, pitch, and develop a documentary proposal following industry guidelines and legal frameworks. The module will give an overview of the commissioning process and will include input from industry professionals. There will be an emphasis on how to film and work with documentary subjects (or characters) in an ethical way. Students will learn about a range of documentary modes, genres and techniques via screenings, discussion, and practice. Key figures and films will be explored as well as emerging styles and formats.
- autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon
This module introduces students to the role of digital games in the digital media industry. It explores various applications of digital games in entertainment, education, business, marketing and advertising, analysing gamification practices as well as key game design practices and game design theories.
The module addresses issues in game ethics, game genres and gaming cultures, the evolution of technologies and delivery platforms, and the impact of the games industry on interaction design practices. Students will explore current trends in game design and game research, gamification approaches and applications. They will evaluate game designs and gamification methods in relation to specific applications. Students will apply these principles and theories to the design and conceptualisation of an interactive game or a gamified experience.
- To enable students to evaluate the ethical, technological and theoretical frameworks in game design and gamification theory and practice.
- To enable students to plan and conceptualise a digital game or a gamified experience.
The module focuses mainly on the micro level of management with the focus on developing team management and leadership skills. Management issues are addressed in the context of values-based organisations whether in the public, voluntary, or community sectors or social enterprises. Participants are introduced to management and leadership theories and relevant policy frameworks in order to facilitate critical reflection on aspects of their management and leadership role. In addition, participants will explore key practice areas, drawing from relevant theories and reflecting on their relevance to their own experience. Particular attention will be paid to health and wellbeing in the workplace, time management, leadership, and communication and negotiation skills. Students will also review their developmental role as a leader and manager, and the module will critically explore current ideas and practices regarding when working with teams, networks, and inter-professional working groups.
The aims of this module are: To provide an overview and introduction to management within organisational contexts encompassing both community and voluntary organisations and the wider public sector. To enable participants to apply an analytical and reflective approach to their personal management skills and leadership styles. To explore the relevance and application of current theories and concepts in the management and organisational studies field to participants’ own experience, work context and roles. To explore a range of strategies and approaches to improve performance across diverse organisational contexts.
The module provides an advanced examination of the management of public services principally in the United Kingdom, as well as an introduction to current issues and developments in public finance and the budgetary process in public sector and non-for-profit contexts. It places the current public management reform agenda within a broader historical, theoretical, and institutional framework. The module examines key components of, and developments in, the management of public services including: finance; regulation; performance and quality management; human resources; and ethics.
This module aims to: - Explore theoretical and practical implications of the emergence of new public management (NPM) - Provide a context within which to understand the contemporary design, resourcing and delivery models in the public services - Examine developments which aim to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, legitimacy, sustainability and social impact of public service transformation. - Introduce basic concepts around budgetary planning, execution and control.
Where this course can take you
Once you’ve successfully completed the course, you’ll be able to practise as a JNC-qualified Professional Youth Worker and Community Development Practitioner. Due to the practical nature of this course, you’ll have strong employability connections with former students and placement organisations.
Our graduates have gone on to work in a range of organisations, including local authority social services departments, mental health trusts, drugs and alcohol services, children’s centres, social prescribing, and in A&E with young victims of knife crime, among others.
You could also progress to senior youth and community positions, including management and supervisory roles. If you demonstrate research potential on this course, you may also be encouraged to undertake doctoral studies.
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Important information for international applicants
Due to unprecedented demand for our courses for the autumn 2023 intake, international admissions are now closed for this course. Any future intakes that are already open to applications can be found in the fees and key information section of this course page. If no future intakes are available, please check back at a later date.
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Youth Work & Community Development (MA)
Duration: 16 months (full-time); 27 months (part-time) | Hope Park | Start month: October
International students can apply
About the Course
Youth Work and Community Development is a unique and value-based practice that seeks to support and foster the development of young people and the wider community to enable all to reach their full potential. Underpinned by strong values of social justice Youth and Community Development Workers seek to critically analyse the social world and nurture the development of others through collaborative and creative practice leading to social change.
The MA Youth Work and Community Development is dual validated with the NYA for Youth Work and The Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning (ESB) for community development. Students will gain the full JNC Qualification. The main aim of the MA in Youth and Community Development is to develop skilled, innovative and reflective practitioners, who are able to engage and develop positive relationships within communities, which lead to education and discovery. Through practice workers will demonstrate a clear commitment to promoting social justice, utilising approaches to participation, empowerment and equality. Working alongside communities, in partnership with them practitioners foster the personal, social and political development of those involved.
This new MA Youth Work and Community Development programme has been designed in partnership with young people and leading professionals employed in the field. This collaboration ensures teaching is current and reflective of today’s youth and community development agenda preparing you effectively for a successful career.
Why choose Liverpool Hope?
- Study within a school committed to innovative and participatory teaching methods.
- An experienced and research-active teaching team with expertise in youth work and community development, participatory practice, childhood and youth studies, anti-oppressive practice, mental health, youth justice and radical community work.
- Opportunities to experience international perspectives through the School of Social Science field trips and overseas placements.
- This course has an intake limited to 25 students providing an encouraging environment to build positive peer group support and an opportunity to work closely with teaching staff.
This course is delivered through a full-time (16 months) or part time (27 months) route and will provide you with a blend of academic and practice-based learning to develop both your theoretical understanding and experience. Through two professional practice placements, students will build a solid foundation in youth and community development practice. Through an exploration of the theoretical frameworks of informal education and community development, along with advanced studies examining key youth and community development principles, practice methods, settings, contemporary issues and social policy.
- Youth Work Theory and Practice (20 Credits)
- Practice Placement 1: Linked to Youth Work Theory & Practice
- Community Empowerment for Social Change (20 Credits)
- Critical Themes and Issues Influencing Contemporary Practice (20 Credits)
- Managing Youth and Community Development (20 Credits)
- Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods (20 Credits)
- Youth and Community Development Practice Placements Two (20 Credits)
- MA Dissertation (60 Credits)
Practice placements: Students are required to successfully complete two practice placements during the programme, completing 450 hours in practice with young people and adult community members. The first placement takes place in January and is a part-time placement in a local youth and community development agency. The second placement runs between June and September, with students working full-time hours to support both face to face and managerial responsibilities within a local setting.
A minimum of a Second-Class Honours degree in a relevant discipline awarded by a UK university, or an equivalent higher education qualification.
GCSE English grade C (Grade 4 or above in the 2017 and onwards grading system), or an equivalent English qualification.
Offers will be subject to a Health Check Statement and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB). Unfortunately, due to requirements of the placement providers we are unable to consider any applicants with convictions within 5 years of the start of the course.
International Entry Requirements
Non-UK applicants should achieve a minimum score of 7.0 overall in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assessment (or an equivalent assessment).
Teaching and Research
Students will experience a range of teaching methods, including lectures, small group seminars and tutorials, which enable discussion and shared learning. Through the course students will benefit from working with young people, community members and professionals in the field who contribute to the taught programme and offer current and relevant experience to aid student learning.
The School of Social Science is research active, contributing regularly to the published research community and at conference, with expertise across youth and community development spheres. The ethos of the school is focused on radical perspectives and promotes critical questioning of the social world leading to social justice with students encouraged to develop skills in critical analysis to understand inequality and oppression.
The school utilises a range of online resources to support students learning including a virtual learning environment Moodle encouraging connectivity between students and the programme content.
UK/EU Tuition Fees
Tuition fees for Home/EU students for 2023/24 are £5,200
We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.
International Tuition Fees
The International tuition fees for courses starting in the 2023/24 academic year are £12,500 per year.
If you are an international student, visit our international scholarships pages .
Youth Work and Community Development is a diverse practice, which subsequently provides a variety of career opportunities. This dedicated practice is focused on supporting both young people and adults within the community and can include working within education, health and community or welfare services. Youth Work and Community Development Workers are employed within a range of organisations including voluntary and community associations, local authorities, schools, social work teams and within youth offending services.
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Professional Youth Work Qualification Routes
Have you thought about becoming a qualified youth worker?
Do you already work with young people, but want to improve your skills, knowledge and experience?
Or are you interested in starting or changing your career?
Becoming a professionally qualified youth worker at degree or postgraduate level will provide you with a myriad of skills, knowledge and experience enabling you to help young people reach their potential and thrive.
Watch our video to find out more.
Use the map or list below to find Colleges and Universities who offer a professional qualification in Youth Work, including BA (Hons.), Postgraduate Diploma and Masters.
Plymouth Marjon University
Derriford Road, Plymouth PL6 8BH, UK
BA (Hons) in Youth and Community Work
Tracy Hayes t: 01752 636700 ext 7195 e: [email protected]
BA Youth Work Integrated Degree Apprenticeship
Contact Tracy Hayes t: 01752 636700 ext 7195 e: [email protected]
MA/PG Dip in Youth and Community Work
University Of Sunderland
Priestman Building, Green Terrace, Sunderland SR1 3PZ, UK
BA (Hons) Community and Youth Work
Contact Dan Connolly t: 0191 515 3274 e: [email protected]
BA (Hons) Community and Youth Work Integrated Degree Apprenticeship
MA Childhood and Youth Studies (Youth Work)
Contact Liz Woolley t: 0191 515 2338 e: [email protected]
Nottingham Trent University
50 Shakespeare St, Nottingham NG1 4FQ, UK
MA Youth Work Leadership and Practice
Contact Ian Jones t: 0115 941 8418 e: [email protected]
University of Northampton
University of Northampton Waterside Campus, University Drive, Northampton NN1 5PH, UK
MA Youth and Community Leadership
Contact Jodie Low t: 0300 303 2772 e: [email protected]
Genners Lane, Birmingham, UK
BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work
Contacts Paulette Sawyers e: [email protected]
Mike Gilsenan e: [email protected]
Moorlands College, Dorset
Sopley, Christchurch BH23 7AT, UK
BA (Hons) in Applied Theology (Youth and Community Work)
Abi Maguire t: 01425 674500 e: [email protected]
London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB, UK
BSc (hons) Youth Work Contact Baljeet Gill e: [email protected]
PG Dip / MSc Youth & Community Work
Contact Áine Woods t: 0207 1332938 e: [email protected]
Liverpool Hope University
Liverpool Hope University - Hope Park Campus, Liverpool L16 9JD, UK
MA Youth and Community Studies
Contacts Tracy Ramsey e: [email protected]
Leeds Beckett University
Calverley Street, Leeds, UK
PG Dip / MA Youth Work and Community Development
Contact Alan Smith t: 0113 812 3113 (Enquiries) e: [email protected]
The Institute for Children, Youth and Mission
16 Commerce Square, Nottingham NG1 1HS, UK
BA (Hons) in Practical Theology (Community Youth Work)
Contact Robin Smith e: [email protected] t: 0115 777 0102
PG. Dip / MA Youth and Community Work
University of Hull
University of Hull, Cottingham Rd, Hull HU6 7RX, UK
BA (Hons) Education Studies: Youth and Community Work
Contact Christine Smith t: 01482 426878 e: [email protected]
Goldsmiths College, University of London
London SE14 6NW, UK
BA (Hons) Social Science, Community Development & Youth Work
t: 0207 919 7904 e: [email protected]
PG Dip / MA Applied Anthropology and Community and Youth Work
Louise Doherty t: 0207 919 7832 e: [email protected]
University Of East London
A118, Stratford, London E15 4LZ, UK
BA (Hons) Youth Work
Contact Nigel Godfrey t: 020 8223 4489 e: [email protected]
MA Youth and Community work
Contact Paul Adams t: 020 8 223 2381 e: [email protected]
University of Central Lancashire
University of Central Lancashire, Fylde Road, Preston PR1 2HE, UK
BA (Hons) Youth Work and Community Practice
Contact Jenny Lamb t: 01772 201 201 e: [email protected]
BA (Hons) Youth Work and Community Practice (Integrated Degree Apprenticeship Youth Work)
University Of Bolton
University of Bolton, Deane Road, Bolton BL3 5AB, UK
BA (Hons) Community Development and Youth Work
Contact Andrea Walker t: 01204 903604 e: [email protected]
BA (Hons) Community Development and Youth Work (Professionally Endorsed) (Youth Worker Integrated Degree Apprenticeship)
Birmingham City University
Curzon Building (Birmingham City University), 4 Cardigan St, Birmingham B4 7BD, UK
BA (Hons) Youth and Community
Contact Sangeeta Soni e: [email protected] t: 0121 331 5000
University Of Bedfordshire
University of Bedfordshire, Vicarage Street, Luton LU1 3JU, UK
MA/PG Dip Childhood, Youth and Family Studies Youth Work Pathway
Contact Tina Salter e: [email protected] t: 01582 743762
- BA (Hons) Youth Work and Communities
BSc (hons) Youth Work
- PG Dip / MA Youth and Community Work
Contact: Marion Gallagher-Division T: 01642 342817 E: [email protected]
- BA (Hons) Practical Theology (Community Youth Work)
- PG Dip / MA Mission and Ministry (Youth and Community Work)
- MA/PG Dip Childhood, Youth and Family Studies
- MA Youth and Community Work
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- Postgraduate Diploma
The Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work is ideally suited to enthusiastic, fun-loving, critical-thinking, and creative people who are motivated to impact positively young people’s lives.
Youth work encompasses a broad and diverse range of social, cultural, educational, and political activities, which are based on young people’s voluntary participation in leisure time activities that emphasise social inclusion and support civic engagement. The Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work prepares students for exciting, meaningful, and challenging careers in youth work and related organisations that aim to promote young people’s well-being and to empower young people as active, critical citizens who can contribute to positive social change at local, national, and global levels.
This is a professionally accredited course that provides practice-based training to aspiring professional youth workers and continuing professional development for existing youth workers (who do not already hold a JNC -recognised qualification). The course may be undertaken on a full-time basis only.
Our Youth Work course includes a variety of taught modules that focus on youth work professional training and continuing professional development in youth work. All modules are delivered through the School of Applied Social Studies . The course comprises five taught modules and two placement modules worth 60 credits in total:
Semester 1 (35 credits)
- SS6020 Principles and Practice of Youth Work (10 credits)
- SS6036 Youth Work: Working with Individuals and Groups (10 credits)
- SS6022 Youth, Ethics and Welfare (5 credits)
- SS6037 Youth Work, Informal and Non-Formal Learning (5 credits)
- SS6030 Practice Placement I (5 credits)
Semester 2 (25 credits)
- SS6031 Practice Placement II (20 credits)
- SS6023 Project Planning, Management and Leadership Skills (5 credits)
Successful completion of all modules awards a Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work, which is professionally accredited ( JNC -recognised) and endorsed by the North-South Education and Training Standards Committee for Youth Work ( NSETS ).
Academic Programme Catalogue
See the Academic Programme Catalogue where you can search for the complete and up-to-date content for this course. Note that the modules for all courses are subject to change from year to year. For complete descriptions of individual modules, see the Book of Modules .
The Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work is available on a full-time basis only and is delivered over one academic year from the date of first registration for the programme. Lectures normally take place on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5.30-7.30 pm, though this may vary at specific times of the year. You are also required to attend a 5-day induction session in the week preceding Semester 1 and two intensive week-long workshops at the end of Semesters 1 and 2.
Students are required to complete two practice placements in separate locations including:
- A short practice placement of 100 hours ( Placement I )
- An intensive, block practice placement, which is a minimum of 10 weeks in duration, comprising 30 hours per week ( Placement II )
You will also undertake a variety of academic and practice assessments, including essays and placement reports. There are no formal written examinations on this course.
Programme Staff Team
Our team have extensive youth work experience from practice and academia. They have been involved in youth work as practitioners, theorists, researchers, supervisors and managers of youth service and educators.
The current team includes:
- Mr Pat Leahy (Programme Director)
- Dr Eileen Hogan
- Ms Noreen Keane
- Mr David O’Donovan
- Ms Nora Furlong
- Ms Sinead O’Neill
- Ms Rebecca Jeffer
Additionally, the program draws in external experts to deliver guest lectures on relevant topics.
Our students are also supported through individual and group tutorials with tutors who are professional youth workers and experienced in offering learning support to a variety of students/learners. Many of our staff members also hold professional qualifications in teaching and learning in higher education.
If you feel like you want to have fun and make friends for life while at the same time achieving a valuable degree this course is most definitely for you...
Ciara McNamara, Graduate
"The Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work was a fantastic experience for me. All the work we completed during this time has stood to me in my current role today. The lecturers are exceptional, true experts in their fields as well as being approachable and understanding something that can be hard to come by in other Universities. If you feel like you want to have fun and make friends for life while at the same time achieving a valuable degree this course is most definitely for you." Ciara McNamara, Captain of Cork City FC & Graduate, Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work
The theoretical knowledge I gained paired with the practical experience set me up for success in my current career...
Sam Doyle, Graduate & Youth Resilience Coordinator, The Happy Hub, Cork
'I completed the Youth Work Postgraduate Diploma in UCC in the summer of 2021. I found the course to be very informative, the coordinators to be extremely knowledgeable and approachable if I ever had any problems. The theoretical knowledge I gained paired with the practical experience set me up for success in my current career.'
The Youth Work postgraduate course at UCC is fantastic. The course coordinators created a dynamic learning environment that benefitted me greatly when I entered the professional world.
Youth Work Project Coordinator, The Pod, Togher, Cork
We are proud that University College Cork is the highest-ranked institution in the world (Times Higher Education Rankings) providing Youth Work Education and Training.
In addition, our Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work is professionally endorsed by the North/South Education and Training Standards Committee for Youth Work (NSETS). This means that on completion our graduates qualify as professional youth workers in less than one year.
This programme is ideally suited to graduates who have completed undergraduate studies within a related discipline, and who have a keen interest in impacting positively the lives of young people.
Placement or Study Abroad Information
Students undertake two placements on the projects, which are located in a wide range of community-based youth organisations and students may undertake the second placement abroad in a suitable youth work agency.
Community-based learning is a very important feature of the course, which allows our students to develop their practice skills and build their confidence.
Skills and Careers Information
What can I do after I graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work?
On this programme you are encouraged to engage in high-level professional education through academic study and work placements, ensuring that the skills you develop will be at the forefront of professional youth work practice. Through participation in the programme, our students develop skills in critical policy analysis, youth advocacy, policy advocacy, ethical engagement with young people, individual and group work facilitation, informal and non-formal education, and reflective practice.
Occupations associated with Youth Work
Our graduates find employment in youth work and youth justice organisations, in the public sector, in the voluntary/community sector, in local authorities, and in community-based organisations where expanding youth participation is a priority.
Pathways onwards - what are our graduates doing now
Our graduates have developed careers in youth work across the world, with former students making an impact on young people in the USA, Australia and the UK. Many graduates have gained employment with Irish Youth Organisations such as Youth Work Ireland, Foroige, the Education Authority of Northern Ireland’s Youth Service and the YMCA. Many of them have led youth groups on international exchanges.
Some of our graduates have moved into related occupations such as school completion projects, youth justice projects, organisations for the homeless, support for asylum seekers and refugees, family support organisations, and youth arts organisations. Our graduates have also become youth work managers and youth sector representatives on national bodies.
Our students are typically highly motivated people who want to make a positive impact on young people’s lives. They also tend to be energetic and fun-loving people with varied interests in creative areas such music, art, and sport. Although our students’ primary degrees are usually in social sciences, sociology, early childhood studies, teaching, and psychology we have had (and welcome) students with diverse academic background in areas such as Arts, Geography, Public Relations and Economics. We have had students from across the world on the programme e.g., Brazil, USA, Malaysia, and Slovakia.
Applicants will normally have achieved a minimum grade of a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8). Applicants will normally be graduates from cognate disciplines, including but not limited to Social Science, Education (incl. Sports Studies), Social Work, Early Years and Childhood Studies, Social Care (NFQ, Level 8), Sociology and Psychology.
In exceptional circumstances, and subject to the approval of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, applicants who hold a primary degree (NFQ, Level 8) which is unrelated to youth work practice may also be considered if they can evidence a high level of relevant youth work practice-related experience.
In exceptional circumstances, and subject to the approval of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, applicants who hold a primary degree (NFQ, Level 8), which is lower than a Second Class Honours, Grade II standard, and who demonstrate a high level of relevant work experience, may also be eligible for entry to the course under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Applicants may be required to submit a piece of writing which demonstrates their academic ability to undertake a Level 9 postgraduate programme and this will be assessed by members of the Selection Panel.
All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited for an interview.
Applicants who do not hold a primary degree will not be accepted into the programme. Applicants who hold an NFQ, Level 7 degree/qualification will not be accepted onto the programme. The School of Applied Social Studies offers a very successful undergraduate programme which allows students to access professional training in youth work. Potential applicants who do not hold an undergraduate degree are advised to apply to this programme.
All applicants for the programme will be interviewed as part of the selection process.
Garda Vetting Please note that as part of this programme students will require Garda Vetting as they will take part in a placement or UCC-related activity where they will be working in an unsupervised capacity with children and/or vulnerable adults. For more information on this process please read the UCC Student Garda Vetting Policy .
Fitness to Practise This programme is subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy .
For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.
- In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
- Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office .
English Language Requirements
Applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Vsit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.
Postgraduate EU and International Fees 2024/2025
See our Postgraduate EU and Non-EU (International) Fee Schedule for the latest information.
If your course requires a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second-semester fee payment in January.
Fees are payable in two equal instalments. First payment is at registration and the balance usually by the end of January.
How can I pay?
See different options on our How Do I Pay My Fees? page.
See the Contact Us section on the Fees Office page.
1 . Check Dates : Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.
2 . Gather Documents : Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
- Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.
3 . Apply Online : Apply online via the UCC online application portal . Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.
Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following:
You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.
Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.
- Please enter your voluntary work and placement experience relevant to this programme. Please enter the following items for each volunteering/placement experience: name of organisation: role/title; summary of duties; start/end dates; the number of hours per role.
- Please outline what you believe to be the three most important issues for young people (13 to 21 years of age) in contemporary Ireland (350–400 words).
- Please enter the names and email addresses of two referees. You will also be required to send a reference request to each of your Referees after submitting the online application, via the online reference request on the application portal. One reference MUST be a third-level academic reference and, b. A second reference MUST be a current or former employer/supervisor/agency contact worker who can comment on your personal suitability for youth work professional training.
In addition to the above-mentioned procedures, applicants are selected through an interview process. Applicants who have been shortlisted through a review of written applications are offered an individual interview lasting approximately 30 minutes. The selection panel for each individual interview is comprised of staff from the School of Applied Social Studies. The interview process is designed to elicit information on each applicant regarding their knowledge of and commitment to youth work and young people, and their personal suitability for youth work as a profession.
The closing date for non-EU applications is Open until all places have been filled or no later than 30 June. Early application is advised.
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Youth and Community Work MA
Challenge marginalisation, empower young people and create positive opportunities for their personal development, enhancing your ability to link theory and practice within a social justice framework..
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Course details, entry requirements, employability.
You gain the skills to motivate and inspire young people to succeed and progress using creative and adaptive strategies. You learn to employ inclusive and informal educational programmes, and enhance your confidence and knowledge of their delivery. As you undertake professional practice experience, you develop your ability to critically reflect, becoming an articulate, resilient and inspiring leader. You also learn to apply a wide range of evidence-based academic research to your own practice. The course team is made up of professionally qualified youth workers and academics. Their knowledge and experience is used to hone your skills in managing and working with young people and the wider community. This includes a critical awareness of current issues and developments in youth work such as support into education, mental wellbeing, sexual health and homelessness. You are supported to deliver the key competencies you need to meet the Youth Worker’s standards and gain JNC-recognised professional youth worker status. Collaborating with other youth and community professionals, you evaluate the impact of policies and quality processes, using this to inform your development. You also refine your employability skills for careers in many areas, particularly youth-based contexts. Whether you’re a current practitioner who wants to advance your career, looking for a change or ready to continue your education, this course provides all the skills you need for a future in youth and community work. Study this course and you may be eligible for a £2,500 Sir Keith Skeoch postgraduate scholarship.
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Year 1 core modules.
Inclusive Approaches to Leadership and Management with Young People in the Community
Explore best practice in ever-changing political, cultural and socio-economic environments and develop your understanding of complex problems and potential solutions. Gain knowledge and skills to successfully lead and manage in community and youth work settings.
Practice Placement 1
You take part in your first assessed professional placement and deliver informal personal, social, political or community education to young people and emerging adults aged between 13 and 19. ld. Demonstrate your understanding of core professional competencies and meet NYA validation requirements.
Practice Placement 2
In your second assessed fieldwork placement, you build on the professional youth work competencies developed in your initial placement. You take on increased responsibility, focusing on inclusive management and leadership skills in complex settings.
Working with Young People and Others in the Community
Develop your understanding of the history and evolution of youth and community work, questioning theory, policy, practice and approaches. Explore contemporary issues in youth and community work, and consider anti-discriminatory practice and social inclusion, applying your learning to the experiences of individuals and communities.
Year 2 core modules
Bring together the knowledge and skills acquired on the course in a research project in your chosen area. You demonstrate your research, critical analysis and evaluation ability in a library-based or empirically-based dissertation. A supervisor supports you in your project, but it is undertaken independently.
Modules offered may vary.
How you learn
You learn through lectures, seminars, discussions and workshops in the classroom or online. The sessions consist of directed and self-directed study. Programmes at this level require extensive independent study and reading beyond allocated contact times. You are also expected to take part in a range of learning activities, collaborate effectively and document your professional development. You should develop and explore your own interests and specialism of youth and community in each module. Online discussion groups are held once a week to explore and consolidate learning, which you may find useful if you are returning to learning. Modules are judged against learning outcomes and linked to the units of the National Occupational Standards in Youth Work. All modules are informed by current practice, scholarship, and research (QAA 19). There are two work-based placements, equating to 400 hours of assessed practice, where you apply your knowledge and skills to practice.
How you are assessed
You are assessed through professional placements, essay plans, essays, case studies, group work, vlogs or podcasts, portfolios, and written or filmed interviews. Your assessments reflect the challenges within each module and allow you to develop academically and professionally. Each module has informal and formal activities and practices alongside summative assignments. Professional placements are assessed through completion of placement hours, participation in meetings with your supervisor and tutor, providing evidence of competence to meet National Occupational Standards and evidence of consideration of youth work values and ethical practice.
- a first degree (minimum of 2:2). If you do not meet this criterion but can demonstrate significant experience and/or further study, you may be considered.
- a personal statement demonstrating relevant work or voluntary experience with young people or adults in a community setting.
- complete and pass a formal interview and written exercise
- confirm your ability to complete 400 practice placement hours in an appropriate context during your first year (200 hours each semester)
- demonstrate intellectual and academic suitability for the course
- demonstrate the appropriate attitudes and values expected of someone working with young people or adults in a community setting
- be able to communicate clearly and accurately in standard English
- complete a satisfactory Occupational Health Clearance (further details will be provided)
- complete a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
- provide a completed Declaration of Suitability for Youth Work form
- confirm you have basic IT skills including word-processing, internet browsing and email.
You should have the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in any discipline and a minimum overall IELTS (academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent).
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You gain the skills you need to establish a career in youth and community work, and further academic study. This qualification is acknowledged and valued regionally and nationally, allowing you to compete in a continually evolving and challenging job market. This course supports you to take up roles in management, leadership, development, entrepreneurship, networking and teaching, and facilitating learning. Employers of youth and community workers include local authority, education departments, faith-based, voluntary and charitable organisations and a wealth of community, awareness and health-based projects.
Your learning on the placement is integral and supports your professional practice. There are two placement modules linked to taught modules, strengthening the link between theory and practice. During both practice placement modules, you are supported by university staff and placement supervisors to reflect on your learning. You collect information from your placements to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of practice issues, collated in a professional practice evidence and development portfolio. Applied Practice gives you the chance to experience an internship, research or study abroad project in a public or private workplace working alongside the Student Futures team.
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MA Youth & Community Work (JNC)
Year of entry
a JNC professional youth work qualification.
delivery through a blended learning approach.
from tutors with experience of conducting research in the field.
Why choose? this course?
The MA Youth and Community Work (JNC) programme provides a unique opportunity to obtain a JNC professional youth work qualification, allowing students to register with the Education Workforce Council in Wales and practice as a youth worker throughout the UK and further afield.
- This programme is ideal for practitioners who would like to gain the JNC professional qualification, but may already hold a bachelor’s degree in another subject. The programme covers core topics, principles and values required to be a professional youth worker, whilst also allowing you to tailor your learning to your specialist area of practice.
- The youth and community department at Wrexham University is regarded as the “home of youth work in Wales”, having offered education and training to the youth and community sector since 1977. As such, the department has excellent links with employers across North Wales, North West England and the Midlands, and it works in partnership with organisations across the statutory, voluntary and third sector.
- Delivered through a blended learning approach, students will start each semester with an introductory residential weekend at our Wrexham Campus, then continue to learn online with support from dedicated tutors. This flexible approach is ideal for anyone who is looking to study around their home and work commitments.
Key course features
What you will study, entry requirements & applying, teaching & assessment, career prospects, fees & funding, programme specification.
- Flexible delivery through a blended learning approach, with a residential experience at the beginning of each semester. This is followed by online learning and face-to-face support with tutors as required, allowing you to study alongside work and home commitments.
- Develop the knowledge and core skills for youth work practice and informal education that are transferable to work with children, young people and adults in a range of different settings.
- The course has added value, with opportunities for continuing professional development and additional practical training opportunities.
- Learn and gain experience during 300 hours of supervised fieldwork practice, with a placement in each year of your programme. This can be taken in the UK or internationally, e.g. with a part-funded European placement.
- Develop skills in teamwork, positive communication, working with groups and individuals, reflective practice and leading others.
- Option to tailor your learning to suit your specialist area of practice and interests through negotiated learning and research.
- Theorising Youth and Community Work (including professional placement 1)(Core) This module will provide the opportunity to critically analyse core theories that inform youth and community work practice, and look at how social and political factors impact on our work with young people. It will be an opportunity to critically examine how these combine to shape your professional identity. Students will also undertake a 180 hour work placement.
- Critical Pedagogy and Anti-Oppressive Practice (Core) This module explores the relationship between youth work, informal education and critical pedagogy. It critically examines how education and youth work practice can be used to constructively challenge inequalities and imbalances of power in society, to ensure that youth work practitioners are working in an anti-oppressive way.
- Professional Placement 2 (Core) An opportunity to build on your learning from Year 1, applying theory to practice and demonstrating your new skills and competencies in an alternative 120 hour youth work placement. This module must be successfully completed but does not hold any credit value.
- Research Methodology and Enquiry in Social Sciences (Core) The aim of this module is to enable students to engage in a small scale work-based research project. It will examine the philosophical roots of research and focus on examining existing bodies of knowledge related to a work-based research question. Students will gain practical experience of the research processes and will have the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to do so using an ethical approach and an appropriate research methodology. This module forms a key element of preparing students for the Year 3 dissertation module.
- Negotiated Learning (Option) This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to define their own focus of study within the parameters of youth and community work. Students will critically evaluate and analyse policy, practice and theoretical developments in that identified area. They will also be offered the opportunity to devise their own assessment vehicle- this could be a project, an essay, a presentation etc.
- Leading and Managing Professionals (Option) This module aims to allow practitioners to explore leading and managing professionals in youth and community work contexts. This is a key skill for those working at a professional level. The module will critically explore the differences between the roles of leadership and management, critically evaluate the various roles played by members of teams and recognise the importance of team dynamics.
- Dissertation The dissertation is an independent study, involving the collection and analysis of data from primary sources, carried out by students on a topic of their choice within the context of youth and community work. This is an extended piece of writing that allows students to critically evaluate theoretical concepts and practice in relation to their chosen topic.
The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.
The academic entry requirements for the course are a good honours degree or appropriate professional qualification.
Previous experience of 200 hours in a youth and community work setting is required and must be evidenced. This can be gained in voluntary or paid work within the field of youth and community work. The programme team are able to advise students regarding volunteering and work experience opportunities if required.
All applicants considered suitable for the course will be interviewed, and those with disabilities or from relevant courses will automatically be offered an interview.
Many modules will require you to be working in, or have access to, a suitable youth and community work practice environment in order for you to contextualise your learning and complete the assessments.
You will also be required to complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance (previously known as CRB) so that a check can be made on your suitability for working with children and/or vulnerable adults.
Assessments are designed with the dual aims of supporting a student’s professional development and their academic understanding. This builds knowledge and skills from a belief that being an excellent practitioner means not only working with people, but also being able to express yourself in a range of ways that includes writing reports, documents and essays, based on the collection and analysis of evidence to build an argument.
Throughout the programme, and within individual modules, a variety of assessment methods are employed which seek to demonstrate equity and respect to the individual needs, learning styles and interests of students. The forms of assessment are selected to ensure that they characterise the academic level of the modules, and are designed to enable students to explore the philosophies, concepts and theories underpinning youth work and community work, through the exploration and analysis of issues pertinent to these areas of social provision.
The transference of learning from one module to another is encouraged, and the core modules provide a focus for this. As such, assessment methods on this programme are used to develop a student’s confidence and ability to carry out a range of transferable skills which are considered useful in both academic work and professional practice.
Assessments will therefore take on a variety of forms including essays, presentations, portfolios and contribution to online forums.
Teaching & Learning
Wrexham University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential. We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.
Successful completion of this course leads to a JNC professional Youth Work Qualification, which is requirement for registration with the Education Work Force Council in Wales. This is also the professional qualification required for most Youth Work jobs in England and Scotland. You will complete over 300 hours of placement on the course which provides you with relevant work experience in the Youth and Community Work sector.
Graduates from the course work in a variety of settings, including working in projects and services in the following areas:
- Young Carers
- Care Leavers and Young People in Care
- Young Offenders
- Hospital Youth Work
- Mental Health
- Youth Homelessness and Housing
- Youth Sports and Health Development
- Youth Clubs and Street Based Youth Work
- Child Sexual Exploitation
- Outdoor Education
- Community Development
- Mentoring and Advocacy
- Young People who have disabilities
Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.
You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.
Wrexham University’s tuition fees for 2024/25 for MA Youth & Community Work (JNC) are £2,650 per year (billed annually over three years).
The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & funding pages.
You can see the full programme specification here .
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