Senior Lecturer in Health & Social Care
Faculty of Health, Education and SocietyDiscover
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Fees UK 24/25:
Full time: £8,250
Part time: £920 (20 credits)
Fees International 24/25:
Full Time: £16,995
For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:
The University of Northampton’s MA Youth and Community Leadership programme equips students with the skills to become resilient, innovative and socially responsible practitioners, leaders and managers.
With a strong emphasis on evidence based best practice and learning through reflecting on practice the youth work masters is suited to both to those embarking on a youth and community work masters as well as those wishing to progress within statutory, private, voluntary or independent sector organisations.
The youth and community leadership course is professionally validated by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC).
This Community and Youth MA course has been designed to contribute towards achieving the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goal: SDG11 Sustainable Cities and Communities.
The degree in youth and community work is professionally validated by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC).
The full-time community leadership course runs over a 12 month period from early September until the end of August. Students study 7 modules, all of which are mandatory and aimed at meeting the contemporary challenges of youth and community leadership, topics studied:
The academic team have professional qualifications and extensive experience within youth and community development, social work and counselling. They maintain and continually develop their professional skills through ongoing practice, leadership and management roles in community based organisations, partnership working in the locality and ongoing research and study.
To be eligible for the award of MA Youth and Community Leadership, youth and community work students must successfully complete all compulsory modules worth 180 credits.
In order to gain the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) recognised professional qualification in youth and community work (Validated by the National Youth Agency) students must also pass SWKM031 and SWKM033 (2 x 200 hour placement).
Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in Youth and Community Leadership: To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma students must successfully complete 120 credits.
Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Higher Education: To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate students must successfully complete 60 credits. Gaining this award does not qualify for a JNC recognised professional qualification in youth and community work
List of modules:
Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 23/24. The modules relating to the academic year 24/25 will be available from June 2024.
The University of Northampton’s Youth and Community Leadership MA degree welcomes applicants from those with a wide variety of educational qualifications, including undergraduate degrees as well as those who can demonstrate skills and experience gained through paid or voluntary roles with individuals or communities.
Applicants should demonstrate:
All offers of a place on the youth and community leadership masters programme are subject to:
All International and EU students applying for a course with the University of Northampton must meet the following minimum English language requirements for study at postgraduate level:
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees quoted for the masters in youth and community leadership course relate to study in the Academic Year 24/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
Fees quoted for the masters in youth and community leadership course relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.
For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.
On the youth and community work course, students will be assessed using tools relevant to practice, whilst these need to meet the academic regulation of the university they are designed to mirror the written, verbal or virtual information used within youth and community leadership practice. For example a community profile, project plan or funding application rather than an essay require students to evidence their knowledge and understanding whilst using skills relevant to current and future practice.
A 60 credit module ‘Transforming Professional Practice’ gives MA students the opportunity of carrying out a research project based on either primary or secondary evidence and linked to a contemporary issue or module topic relevant to the programme.
For further information about the youth and community leadership course please contact Victoria Boulton, the Senior Lecturer in MA Youth and Community Leadership, by email: Victoria.Boulton@northampton.ac.uk or Jodie Low, Practice Lead, at: Jodie.Low@northampton.ac.uk
The MA Youth and Community Leadership qualification and professional youth work status (validated by NYA) enables University of Northampton graduates to seek employment in a range of settings across the UK and internationally. These are just some examples of organisations and services that provide opportunities for youth and community leaders:
Roles can be in geographic areas with youth people and communities or in specialist areas of support such as: care leavers; carers; LGBT+; drug and alcohol services; domestic abuse; access to employment and training; mental health; mentoring; homelessness.