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Youth Work and Community Development
Postgraduate course
MA

Youth Work and Community Development

International Scholarships available

Overview

This course will allow you to become a qualified youth and community worker, increasing your employment opportunities in this rapidly changing field. It is validated by the National Youth Agency.

You will participate in a rich and culturally diverse teaching and learning environment and undertake two challenging placements, enabling you to apply your knowledge and hone your practical skills. During your studies, you will critically engage with the tensions and challenges of current practice, build a sophisticated knowledge of effective management approaches, debate how youth work and community development has responded to shifting government policies and learn how to support inclusive practice that can inspire positive social change.

This course has been designed on the principles which promote social justice, and challenge injustice and inequality. Alongside the taught modules, you will be able take advantage of our professional development programme, which offers the chance to explore and understand recent developments in the field, exchange experiences with colleagues and practitioners and learn from one another. You will also gain an understanding of how to conduct research as a practitioner, and undertake an in-depth dissertation study.

Validated by:

On this course you will undertake a total of 400 hours of placement practice - half of this time will be spent with young people aged 11-25, with the main focus being 13-19 years. One placement may be in your current place of work, and while both aim to meet the fieldwork practice requirements of the NYA. You will have access to our online learning portal, with 24/7 access to modules and bespoke specialist resources produced by our course team and wider University.

Alongside the modules runs a professional development programme providing further opportunity for you to critically analyse recent developments in the field and to exchange experiences with colleagues and practitioners. In addition, you will gain an understanding of conducting practitioner research and undertake a substantial dissertation.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

Visit our Distance Learning Website

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Play PG Dip Youth Work and Community Development - Ros Chiosso, Course Leader Video
PG Dip Youth Work and Community Development - Ros Chiosso, Course Leader

Entry Requirements

Requirements

Applicants should normally have at least a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from a work environment or from a voluntary setting environment.

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 suitable candidates will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.

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

Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

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 should normally have at least a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from a work environment or from a voluntary setting environment.

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 suitable candidates will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.

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

Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

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.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Jon Giordano

Careers

Teaching and learning

Analyse political decision making and policy making as it applies to children, young people and communities, through a critical understanding of sociological and political ideologies. You will examine how post war developments in social welfare and education have impacted on current practices in youth and community work, and the how Neo-Liberal ideologies are shaping contemporary policy makers.

Study management approaches, skills and abilities in an organisational and individual context. You will be equipped with the requisite attributes and knowledge to operate in and manage your constantly evolving immediate environment, for example, by maximising resource use, leading change and identifying/responding to opportunities. You will also gain insights into managing yourselves so you can acquire, now and in the future, the necessary skills and experience to operate with confidence and competence in that environment.

Develop your professional identity within a supportive study group and in professional practice. You will explore professional identity formation and study skill needs at induction, at different stages throughout the module and in practice. You will discuss and negotiate a programme of Personal and Professional Development that will meet identified and perceived individual/group needs. Key topics will be included, but you can discuss and negotiate specific content to reflect contemporary practice issues or specific study skills requirements. You will also undertake a placement component comprising 150 hours of assessed practice which will run concurrently with the taught programme and will normally take place within the first two semesters.

You will synthesise the complex relationship between personal and professional values and practice within National Occupational Standards, approaches and interventions to Youth and Community Work, government agendas and protocols for work with children, young people and wider communities, key thinkers and theorists, challenges of multi professional and partnership working and explore the shifts taking place in a rapidly changing sector.

Undertake a substantive practice placement, which together with their alternative placement meets the professional requirements for qualifying as a youth and community worker, allowing students to critically apply their academic learning and demonstrate a high level of practice informed by the values, ethics, principles and National Occupational Standards of Youth Work, and core standards of Community Development Work. In this second professional practice setting, students will be required to understand and critique the issues and challenges of working in a rapidly changing field, with a focus on the impact of the wider environment in which the organisation operates. As this is the substantive period of assessed practice, students will need to demonstrate an understanding of the management and leadership of youth and/or community work practice, which may include: the planning, delivery and evaluation of specific programmes of intervention with individuals, groups and/or communities; organisational analysis; involvement in primary research with local groups and/or communities, or funding applications.

Select, devise, analyse and synthesise research and evidence-based practice findings in an inter-professional environment. You will develop an advanced understanding of selected research methods and have opportunities for acquiring appropriate research skills through study and application to their own sphere of professional practical experience.

Undertake an independent piece of original advanced research that you will be expected to plan, implement and report with guidance from a supervisor. This can take the form of a traditional dissertation or a practice-based enquiry. Working with a named supervisor, you will be expected to show initiative and responsibility in this process as well as the capacity to reflect on evidence and make links with research theory and practice.

Leeds Beckett University
Rosamund Chiosso
Senior Lecturer
My role as Course Leader is one I thoroughly enjoy and feel privileged to hold as I can combine academic interest and needs with my previous roles. I've worked alongside tenants and residents, groups of young people, councillors and professionals to secure better resources for local communities and to support long-term sustainable development. I like to work collaboratively and encourage the active involvement of others.
Play PG Dip Youth Work and Community Development - Ros Chiosso, Course Leader Video
PG Dip Youth Work and Community Development - Ros Chiosso, Course Leader

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £5500. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed

Facilities

  • Community Living Area
    Community Living Area

    Used to demonstrate rehabilitation activities, it contains a functioning kitchen, living area, bathroom and bed, and is equipped with a ceiling hoist, emergency lifting cushion, bariatric chair and a range of adapted equipment.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

  • Interpersonal Skills Suite
    Interpersonal Skills Suite

    We have plenty of private rooms to allow you to try out your counselling skills. They come equipped with recording facilities so you’re able to reflect on and improve your practice.

  • Portland
    Portland

    Leeds Law School is located in Portland, close to the city's legal quarter. Our students can hone their legal expertise in purpose-built facilities, including our very own courtroom.

  • Social learning spaces
    Social learning spaces

    Our social learning spaces typically include PCs, desk space and seating areas, enabling you to study and socialise in a relaxed atmosphere.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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