The programme offers a variety of taught modules that focus on youth work professional training and continuing professional development in youth work.
Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work (PGDip)(CKD04 only)
Successful completion of Year 1 of the programme (CKD04 entry route) awards a Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work, which is professionally accredited (JNC-recognised) and endorsed by the North-South Education and Training Standards Committee for Youth Work (NSETS). All Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work modules are offered by the School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork. Year 1 of the programme comprises five taught modules, two placement modules and individual and group tutorials (60 credits in total).
Students take 60 credits as follows
Semester 1 Credits
SS6020 Principles and Practice of Youth Work 10
SS6036 Youth Work: Skills for Working with Individuals and Groups 10
SS6022 Youth, Ethics and Welfare 5
SS6037 Youth Work, Informal and Non-Formal Learning 5
SS6030 Practice Placement I 5
Semester 2 Credits
SS6031 Practice Placement II 20
SS6023 Project Planning, Management and Leadership in Youth Work 5
Masters in Youth Work with Community Arts and Sport Studies
This programme is offered to students who already hold a JNC-recognised qualification in youth work, including those who have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work (CKD04, Year 1).
Successful completion of Year 2 of the programme awards an M.Soc.Sc in Youth Work with Community Arts and Sports Studies. Modules are delivered by the three participating Schools, namely, the School of Applied Social Studies, the School of Education and the School of Music and Theatre. The course incorporates core modules in community arts and sports studies and a range of elective modules designed to develop students skills in developing, delivering and implementing arts- and sports-oriented programmes for working with young people in a variety of settings and/or specialised theoretical study in social policy. Students also develop their capacity as researchers and are required to complete a Research Dissertation relevant to their studies.
SS6021 Principles and Practice of Community Arts 10
ED6603 Principles and Practice of Sports Studies 10
SS6023 Project Planning, Management and Leadership in Youth Work 5 (CKDXX only)
Elective modules Students select any combination to the value of 20 credits
Sports Studies Credits
ED6601 Youth Health and Physical Activity 5
ED6602 Delivery of Physical Education 5
ED6604 Outdoor Education and Sport Development 5
Community Arts Credits
MU6060 Community Music (5)
SS6029 Development Education and Community Arts (5)
SS6024 Arts and Social Action (5)
DR6040 Special Studies in Theatre II - Social Sciences (10)
DR6041 Directed Studies Theatre Social Sciences (5)
DR6042 Applied Theatre Social Studies (10)
Applied Social Studies Credits
SS6319 Children and Young People 15
SS6318 Mental Health and Disability 15
SS6321 Conflict Transformation and Peace Building 15
All students are required to complete a dissertation module (30 credits). Students are advised that the dissertation module is normally taken only on completion of the required number of other taught modules. Dissertation students are required to attend and participate in a series of compulsory research seminars and independently prepare a research proposal on their chosen research area.
CKD04 (120 credit route):
SS6026 (20 credits): Students must write a dissertation of 15,000 words in an area of policy and/or practice related to youth work, community arts and/or sports studies, under the supervision of an allocated Staff member. This is submitted for the Summer Examinations Board (May)
CKD20 (90 credit route):
SS6038 (45 credits): Students must write a dissertation of 20,000 words in an area of policy and/or practice related to youth work, community arts and/or sports studies, under the supervision of an allocated staff member. This is submitted for the Winter Examinations Board (October).
Note on CKD04:
Upon satisfactory completion of 60 credits, to include modules SS6020, SS6022, SS6023, SS6030, SS6031, SS6036, and SS6037, students may opt to exit the programme and be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work, which is a professionally accredited qualification in youth work (JNC-recognised), endorsed by the North/South Education and Training Standards Committee for Youth Work (NSETS).