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MA/PgDip Community Development and Youth Work: Leadership and Practice


Course Description

This award includes a professional qualification validated by the National Youth Agency and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) of Youth Leaders and Community Work. This is conferred at Postgraduate Diploma level (120 credits at level 7) on successful completion of the relevant taught units and placements (but we encourage students to register for full MA where possible). The PgDip/MA is aimed at graduates with relevant experience, particularly in working with young people/communities, and with a commitment to community/social education, youth development, and the possibilities of social justice and change. The course is designed to prepare the student for management and leadership roles in both voluntary and statutory organisations.

The award teaching, learning and assessment strategies will reflect the values, ethical principles and codes of practice that underpin the profession. They are based on a framework of quality drawn from national guidelines (QAA Youth and Community Work Benchmark Statement) and institutional strategies (The Manchester Metropolitan University’s Mission Statement and Learning and Teaching Strategy), as well as National Standards set by the NYA.

Special Features

• Weekend attendance – you will only need to attend the University for one weekend per unit (Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime)
• The course offers October and February (or June by request) start dates
• Masters level continuing professional development tailored for students own context, priorities and interests, drawing on
multi/interdisciplinary perspectives
• Professional development and recognition
• Contemporary partnership contexts fully explored
• Positive commitment to exploring issues of equality and diversity in an urban context
• Participation in a large, dynamic and forward-thinking taught postgraduate community

Visit the MA/PgDip Community Development and Youth Work: Leadership and Practice page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should have an honours degree or a postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a UK honours degree. Other qualifications or experience may be acceptable if they demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills to a UK honours degree standard. A minimum of one year’s relevant experience (or equivalent part-time) in community/youth/relevant settings (this can a diverse range of community activism, community development activities and/or voluntary work).An understanding of the issues faced by young people/communities, including the impact of inequalities.All applicants are interviewed for professional suitability, as required by the National Youth Agency.

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