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Youth & Community Work - PgD / Education: Youth & Community Work - MA

Our postgraduate programme in Youth and Community Work at Cardiff Met is professionally endorsed by the Education Training Standards (ETS) Wales and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) for Youth and Community Workers. 

Students on this programme tend to develop into a highly supportive, friendly and analytical professional group. On completion, graduates will significantly enhance their employment opportunities in the field of youth and community work.

There are two study options available:

Postgraduate Diploma in Youth and Community Work (with JNC professional endorsement)
This professionally endorsed award is particularly suitable for graduates who have found themselves working in the field of youth and community work and who wish to gain a professional qualification. The Pg Dip requires students to undertake two separate professionally supervised placements in the field of youth and community work. Students can study the programme on either a part-time or a full-time basis, attending the university to undertake the taught modules and tutorials. The course is endorsed by Education Training Standards (ETS Wales) for youth work. 


MA Education: Youth and Community Work (with JNC professional endorsement)

This programme has a professionally endorsed Postgraduate Diploma in Youth and Community work embedded within it. The course offers students the opportunity to gain a full academic MA as well as a professional qualification in youth and community work.

As with the PG Dip in Youth and Community work it is particularly suitable for graduates who have found themselves working in the field of youth and community work and who wish to gain a professional qualification. The programme requires students to undertake two separate professionally supervised placements in the field of youth and community work. Students can study the MA on either a part-time or a full-time basis, attending the university to undertake the taught modules and tutorials. The course is endorsed by Education Training Standards (ETS) Wales) for youth work.

​Course Content​​

PG Diploma in Youth and Community Work:

The course comprises four taught modules and four placement focused modules that run concurrently with two fieldwork placements. 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

MA Education: Youth and Community Work

The MA comprises four taught modules and four placement focused modules that run concurrently with two fieldwork placements. Modules run over a semester and are worth 15 credits at level 7. 

In addition, students will complete a dissertation module worth 60 credits, focusing on a topic of choice related to the field of youth and community work.

MA taught modules

  • Developing Relationships
  • Principles Community Development and Youth Work
  • Managing Community Practice
  • Principles of Praxis

MA placement modules:

  • Developing Reflective Practice
  • The Community Context of Practice
  • The Social Context of Practice
  • The Critical Practitioner

Learning & Teaching​

PgD:
All modules have a focus on application to contemporary fieldwork practice contexts. The taught modules consist of lectures and group work/discussion, with the placement modules providing more of an opportunity to develop critical reflection and analysis of context, with more of an acute focus on practice. 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 fieldwork experience to enhance the level of analysis in all learning processes and engage in reflective learning throughout the duration of the course. 

The part-time route will entail attendance of University to study a total of four tutorial modules on Tuesday evenings (5-7pm) in Year One and four on Monday evenings (5-7pm) in Year Two. The four taught modules are delivered as a study block, each one being taught intensively over three consecutive six hour days. There will be two of these per academic year, one per semester.

The full-time route will entail attendance of University to study a total of four tutorial modules on Monday and Tuesday evenings (5-7pm) over one academic year. The four taught modules are delivered as a study block, each one being taught intensively over three consecutive six hour days. There will be four of these over the academic year, two per semester.


​MA:
All modules have a focus on application to contemporary fieldwork practice contexts. The taught modules consist of lectures and group work/discussion, with the placement modules providing more of an opportunity to develop critical reflection and analysis of context, with more of an acute focus on practice. 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 fieldwork experience to enhance the level of analysis in all learning processes and engage in reflective learning throughout the duration of the course.

The part-time route will entail attendance of University to study a total of four tutorial modules on Tuesday evening (5-7pm) in Year One and four on Monday evenings 5-7pm) in Year Two. The four taught modules are delivered as a study block, each one being taught intensively over three consecutive six hour days. There will be two of these per academic year, one per semester.

The full-time route will entail attendance of University to study a total of four tutorial modules on Monday and Tuesday evenings (5-7pm) over one academic year. The four taught modules are delivered as a study block, each one being taught intensively over three consecutive six hour days. There will be four of these over the academic year, two per semester.

Students on both part-time and full-time MA routes will be allocated a professional supervisor to support and guide the student through the process of both research, to include selection of methods and the writing of the dissertation. Where possible the student will be allocated a supervisor with expertise in the research interest area of the student.

Assessment

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, fieldwork observation, a reflective practice portfolio and viva voce. Plus a dissertation (for MA routes).

Employability & Careers​

PgD:
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. The qualification significantly enhances employment opportunities in the field of youth and community work.

MA:

The programme leads to both an academic MA and a professional qualification in youth and community work through its endorsement for youth work by ETS Wales. The embedded professional qualification significantly enhances employment opportunities in the field of youth and community work whilst the MA study significantly enhances skills of research and analysis in the field. It is one of the pathways on the Master's CPD framework. See MA Education (with pathways)

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

PgD:
PG Diploma in Youth and Community 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 or a relevant professional qualification. Practitioners who do not have a first degree, but who have considerable professional experience can apply for exceptional entry. 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 – www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/dbs

MA:

- Applicants should have a minimum of 200 hours of direct and recent 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 or a relevant professional qualification. Practitioners who do not have a first degree, but who have considerable professional experience can apply for exceptional entry. 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 – www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/dbs

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Selection Procedure:
Application form, CV and interview

How to Apply:

Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service system. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.​

If you are interested in using credit from another institution, or have obtained qualifications and/or experience to study for a course at Cardiff Met,  you can find further information on this as well as information on how to apply on the RPL page.

Additional Information

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.

Part-time 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. 

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email directapplications@cardiffmet.ac.uk

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leaders:

PgD & MA Youth & Community Work:          
Cez James:
Email: cjames@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: ​029 2020 5948

MA Education (with pathways) 
Dr Jan Huyton:
Email:JHuyton@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Key Course Information

Place of Study:
Cyncoed Campus

School:
Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy

Course Length:
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

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