Taught course

Youth and Community Development

Bradford College · Bradford College

Entry requirements

A First Degree in a relevant subject, normally at 2.2 or above will be required.

Although a social science qualification is preferred, it is not essential as long as you can show that you will benefit from the course and have the potential to become a competent youth and community professional practitioner. You will also need a minimum of 12 months' relevant voluntary or paid experience with young people age 13 plus within a Youth and Community Development setting. We require a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and health check for admission to this course. You must be committed to anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory values. If you are in full employment and want to study part time, you must ensure that your employer will support you and meet the placement requirements. If you meet the above requirements you may be invited for an interview.

This Award is subject to variations imposed by the professional awarding bodies (NYA/JNC).

Months of entry


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.

The Postgraduate Diploma Youth and Community Development course is validated by the National Youth Agency on behalf of the Joint Negotiating Committee. Successful achievement of the Postgraduate Diploma Award confers professionally qualified status for Youth Workers in England. The MA Youth and Community Development does not carry professional recognition.

Fees and funding

UK students
MA £4,500 / PGD £3,000

From September 2016 Postgraduate Loans will be available to full and part time students studying a Masters course. Most other Postgraduate study must be funded by the student or a sponsor. Students considering applying to the College funds for financial support will have to demonstrate they have made every effort to obtain funding for their tuition fees and their day to day living costs.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Registrar Services
01274 433008