Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Youth work and community learning and development

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Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements for the PG Dip/MA?

The College encourages and welcomes applications from all students able to benefit from the programmes offered. We consider all applications individually and take into account academic qualifications and professional experience. The usual entry requirement is the possession of a first degree (2.ii or above), you must also be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to reflect critically upon your experience and learn from it
  • The capacity to participate in the learning process of the programme
  • The ability to work constructively with the experience of others
  • The commitment to work for equal opportunities and justice for all
  • The ability to manage different aspects of your life
  • The ability to communicate effectively both face-to-face and in writing
  • You are working in an appropriate practice environment to the necessary level for the qualification you are applying for
  • You have a satisfactory current DBS (CRB) check with enhanced disclosure

Months of entry


Course content

2 years part-time taught – recruiting now for October 2018

Why study the youth work and community learning and development course at postgraduate level?

This exciting advanced programme of study responds to the demands of the field to produce an enhanced current and critical exploration of youth work and community learning and development practice. It is a professional development route leading to a widely recognized postgraduate level qualification in these fields.

If you can demonstrate that you are able to work at postgraduate level are interested in developing critically reflective responses to range of education and learning challenges and keen to mix rigorous academic study with reflective practice, then this programme is ideal for you.

How will studying this programme increase my employability?

The programmes will have particular relevance for those looking to enhance their leadership and managerial profile within the field, contribute to the strategic development of their agencies and extend the depth and breadth of learning experiences with young people and in local communities.

Possession of a highly regarded qualification at postgraduate level will enhance prospects of promotion into management and leadership roles.

The MA offers preparation for a wide range of enhanced career opportunities.

What will I study?

The PG Dip/MA Youth Work and Community Learning and Development is a multi-disciplinary programme available by part time or blended learning modes of study.

The PG Dip takes 16 months to complete by part time study with the full MA taking a total of 24 months to complete.

The programme consists of a two stage qualification process. The first being the PG Dip, with an optional exit point at postgraduate certificate level, then the MA. The MA comprises eight modules, there are six modules for the PG Dip.

You can finish the PG Dip in four terms and the MA in a further two terms. We are flexible to fit into student’s other commitments and so the course can be extended if needed.

PG Dip: Studies in professional youth work, strategic leadership and management, youth work and community learning and development, supervision studies, reflection on professional practice.

Full MA: Research design module, dissertation.

What does studying on the PG Dip/MA involve?

It operates in two day blocks (10-12 hours of teaching per block) approximately two/three times a term. These teaching blocks are replaced with individual supervision and self-directed study when MA students start to write their dissertation.

Assessment is continuous throughout the programme by means of written academic work and practice assessments.

Fees and funding

UK students

Self finance or you may be eligible for a Professional and Career Development Loan to help with the cost of the course fees for the PG Dip / MA Youth Work and Community Learning and Development.

YMCA Staff are entitled to a 10% discount on this course!

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment7
Professional practice592
Dissertation1 (12000 words)

Course contact details

Poonum Chamdal
020 7540 4900