Youth Studies full-time top-up award BA (Hons)

Course length: 1 year full-time

Overview

 

Why Youth Studies?

This course has been developed to provide a qualification in youth studies for people working with and advising young people, and is designed for people intending to develop their career in this area. You will gain knowledge and experience of the policies, best practice and skills required to develop yourself both personally and professionally. 

What does the course cover?

Engaging with young people and community involvement is recognised as essential to developing a cohesive society, and youth work has a key role to play in this. Over the duration of your study you will look at social and educational policy, and gain a thorough understanding of the roles and responsibilities of agencies working with children and families. As multi-agency working is essential for the effective support of children and families you will study and evaluate models of inter-agency working, best practice in this area, professional working and collaborative operating. Students with an interest in faith-based youth and community work (concentrating principally on Christian and Muslim youth work activities) will also have the opportunity to study modules specifically designed for exploring and reflecting on these roles. The aim of the course is to create spaces for students from different perspectives, including different faiths, to explore these perspectives both on their own and with others.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be through a range of strategies such as portfolios, presentations, written reports and essays, work-based studies and practical tasks. The course will recognise your needs as a learner and develop independent study skills that are transferable to a range of learning situations and assessment tasks.

What careers could I consider?

Newman youth studies graduates have gone on to a variety of both traditional and non-traditional youth and community work jobs ranging from housing, detached play work and counselling to peer research on a European project. Some have pursued their passion for the subject at postgraduate level.

Entry requirements

All applicant require a minimum of a non JNC DipHE in a relevant subject, an NVQ level 4 in a relevant subject or another equivalent level 4 qualification .

Fees

2017/18*: £9,250

* From 2018/19 tuition fees may rise in line with inflation.

Finance information.

Year 1 modules


DISSERTATION (CAPSTONE PROJECT)


MODULE TITLE : DISSERTATION (CAPSTONE PROJECT)

MODULE CODE : YWU601


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module provides students with the opportunity to explore an area of particular interest in Youth Studies through undertaking a small project supported by a member of staff from the subject area (or elsewhere) with appropriate specialist knowledge.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 100.00
Independent : 300.00
Placement :
Total :  400.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  • Enable students to identify a research or workplace problem and articulate a question/hypothesis relevant to the projects which they have opted.
  • Enable students to acquire and apply a breadth of knowledge about the issue or phenomena in which they are engaged
  • Enable students to select appropriate methods in relation to identified research and justify their employment
  • Support students in the development, revision and refinement of their project design
  • Promote effective autonomous practice in the organisation and management of small-scale project.
  • Enable students to develop creative and innovative approaches to disseminating project findings.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:          

  • Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and understanding of the issue or phenomena in which they have been engaged
  • Locate appropriate methods in relation to their chosen area of study
  • Understand the basic principles of effective project design
  • Know about some of the key contemporary thinking in their chosen area of study
  • Identify a research or workplace problem and articulate relevant question/hypothesis
  • Work autonomously in the management of a small scale project with guidance from an allocated supervisor
  • Present a coherent study – either through written means or more creative methods -  that details the choice of field of study, methods, and findings
  • Develop their capacity for critical reflection and questioning.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Dissertation (10000 words)

MANAGING AND LEADING YOUTH AND COMMUNITY WORK


MODULE TITLE : MANAGING AND LEADING YOUTH AND COMMUNITY WORK

MODULE CODE : YWU606


MODULE SUMMARY :

Drawing on a range of management and leadership theory, this module will introduce students to the necessary skills and knowledge needed to effectively lead and manage youth and community work projects in a changing and challenging environment.  It will include students demonstrating their ability, in groups, to produce a fully costed project proposal. It will also consider how to lead and manage teams through conflict and change and so that young people are safeguarded from harm.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 110.00
Independent : 90.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  • Examine key theories of management and leadership including styles, motivation, and approaches to managing change and conflict. Introducing students to basic employment law, grievance and disciplinary procedures, recruitment and financial management.
  • Critically engage with safeguarding policy and consider how they can interpret this within their role as managers and leaders.
  • Analyse and develop practices which challenge existing power relations and discrimination and to identify and counter oppressive attitudes, behaviours and situations
  • Enables students to engage with groups and individuals for  collective action and social change, appreciating the contested nature of these discourses.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to show that he/she: 

  • Has project management skills (incl. monitoring, evaluation, financial and resource management and policy development)
  • Critically understands contexts in which community and youth workers are employed including the distinctive cultures of third sector and faith organisations, and multi agency approaches
  • Has an ability to use information and communication technologies and demonstrate digital literacy
  • Critically understands the legal obligations and duties of care in safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults and promoting good mental and emotional health
  • Has an ability to work on their own initiative and in cooperation with others.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - % Gateway Assessment - 80% Attendance Requirement

Component 2 - 100% Group Presentation of Project Proposal

NEGOTIATING AN EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE


MODULE TITLE : NEGOTIATING AN EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

MODULE CODE : YWU607


MODULE SUMMARY :

The module focuses on applying learning from other aspects of the course and is the culmination of the Deconstructing the nature of youth and community work, informal education and social pedagogy threshold. It aims to enable students to make judgments on the appropriate balance in interventions in a range of youth and community work settings. This will require analysis of the pedagogical needs of young people, organisations and the community, and the design of a programme to meet those needs. The module includes small group activities, which allows for students to present a youth work related topic of their choice to the group, and be assessed in terms of the appropriateness of their management of the process.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 110.00
Independent : 90.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Enable student to integrate and contest Y&C work principles and pedagogic practices in the design and implementation of programmes and approaches, circumnavigating the tensions and contestations.
  • Enable student to develop the ability to create a praxis  that analyses and applies policies and practices in the light of a range of theoretical perspectives and philosophical positions from multiple  standpoints
  • Enable student to articulate their own epistemological stance, its relationship to y&C work and wider educational trends, and undertake research in this area.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Critically understands the meaning and practice of community and the community-based context for practice
  • Critically understands the dynamics of power, empowerment, democratic learning and discrimination
  • Critically understands the principles of informal education, conversation, critical dialogue,  experiential and situated learning and reflective practice
  • Critically understands learning about personal development through group participation and social, political and popular education
  • Is an autonomous critical and reflective practitioner
  • Is a professional who understands and can articulate their role as educators in relation to other professionals
  • Have the ability to build trusting relationships and foster democratic and inclusive practice
  • Has project management skills (incl. monitoring, evaluation, financial and resource  management and policy development)
  • Has the capacity to facilitate young people’s and adults' individual and collective learning and development
  • Is able to build partnerships with community groups and young people's projects and other professionals in education and in health and social care
  • Can reflect on their own and others' value systems and the ability to explore such values
  • Can organise and articulate of opinions and arguments in speech and writing, including justifying a personal position in relation to the subject
  • Has an ability to use information and communication technologies and demonstrate digital literacy
  • Has an ability to work on their own initiative and in cooperation with others)
  • Can demonstrate a commitment to the improvement of their own learning and performance
  • Can demonstrate emotional literacy.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - % Gateway Assessment - 80% Attendance Requirement

Component 2 - 100% Design, Deliver, Evaluate a Programme, in Pairs or Groups (5000 words equivalent)

INTRODUCTION TO YOUTH STUDIES


INTRODUCTION TO YOUTH STUDIES: details currently unavailable

ADVANCED REFLECTIVE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES


MODULE TITLE : ADVANCED REFLECTIVE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES

MODULE CODE : YWU613


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module seeks to do two things: firstly students will be encouraged to view their workplaces as systems within which there will always exist a degree of risk, complexity and uncertainty and develop skills and strategies to manage that creatively and effectively for educational purposes. Secondly students will consider the professional environment in which their career will develop and seek to engage them in critical analysis of evolving pressures, standards and patterns of work. Through-out the module students will have the opportunity to test out creative, academic and more informal styles of writing. The module will challenge students to write a peer reviewed journal article, blog or funding bid.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 40.00
Independent : 160.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  • Support students ongoing professional development and that of their organisations through the integration of advanced skills of reflection within their practice
  • Equip students with a theoretical and practice based framework to critically interrogate and deal with rapidly changing environments
  • Consider the status of youth work and its standing in relation to other workers with young people
  • Prepare students to write in a variety of formats including: peer reviewed article; professional blog; international funding bids, report writing etc. Identifying main blocks and helpful hints to successful writing
  • Clarify the expectations of a peer reviewed journal article, bids etc

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Is a professional who understands and can articulate their role as educators in relation to other professionals
  • Critically understands the dynamics of power, empowerment, democratic learning and discrimination
  • Critically understands the principles of informal education, conversation, critical dialogue,  experiential and situated learning and reflective practice
  • Critically understands learning about personal development through group participation and social, political and popular education
  • Critically understands contexts  in which community and youth workers are employed including the distinctive cultures of third sector and faith organisations, and multi agency approaches
  • Critically understands and critique the role of community organisations in contributing to cohesion and integration, contestation and change
  • Is an autonomous critical and reflective practitioner
  • Is a professional who understands and can articulate their role as educators in  relation to other professionals
  • Have the ability to build trusting relationships and foster democratic and inclusive practice
  • Has the capacity to facilitate young people’s and adults' individual and collective learning and development
  • Is able to build partnerships with community groups and young people's projects and other professionals in education and in health and social care
  • Can reflect on their own and others' value systems and the ability to explore such values
  • Can organise and articulate of opinions and arguments in speech and writing, including justifying a personal position in relation to the subject
  • Has an ability to use information and communication technologies and demonstrate digital literacy
  • Has an ability to work on their own initiative and in cooperation with others
  • Can demonstrate a commitment to the improvement of their own learning and performance
  • Can demonstrate emotional literacy.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - % Pass/Fail Element - 80% Attendance Requirement

Component 2 - 50% Writing for Publication (3000 words)

Component 3 - 50% Improvised Group Dialogue

Course code


Single Honours: 100% Youth Studies full-time top-up award

UCAS code:

L531

Applications for full-time courses are made through UCAS

For all enquiries relating to admissions or entry requirements, email us at admissions@newman.ac.uk

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