Professionally validated by the National Youth Agency and the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning, this course will help you master skills to support young people and communities and handle the complexities of social justice. The programme is ideal for pursuing careers in areas such as education, sexual health, housing and homelessness, and mental health.
By choosing this course, you’ll benefit from inter-professional learning, with the course attracting professionals from a variety of settings including youth work, parenting education, children’s centres, sexual health, drug abuse, housing and homelessness, youth offending, mental health, community development and domestic violence.
On this programme you’ll study a range of topics exploring the theory and practice of community development, anti-oppressive practice, health and social research methods and issues in health and wellbeing. You’ll also develop your practical and professional skills by putting theory in to practice with dedicated work placement modules.
- Professional validation by the National Youth Agency and recognition by the Joint Negotiating Committee ensures the content you study is continually relevant to industry and the current developments and challenges within the sector.
- Our programme is currently the only youth work and community development postgraduate distance learning programme in England to have dual professional recognition.
- By choosing this course, you have the opportunity to study part-time or full-time alongside your work commitments, mainly through distance learning.
- Achieve planned change and enhance your employment opportunities with modules specifically designed for staff in local authorities, the NHS (non-clinical non-medical roles), voluntary, third sector and non-governmental organisations; ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice.
- You can benefit from our expert teaching, with more than 55 years’ professional training to draw upon as well as first-hand experience of the field. Our teaching is informed by our diverse team of skilled tutors, with many of our academics actively engaged in professional practice, research and consultancy across a range of sectors.
- Graduates from this course have gone on to pursue a wide range of careers in youth work and health and community development in the statutory and voluntary sector.
“The course has given me a much better understanding of the historical and theoretical background to my profession. The alternative placement was a huge step forward in my professional development. My placement tutor was extremely helpful and pushed me in areas I would have otherwise overlooked.”
Structure and assessment
This course consists of five core modules, one core field placement module, and one option module. Opportunities exist to exit with a PG Dip, gaining the professional qualification at this stage, or complete the dissertation for a full MA.
Core modules include:
- Issues of Health and Well-being – introduces key concepts of health and well-being and the context of youth work and community development Theory and Practice of Community Development – introduces key concepts in relation to practice, policy and the national occupation standards
- Anti-oppressive Practice – analyses concepts of oppression, discrimination and inequality and develops effective anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice
- Health and Social Research Methods – introduces strategies and methods of social science research commonly used in social and healthcare settings
- Field Practice – is practice – based (150 hours) and provides you with the opportunity to further develop your experience and understanding of the role of the informal educator at JNC professional range in an adult and community work setting different to your usual workplace, where you will undertake 500 hours mainly with young people
- Management of Services and People – increases self-confidence and performance as a manager of people and projects within a youth work and community development environment
Plus choose one module from a range of specialist modules, depending on your specific career interests:
- Mental Health
- Contemporary Social Issues
- Global Issues in Youth and Community Development
- Managing Race and Diversity
- The Negotiated Module – allows you to formulate, present and implement an individual proposal in an area of professional relevance and interest
Please contact us for option module descriptions and further information.
- Dissertation – students wishing to achieve a masters will choose a health related topic identified in discussion with academic staff
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences facilities
Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.
Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
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