MA Youth Work and Community Development

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Key course details

Location Lancaster
Duration Full-time, 1 Year, Part-time, 2 Years
Start date September 2020
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

Passionate about helping young people achieve their full potential? Have a deep desire for social justice?

Our MA in Youth Work and Community Development will enable you to confidently lead and manage complex work with young people, adults and community groups and help them to thrive.

Whether you are an existing practitioner looking to update your knowledge, or a student wishing to extend their knowledge, this is an ideal programme. We will drive your desire to support young people and communities, so that you can provide all that they deserve.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

We’ve designed our course to be flexible so that you can make your learning manageable to best fit your lifestyle. And so, on our course you can register for the whole MA, safe in the knowledge that are three exit routes, or you can register for each year at a time.

You will learn professionally-relevant knowledge and skills in areas such as child and adolescent development, law, values and ethics; so you can build a solid understanding to provide people the positive help they need.

Learning-by-doing is fundamental to our course and so you will have plenty of opportunity to put your knowledge into practice through placements and first-hand research experience, which will both boost your confidence and your CV.

  • Dual accreditation - The programme has dual accreditation conferring both JNC accreditation as a youth worker and ESB accreditation as a community worker. This will set you ahead of other graduates and support you to keep your progression routes more open. You will gain a firm understanding of both youth work and community work.
  • Integrated working - The programme has a cross cutting theme of interdisciplinary work and interprofessional study, reflecting changes in the youth and community work sector.
  • Placement - Professional placements at each level will equip you with the opportunity to integrate the knowledge, understanding and skills into tangible practice
  • Applied course and assessments – The course features a high number of applied tasks and assessments such as report writing, designing curriculum packs, evaluating services, ensuring that you have all the practical skills you need to go out into the field.
  • Highly skilled tutors with strong links in the field – Our tutors are all experienced youth work and community development practitioners and highly skilled researchers. We have links with over 100 youth work organisations across the region and international relationships too. This ensures that your programme is informed by recent practice.
  • Enriched learning - Our tutors are active researchers, exploring areas such as empowerment and agency, and socially just research methods - which means your studies will be informed by the latest research

Postgraduate Loyalty Award

Progress to postgraduate for free

We’ve waived the fees for many postgraduate courses* for students like you planning to start an undergraduate degree with us to help you extend your education.

Graduate destinations

The MA offers you an ideal opportunity to progress your career boosting your confidence to go for promotions and enhancements in your current or a new post.

The qualification will enhance the level at which you can enter the children’s workforce too. You should expect to be able to secure managerial and leadership roles with level 7 qualification.

The programme offers you the opportunity to undertake placements and to gain professional status as a Youth Worker and endorsement at Community Development work should you seek it. This is optional, and you can also study the MA as an academic course without placements.

Graduates may work in a range of distinct youth and community work organisations, or in integrated settings within education, social care, health and wellbeing, sport and culture, crime and justice. Within each of these sectors there are employers who provide statutory services, voluntary and charitable services and private services. This provides you with a wide range of employment options.

As a result of studying this programme you may also want to progress onto the Masters programme to gain further knowledge and/or optional accredited professional status.