Taught course

Youth and Community Work

Newman University · Department of Education and Professional Studies

Entry requirements

Good relevant first degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent previous experience.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

For those working in or managing voluntary or local authority youth and community work settings, this programme aims to develop your knowledge of current research, policies, best practice and skills required to develop both personally and professionally. You can expect to professionally qualify at Postgraduate Diploma level on successful completion of the course but if you choose to progress onto the masters you will develop further research skills and have the opportunity to research your own areas of interest in your dissertation.

Course content
Youth and community work is a modular programme in which the focus of assignments will be negotiated to suit you and your working environment. As a student you can expect to mix with students from a variety of professional backgrounds, promoting and enhancing your learning and teaching experiences. Fieldwork practice is central to this course (placements for full-time students, voluntary work settings for part-time students). We aim to ensure that the course is a stimulating synthesis of theory and practice, where, as a practitioner, you will be encouraged to explore youth work and community development as a form of critical, social and informal education. This course will enable you to study a variety of modules and there is an emphasis on current social policy and its impact on practice. You will explore management theories and how these relate to youth and community work. A special focus is given to the role of the youth and community worker as critical reflective practitioner.

Selection of modules
Principles and Practice of Youth and Community Work
Organisational Supervision and Management
Fieldwork Research
Developing Services for Young People and Communities
Critical Perspectives on the Contexts of Working with Young People and Communities

You can choose to study the course full-time over 1-2 years, delivered through approximately 30 hours of contact time per module for 8 weeks.

You will normally be taught on the same day of the week for the duration of the course and can expect to undertake a work placement for 12-16 hours per week in addition to taught sessions. Alternatively, you could study part-time over 2-3 years which will provide you with the flexibility to combine paid employment with study. The work placement would normally be your place of work and you must also undertake 156 hours at an alternative place of work.

You will experience a range of work-based assessment formats including portfolios, presentations, online discussions, written reports and essays, work-based studies and practical tasks. The course will recognise your needs as a learner and develop independent study skills that are transferable to a range of learning situations and assessment tasks.

This is one of the few professional youth and community work courses in the West Midlands which will give you Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) recognition. This is required to practise as a professional youth worker in the UK.

Fees and funding

UK students
2018: £4,950 MA, £3,300 PgDip

Self funded. The income Newman receives from tuition fees covers all tuition, supervision and examination costs (excluding any resits required if a student fails a module). Newman's postgraduate fees are very competitive, particularly considering the relatively high level of contact with tutors provided.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Further details of qualification

The programme is JNC recognised, making it a key step towards professional status and career development. You will gain skills and experience relevant to various youth work roles and an understanding of the policies and practices necessary in this important area of work.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Creative work10
Professional practice30

Course contact details

Pauline Grace
+44 (0)121 476 1181 ext 2428