Youth & Community Work - PgD / Managing Community Practice - MA 

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Course Overview

MA Managing Community Practice: This programme is designed to enhance to enhance the professional practice of experienced practitioners by facilitating a critical and reflective approach to management, staff development, innovation and researching practice. Many of the modules are taught interprofessionally including colleagues from community work, youth work, teaching, PRUs and health in both voluntary and statutory sectors. This provides for rich interprofessional learning and reflects the practice realities of interprofessional working.

PgD in Youth and Community Work: This professionally endorsed award is particularly suitable for graduates who have increasingly found themselves working in the field of youth and community work and who wish to gain a professional qualification. The programme requires students to undertake two separate supervised placements in the field of youth and community work. Students attend university on one evening a week where they undertake taught modules and tutorials. Students on this programme tend to develop into a highly supportive, friendly and analytical professional group.

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Course Content

MA Managing Community Practice: The programme consists of three core and one optional module, followed by a dissertation. Most students choose to take two modules per year over two years (one evening per week during term time) followed by the dissertation, although full-time and accelerated modes of attendance may be negotiated.

MA Core Modules:
Researching Practice
Reflective Practice
Managing and Leading Community Practice

MA Optional Modules:
Leading and Facilitating Reflective Practice
Education: Character and Context

Most of the modules have a strong application to professional practice and often involve the undertaking of practice-based projects.

PG Dip in Youth and Community Work:
The taught and fieldwork elements of the programme are part time and can be completed in two years. Once both taught and fieldwork elements of the programme are satisfactorily completed it is possible to continue onto the MA. Students will need to attend taught sessions and tutorials on one evening a week.

PgD Core modules:
• Principles and Practice of Youth and Community Work
• Management in the Youth and Community Sector
• The Community Context of Practice (Fieldwork and Tutorials)
• The Social Context of Practice (Fieldwork and Tutorials)
• Students will be expected to undertake a considerable amount of self study to enhance the collective learning process. It is envisaged that students will utilise their experiences to enhance the level of analysis in all collective sessions.

Teaching methods will tend to emphasise small group discussions and informal lectures.

Employability & Careers

MA in Youth and Community Work
The programme is aimed at practitioners and managers in the generic and expanding field of youth and community development work. It aims to enable people to develop their professional understanding and skills through a supportive and challenging learning environment.

The programme will be of particular interest to experienced practitioners who manage aspects of youth or community development provision and who wish to develop their analytical and professional capabilities. It is one of the pathways on the Master's CPD framework.

The PgD is a programme leading to professional qualification in youth and community work which is endorsed by the Wales ETS As such it enables graduates to qualify in this growing occupational area while enhancing their academic profile.
Successful Post Graduate Diplomats may wish to continue with their studies to obtain the MA.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should be experienced practitioners in the fields of community work, community development, youth work and other associated professional and occupational groups. Applicants should normally posses a degree or a relevant professional qualification. The qualification may enhance professional confidence and analytical skills for those wishing to enhance their current practice, those seeking promotion, and those seeking to further their interests in research or policy work.

Applicants should have a minimum of 200 hours of direct experience in the field of youth and community work; community development work or associated occupational groups.In addition applicants should normally posses a degree or a related professional qualification. Please contact the Programme Director to discuss this further.

All applicants must also undergo a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

Key Facts

Accredited by (if applicable): PG Dip is endorsed as a professional qualification in youth work by the Education and Training Standards Committee (ETS Wales).

Campus: Cyncoed

School: Cardiff School of Education

Course Length:
Three years part time (other modes by negotiation)
PgD: Two years part time

Students will be assessed on both their youth and community work-based practice and their academic assignments through a range of assessment types including essays, presentations, group exercises, portfolios, reflective writing, and viva voce

Selection Procedure:
Application form, CV and interview.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader,
PgDiploma: Rick Newnham:
Tel: 029 2041 6504

MA: Jan Huyton:
Tel: 029 2041 6499

See Also:
Cardiff School of Education Website