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Youth Work & Community Development (JNC) (PG Dip)

Course Description

Our course will increase your professional opportunities in the rapidly changing area of youth and community work, and support you in becoming a force for change. It is professionally validated by the National Youth Agency on behalf of the Joint Negotiating Committee, meaning you will achieve a nationally recognised, professional qualification, and will enhance your existing skills as well as develop new ones that might be needed when working in community development or youth work.

You will participate in a rich and culturally diverse learning environment and undertake two challenging placements - one of which may be an international placement. You will grow your understanding of current management theory and practice, Government policy and competing welfare ideologies, as well as fundamental skills and values which underpin professional practice.

You'll have the chance to critically analyse and examine recent developments, to share experiences with colleagues from a range of related settings, and to further your own education and professional development. In addition, there is the opportunity to gain a basic understanding of practitioner research, which will benefit your future employment as well as preparing you for our MA Community & Youth Studies.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/youthworkjnc_pgdip

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


There’s high demand for the professional skills you’ll gain on our course, and you’ll be able to apply them in a diverse range of jobs. These include working with young offenders and those at risk of offending, young people not in education, employment or training, sexual health projects, harm reduction projects, crime prevention, housing support and hostel work, and mentoring in schools and colleges.

- Youth Worker
- Community Development Worker
- Social Worker

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You'll get a solid knowledge base, practical skills and experience of supervised practice in two fieldwork settings. You'll undertake a total of 600 hours in these placements, and 50% of this time will be spent with young people aged 16-25. One placement may be in your place of work, and both placements aim to meet the fieldwork practice requirements of the National Youth Agency.

Our course is subject to the National Youth Agency's requirements for the professional validation of Higher Education programmes which are recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) as conferring nationally qualified status as a Youth Worker and the English Standards Board for Community Development


Ethics, Principles and Practice of Youth Work and Community Development
Critically explore and reflect on theories and practice approaches located within youth work and community development.

Historical Perspectives on Youth and Community Work (Policy, Ideology and Practice)
Gain an overview of recent Government policy, and its impact on professional practice, critically analysing this in relation to the values and ethics of youth and community development.

Empowering Relationships: Critical Issues for Practice
Lean the underpinning knowledge and skills to engage with individuals and groups, critically understanding the tensions between the values of youth and community work, and approaches to practice.

Management: Current Issues in Practice
Gain an understanding of the challenges faced by managers and leaders in a complex and changing professional context. You will critically understand the tensions between the values of youth and community work and the current, mainstream approaches to management and leadership.

The Professional Practitioner
Your opportunity to meet the professional practice requirements of the PSRB by undertaking and passing placements in two settings.


- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Clinical Skills Suite
The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Youth Work & Community Development (JNC) (PG Dip) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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