Youth and Community Work Professional Studies MA, PgDip 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

This course is for those seeking a professional qualification in Youth and Community Work that is validated by the National Youth Agency and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community Work.

You'll explore informal education and community development with young people and communities and you will build your knowledge of social policies and practices, including those surrounding discrimination and the promotion of equality. A significant amount of your learning also takes place whilst on placement. This course helps you progress into a diverse range of youth and community settings including youth and community work, youth offending, substance misuse, housing and alternative education.For those successfully completing the PgDip, you can progress to complete the full MA qualification.

You'll be taught by an outstanding team of teachers; in fact we've been ranked in the top five in the Guardian Guide for Education for the sixth year running. The course is supported by a team of senior lecturers who are also JNC recognised and who have extensive experience of youth and community work practice in the field.


Start date:
25 / 09 / 2017

Duration:

PgDip

1 year full-time/2 years part-time

Upon successful completion of the PgDip course you have the option to progress onto our 1 year part-time Youth and Community Work Professional Studies MA course

MA

3 years part-time or 1 year part-time following successful completion of the PgDip (full-time)

Entry requirements

  • A degree or an equivalent professional qualification. Suitably experienced applicants without a degree will be considered.
  • Commitment to the values of youth and community work and to the requirements of the course
  • Suitable and relevant current job/voluntary placement of at least 14 hours per week during Year 1 (Youth and Community Route only)
  • Some relevant experience in a paid or voluntary basis.

We encourage you to make an application as early as possible. You are more likely to complete all the processes required to gain a place on the course if you apply in the autumn/spring before the course starts. This is especially important because you need to provide evidence of Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly Criminal Records Bureau, CRB) clearance. Applying late may mean that we have no places left.

Contact:

Course enquiries

Tel: +44 (0)1484 478249

Email: sepd@hud.ac.uk
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Places available:

35

(this number may be subject to change)

Location:
Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

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Course content

Courses start in Septemberand requires full-time students to attend on two days per week, as well as attendance at a work placement.For part-time students, the course requires attendance on one day per week and attendance at a work placement. The course is jointly taught with students studying for the Professional Studies (Guidance) Postgraduate Diploma/MA course.

Full-time course

Core modules:

Developing Professional Practice 1:Work with Individuals and Groups

This module will help you examine the professional roles of youth and community workers or careers guidance practitioners in order to enable students to develop as reflective practitioners who draw on developmental supervision. You'll consider the theory, principles and practice of working with individuals and with groups in youth and community work or careers guidance.


Developing Professional Practice: Organisational Culture and Project Planning

This module will help you examine approaches to professional practice in a range of contexts. You'll consider the nature of the organisations within which the practice is located. The module allows you to develop practical skills and knowledge, using theoretical justification for developmental project-based work completed within the workplace / placement setting.


Inequality Inclusion and Critical Social Policy

This module will help you to understanding social inclusion, and the role of social policy in response to experiences of inequality, exclusion and marginalisation in modern British society. You'll address how greater social inclusion can be achieved through consideration of key social policy challenges such as poverty and inequality, social exclusion, welfare dependency, changing family structures, and globalisation, and specific modern social policy priority areas, such as educational and employment disadvantage and disengagement, youth crime, community cohesion and welfare to work.


Managing and Supervising Work with Young People and Communities

This module will help you to explore the nature of management and supervision activities in public service and voluntary sector agencies. You'll consider approaches to managing oneself, managing and leading community-based organisations, the impact of political and economic changes on management practices, managing collaboration and managing change in the organisation.

Upon successful completion of the PgDip course you have the option to progress onto our1 year part-time Youth and Community Work Professional Studies MA course.This requires you to complete the dissertation module:

Dissertation

This module will deepen your knowledge and understanding of educational research. You'll learn about traditions of educational research; positivism, interpretism and action research and the strengths and challenges of carrying out research in these traditions. This module will provide you with the opportunity to carry out a piece of research based on a contemporary or work-related issue or problem.

Part-time course

Year 1

Core modules:

Developing Professional Practice 1:Work with Individuals and Groups

This module will help you examine the professional roles of youth and community workers or careers guidance practitioners in order to enable students to develop as reflective practitioners who draw on developmental supervision. You'll consider the theory, principles and practice of working with individuals and with groups in youth and community work or careers guidance.


Developing Professional Practice: Organisational Culture and Project Planning

This module will help you examine approaches to professional practice in a range of contexts. You'll consider the nature of the organisations within which the practice is located. The module allows you to develop practical skills and knowledge, using theoretical justification for developmental project-based work completed within the workplace / placement setting.

Year 2

Core modules:

Inequality Inclusion and Critical Social Policy

This module will help you to understanding social inclusion, and the role of social policy in response to experiences of inequality, exclusion and marginalisation in modern British society. You'll address how greater social inclusion can be achieved through consideration of key social policy challenges such as poverty and inequality, social exclusion, welfare dependency, changing family structures, and globalisation, and specific modern social policy priority areas, such as educational and employment disadvantage and disengagement, youth crime, community cohesion and welfare to work.


Managing and Supervising Work with Young People and Communities

This module will help you to explore the nature of management and supervision activities in public service and voluntary sector agencies. You'll consider approaches to managing oneself, managing and leading community-based organisations, the impact of political and economic changes on management practices, managing collaboration and managing change in the organisation.

Upon successful completion of the PgDip course you have the option to progress onto our1 year part-time Youth and Community Work Professional Studies MA course.This requires you to complete the dissertation module:

Dissertation

This module will deepen your knowledge and understanding of educational research. You'll learn about traditions of educational research; positivism, interpretism and action research and the strengths and challenges of carrying out research in these traditions. This module will provide you with the opportunity to carry out a piece of research based on a contemporary or work-related issue or problem.

Please note:

•  Modules may be amended in order to ensure the currency of this professionally validated course.

•  A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required to enable you to undertake placements in settings with children and young people. We arrange this as part of the application process. Please note that there is a charge for the DBS check which is approximately £44.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Placements

The course involves two compulsory placements in different youth and community work settings. For part-time students in employment your first placement will be undertaken in your workplace and your second placement will be negotiated with your employer. You will undertake two placements each with a different provider over the course. The placements run alongside your taught sessions.

Previous placements have included youth and community centres and projects, youth theatres youth arts, alternative education, youth and community centres, housing associations and organisations working to support young people with alcohol and drug issues.

Your placement could be in Huddersfield or surrounding areas, so please consider any travelling costs you may incur.

Career opportunities

The course leads to a professional qualification validated by the National Youth Agency and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community Work.

This course could enable you to consider a wide range of careers in youth and community settings; recent graduates have gained employment in youth offending teams, housing associations, organisations supporting people with alcohol and drug issues and youth and community centres.

Professional links and accreditations

The course leads to a professional qualification validated by the National Youth Agency and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community Work.

Teaching and assessment

Our course offers a combination of teaching styles: lectures, tutorials, independent study and work based learning. Assessment is continuous and varied which could include essays, presentations, reports and timed tests.

This varied and flexible approach helps meet the diverse learning needs and the busy lifestyles of our students.

All teaching staff come from relevant vocational backgrounds and have a wealth of experience and knowledge of youth and community work.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only University where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy*.

  • permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

Who will teach me?

Some of our teaching staff who may teach you on this course include:

Lyn Boyd

Trish Whittle

Jean Hatton

Professor Paul Thomas

Dr Helen Jones

Professor Robin Simmons

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the part-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £425 per 15 credit module and £850 per 30 credit module (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Please also note:

•  A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required to enable you to undertake placements in settings with children. We arrange this as part of the application process. Please note that there is a charge for the DBS check which is approximately £44.

Other information

Postgraduate Study Fair

For advice and guidance on your postgraduate study options join us at the Postgraduate Open Day.

Further study

Upon successful completion of your postgraduate studies, progression onto the following postgraduate programmes may be of interest:

Doctor of Education EdD .

International

If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

How to apply

Please apply for this course direct via our online application form.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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