Taught course

Youth and Community Work/ Education: Managing Community Practice

Cardiff Metropolitan University · Cardiff School of Education

Entry requirements

PgD 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 posses a degree or a related professional qualification. Please contact the Programme Director to discuss this further. All applicants must also undergo a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

MA 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 posses a degree or a relevant professional qualification. 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.

Months of entry


Course content

PgD in Youth and Community Work

This professionally endorsed award is particularly suitable for graduates who have increasingly 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 supervised placements in the field of youth and community work. Students attend university on one evening a week where they undertake taught modules and tutorials. Students on this programme tend to develop into a highly supportive, friendly and analytical professional group.

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

MA Education: Managing Community Practice

This programme is designed to enhance the professional practice of experienced practitioners by facilitating a critical and reflective approach to management, staff development, innovation and researching practice. Many of the modules are taught interprofessionally including colleagues from community work, youth work, teaching, PRUs and health in both voluntary and statutory sectors. This provides for rich interprofessional learning and reflects the practice realities of interprofessional working.

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:
  • Mentoring
  • Leading and Facilitating Reflective Practice

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Rick Newnham
+ 44 (0)29 2041 6504