MA Education: Managing Community Practice:
The programme consists of three core and one optional module, followed by a dissertation. Most students choose to take two modules per year over two years (one evening per week during term time) followed by the dissertation, although full-time and accelerated modes of attendance may be negotiated.
MA Core Modules:
- Researching Practice
- Reflective Practice
- Managing and Leading Community Practice
MA Optional Modules:
PG Diploma in Youth and Community Work:
The course is comprised of both taught and placement components. Taught modules tend to be university based and involve lectures and small group discussions. Placement based modules relate to the students' fieldwork practice and the university-based tutorial process which emphasise reflective learning. Students will need to attend taught module sessions and tutorials on one evening a week. Modules run over a semester and are worth 15 credits at level 7.
PgD taught modules:
- Developing Relationships
- Principles Community Development and Youth Work
- Managing Community Practice
- Principles of Praxis
PgD placement modules:
- Developing Reflective Practice
- The Community Context of Practice
- The Social Context of Practice
- The Critical Practitioner
Learning & Teaching
Most of the modules have a strong application to professional practice and often involve the undertaking of practice-based projects.
Students will be expected to undertake a considerable amount of self-study to enhance the collective learning process. It is envisaged that students will utilise their experiences to enhance the level of analysis in all collective sessions. Students are expected to engage in reflective learning processes throughout the duration of the programme.
Teaching methods will tend to emphasise small group discussions and informal lectures.
Students will be assessed on both their youth and community work-based practice and their academic assignments through a range of assessment types including essays, presentations, debates, group exercises, audio-visual work, portfolios, reflective writing, and viva voce.
Employability & Careers
The programme is aimed at practitioners and managers in the generic and expanding field of youth and community development work. It aims to enable people to develop their professional understanding and skills through a supportive and challenging learning environment.
The programme will be of particular interest to experienced practitioners who manage aspects of youth or community development provision and who wish to develop their analytical and professional capabilities. It is one of the pathways on the Master's CPD framework.
The Postgraduate Diploma in youth and community work is
a programme leading to professional qualification in youth and community work through
its endorsement for youth work by ETS Wales. It is currently seeking
endorsement for community development work through Community Development Cymru.
The qualification significantly enhances employment opportunities in the field
of youth and community work. Post Graduate Diplomats may wish to continue with
their studies to obtain an MA in Managing Community Practice.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Applicants should be experienced practitioners in the fields of community work, community development, youth work and other associated professional and occupational groups. Applicants should normally possess a degree or a relevant professional qualification. Practitioners who do not have a first degree, but who have considerable
professional experience can apply for exceptional entry. The qualification may enhance professional confidence and analytical skills for those wishing to enhance their current practice, those seeking promotion, and those seeking to further their interests in research or policy work.
Applicants should have a minimum of 200 hours of direct experience in the field of youth and community work; community development work or associated occupational groups. In addition applicants should normally possess a degree or a related professional qualification. Please contact the Programme Director to discuss this further.
All applicants will need to have undergone a Disclosure and Barring Services check prior to starting placement –
Application form, CV and interview
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.
Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Education
MA: Three years part time (other modes by negotiation)
PgD: Two years part time
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit
Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees.
Charges are per Single Module unless specified:
Undergraduate = 10 Credits; Postgraduate = 20 Credits
Generally we find most students will complete 60 credits per year (4 x 15 credit modules). To obtain a true costing please clarify this by contacting the Programme Director directly.
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships.