Taught course

Youth Work and Community Development

University College Birmingham · School of Education and Community

Entry requirements

You will require a relevant undergraduate degree (or equivalent) from a recognised institution.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is suitable if you want a JNC-approved qualification or if you are working in a community or education setting working predominantly with young people.

You will be taught to reflect on your role as a practitioner, asked to question and critically evaluate your professional role and create an environment where knowledge transfer and skills develop is encouraged.

The fieldwork practice arrangements required for this course will include two periods of supervised fieldwork practice, which will be 592 hours in total. In line with the National Youth Agency criteria, at least 148 of these 592 hours will be in an alternative practice context. The experience will be in two locations and 50% of the committed time will be with young people in the 11-25 age group. The total number of fieldwork practice hours will be equally divided over the course duration.

Why should you choose this course?

  • You will develop your professional career in youth work and community as you specialise in this rewarding area
  • You will be given a choice of specialist modules that allow you to customise your degree to suit your career aspirations
  • You will learn advanced techniques for research and communication and how to apply them to the industry
  • You will learn a variety of industry approaches around social justice, management and personal and professional change
  • You will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of industry trends from a variety of perspectives

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    30 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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