Why study this course?

Take your career to the next level with this Youth and Community Work (Advanced Practice) degree from London Met.

Designed for graduates who already hold Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) recognition, this master’s degree is perfect if you’re already working in or looking to return to the industry.

If you don’t already hold JNC recognition, or haven’t completed 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 (with JNC recognition) MSc instead.

More about this course

Go one step further with this Youth and Community Work (Advanced Practice) degree from London Met.

You’ll build on your existing knowledge of the National Youth Agency (NYA) Standards of Proficiency and Community Development National Occupational Standards in a stimulating and supportive environment.

Collaboration is highly important on this course, therefore it’s important for you to share personal experiences and reflections with your classmates. Sharing these will help to broaden your perspective on various issues and build sound knowledge on effective management approaches.

Our academics will encourage you to critically engage with the tensions and challenges of current practice, both in the UK and overseas, allowing you to build a sophisticated knowledge of effective management approaches. You’ll also explore developments in the field, learn about mental health and wellbeing in young people, develop strategies to reduce violent crime, learn how to pitch for funding in times of austerity, as well as examine techniques to support staff dealing with front-line interventions.

We want you to be in charge of the direction of your study, which is why you have the flexibility to choose whether you deepen your understanding of topics directly relevant to youth and community work, or develop a specialism outside of these, such as digital communications, journalism and film-making. These skills have the potential to be transformative within the youth and community sector.


During this course, you’ll be assessed in a variety of ways including assignments, portfolios, presentations, podcasts, case study analysis and a dissertation.

You’ll also have the opportunity to explore a youth and community work related topic of your choice through your dissertation.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC). The course is also validated by the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning (ESB), which is the professional body for people working in community work and community development roles.

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • an undergraduate degree of second-class honours or above
  • GCSE English at grade C/4 minimum, or Key Skills Communication Level 2 and Numeracy Level 2, or equivalent
  • NYA and ESB recognition and be able to provide evidence of your registration and accreditation

In addition to the above, you'll also need to pass a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and a university interview.

International students and English language requirements

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Student visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals may be considered for admission who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2021/22 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday evening

    This module provides a critical perspective on youth and community issues. It focuses on contemporary issues, placing these within historical context of struggle and empowerment. You will critically engage with key concepts such as power, class, ethnicity and gender, applying relevant theory to current events and debates. You will benefit from a range of perspectives of staff who are working at the cutting edge of policy and practice in fields such as community and youth work, housing, education, crime, health and migration. You will be able to place your own community and youth practice in the context of long-term changes in society, and be able to respond to the challenges that face young people and communities today in an effective way, informed by current research and best practice

    The aims of the module are to:
    • identify current challenges in youth and community work, placing these in the context of long term changes in society and policy;
    • critically evaluate current policy and practice responses to community and youth work issues;
    • identify power relationships between the state, the market and individuals in communities, and how individuals may be empowered;
    • reflect on the professional values of youth and community workers, and how these can be used to address complex challenges in policy and practice; and
    • enable students to engage in anti-discriminatory practice to address policy and practice issues.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon

    The module aims to enable students to develop an understanding of philosophical, practical and ethical aspects of social research methods and skills for designing and conducting social research in the field of youth and community development. A specific focus on this module is on action research – understood as a form of social enquiry which aims to bring together action and reflections on practice with disadvantaged communities.

    The module provides training on research design - developing an answerable research question, identifying aims and objectives of the research, identifying an appropriate methodology and developing a critical appreciation of ethical research practice. It also develops the skills required for reviewing and appraising published research and for developing arguments and making conclusions on the basis of evidence.

    The ultimate purpose of this module is to equip students with necessary conceptual understanding and the practical tools for conducting social enquiries on issues of their choice which seeks to bring about positive social change. The module feeds the dissertation project and the placement component of their degree programme.

    The specific aims of the module are to:

    1. Enable students to appreciate the importance of scientific (systematic, rigorous and academic) research in the practice of youth and community development work.
    2. Introduce students to the principles of social research methods with particular focus on qualitative research and specifically of action and emancipatory research.
    3. Enable students to develop relevant skills to formulate their research questions that are informed by theoretical insights and translated into the design of conducting a social research.
    4. Enable students to appreciate an ethical approach to research and demonstrate a critical application of ethical practice.
    5. Provide students with skills to appraise published research, design an appropriate interview schedule, conduct in-depth interviews, observe social phenomenon and reflect on their own practice and values.
    6. Develop students’ capacity to analyse qualitative data and develop arguments on the basis of evidence
    7. Enable students to develop skills in reporting and applying research.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies

    The module aims to provide students with a detailed understanding of:
    1. Conventional and co-productive policy development approaches
    2. Challenges of Complexity, design and governance in public services
    3. Design thinking in policy making and public sector innovation

    The aim of the course is to develop an understanding of the role of design thinking in assisting public and non-for profit sector transformation.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester

    This module will identify what Trauma is and how it can affect a young person’s life. It will be suitable for front line practitioners and managers. It is designed to encourage students to be reflective and to demonstrate a knowledge base relating to legislations and a theoretical underpinning of the approaches and critiques associated with Trauma mental health and well-being. It will critically examine methods of support and supervision for practitioners. It will examine the personal, cultural and structural impact on the individual and community.
    1 A critical analysis of the predisposing, precipitating and perpetuating factors
    impacting on a young person's mental health and experience of trauma
    2 Explore the extent and forms of trauma in child and adulthood
    3 Critically examine theoretical, conceptual and explanatory frameworks
    4 locate support services and policy development in comparative contexts
    5 Critically examine the impacts and consequences for young people and their
    6 Critically examine the support networks for practitioners.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This module provides the opportunity for students to:

    • Advance their knowledge and understanding by the undertaking of a sustained and detailed dissertation that critically examines and evaluates an aspect of youth and community work theory, policy and/or practice of particular interest to the student and approved by their supervisor.

    • Select and apply the principles of social research to inform their chosen methodology

    • Apply appropriate skills of analysis and critique existing research in the exploration of current issues relating to Youth and Community Work theory, policy and practice.

    • Reflect critically on the process of developing and executing a sustained piece of work.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday evening

    The module aims to provide students with a detailed understanding of:
    1. Public service commissioning in a changing world;
    2. Commissioning for social value and local economic development
    3. Outputs, outcomes and evaluation in public procurement

    The aim of the course is to develop a critical understanding of the role of commissioning in developing services that meet local needs and improve people’s lives.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    The module aims to provide students with a detailed understanding of:
    1. The relationship between community and youth activism and professional practice
    2. Conceptual frameworks for understanding and critically evaluating citizenship
    3. Practical approaches to supporting lobbying, single issue and political campaigning including use of social media

    The aim of the course is to develop a critical understanding of the role of activism in changing policy, meeting local needs and improving people’s lives.

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  • This module explores how the forms of written narrative, historically rooted in printed literature, may now be reimagined through the exciting potentials of digital media. It stimulates students to experiment with how their own writing practice and ideas about literature, storytelling and persuasive communication might take new directions in response to the many ongoing innovations in online and electronic platforms for textual production and publication. The module supports students to enhance their individual profile, range and critical self-awareness as a writer in contemporary creative and/or professional domains.

    The module will provide opportunities for students to develop their own writing practice in relation to digital transformations of narrative and rhetorical technique, form and effect. It will also develop students' conceptual, critical and experiential understanding of the current state of the field of electronic literature and digital forms of narrative writing.

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  • This module provides students with practical experience in the production
    of digital video and relevant digital media theory with specific reference to current trends and
    developments in broadcast, cinema and online media.
    Students will be encouraged to expand the critical and conceptual framework in which they
    develop their own work by applying and challenging existing conventions and theories of digital
    video production in their own work.

    SEMESTER: Autumn
    ASSESSMENT:Presentation (10%)+Digital Video Project(50%)+Critical Report(30%)

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  • This module introduces students to the role of digital games in the digital media industry, it explores various applications of digital games in entertainment, education, business, marketing and advertising. It analyses gamification practices as well as key game design practices and game design theories.

    The module addresses issues in game histories, game genres and gaming cultures, the evolution of technologies and delivery platforms, the impact of game industry changes on game design practices. Students will explore current trends in game design and game research, gamification approached and applications, they will evaluate game design and gamification tools and production techniques. Students will apply game design and gamification principles and theories to the design and conceptualisation of an interactive game or a gamified experience.

    Module Aims

    • To enable students to evaluate the historical, technological and theoretical frameworks in game design and gamification theory and practice.
    • To enable students to plan and conceptualise a digital game or a gamified experience

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    The module focuses mainly on the micro level of management with the focus on developing team management and leadership skills. Management issues are addressed in the context of values-based organisations whether in the public, voluntary, or community sectors or social enterprises. Participants are introduced to management and leadership theories and relevant policy frameworks in order to facilitate critical reflection on aspects of their management and leadership role. In addition, participants will explore key practice areas, drawing from relevant theories and reflecting on their relevance to their own experience. Particular attention will be paid to health and wellbeing in the workplace, time management, leadership, and communication and negotiation skills. Students will also review their developmental role as a leader and manager, and the module will critically explore current ideas and practices regarding when working with teams, networks, and inter-professional working groups.

    The aims of this module are:
     To provide an overview and introduction to management within organisational contexts encompassing both community and voluntary organisations and the wider public sector.
     To enable participants to apply an analytical and reflective approach to their personal management skills and leadership styles.
     To explore the relevance and application of current theories and concepts in the management and organisational studies field to participants’ own experience, work context and roles.
     To explore a range of strategies and approaches to improve performance across diverse organisational contexts.

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  • Students will learn to place their skills in, and understanding of, journalism in relation to today’s multimedia digital environment. They will develop their writing, production and design skills to a professional level, learning how to adopt creative approaches to creating journalistic stories across platforms, including social networking services such as Twitter, blogs and online journalism. Students will be asked to build multimedia applications, blogs, websites and ways of working that engage the audience in more interactive and participatory ways.

    Specifically, the module will introduce students to the writing skills and technical demands of online, audio and visual journalism. Students will be asked to develop and deliver news stories working individually and as part of a team.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday evening

    The module provides an advanced examination of the management of public services principally in the United Kingdom, as well as an introduction to current issues and developments in public finance and the budgetary process in public sector and non-for-profit contexts. It places the current public management reform agenda within a broader historical, theoretical, and institutional framework. The module examines key components of, and developments in, the management of public services including: finance; regulation; performance and quality management; human resources; and ethics.

    This module aims to:
    - Explore theoretical and practical implications of the emergence of new public management (NPM)
    - Provide a context within which to understand the contemporary design, resourcing and delivery models in the public services
    - Examine developments which aim to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, legitimacy, sustainability and social impact of public service transformation.
    - Introduce basic concepts around budgetary planning, execution and control.

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Where this course can take you

This course is designed to prepare you for career progression within the youth and community work sector. Once you successfully complete the course, you should feel confident to progress into higher-level management positions or roles that require a greater level of expertise.

Our alumni work for various organisations, including local authority social services departments, mental health trusts, drugs and alcohol services, children’s centres, social prescribing and in A&E with young victims of knife crime, among others.

If you demonstrate research potential on this course, you may also be encouraged to undertake doctoral studies.

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How to apply

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If you require a Student visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

When to apply

We advise applying as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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