Youth and Community Work (MA)

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The MA in Youth work offers both a professional qualifying route for those looking to gain a professional qualification in Youth Work and an academic route for those seeking CPD opportunities.

The MA is underpinned by a key set of principles and values and also addresses contemporary issues affecting work with Young People in society. 

Key Facts

Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
Minimum two years, maximum five years

Scholarships and Bursaries

School of Social Justice and Inclusion
Contact Name:
Angharad Lewis
Contact Email:
Language Choice:
English   Welsh

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The MA Youth Work offers both a professional qualification in Youth Work and opportunities for CPD. The programme can be undertaken through the medium of Welsh and bilingually.

It is run on a flexible, part-time bases (twilight sessions and Saturdays); as well as the opportunity to study the non-qualifying route on a full or part time bases via flexible and distributed learning.

Youth Work is a profession with a clearly stated purpose, values, and principles.  The key purpose of Youth Work in the United Kingdom is to:

‘Enable young people to develop holistically, working with them to facilitate their personal, social and educational development, to enable them to develop their voice, influence and place in society and to reach their full potential’

This statement refers to the holistic development of young people, recognising that personal, social and educational development can also include, for example, physical, political and spiritual development (LSIS, 2012).

Youth Work regards itself as rare among wider services for young people; being driven by a clear set of agreed values, these values are summarised in the National Occupational Standards for Youth Work and include:

  • Participation and active involvement
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion:
  • Partnership with young people and others
  • Personal, social and political development

The Programme is committed to a vision of Youth Work clearly based upon these principles, including the voluntary engagement of young people being fundamental to the process of Youth Work. 

Additionally a form of Youth Work which empowers young people and adopts a stance where they are partners in the process of learning. The programme team are committed to teaching a form of Youth Work which has at its core the importance of providing safe environments for young people and of supporting the safety as well as their development and well-being.  Fundamental to the MA in Youth Work are also the principles of equality and inclusion.

  • Researching and Reflecting upon Youth and Community Practice
  • Social Education
  • Professional Practice
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Outreach and Detached Youth Work
  • Adolescent Psychology 
  • Supervision and support skills
  • The MA Youth Work offers both a professional qualification in Youth Work and opportunities for CDD
  • The programme can be undertaken bilingually.
  • Fieldwork opportunities offering links to employment.
  • Professionally Qualified staff who are research active.
  • Opportunities to progress to PhD 

Assessment methods:

  • Field Work Portfolios
  • Essays
  • Seminar Presentations
  • Online discussions 

Applicants will require a first degree and Youth Work experience. 

Students will normally be expect to hold a first degree and will be required in line with ETS Cymru’s endorsement guidelines to demonstrate that that have a minimum of 200 hours practical youth work experience. Students with vocational qualifications and experiences will also be considered.

All applicants will be required to provide a satisfactory enhanced disclosure document from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

  • Youth and Community Worker
  • Community Worker
  • Learning Support Worker
  • Health Based Youth Worker
  • Young people’s Participation Worker
  • Youth Justice
  • Voluntary Sector

The programme is a professionally endorsed programme by the Education and Training Standards for Wales. 

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