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.
Your future career is our business. That's why we offer further study opportunities across all our subject areas. Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt, benefit from our links with industry and give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.
Visit the Community & Youth Studies - MA page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!