Youth and Community Work (with JNC Recognition) at London Metropolitan University - UCAS

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Course summary

Why study this course? This Youth and Community Work (with JNC recognition) MSc is a National Youth Agency (NYA) and Endorsements Standards Board (ESB) approved qualification. The course leads to Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) recognition, which means you’ll become a JNC-qualified Professional Youth Worker and Community Development Practitioner when you successfully complete the course. If you already hold JNC recognition, or have an existing Level 6 qualification from either the National Youth Agency (NYA) or the Endorsement and Quality Standards Boards for Community Development Learning (ESB), please see our Youth and Community Work (Advanced Practice) MSc instead. More about this course If you’re looking to start your career in the sector or want to increase your employment opportunities, this is the perfect course for you. You may be working as a youth and/or community worker already in voluntary, public or independent sectors. This course will lead to JNC recognition, which can open the door to opportunities in this sector. Recent graduates are now employed in full-time positions in youth and community work. Because of this, they’re now able to offer placements and JNC supervision in various voluntary and third-sector organisations. Our Youth and Community Work master’s degree includes 400 hours of practical experience carried out via a placement, equipping you to meet industry requirements. You’ll spend a minimum of 50% of this time working with young people. Typically you’ll work closely with 13-19 year olds, but this could be extended to 11-25 year olds. Drawing on the values of social justice and anti-oppressive practice, you’ll learn about theory, trauma-informed practice, policy and practice to help you develop a mix of academic and vocational skills. You’ll also learn about challenges facing the sector and develop key skills, such as pitching for funding, that will help you to work through these challenges. Our course meets JNC requirements, adheres to the NYA code of conduct and Community Development National Occupational Standards (2015). This means you’ll gain in-depth understanding of professional boundaries and knowledge that supports sound and safe practice. Once you’ve successfully completed the course, you’ll understand professional requirements, and be able to identify oppression in all forms. On top of this, you’ll also be able to recognise true participation and use your voice effectively to represent young people and wider communities.


Example modules include: Introduction to Youth and Community Work; Trauma, Mental Health and Well-being; Community, Continuity and Change; Managing Teams; Digital Video Production; Games and Gamification; Commissioning Youth and Community Services; Designing Youth and Community Research; Public Service Design and Innovation; Public Management and Public Finance; Community Activism; Digital Storytelling; Multimedia Journalism; Youth and Community Work Placement.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways including assignments, portfolios, presentations, podcasts, case study analysis, a dissertation and an assessed work placement. You’ll be required to undertake one supervised and assessed practice referred to as ‘the placement’ during this course. This 400 hour hands-on experience can be carried out either at your own workplace (if in the youth and community sector) or we can help you arrange a work placement with current providers or ex-students. This substantial placement of assessed practice means you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of intervention and anti-oppressive practice. A compulsory research module will introduce you to various research methods in preparation for your dissertation and placement. This 12,000 word dissertation will allow you to pursue a topic of your choice in-depth.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • National Youth Agency
  • Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community Workers

Entry requirements

You will be required to have: - an undergraduate degree with second-class honours or above - GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above, or acceptable equivalent - three-six months' experience in a related area, such as paid or unpaid experience in community and youth work organisations or charities. A reference will be required to verify work experience. n addition to the above, you will also need to pass an interview with the course leader. All suitable applicants are required to have an Enhanced DBS check for the Child Workforce which is registered with the DBS Update Service. We consider all applications on a case-by-case basis so even if you do not meet all of the requirements above, we may still consider your application. If you do have an undergraduate degree but have an alternative qualification and extensive work experience in community and youth work, we would like to hear from you. All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements. If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

More information about our English language requirements.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £1170 Module
Northern Ireland £1170 Module
Scotland £1170 Module
Wales £1170 Module
EU £2020 Module
International £2020 Module
Channel Islands £2020 Module
Republic of Ireland £2020 Module

Additional fee information

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees. Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
Youth and Community Work (with JNC Recognition) at London Metropolitan University - UCAS