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Youth and Community

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About Youth and Community

Why choose us?

The Cass School of Education and Communities is an innovative and supportive school with a strong research culture and a reputation for providing responsive solutions to diverse educational needs. The MA in Youth and Community is professionally validated by the National Youth Agency – the national agency for youth work in England. As well as a Master’s qualification, successful students leave us with accredited Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) youth work status.

With 600 mandatory hours of practice learning added to UEL-based learning, it is a demanding, but rewarding, commitment. You will develop the ability to build confidence and trust in others, deal with challenging behaviour and engage, support and mentor young people in London – a dynamic environment for youth and community work.

You will apply this knowledge in the field – for example, organising workshops or informal learning activities in youth projects and schools, developing young people’s inter-personal skills, or working with partner organisations, such as the Youth Offending Service or housing associations.

Facilities and resources

UEL provides a wide range of modern facilities to enable you to study and learn effectively. On the Stratford and Docklands sites we have excellent library services and helpful supportive librarians. Students are encouraged to network with each other and both sites provide ample opportunity and spaces for this to be achieved. UEL have a range of eating places providing for different tastes which staff and students share together. There is a dedicated ‘one stop’ information and guidance service at each campus – The Hub – offering wide support and advice, coupled with a dedicated proactive study skills team who work with students to nurture their academic skills.

What we're researching

Paul Adams, Course Leader of the MA Youth and Community Work course, is involved with a number of youth work organisations, including national government working groups. Paul has a particular interest in Global Youth Work and issues of social justice and the impact of globalisation on the lives of young people. Recent publication: Adams, P (2014) ‘Young People and Development: The Role of Global Youth Work in Engagement and Learning’ in McCloskey, S (ed.) Development Education in Theory and Practice, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan.