This course offers a flexible, yet coherent, programme of study, with a professional qualification in youth and community development work upon graduation, which enables successful graduates to practice as a qualified health/youth and community development worker in the UK.
Both MA programmes are suitable for staff in local authorities, the NHS, voluntary and third sector who use group work, informal learning and activity, outreach and community work especially those working with young people and adults often labelled as hard to reach. •Youth and community staff are engaged in professional practice, research, consultancy and teaching •Professionally validated by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC). Also endorsed by England Standards Board for Community Development Work •An opportunity to study at an advanced academic and professional level •High quality practice-related modules enabling practitioners and clients to achieve planned change through the process of education, development and practice-orientated research •Develops innovative, progressive practitioners who reflectively engage with concepts and practices of social justice and equality
The course consists of four core modules, one core field placement module, and three specialist modules taken from a list of some 11 modules. You may then seek to exit with a PG Dip, or remain on the course to complete your dissertation for an MA. All core modules and most option modules are launched during one of two block teaching weeks held each year (usually in October and February). Attendance at launch days is compulsory.
These are supported by a wide variety of written material, individual and corporate tasks. You are required to engage in a number of online seminars in each module. You are required to identify a supervisor who will primarily support your field practice, but may also provide a dialogue partner to discuss wider issues arising from the course. You will complete a minimum of 592 hours of field practice, of which 442 hours will be based in your own workplace and 150 hours must be outside of your employing agency.
Core Modules include: •Issues of Health and Well-being; •Theory and Practice of Youth Work; •Theory and Practice of Community Development; •Health and Social Research Methods 1; •Field Practice; •Management of Services and People .
Specialist modules include: Designing, Delivering and Assessing Learning; Supervision in Youth and Community Development; Social Exclusion, Disaffection and Youth Work; Faith and Community Development; Global Issues in Youth and Community Development; Mental Health; Peer Health Learning; Managing Race and Diversity; The Negotiated Module; Anti-Oppressive Practice; Young People, Active Citizenship and Participation.