Taught course

Youth and Community Work, Professional Studies

University of Huddersfield · Department of Education and Community Studies

Entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or above or professional equivalent In addition you must also have: Suitable and relevant current job/voluntary placement of at least 14 hours per week during Year 1; Relevant paid or voluntary experience working with young people or community groups; Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Months of entry


Course content

This is a full or part-time course for graduates of any academic field seeking a JNC recognised professional qualification in Youth and Community Work and already in relevant employment or seeking to access it. Successful completion of the course results in the National Youth Agency endorsed professional Youth and Community Work qualification, which leads to a wide variety of interesting, diverse and rewarding career prospects. There are an increasing number of graduates entering these fields.

As you achieve the professional award at the Postgraduate Diploma level you can choose to study to this level or continue onto the MA award.

The course is professionally validated by the National Youth Agency on behalf of the Joint Negotiating Committee. It is part of a select national network of professionally validated courses that guarantee the highest quality youth work training for its students.

It provides you with the opportunity to develop professional practice through the integration of theory and practice. Workplace experience forms a key aspect of the learning process with a 14 hours per week placement between October and March on the youth and community work route (utilising your existing job/voluntary placement, if appropriate) in Year 1, and a further placement in Year 2.

This course is one of our routes to achieving the youth work professional qualification, including the MA Professional Studies full-time course, and full and part-time undergraduate qualifications, whether you are already working in the area or not. Our undergraduate course, Youth and Community Work BA (Hons), has been offered since 1995.The University of Huddersfield has offered the Career Guidance professional qualification since the 1970s, and is one of the few Universities in the UK to do so.

The MA Professional Studies course was developed with the involvement of professionals in the Youth Work and Career Guidance fields who continue to support and help develop the course through our course committees, supporting student placements and giving guest lectures. Our staff have a wealth of experience, are actively involved in research and have a strong involvement in the field. The course is jointly run with a career guidance professional qualification.

Our graduate-entry Youth Work provision was revalidated unconditionally in 2009 by the National Youth Agency, the professional body, with praise for its content and approach.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries (D342/D109PT)
01484 478249