Taught course

Youth & Community Work

University of East London · Cass School of Education and Communities

Entry requirements

Application form and two supporting references An undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) in the Social Sciences or Humanities area (e.g. Sociology, Education, Psychology, etc.), minimum 2 :2 classification or equivalent. Evidence of experience of working with young people between 13 and 19 years of age ( A minimum of 140 hrs). Interview Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The programme aims to provide graduates in relevant fields and with experience of working with young people and community groups an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the field of Youth and Community at both the theoretical and the practical level. The programme leads to a Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) professional qualification in Youth Work.

Topics covered on the programme are the theory, policy and practice of Youth Work, inter-personal communication and group work, accountability, professionalism and leadership. The programme also provides an overview of the theoretical, philosophical, and ethical principles which underpin research and introduces students to the theory and practice of practitioner research.

The Postgraduate Diploma / MA in Youth and Community Work confer Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) professional qualification in Youth Work. Additionally, it will allow academic progression for those who meet the criteria and wish to advance their study in the area. Students on the programme are encouraged to develop their own research interests and, where appropriate, to take these to doctoral level. All students are given support to publish their work in professional and academic journals, and to present their work at conferences. The programme will enable students, whilst in formation, to complete their fieldwork practice in two different youth work settings in a statutory and a voluntary organisation. The programme will also equip those who are interested in pursuing an academic career in the field of youth and community or who wish eventually to embark on a PhD with essential research and analytical skills.

Information for international students

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required, applicants should have a minimum score of 6 in the writing component. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
16 months
full time
8 months


part time
8 months
full time
4 months

Course contact details

Applicant Enquiries
+44 (0) 208 223 3333
+44 (0) 208 223 2978