Postgraduate Diploma Youth and Community Work (Initial Qualifying)

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.

Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Newport City C
Part-time 5 Years September Newport City C
Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Newport City C
Part-time 5 Years September Newport City C

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:

  • Principles, Practice and Professional Foundations of Youth Work
  • Ethics, Reflection and Safeguarding
  • Social Pedagogy
  • Professional Placement (180 hours) and linked teaching.
  • Alternative Professional Placement (120 hours) and linked teaching.

Plus one of the following two optional modules:

  • Managing and Leading Interdisciplinary Teams
  • Research Methods and Project Management

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.

Teaching

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.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a variety of written assignments, presentations, group work, distance learning tasks and a placement or work-based project.

Accreditations

On successful completion you will gain a JNC professional qualification in youth work and a postgraduate or MA qualification.

Placements

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.

Lecturers

  • An undergraduate degree will normally be required.
  • Applicants with considerable relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis. This will be assessed via a written submission or portfolio of evidence and references as well as at the interview stage.
  • Evidence of 200 hours experience of direct work with children and young people.
  • Enhanced DBS check is required

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

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

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 : Study Tour Zimbabwe £2000
Field Trips : European Exchange Activity £200
DBS £57.2
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.

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 

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.

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.