University College Birmingham Youth and Community

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University College Birmingham Youth and Community

Course overview

This course will appeal to people working in the non-governmental organisational sector and the private and public sectors, who are committed to empowering people to make positive changes in their own loves.

You will be taught to become a reflective practitioner and asked to question and critically evaluate your professional role and create an environment where knowledge transfer and skills development is encouraged.

Reflection is embedded in teaching in order to train practitioners who can make a really difference to the lives of children, young people and families in culturally diverse communities.

Why should I choose this course?

  • You will develop your professional career in youth work and community as you specialise in this rewarding area.
  • You will be given a choice of specialist modules that allow you to customise your degree to suit your career aspirations.
  • You will learn advanced techniques for research and communication and how to apply them to the industry
  • You will learn a variety of industry approaches around mentoring, professional practice and distance learning materials.
  • You will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of industry trends from a variety of perspectives.

Lectures, seminars and group-work provide opportunities for the exploration of concepts and theories in relation to practice. Poster presentations and case study analysis will be used to help you understand the links between theory, operational practices and strategic considerations.

There is a strong emphasis on coursework, which encourages you to reflect on your own experiences and that of the organisations within the sector. You will also be assessed on reports, critical analysis and individual and group presentations.


Communication in Practice
By being part of a group, you are able to reflect on the group work processes and dynamics taking place, including your own role. You will work on your overall professional communication, relationship building and group work skills. You will be encouraged to reflect on your work with individual and groups and children, young people, families, community groups and other colleagues and industry professionals.

Masters Dissertation (C & E)

Under the supervision of an appropriately-experienced tutor, you can choose an issue from within the sector to study in-depth to provide greater clarity on industry issues or forward organisational progress. You will have regular personal tutorials to help guide you to plan, research, review and validate your final results and conclusions.

Research Methods and Ethics

You will develop and extend your knowledge and ability of professional research, exploring the strategies of critical appraisal and methodology. By using managerial research tools, theoretical perspectives and relative framework you will be able to evaluate the work of others and the principles and practices of ethics in research when considering children and young people.

Social Justice

By critically examining the historical and current roles played by professionals in relation to human rights, social justice and oppression, you will learn about key aspects of empowerment and development. You will also explore the role of identity and culture in relation to development work, working with diversity and anti-discriminatory practice.
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Tracing Trends
This module examines the key drivers in education and community change from social, political and historical perspectives. You will reflect on the history of policy development and explore the changes, considering the influence of history on recently policy developments.

Coaching and Mentoring

You will examine the mentoring and coaching issues faced by those who mentor others in the workplace, looking at the principles of coaching as well as specialist coaching. Different theories, concepts and models will be analysed and evaluated in relation to your own work as well as demonstrate your own professional skills within this area.

Distance Learning Materials Project

You will identify an opportunity to provide distance learning materials that will enhance learning and teaching within your area of industry. By creating, trialling and evaluating these materials you will develop your creativity, problem-solving and time-management skills in order to perform effectively in a team environment.

Professional Enquiry

You will undertake an extended piece of small-scale research that will make a significant different to your personal understanding of an industry-relevant issue. You will begin a learning journal to record your research and work closely with a tutor to develop this piece of research.

Management and Leadership in Education and Community

If you want to develop an understanding of leadership in working with children, young people and communities, then this module will help boost your professional development. You will examine the historical and current social policies in relation to provision and management of services within the industry and research initiatives to engage young people in education, training, work and society.

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree or equivalent (ideally in the social sciences, humanities or arts areas, such as sociology, sports and leisure management, mentoring, education, theology or psychology).