||Post Graduate Diploma / MA Youth Work and Community Learning and Development (Qualifying and Professional Development Routes)
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Why youth work and community learning and development at postgraduate level?
This exciting advanced programme of study responds to the demands of the field and our undergraduate alumni to produce an enhanced current and critical exploration of youth work and community learning and development practice. There are two programmes on offer. One is a professional development route normally for those who are already professionally qualified as youth and community workers and wish to enhance their knowledge and practice base to postgraduate level. The other is a qualifying route which offers professional qualification for those who already have a first degree and wish to study at postgraduate rather than undergraduate level. Both programmes lead to a Canterbury Christ Church University award. The qualifying programme leads to full dual professional qualification (JNC recognition) in youth work (validated by the National Youth Agency) and community learning and development (validated by Community Learning and Development Scotland).
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 and (for the qualifying route only) are looking for professional qualification, then this programme may be the one 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 post graduate 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 are multi-disciplinary programmes available by part time or blended learning modes of study. The PG Dip takes 16 months to complete by part time study and 24 months by blended learning. The MA takes 24 months to complete by part time study and 36 months by blended learning. Both programmes consist of a two stage qualification process, the first being the PG Dip (although there is an exit point at postgraduate certificate level), then the MA, and both consist of eight modules (six for the PG Dip qualification). You can finish the PG Dip in four terms and the MA in a further two terms, or you can extend your studies. The application process will take you through this. As with other postgraduate programmes, the PG Dip/MA is at level seven.
Level 7 (PG Dip): Studies in professional youth work, strategic leadership and management, community learning and development, supervision studies, advanced reflection on professional practice (double module – qualifying route only), human rights (non-qualifying route only), continuing professional development (non-qualifying route only).
Level 7 (MA): Research design, dissertation.
Please see MA Bibliography with examples of suggested reading and courses texts attrached below.
What does studying on the PG Dip/MA involve?
The two programme routes operate with the same structure: students will study roughly six modules across the first four terms (leading to the PG Dip) and two modules across a further two terms (leading to the MA). The programmes are run mostly on a part-time taught basis, over two day blocks (10-12 hours of teaching per block) approximately two/three times a term. These teaching blocks stop when MA students start to write their dissertation, and are replaced by individual supervision and self-directed and online learning opportunities. All students follow a core of units of study and the bulk of the teaching takes place in the first five terms of study.
For the qualifying route, two modules require students to work with young people and adults for 592 hours which must be face-to-face and some of these hours will need to be conducted in a setting outside of the usual practice workplace. These students are also allocated a non-managerial supervisor and are required to complete 12 one-hour sessions in order to develop their reflective practice. They must also meet with their line manager regularly; we recommend 14 times for the duration of the PG Dip. As there are professional practice requirements for this route, applicants must gain the support of their line manager before starting the programme. Ideally for students who are in full time work in the field we recommend that their line manager agrees to release them for 3 sessions of study per week (a session being defined as 3 to 3.5 hours) including the college-based study blocks, and to write formal reports of their professional development.
Students on the professional development route do not study these practice modules but are strongly advised to be working in concurrent youth work or community learning and development settings at an appropriate level in order to support their academic endeavours with relevant practice experience.Assessment is continuous throughout the programme by means of written academic work and practice assessments.
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
Please contact the College if you would like to apply for this programme but are uncertain whether you meet the entry requirements.
How long is the application process?
Once you have completed your application and sent it to the College, it will be considered against the entry requirements for the Programme - successful applicants will be invited to interview. This will normally be held within eight weeks of your application and you will know if you have been offered a place within one week of an interview.
How do I apply?
Please the application pack attached below or contact the College on 020 7540 4902 or firstname.lastname@example.org and request a pack.
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