The Postgraduate Diploma Youth and Community Work, which is professionally endorsed by Education Training Skills Cymru (ETS), will enable you to qualify as a professional youth and community worker in less than a year. This innovative course is for graduates from a relevant academic background and profession, looking to gain both a JNC professional qualification in youth work and a postgraduate qualification.
The Postgraduate Diploma Youth and Community Work has been designed to reflect the professional, policy, social, and cultural contexts that youth work within the UK is currently engaged. It meets the professional development needs of a growing statutory and voluntary social and education sector that embraces for example, professionals working in youth work, community development, health, education, social care and youth justice. As part of the course, you’ll have to chance to undertake two work placements to enhance your career progression and employability.
The additional strengths include its focus on the development of critical thinking and leadership skills, and a greater understanding of the policy and practice context of this specific area of professional work. The focus on ethics, reflection and safeguarding complements this. The opportunity to both study, and directly experience, European models of practice with and for children and young people adds a further unique and interesting aspect to the programme.
You will study the following core modules:
Plus one of the following two optional modules:
You may then exit with a Postgraduate Diploma, or remain on the programme to complete your Dissertation (20,000 words) or Internship and Critical Report (15,000 words) and achieve the MA Working for Children and Young People.
Full-time: One year plus dissertation
Part-time: 2-5 years. Part-time students will normally be required to spend one day a week on campus for lectures. This will be supported by independent study and distance learning. This is ideal if you are looking to study and work in tandem. Your time on campus will vary if you choose the part-time route.
Students can also participate in individual stand alone modules based on your professional and CPD needs. The programme is timetabled flexibly and creatively and designed to complement employment. This will not lead to the initial qualifying (JNC) award as this depends on successful achievement of all modules.
You may also take the opportunity to participate in overseas study and work experience visits.
You will be assessed through a variety of written assignments, presentations, group work, distance learning tasks and a placement or work-based project.
On successful completion you will gain a JNC professional qualification in youth work and a postgraduate or MA qualification.
Two placement learning opportunities complement academic study. Our placement supervisor will support you in identifying placement opportunities that will be stimulating, challenging and supportive enabling your career progression and employability.
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
|Field Trips : Study Tour Zimbabwe||£2000|
|Field Trips : European Exchange Activity||£200|
Year 1 (Enhanced check, online admin fee and post office checks)
|DBS Updating Service||£13||
£13 cost is for update service if required.
|Other: : Travel Costs for Professional Training Placements||£300||
Year 1. Costs will vary depending on location.
On successful completion you will gain a JNC professional qualification in youth work and a Postgraduate Diploma. Many of our graduates then continue on to complete the MA Working for Children and Young People at the University of South Wales.
Our graduates are well placed to seek advancement in their own professional areas or seek a change of employment into working in the field of youth work.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.