Youth Work and Community Development (with JNC) MA / PGDip

This course will no longer be available for admissions after our January 2020 intake.

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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This course will no longer be available for admissions after our January 2020 intake.

Course overview

This course is suitable if you want a JNC-approved qualification or if you are working in a community or education setting working predominantly with young people.

You will be taught to reflect on your role as a practitioner, asked to question and critically evaluate your professional role and create an environment where knowledge transfer and skills develop is encouraged.

The fieldwork practice arrangements required for this course will include two periods of supervised fieldwork practice, which will be 592 hours in total.  In line with the National Youth Agency criteria, at least 148 of these 592 hours will be in an alternative practice context.  The experience will be in two locations and 50% of the committed time will be with young people in the 11-25 age group. The total number of fieldwork practice hours will be equally divided over the course duration.

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 social justice, management and personal and professional change.
  • You will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of industry trends from a variety of perspectives.

Accreditations and Endorsements

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Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching & Assessment

Full-time route

Appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers of postgraduate study carry out the teaching and fieldwork practice preparation/assessment on this programme.  Delivery will be through a range of methods including lectures, student led seminars, placement preparation sessions, fieldwork practice 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 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.

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.


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.

In line with National Youth Agency requirements you are also expected to undertake 598 hours of fieldwork practice over 2 years in a suitable youth and community setting.

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

  • Coursework 50%
  • Practical assessment 50%

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


  • MA/MSc - A grade classification of 2:2 is required or international equivalent
  • PGDip - A grade classification of third-class is required or international equivalent
  • A subject related UK or International honours degree from a recognised institution


  • We also consider applicants who are currently employed and wish to apply to UCB.
  • To apply, you must have 5 years of relevant managerial work experience, demonstrating in-depth knowledge of the sector for the subject matter you are interested in pursuing.
  • A reference detailing your roles and responsibilities from your line manager and a meeting with the programme team will usually be scheduled prior to a place being offered.

EU/international students:


Students must also complete a  Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) before starting this course. UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check. All students must follow UCB’s Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practice.

If your degree is not related and you do not have relevant managerial work experience please contact admissions, so that we can discuss your application on an individual basis before you apply.

If you have any queries, please email: 

Modules (NV)


Fieldwork Practice (A) Fieldwork Practice (B) Management and the Youth and Community Professional Masters Dissertation (SEHC) Personal and Professional Change Research Methods and Ethics Social Justice and Youth and Community Development Work
  Please note
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
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)


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 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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Novlette Parris-Reece

Youth Work and Community Development

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