Taught course

Critical Youth and Community Studies

Institution
University of the West of Scotland · School of Education
Qualifications
PDipPGCertMSc

Entry requirements

You will be required to be employed as a practitioner, normally over 16 hours per week and have a minimum of 2 years’ experience and practitioner registration. A signed statement of support is required as part of the admission process. For information on Recognition of Prior Learning: Contact the University for advice. If you require help with comparisons of your qualifications please contact your nearest British Council Office or contact the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (Naric).

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Course content

Our MSc offers a pioneering new programme that contributes to youth and community practices that promote equality, human flourishing, participation and social justice. This MSc brings three interlinked routes to professional qualification and to CPD or International Masters.
Your Learning
Full-time students will normally undertake three modules in each of trimesters 1, 2 and 3 to achieve 180 credits at Level 11, over one 12
-18 month period, as required for the award of Master of Science. A core component of learning is obtained through reflection on practice and through a critical pedagogy stance.
Part-time students will normally undertake one module in each of trimesters 1, 2 and 3 to achieve 180 credits at Level 11, over a period of 24 – 30 months, as required for the award of Master of Science. A core component of learning is obtained through reflection on practice learning.
A Postgraduate Certificate can be taken on successful completion of three modules, either as a discrete programme or as the first step towards a Diploma, which also consists of three modules. Upon successful completion of the Diploma, interested participants can undertake a capstone project or dissertation on a relevant topic.
Modules

(CLD Approved Qualification):

  • Researching Communities (20 Credits);
  • and Community Practice Learning (40 Credits)

PG Diploma in Critical Youth and Community Studies

MSc in Critical Youth and Community Studies will be conferred on successful completion of:

  • One x (60 credit) Capstone Project or Dissertation
Placement/Work-based learning
There is a Practice Learning Component for students engaged in the PG Certificate Route seeking a CLDSC Approved qualification. Students who are not seeking to graduate with a CLD qualification do not need to undertake Practice Learning.
Further Study
Students who successfully complete their Degree can progress to PhD level study.
Delivery: Delivered in English the MSc takes a blended approach to learning (mix of taught on-campus classes/tutorials, and use of virtual learning environment)
Advisement and Support: Students are assigned a faculty member (for the duration of programme) as an advisor for programme support and career advisement (Personal and Professional Planning).
Professional Recognition: This PG Certificate Level of the MSC in CYCS is recognised as a qualifying programme, approved by the CLD Standards Council for Scotland and is recognised as a lead practitioner qualification.
Career Prospects
This Masters open doors to a range of career prospects in communities across the world.
  • Youth Work
  • Community Work
  • Voluntary and Statutory Sector Interface or Intermediary Organisations
  • Community Activism
  • Social Enterprise
  • Teaching Artists
  • School-Community work
  • Creative Industries
A signed statement of support is required as part of the admission process.
Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG)
Successful applicants will be required to join the PVG Scheme, managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland. Please refer to www.scotland.gov.uk

Qualification and course duration

PDip

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

PGCert

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Annette Coburn
Email
annette.coburn@uws.ac.uk