The programme aims to provide graduates in relevant fields and with experience of working with young people and community groups an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the field of Youth and Community at both the theoretical and the practical level. The programme leads to a Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) professional qualification in Youth Work.
Topics covered on the programme are the theory, policy and practice of Youth Work, inter-personal communication and group work, accountability, professionalism and leadership. The programme also provides an overview of the theoretical, philosophical, and ethical principles which underpin research and introduces students to the theory and practice of practitioner research.
The Postgraduate Diploma / MA in Youth and Community Work confer Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) professional qualification in Youth Work. Additionally, it will allow academic progression for those who meet the criteria and wish to advance their study in the area. Students on the programme are encouraged to develop their own research interests and, where appropriate, to take these to doctoral level. All students are given support to publish their work in professional and academic journals, and to present their work at conferences. The programme will enable students, whilst in formation, to complete their fieldwork practice in two different youth work settings in a statutory and a voluntary organisation. The programme will also equip those who are interested in pursuing an academic career in the field of youth and community or who wish eventually to embark on a PhD with essential research and analytical skills.