Youth and Community Development MA / PGDip

This postgraduate course is accredited by the University of Birmingham.

Overview (NV)

MA / PGDip

Course length MA
18 months full-time / 2.5 years part-time
Course length PGDip
1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
Fees (Home/EU)
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Fees (International)
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Course overview

This course will appeal to people working in the non-governmental organisational sector and the private and public sectors, who are committed to empowering people to make positive changes in their own loves.

You will be taught to become a reflective practitioner and asked to question and critically evaluate your professional role and create an environment where knowledge transfer and skills development is encouraged.

Reflection is embedded in teaching in order to train practitioners who can make a really difference to the lives of children, young people and families in culturally diverse communities.

Why should I choose this course?

  • You will develop your professional career in youth work and community as you specialise in this rewarding area.
  • You will be given a choice of specialist modules that allow you to customise your degree to suit your career aspirations.
  • You will learn advanced techniques for research and communication and how to apply them to the industry
  • You will learn a variety of industry approaches around mentoring, professional practice and distance learning materials.
  • You will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of industry trends from a variety of perspectives. 

Lectures, seminars and group-work provide opportunities for the exploration of concepts and theories in relation to practice. Poster presentations and case study analysis will be used to help you understand the links between theory, operational practices and strategic considerations.

There is a strong emphasis on coursework, which encourages you to reflect on your own experiences and that of the organisations within the sector. You will also be assessed on reports, critical analysis and individual and group presentations. 

Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment

Full-time route

Appropriately, qualified and experienced lecturers of postgraduate study carry out the teaching on this programme. Delivery will be through a range of methods including lectures, student led seminars and tutorials. There will be class exercises, to facilitate deeper comprehension of analysis, which is required for postgraduate study.  

A typical teaching week will have:

  • Large group teaching - 4 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
  • Smaller group teaching - 2 hours of seminars each week in small groups discussing topics presented in lectures
  • Tutorials - 2 hours being a mixture of personal, group, directed study and academic tutorials per week

Individual Study

In addition you are likely to need to commit 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides 24 hour access to learning and support material.

Part-time route

  • Large group teaching - 2 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
  • Smaller group teaching - 1 hour of seminars each week in small groups discussing topics presented in lectures
  • Tutorials - 1 hour being a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials per week

Individual study

In addition you are likely to need to commit 10 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides 24 hour access to learning and support material.

Assessment

The assessments are designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are employed within the programme. Assignments are typically based around your professional practice within your vocational area enabling you to demonstrate your initiative, self-direction and appraise your decision-making in your workplace/placement setting.   

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

  • Coursework 70%
  • Practical assessment 30%

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree or equivalent (ideally in the social sciences, humanities or arts areas, such as sociology, sports and leisure management, mentoring, education, theology or psychology). 

UCB's standard English language requirement for Postgraduate study will apply (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent).

Modules (NV)
Communication in Practice Masters Dissertation (C & E) Research Methods and Ethics Social Justice
Plus one option from:
Tracing Trends Coaching and Mentoring Distance Learning Materials Project Professional Enquiry Management and Leadership in Education and Community
Placements (NV)

Work placement

If you are looking for further work experience opportunities, our highly experienced hired@UCB staff members have a diverse mix of advisors with experience in a wide variety of areas including early years, education, learning disability, special education, child protection, community service development and management. 

At UCB, we understand the importance of work placements within academic study, and our employer contacts say they give preference to students with qualifications who also have experience within the field.

Employability (NV)

Employability

Upon successful completion of this course, previous students have gone on to work in youth and community development, local neighbourhoods and working with groups who are most at risk of committing crimes.

Graduating with this degree will enable you to go onto work in youth and community-related organisations in:

  • Advice and guidance work
  • Mentoring
  • Health promotion
  • Community family support
  • Advocacy (supporting those most vulnerable in society).

hired@UCB

hired@UCB is our new student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills.

Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, in newly refurbished facilities, the hired team comprises of specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement• Part time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency

Find out more about hired@UCB services.

Profiles (NV)

Student profiles

Read what our current students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their career in industry.

Asma Bi

Asma Bi

Youth, Community and Families

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