The Youth and Community Work Masters Degree has been designed to offer a distinctive, professionally recognised qualification that reflects the changing landscape of work with young people.
Practitioners holding the JNC professional qualification can top up their careers by applying for APEL for the below modules and completing a 60 credit Work Based Synthesis to achieve a full Masters. Talk to us for more information.
The programme boasts the following features:
distance learning and ´Smart Start´ induction
MA Youth and Community Work (JNC Professional) Youth is professionally validated by the NYA on behalf of the Joint Negotiating Committee.
Applicants will normally have an honours degree with a first or upper second classification in an appropriate subject. Applicants should have prior experience in youth and community work before starting the course.
The MA in Youth and Community Work was launched in response to the changing landscape of the public and voluntary sector, particularly the experience of Northamptonshire as a commissioning council and the absence of a local authority youth service. In addition, our work is increasingly measured against social impact and outcomes, various ‘needs’ agendas, quality assurance and cost effective provision. The university recognises that this requires a flexible approach to programme content and delivery including the use of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL).
The course has been designed as a blend of practical, professional and academic learning which includes:
Postgraduate modules that adhere to the Professional JNC validation (NYA 2012)
the competencies, principles and values of both the Youth and Community Work National Occupational Standards, rooted in the lived experience of the candidate and the young people and communities in which they live and work
a strong focus on Research, Social Innovation and Social Action. The University of Northampton is committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and is involved in a variety of initiatives, which seek to benefit the surrounding community as well as students and staff of the University
Work Based Synthesis modules (60 credits); allows Youth and Community workers to address the needs of marginalised communities, which requires a skill set which has innovation, problem solving and collaboration at its core. This module provides candidates with the opportunity to develop a solution to an unmet social need to the level at which a coherent argument for potential systemic change in delivery/service provision can be achieved. The solution must be grounded in theory and practice, evidence, community/stakeholder involvement in the co-design, and sustainability/scalability; with a clear articulation of the practical application of the proposal
As the world of work continually changes, the need to be able to adapt, innovate and create new ways of working grows more important.
The University has a range of resources, advice and guidance for anyone looking to get involved or even set up their own social enterprise to support young people´s transition to adulthood by providing learning opportunities that develop their personal and social skills, thus encouraging them to reach their full potential and become active citizens within their communities.
The course is innovative and has been carefully designed to enable students to explore a range of distinctive issues, which are fundamental to youth and community work in the twenty first century.
Fieldwork (Principle and Alternative placements)
This fieldwork experience is designed to meet the requirements of the professional (JNC) youth work qualification in providing two periods of supervised fieldwork totalling a minimum of 592 hours (rounded to 600 hours for clarity).
Youth Work Principles and Practice
This module provides core grounding in the principles, values and distinctive practices of youth work for students undertaking Postgraduate or Masters level study and working towards the professional JNC qualification.
Youth Empowerment, Social Action and Research Methods
This module is designed to enable participants to understand the centrality of young people´s agency to social action and to develop the necessary understanding to support young people in action leading to change.
Social Entrepreneurship in Practice
Those who are passionate that vulnerable groups have a voice and receive vital services will need to produce solutions that do not rely upon grants and donations. This module will provide an in-depth understanding of the challenges and opportunities for social entrepreneurs in creating solutions to social needs.
Young People and Offending
This module critically examines current issues in Youth Justice such as the changing status and character of youth offending within the context of contemporary society and the criminal justice system; the context and outcomes of youth offending and young offenders; the underpinning criminogenic and comparative aspects of youth offending and adult offending.
Work Based Synthesis
This module builds on the 120 credits gained at Postgraduate level to gain the required 180 credits for the MA Youth and Community Work award. The module provides candidates with the opportunity to develop a solution to an unmet social need to the level at which a coherent argument for potential systemic change in delivery/service provision can be achieved. You will produce 20,000 words and present to an investment panel.
Graduates from the Youth and Community Work (MA) hold a nationally recognised JNC professional qualification and are able to work with young people in a range of organisations. The National Youth Agency´s Education and Training Standards Committee (NYA ETS Committee) have professionally validated the Youth and Community Work (MA/PG Dip) provided by the University of Northampton.
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