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Community and Youth Studies
Postgraduate course
MA

Community and Youth Studies

Overview

Youth and community work is an area that is both challenging and in a state of flux thanks to a range of complex factors, including government policy, shifting ideologies and cultural or familial issues.

If you are an experienced practitioner in this field who has completed a Postgraduate Diploma, this is your chance to enhance your expertise and professional development by completing a research project or dissertation and gain a masters qualification.

Your course will give you a better understanding of social research methodologies, data collection and analysis techniques so you can confidently use best-practice approaches in a range of complex youth and community situations.

At the end of your studies, you will have a critical perspective of policy and practice, which in turn will give you the confidence to shape policy and practice in order to improve the lives of young people and communities.

You will benefit from the expertise of our staff, most of whom are active researchers in the field of youth and community work.

Course leader Alan Smith is vice chair of the National Youth Agency Education and Training Standards Committee and is co-chair of the Joint Education and Training Standards Committee.

The Youth Work & Community team have twice been shortlisted for Course Team of the Year in our Students' Union Golden Robe Awards, winning in 2014. These accolades celebrate and recognise the work of our University staff.

Guest speakers will also be on hand to share their practical insights and knowledge. Previous guest lecturers have included international academics who provided insights into the differences between youth and community work in the UK and overseas, and a member of Ofsted who spoke about the changing shape of youth work.

This course attracts a diverse student group, so you will have a supportive community to discuss ideas and strategies with. With this exposure to different views and methods of problem solving, you will gain a fresh perspective on the issues you will deal with in your career.

Entry Requirements

Requirements:

Applicants must hold a Postgraduate Diploma Youth Work and Community Development (JNC) award, or equivalent postgraduate youth and community work professional qualification (120 credits at level 7). For a list of all validated youth work programmes that confer status of professional youth worker, please visit the following link.

Applicants should demonstrate in their personal statement the relevant work or voluntary experience they have gained with young people or adults in a community related setting.

All applications should be supported by a reference, a template can be accessed at this link

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All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements:

Applicants must hold a Postgraduate Diploma Youth Work and Community Development (JNC) award, or equivalent postgraduate youth and community work professional qualification (120 credits at level 7). For a list of all validated youth work programmes that confer status of professional youth worker, please visit the following link.

Applicants should demonstrate in their personal statement the relevant work or voluntary experience they have gained with young people or adults in a community related setting.

All applications should be supported by a reference, a template can be accessed at this link

.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
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Careers

Jon Giordano

Careers

Jon Giordano
Senior Practitioner Surrey Heath

PG Dip Youth Work & Community Development

“"I can’t speak highly enough of my time at Leeds Beckett. I’ve really learnt how to educate myself with the youth work theories and best practice so that I can champion social justice and change young people’s lives for the better. I’ve come from being a part-time youth worker to managing a team of 16 people – I wouldn’t have had the confidence nor the opportunities without my course."

Modules & learning

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Plan and implement an independent piece of original research while also reflecting on evidence drawn from community and youth studies and making links to research theory and practice.

Gain the theoretical, methodological and practical foundations to be an effective social science researcher, capable of resolving a range of practice-based problems.

Alan Smith
Alan Smith
Course Director

Alan Smith manages and leads one of the largest youth and community work programmes in the UK. He is Vice Chair of the National Youth Agency Education and Training Standards Committee and is Co-Chair of the Joint Education and Training Standards Committee for England, Scotland, Wales and All-Ireland.

With a growing focus on community and global issues, our course helps prepare students for working in a rapidly changing world, helping them see the impact of inequalities on life choices and life chances. As they gain an understanding of how local issues have an impact beyond their community, we expect them to critically engage with politics, the media and other professionals, to help challenge inequality and give voice to the voiceless.

Fees & funding

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most taught postgraduate modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 2017/18 on this course is £577.6 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £28.88. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.
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Part-time rates for international students are not automatically displayed as there are specific visa requirements which generally limit students to study in the UK on a full-time basis. Should you wish to query your visa status you can contact Tier4 Compliance@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. If you are able to study on a part-time basis please contact fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk for further information on course fees.

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