MA Working for Children & Young People

The University of South Wales’s MA Working for Children and Young People is for those who are professionally qualified in youth work at undergraduate level and looking for professional and academic progression. It will also be of value to graduates of related professions such as education, social care, health, youth offending, sports or community development or the voluntary sector.

What makes the MA Working for Children and Young People course so different is its focus on inter-professional practice, and how the needs of children, young people, families and communities can best be met in a rapidly changing policy, strategic and operational context. Its additional strength is its focus on the development of critical thinking and leadership skills, together with a greater understanding of the policy and practice context of this specific area of professional work.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Newport City C
Part-time 5 Years September Newport City C
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Newport City C
Part-time 5 Years September Newport City C

You will recognise the increasing responsibility for those working in socio-educational, voluntary and third sector public services to collaborate in an increasing variety of inter and multiagency contexts. You will explore the benefits of exchanges of professional information and coordination of service responses to children, young people, families and communities.

You will also study the ethical dimensions required to work effectively in inter-professional teams of service providers, whilst also learning about safeguarding and European models of practice with children and young people.

You will study the following core modules:

  • Building Effective Partnerships
  • Ethics, Reflection and Safeguarding
  • Supervision and Support skills (including the All Wales Supervision Qualification for practice supervisors)
  • Social Pedagogy
  • Managing and Leading Interdisciplinary Teams
  • Research Methods
  • Restorative Approaches with Children and Young People
  • Dissertation (20,000 words) or Internship and Critical Report (15,000 words)


The course can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis which would be perfect if you are looking to balance study and work.

Full-time: one year taught plus dissertation.

Part-time: two to five years.
You will normally be required to spend one day a week on campus for lectures.This will be supported by independent study and distance learning. 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.

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 and distance learning tasks.

*An undergraduate degree is required

*Exceptions may be made if you have considerable work experience with children or young people. This will be assessed via a written submission or portfolio of evidence and references as well as by interview

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International:  £12600 
  • Part-time UK and EU:  £670  per 20 credits.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

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.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Field Trips £2200
£2000 (Kenya trip) and £200 European exchange visit. Students fundarise towards the cost of the Kenya trip.

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.    

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Admissions statement 

Masters graduates will be well placed to seek advancement in their own professional areas or seek a change of employment to another professional field.

On completion of the full MA programme, there may also be opportunities for you to progress into further study via a PhD route on application, both at the University of South Wales, and other UK universities.

Our Careers and Employability Service

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.