Taught course

Community Development and Youth Work: Leadership and Practice

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Education

Entry requirements

Standard Manchester Met entry requirements for taught postgraduate programmes apply. You also need: A minimum of one year’s relevant experience (or equivalent part-time) in community/youth/relevant settings (this can a diverse range of community activism, community development activities and/or voluntary work. An understanding of the issues faced by young people/communities, including the impact of inequalities. Please note that all applicants are interviewed for professional suitability, as required by the National Youth Agency. All applicants are also required to undergo DBS clearance prior to starting placements. For Further Information: Tutor Contact: Diana Watt D.Watt@mmu.ac.uk.

Months of entry


Course content

This award includes a professional qualification validated by the National Youth Agency and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) of Youth Leaders and Community Work. This is conferred at Postgraduate Diploma level (120 credits at level 7) on successful completion of the relevant taught units and placements (but we encourage students to register for full MA where possible). The PgDip/MA is aimed at graduates with relevant experience, particularly in working with young people/communities, and with a commitment to community/social education, youth development, and the possibilities of social justice and change. The course is designed to prepare the student for management and leadership roles in both voluntary and statutory organisations.

The award teaching, learning and assessment strategies will reflect the values, ethical principles and codes of practice that underpin the profession. They are based on a framework of quality drawn from national guidelines (QAA Youth and Community Work Benchmark Statement) and institutional strategies (The Manchester Metropolitan University’s Mission Statement and Learning and Teaching Strategy), as well as National Standards set by the NYA.

This award is part of the Manchester Met Faculty of Education postgraduate Professional Development Programme.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

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