The Integrated Master's in Work with Young People, Families and Communities programme has been designed with three pathways* which support the vision of creating a generic and broad offer which will capture the interests of individuals who would like to work with young people, families and communities in a variety of settings, and to provide them with a real foundation of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to do so. The pathways* also address the growing need for the support and development of young people, families and communities. The three pathways* are (1) Health and Well-being, (2) Community Development and Families, and (3) Youth Work. The programme provides students with opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge, expertise and understanding to enable them to work effectively within these areas. This is a 4 year programme, and allows students to draw down student loans for four years.
The Integrated Master's in Work with Young People, Families and Communities: Youth Work programme has been designed as a rigorous preparation for students who aspire for a career within the youth work field. The programme would also be of interest to students wishing to develop their knowledge and experience of working with and supporting young people, families and communities, and for students who wish to build upon their existing knowledge and experiences of working within these disciplines.
If you are interested in gaining knowledge, if you have a motivation to learn and a desire to gain new skills, then the Integrated Master's in Work with Young People, Families and Communities is for you. Building resilience amongst young people is of utmost importance to society as a whole, and high on political agendas; this programme is innovative and well-placed in preparing students for a career in this area.
* The delivery of pathways is subject to numbers.
The Integrated Master's in Work with Young People, Families and Communities: Youth Work programme has been designed to respond to societal needs, to address the wider challenges that young people, families and communities face, and to help support the vision of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act (WG, 2015) in creating a resilient, healthy and cohesive society. Importantly, the programme has been designed with a clear vision of enhancing student employability. This is due to the programme's applied focus, and the opportunities for students to engage in substantial fieldwork experience where theory learned in lectures is put into practice. Young people's lives are increasingly complex, as are the challenges that some young people may face. As such they have a diverse range of needs. The development of this Integrated Master's programme will equip the modern workforce with a range of skills, knowledge, expertise and understanding to achieve the best outcomes for young people, their families, and their communities.
Whilst studying on this Integrated Master's programme, students will learn how to draw on a wide range of intellectual resources, theoretical perspectives and academic disciplines to develop their understanding of the issues faced by young people and identifying what their needs are. Through studying this programme, students will develop their critical thinking and evaluation skills, and will develop as reflective/reflexive and autonomous practitioners who are able to implement both theory and practice. Students will be able to acknowledge, accept and understand the values, interests and moral positions of others and engage in anti-oppressive practices.
In addition, through participating in this programme, students are able to adopt appropriate problem solving skills, enabling them to work effectively with young people, families and communities. The course is underpinned by the core principles and values of youth work. It explores how to facilitate and support young people's growth, and personal and social development, in a variety of informal and non-formal settings. It reflects current youth policy and practice in both Wales and the UK, and is relevant to the occupational sector, local and national employers and voluntary sectors. The skills and experiences gained as part of the Integrated Master's in Work with Young People, Families and Communities: Youth Work programme will help students to succeed both in the work place and in their personal lives.
At Levels 4, 5 and 6, students study 5 modules as a generic group of Integrated Master's in Work with Young People, Families and Communities programme students. One additional module will be studied per level focused on the students' chosen pathway and interests. Each level includes a module with a placement focus, allowing students to focus upon their studies in an applied manner. This approach is valuable from an employability perspective, as students have the opportunity to apply theory to their practice, to demonstrate their ability to function in the world of work, and to acquire invaluable experiences that employers value when interviewing. By the time the students have completed Level 6, they will have completed 200 hours of placement activity, a pre-requisite to studying the Youth Work pathway at Level 7, where the professional qualification sits.
Modules at Levels 4, 5 and 6 include:
- Young People in Society
- Rights for All
- Principles and Contexts of Work with Young People
- Applying Policy to Practice
- Education for Sustainable Development and Global Youth Work
- 5 Ways to Well-being: Responding to Mental Health
- Young People: Recreation and Playfulness
- Informal and Non-formal Learning: Impact and Outcomes
At Level 7, students study two 15 credit Fieldwork modules, one 30 credit module, and one 60 credit module.
- Alana Enoch
- Angharad Lewis
- Darrel Williams
- Dr Nichola Welton
The approach to assessing students' learning reflects the skills and attributes that a professionally qualified youth worker would be required to possess. For example, assessments will allow students to develop their communication skills, their problem solving skills and their ability to work as part of a team. Students will engage in seminar presentations both individually and as part of a small group, and they will also engage in practical assessments including the delivery of an issue based session for young people, thus mirroring the realities of the workplace. Written assignments will feature within the programme, however the programme does not have any examinations - this is due to the fact that the programme is about developing key employability skills for working with young people, families and communities, and the assessments reflects this. Engaging in practical placements at each level of study will allow the students the opportunity to immerse themselves within an organisation, and develop key employability skills whilst also networking within the organisations.
The Integrated Master's in Work with Young People, Families and Communities: Youth Work programme will enable students to develop attributes desired by youth work occupations and also occupations involved in working with young people, families and communities. These attributes include being able to identify young people's needs, how to respond to these needs, and the ability to develop resilient young people.
Graduates may find employment in a variety of professions and settings, including directly in the youth and community work field as professionally qualified youth workers. This may be either at face-to-face level, working directly with young people in a variety of contexts (including school-based youth work, detached youth work, health-based youth work, and so on), or they may find employment at management level.
Graduates may find employment in residential centres for children and young people, youth justice, or in community organisations, and with organisations which support young people, families and communities. This demonstrates how the skills that the graduates have developed while studying on the degree programme can be transferred into other settings.
There is a practical and vocational focus to the course, with many opportunities to learn beyond the lecture room. Field visits form part of the programme, and practitioners act as guest lecturers to enhance student experience.
The programme places an emphasis on individual personal and social development, and the University offers excellent careers support and guidance. Students also benefit from small group teaching in a supportive learning environment.
The programme benefits from a strong lecturing team of enthusiastic, supportive and bilingual staff who are professionally qualified in the field of Youth and Community Work with recognised expertise and experience of working with young people, families and communities. The lecturing team are also actively involved in research, keeping abreast of developments within the fields.
- BA Youth & Community Work
- BA (Hons) Work with Young People, Families and Communities: Community Development and Families
- BA (Hons) Work with Young People, Families and Communities: Health and Well-being
- BA (Hons) Work with Young People, Families and Communities: Youth Work
- Integrated Masters in Work with Young People, Families and Communities: Community Development and Families
- Integrated Masters in Work with Young People, Families and Communities: Health and Well-being
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
- Printing and copying
- DBS Check