MA

Youth Work and Community Development

Teaching & Learning

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we are currently unable to advise on the mode of teaching for September 2021, however we will keep you updated and provide more information as soon as we can. We continue to follow government guidance and your teaching and learning will reflect the restrictions in place at the time of delivery. We currently anticipate that you may experience a blended approach – this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus and online teaching and learning. You can keep up to date with teaching and learning at Leeds Beckett via our Covid-19 website. Updated course specifications will be available in August 2021. In the meantime, our existing course specifications are available.

What you'll learn

Youth and Community Work is facing the challenge of constant change, responding to the needs of policymakers, funders and increasingly disparate and diverse communities. This module will provide a critical understanding of the social and political changes that are taking place in post-Brexit Britain, the rise of populist politics, and a range of tensions and concerns that exist in an increasingly uncertain world.
Study management approaches, skills and abilities in an organisational and individual context. You will be equipped with the requisite attributes and knowledge to operate in and manage your constantly evolving immediate environment, for example, by maximising resource use, leading change and identifying/responding to opportunities. You will also gain insights into managing yourselves so you can acquire, now and in the future, the necessary skills and experience to operate with confidence and competence in that environment.
Develop your professional identity within a supportive study group and in professional practice. You will explore professional identity formation and study skill needs at induction, at different stages throughout the module and in practice. You will discuss and negotiate a programme of Personal and Professional Development that will meet identified and perceived individual/group needs. Key topics will be included, but you can discuss and negotiate specific content to reflect contemporary practice issues or specific study skills requirements. You will also undertake a placement component comprising 150 hours of assessed practice which will run concurrently with the taught programme and will normally take place within the first two semesters.
You will synthesise the complex relationship between personal and professional values and practice within National Occupational Standards, approaches and interventions to Youth and Community Work, government agendas and protocols for work with children, young people and wider communities, key thinkers and theorists, challenges of multi professional and partnership working and explore the shifts taking place in a rapidly changing sector.
Undertake a substantive practice placement, which together with their alternative placement meets the professional requirements for qualifying as a youth and community worker, allowing students to critically apply their academic learning and demonstrate a high level of practice informed by the values, ethics, principles and National Occupational Standards of Youth Work, and core standards of Community Development Work. In this second professional practice setting, students will be required to understand and critique the issues and challenges of working in a rapidly changing field, with a focus on the impact of the wider environment in which the organisation operates. As this is the substantive period of assessed practice, students will need to demonstrate an understanding of the management and leadership of youth and/or community work practice, which may include: the planning, delivery and evaluation of specific programmes of intervention with individuals, groups and/or communities; organisational analysis; involvement in primary research with local groups and/or communities, or funding applications.
Select, devise, analyse and synthesise research and evidence-based practice findings in an inter-professional environment. You will develop an advanced understanding of selected research methods and have opportunities for acquiring appropriate research skills through study and application to their own sphere of professional practical experience.
Undertake an independent piece of original advanced research that you will be expected to plan, implement and report with guidance from a supervisor. This can take the form of a traditional dissertation or a practice-based enquiry. Working with a named supervisor, you will be expected to show initiative and responsibility in this process as well as the capacity to reflect on evidence and make links with research theory and practice.
Youth and Community Work is facing the challenge of constant change, responding to the needs of policymakers, funders and increasingly disparate and diverse communities. This module will provide a critical understanding of the social and political changes that are taking place in post-Brexit Britain, the rise of populist politics, and a range of tensions and concerns that exist in an increasingly uncertain world.
Study management approaches, skills and abilities in an organisational and individual context. You will be equipped with the requisite attributes and knowledge to operate in and manage your constantly evolving immediate environment, for example, by maximising resource use, leading change and identifying/responding to opportunities. You will also gain insights into managing yourselves so you can acquire, now and in the future, the necessary skills and experience to operate with confidence and competence in that environment.
Develop your professional identity within a supportive study group and in professional practice. You will explore professional identity formation and study skill needs at induction, at different stages throughout the module and in practice. You will discuss and negotiate a programme of Personal and Professional Development that will meet identified and perceived individual/group needs. Key topics will be included, but you can discuss and negotiate specific content to reflect contemporary practice issues or specific study skills requirements. You will also undertake a placement component comprising 150 hours of assessed practice which will run concurrently with the taught programme and will normally take place within the first two semesters.
You will synthesise the complex relationship between personal and professional values and practice within National Occupational Standards, approaches and interventions to Youth and Community Work, government agendas and protocols for work with children, young people and wider communities, key thinkers and theorists, challenges of multi professional and partnership working and explore the shifts taking place in a rapidly changing sector.
Undertake a substantive practice placement, which together with their alternative placement meets the professional requirements for qualifying as a youth and community worker, allowing students to critically apply their academic learning and demonstrate a high level of practice informed by the values, ethics, principles and National Occupational Standards of Youth Work, and core standards of Community Development Work. In this second professional practice setting, students will be required to understand and critique the issues and challenges of working in a rapidly changing field, with a focus on the impact of the wider environment in which the organisation operates. As this is the substantive period of assessed practice, students will need to demonstrate an understanding of the management and leadership of youth and/or community work practice, which may include: the planning, delivery and evaluation of specific programmes of intervention with individuals, groups and/or communities; organisational analysis; involvement in primary research with local groups and/or communities, or funding applications.
Select, devise, analyse and synthesise research and evidence-based practice findings in an inter-professional environment. You will develop an advanced understanding of selected research methods and have opportunities for acquiring appropriate research skills through study and application to their own sphere of professional practical experience.
Undertake an independent piece of original advanced research that you will be expected to plan, implement and report with guidance from a supervisor. This can take the form of a traditional dissertation or a practice-based enquiry. Working with a named supervisor, you will be expected to show initiative and responsibility in this process as well as the capacity to reflect on evidence and make links with research theory and practice.