Taught course

Youth and Community Work

University of Wales Trinity Saint David · School of Social Justice and Inclusion

Entry requirements

Applicants would normally be required to hold an Honours Degree and have Youth Work experience. You will be expected, in line with ETS Cymru's endorsement guidelines to be able demonstrate that you have a minimum of 200 hours' practical youth work experience. Applicants with vocational qualifications and experiences will be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA programme is suited to recent graduates aiming for a career in youth and/or community work as well as professionals already working within the sector. The programme will develop your in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles of youth and community work as well as contemporary issues affecting working with young people in society. The programme also provides the opportunity to gain a professionally endorsed qualification.

The programme is committed to a vision of Youth Work that is clearly based upon the principles set out by the National Occupational Standards for Youth Work, including the fundamental ideal of the voluntary engagement of young people.

Throughout the programme you will investigate and debate issues relating to the holistic development of young people incorporating social, educational, physical, political and spiritual ideas.

Learning and Teaching

The programme is delivered flexibly so that students can integrate work commitments and study. Students on the qualifying route will attend classes in the evenings and on Saturdays, this will enable students to graduate with a degree that is professionally endorsed by the Education and Training Standards for Wales. Students on the non-qualifying programme can choose to study via flexible, distributed and online learning.

The MA programme is divided into two parts; you will complete four, 30-credit modules, followed by 60-credit dissertation amounting to 15,000 words. You will be supported during the process with individual supervision from an experienced member of academic staff. Students who complete 60 or 120 taught credits can graduate with an award of PG Certificate or PG Diploma respectively.


  • Researching and Reflecting upon Youth and Community Practice (30 credits)
  • Social Education (30 credits)
  • Professional Practice (30 credits)
  • Sustainable Communities (30 credits)
  • Outreach and Detached Youth Work (30 credits)
  • Adolescent Psychology (30 credits)
  • Supervision and Support Skills (30 credits)
  • Professional Practice: Fieldwork 1 (15 credits)
  • Professional Practice: Fieldwork 2 (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Fees and funding

The University has a number of Bursaries and Scholarships to offer postgraduate students. A full list and details of how to apply are available on the website or by contacting the Scholarships Office.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
36-48 months


part time
36 months
full time
12 months


part time
36 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations20
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Creative work20
Professional practice20

Course contact details

Dr Nicola Welton