2013/14 Community Youth Work

Award PgDip/MSc
Attendance Part time
Campus Jordanstown
Faculty Social Sciences
Level Postgraduate

The Programme top

The programme offers participants the opportunity to work towards a professional qualification in community youth work endorsed by the North South Education and Training Standards Committee for youth work [NSETS]. Most students tend to be full-time paid youth workers with an undergraduate degree in relevant discipline(s).

Structure and Content top

Students study for the PGD [the level required for the professional qualification in community youth work] for 2 years [4 semesters] and an additional 1 year for the Masters by dissertation.

Year 1:
Semester 1
Advanced interpersonal skills
Advanced Social Policy.
Semester 2.
Informal Education.
Working in Communities.

Year 2.
Semester 1.
Postgraduate in-situ and ex-agency placements.
Semester 2.
Supervision, leadership and management.
Critical reflective practice and research.

Year 3.

Duration and Mode of Attendance top

2 years for PGD and an additional 1 year for MSc.

One day [normally Monday] for 2 years PGD and an additional 1 year for Masters.

Entry Conditions top

Normally a second class honours degree (or equivalent) or higher, and two years’ relevant full-time experience in community youth work after graduating, and employed on a full-time basis (or for at least 16 hours paid work) per week.

Teaching Methods and Assessment top

Lectures, Seminars and group work sessions.

Assignments, group presentations, journals and portfolios. There are no examinations for either the PGD or MSc.

Professional Recognition top

The course is recognised at PGD level by the North South Education and Training Standards Committee for Community Youth Work [NSETS].

Careers And Postgraduate Opportunities top

A pre-requisite for entrance onto the course is that students are in full-time employment in the field of youth work. However, experience has shown that many students increase their employment/career opportunities on acquiring professional status.

Application top

Applications must be made directly to the University of Ulster, at www.ulster.ac.uk/applyonline.

Contact Details top

Mrs Wilma Smith
Tel: 028 9036 8482
Email: wm.smith@ulster.ac.uk

Frequently Asked Questions top

Q. Are there bursaries attached to this programme?
A. In the past the Youth Council for N. I. have offered bursaries for this programme. Depending on future funding this may remain the case.

Q. What day will the course run?
A. The course will run on Mondays.