Taught course

Youth and Community Development

Bradford College · Bradford College

Entry requirements

You will need an academic qualification at graduate level, preferably in a social science, together with a minimum of 12 months relevant voluntary or paid experience with young people aged 13+ within the youth and community development settings, in a professional role. We require a satisfactory DBS disclosure and health check. You need to be committed to anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory values. If you meet the above requirements you will be invited to participate in the interview process. Some credit points may be gained through your prior experience and learning.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

If you are seeking a career in the voluntary or statutory sector of youth and community work or related fields (e.g. community practice, capacity building, homelessness, substance misuse, youth offending, social welfare and work with specialist client groups), this is the ideal programme for you.

This programme is challenging, stimulating and addresses contemporary issues. It includes both historical and contemporary evidence and theory to inform and develop your skills and good practice in youth and community development. At the School of Childhood and Youth you will have access to the full range of facilities and the chance to share your opinions and experiences with your fellow practitioners.

This intensive modular course is studied on a part- time basis. The course strives to enable you to critically understand how communities function and how their needs change within prevailing social, economic and political realities. In doing so, you will learn to develop contextual approaches with appropriate skills, knowledge and values.

Completion of six modules plus the field work placements leads to a Postgraduate Diploma. MA students spend an additional period working on their dissertation. Attendance is one day a week plus fieldwork practice.

Fieldwork placements play an essential part in the professional training of youth and community development workers. It is essential that students undertaking a postgraduate professional course in youth & community development work have the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge to a level which equips them to deliver and lead work in a range of professional settings. Therefore the course provides the opportunity over 2 years part-time study (2 placement experiences) for students to experience work in diverse contexts and demonstrate their competence in performing a range of youth and community work roles.

The course programme provides students with the opportunity to relate theory to practice and develop theory based on practice through the integration of placements.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
N/A months


part time
24 months
full time
N/A months

Course contact details

Registrar Services
01274 433008