Engaging with young people and community involvement is recognised as essential to developing a cohesive society, and youth work has a key role to play in this. These courses are primarily for those working in or intending to work in local authority and voluntary organisation youth work settings.
These courses are recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) enabling students to gain a thorough understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of such work as well as professional recognition.
These courses have been developed to provide a professional qualification in youth and community work for people working with, and managing organisations for young people or who intend to develop their career in this area. You will gain knowledge and experience of the policies, best practice and skills required to develop yourself both personally and professionally. Students will professionally qualify at the Postgraduate Diploma level. Those going onto the Masters will develop further research skills and have the opportunity to research their areas of interest in their dissertation.
[[Module Information ]] This is a modular programme in which the focus of your assignments will be negotiated to suit you and your working environment. You will enjoy the benefits of working with other groups of professionals, promoting multi-agency working whilst enhancing learning and teaching experiences. Fieldwork practice is central to the course, (placements for full-time students, work settings for part time students).
In addition, students will undertake the following modules (which may be subject to change):
• Principles and Practice of Youth and Community Work • Organisations and Management • Developing Services for Young People and Communities • Critical Perspectives on the Contexts of Working with Young People and Communities • Fieldwork Research • Dissertation Preparation • Dissertation
[[Assessment ]] Assessment will be through a range of strategies such as portfolios, presentations, written reports and essays, work-based studies and practical tasks. The course will recognise your needs as a learner and develop independent study skills that are transferable to a range of learning situations and assessment tasks.
This is one of the few professional youth work courses in the West Midlands which provides you with the opportunity to meet national JNC standards. You will benefit from Newman’s considerable experience and reputation in the areas of teacher education, child development and community engagement. In order to practice as a professional youth worker in the UK you will need to obtain recognition from the JNC for Youth and Community Workers.
The programme provides you with recognition, making it a key step towards professional status and career development. You will gain skills and experience relevant to various youth work roles and an understanding of the policies and practices necessary in this important area of work.