This course offers a flexible, yet coherent, programme of study, with a professional qualification in youth and community development work upon graduation, which enables successful graduates to practice as a qualified health/youth and community development worker in the UK. It is suitable for staff in local authorities, the NHS, voluntary and third sector who use group work, informal learning and activity, outreach and community work especially those working with young people and adults often labelled as hard to reach. This very flexible distance learning course can be studied part time or full time. It attracts staff from across the UK from a variety of settings such as parenting education, youth work, children’s centres, sexual health roles, drug abuse, housing and homelessness, youth offending, mental health, community development and domestic violence.
Duration: Two–three years part-time/distance learning
Location: Distance learning, with occasional attendance at De Montfort University
Attendance: One teaching block week in October is compulsory. Further teaching days are dependent on the specialist modules chosen. Some modules are launched over weekends.. The second teaching block in February is dependent on module choices (if you enrol in February the whole week will then be compulsory). All module launch days are compulsory.
Start date: October 2013 or February 2014
You must complete a declaration form and enhanced CRB disclosure application form (if you are overseas you will also need to submit a criminal records certificate from your home country), before starting the course, which need to be cleared in accordance with DMU's admission policy. Contact us for up-to-date information.
If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and during the course if you need it. To find out more, please visit dmu.ac.uk/international|
The distance learning course works to build a learning community, from the initial contact on selection day and in the induction periods onwards. Assessment is usually by written assignment of 4,000 words per 15-credit module. Field practice assessment requires written evidence, assignments and reports of competence from the supervisor. Contributions to online seminars are compulsory and also an attendance requirement.
The course consists of four core modules, one core field placement module, and three specialist modules taken from a list of some 12 modules. You may then seek to exit with a PG Dip, or remain on the course to complete your dissertation for an MA. All core modules and most option modules are launched during one of two block teaching weeks held each year (usually in October and February). Attendance at launch days is compulsory.
These are supported by a wide variety of written material, individual and corporate tasks. You are required to engage in a number of online seminars in each module. You are required to identify a supervisor who will primarily support your field practice, but may also provide a dialogue partner to discuss wider issues arising from the course. You will complete a minimum of 592 hours of field practice, of which 442 hours will be based in your own workplace and 150 hours must be outside of your employing agency.
Core modules include:
Specialist modules (15 credits) include:
We benefit from one of the largest teams in the UK, with more than 50 years’ experience. The team continue to work for a range of organisations that work with young people, including charities, voluntary and statutory agencies at local, national and international levels.
Thematic areas of interest include a specialist expertise and interest in global youth and community development work (resulting in numerous conferences and publications by Dr Momodou Sallah, a leading expert in this area); work with black young people (again, resulting in key conferences and texts by Carlton Howson and Momodou Sallah); youth participation and citizenship (including an evaluation of a beacon councils initiative and ongoing partnership work with the Centre for Social Action); ); anti-oppressive practice (Dr Jagdish Chouhan); hospital and other health related work (Dr Scott Yates) and the context, management and operation of children and young people’s services (Mary Tyler, and recent high profile work undertaken by visiting professors Bernard Davies and Bryan Merton). In the last five years seven books have been published by authors in the division with a further two forthcoming titles.
The research activities of the division influence our teaching. Many of the core and specialist modules on the postgraduate courses draw directly from the research activities of the teaching staff.
Graduates follow a wide range of senior posts in youth work, and health and community development work in both the statutory and voluntary sector. An MA is a recommended qualification for workers to hold senior positions.
For all postgraduate degrees you should apply through UKPASS at dmu.ac.uk/ukpass|
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“The course has given me a much better understanding of the historical and theoretical background to my profession. The alternative placement was a huge step forward in my professional development. My placement tutor was extremely helpful and pushed me in areas I would have otherwise overlooked.”
Oliver Thorp, MA YCD graduate
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