MA Working for Children and Young People is for those who are professionally qualified in youth work at undergraduate level and looking for professional and academic progression.
What makes the MA Working for Children and Young People so different is its focus on inter professional practice, and how the needs of children, young people, families and communities can best be met in a rapidly changing policy, strategic and operational context.
The postgraduate course may interest graduates wishing to study a contemporary, relevant and challenging postgraduate programme who have studied related subjects, such as education, social care, health, youth offending, sports or community development or the voluntary sector.
You will recognise the increasing responsibility for those working in socio-educational, voluntary and third sector public services to collaborate in an increasing variety of inter and multiagency contexts. You will explore the benefits of exchanges of professional information and coordination of service responses to children, young people, families and communities. You will also study the ethical dimensions required to work effectively in inter-professional teams of service providers, whilst also learning about safeguarding and European models of practice with children and young people.
The additional strengths of this Masters programme include its focus on the development of critical thinking and leadership skills, and a greater understanding of the policy and practice context of this specific area of professional work.
As a student on the programme you will study the following core modules: - Building Effective Partnerships - Ethics, Reflection and Safeguarding - Supervision and Support skills (including the All Wales Supervision Qualification for practice supervisors) - Social Pedagogy - Managing and Leading Interdisciplinary Teams - Research Methods and Project Management - Dissertation (20,000 words) or Internship and Critical Report (15,000 words)
You will be assessed through a variety of written assignments, presentations, group work and distance learning tasks.
Learning and teaching methods
The course can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis which would be perfect if you are looking to balance study and work.
Full-time: one year taught plus dissertation.
Part-time: two to five years. You will normally be required to spend one day a week on campus for lectures.This will be supported by independent study and distance learning. Your time on campus will vary if you choose the part-time route.
Students can also participate in individual stand alone modules based on your professional and CPD needs. The programme is timetabled flexibly and creatively and designed to complement employment. You may also take the opportunity to participate in overseas study and work experience visits.
Masters graduates will be well placed to seek advancement in their own professional areas or seek a change of employment to another professional field.On completion of the full MA programme, there may also be opportunities for you to progress into further study via a PhD route on application, both at the University of South Wales, and other UK universities.