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Youth and Community Work MSc (Full-time)

London Metropolitan University
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Virtual open day
Virtual open day
Virtual open day
Virtual open day

Program description

Youth and Community Work MSc (Full-time)

Become a Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) qualified youth and community worker with our master’s degree in Youth and Community Work.

Whether you’re wanting to rise to management level, are looking to start your career in the sector or want to increase your employment opportunities, this is the perfect course for you.

Our course has dual professional validation from the National Youth Agency (NYA) and the National Occupational Standards for Youth Work. On top of this, you’ll also benefit from membership of the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning (ESB) - the professional body for community development workers.

Our Youth and Community Work master’s degree includes 400 hours of practical experience carried out via a placement, equipping you to meet industry requirements. You’ll spend a minimum of 50% of this time working with young people. Typically you’ll work closely with 13-19 year olds, but this could be extended to 11-25 year olds.

Drawing on the values of social justice and anti-oppressive practice, you’ll learn about theory, policy and practice to help you develop a mix of academic and vocational skills.

You’ll study the tensions and challenges in the sector, building knowledge of effective management approaches. By exploring recent developments and sharing experiences with practitioners, you’ll learn about trauma informed practice, mental health and wellbeing in young people and develop strategies to reduce violent crime. You’ll also learn how to commission and pitch for funding in times of austerity, as well as examining techniques to support staff dealing with front-line interventions.

Our course meets JNC requirements, adheres to the NYA code of conduct and Community Development National Occupational Standards (2015). This means you’ll gain in-depth understanding of professional boundaries and knowledge that supports sound and safe practice.

Once you’ve successfully completed the course, you’ll understand professional requirements, and be able to identify oppression in all forms. On top of this, you’ll also be able to recognise true participation and use your voice effectively to represent young people and wider communities.

We’re currently seeking Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) recognition for this program from the National Youth Agency, but please note the validation process is not yet complete.

Admission requirements

You will be required to have:

  • an undergraduate degree of second class honours or above

Candidates with other qualifications may be considered in exceptional circumstances. 

You'll also need to pass a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and an interview at the university.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Example modules include:

  • Introduction to Youth and Community Work
  • Managing Teams
  • Commissioning Youth and Community Services
  • Community, Continuity and Change
  • Trauma, Mental Health, and Wellbeing
  • Researching Public Services
  • Public Service Design and Innovation
  • Dissertation
  • Work Placement

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Students: £8,950 per year
  • International Students: £13,250 per year

Career opportunities

Once you’ve successfully completed the course, you’ll have a licence to practise as a youth or community worker. If you’re already working in the sector, our course is an ideal springboard to senior management.

Recent graduates are now employed in full-time positions in youth and community work. Because of this, they’re now able to offer placements and JNC supervision in various voluntary and third-sector organisations.

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London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University

Based in England’s historic capital city, London Metropolitan University has a rich history of education with its roots dating back to 1848. Taking its current form following a merger of two well-renowned universities in 2002, it offers a wide range...

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London Metropolitan University

166-220 Holloway Road
N7 8DB London

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