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Youth and Community Work MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Community Work Youth Work

Course type


Course Summary

This established course opens the door for you to step straight into youth work. Only one other provider in London offers a postgraduate JNC qualification as part of a master’s course. You will develop the ability to build confidence and trust in others, to deal with challenging behaviour and to engage, support and mentor young people in London – a dynamic environment for youth and community work. The PGDip programme is professionally validated by the National Youth Agency – the national agency for youth work in the UK – so as well as a Master’s qualification, you will leave us with accredited Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) youth work status.

In the university-based sessions, you will learn the principles of group work, theory, management and supervision as well as gaining insight into youth work policy. You will then apply this knowledge in the field. You could be organising workshops in schools, putting on informally structured learning activities, developing young people’s inter-personal skills or working with partner organisations, such as the Youth Offending Service, housing associations, community organisations or schools. The dissertation element of the course can have a tangible impact in the real world. The range of roles open to you now is as rewarding as it is wide. You could move into the Third Sector, a social enterprise, a housing association, a voluntary organisation or even a college. For example, a local college has employed graduates of this course as student enrichment officers – in effect working in informal education on a college site. Other graduates are working as youth workers, in pupil referral units and youth offending teams. You could specialise in more targeted work, whether it is around learning support, diversion from crime or working with people already in the justice system. As your career progresses and you gain both experience and credibility in the field, you can move into more senior roles, perhaps shaping policy, working in national charities such as Barnardo’s or The Children’s Society or taking a sideways step into a non-governmental organisation (NGO).

Different course options

Full time | University of East London | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Policy, Theory and Practice of Youth Work (30 Credits) - Core
Community Development, Theory and practice (30 Credits) - Core
Fieldwork Practice 1 (30 Credits) - Core
Dissertation (30 Credits) - Core
Fieldwork Practice 2 (30 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need 2.2 honours degree in any subject. They will normally be expected to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. Evidence of a minimum 140 hours of experience working with young people between 13 and 19 years is required. Applicants are required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for Regulated Activity. All suitable applicants are required to attend an interview.

University information

The University of East London has 140 practical, career-focused postgraduate programmes in the areas of: Arts Creative and tech industries Architecture Engineering and construction Cultural studies Social sciences Law Business Education Psychology Health Bioscience Sports Many of these are accredited by professional bodies. The uni is based across two campuses in East London. Stratford has the Olympic Park...more