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Youth Work with Community Arts & Sports Studies

The MSocSc in Youth Work, Community Arts and Sports Studies is currently being re-structured for 2017/2018

Prospective students can contact the School of Applied Social Studies directly for more detailed information on this programme for 2017/2018

Applications are expected to open in early 2017.

This programme is the only one of its kind in Ireland and the UK, offering the opportunity to graduates for combining youth work professional development with specialisation in community arts and sports participation. Through the delivery of this unique, exciting, diverse and flexible curriculum, students will undertake a range of core and elective modules which combine theoretical and contextual study and practice skills development. The youth work sector has undergone rapid change in recent years. This programme equips graduates with a dynamic skill set that is highly valuable in the youth work sector as well as in a range of arts and sports contexts where expanding youth participation is a growing priority. Youth policy and the experiences of young people are a growing concern in national, European and international contexts. Completion of this programme equips students with the competency, knowledge and skills to develop youth-focused interventions through practice and research that can contribute positively to the lives of young people and their welfare in Ireland and beyond.

Entry requirements

CKD04 (120 credit route)
Applicants will normally have achieved a minimum grade of a Second Class Honours, Grade II. Candidates will be normally be graduates from cognate disciplines, including but not limited to: Social Science, Education (incl. Sports Studies), Social Work, Early Years and Childhood Studies, Social Care (NFQ, Level 8), Sociology and Psychology. Applicants are also required to possess a minimum of two years experience in a paid or voluntary capacity in a full-time youth work position (or equivalent part-time experience).

All applicants to the programme will be asked to evidence their commitment to youth work and to document any experience and training relevant to the programme as part of the written application process.

All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited for interview.

Applicants who do not hold a primary degree will not be accepted onto the programme. Applicants who hold a NFQ, Level 7 degree/qualification will not be accepted onto the programme. The School of Applied Social Studies offers a very successful undergraduate programme which allows students to access professional training in youth work. Potential applicants who do not hold an undergraduate degree are advised to apply to this programme.

English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL equivalent. Further information on English Language Requirements can be found at http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/how/

Acceptance of a candidate into the programme (CKD04 120 credit route only) is subject to Garda/PoliceVetting.

FITNESS TO PRACTISE

From the start of the academic year 2013-14 all students commencing the first year of certain programmes in UCC will be required to comply with the Fitness to Practise Policy and meet the relevant Fitness to Practise standards in order to progress to the next year of their programme. The programmes in question are ones which involve interaction with patients/clients and that lead to registration with a professional body. Students registering on these programmes are required to read and accept the Fitness to Practise requirements at registration and annually at re-registration. Click HERE for information on the Fitness to Practise policies and procedures.

CKD20
Applicants must hold a JNC-recognised qualification in youth work that has been gained through completing a recognised undergraduate or postgraduate degree, to a minimum second class honours standard. Applicants who are unsure about whether they have secured a JNC-recognised qualification must confirm this with their relevant educational institution.

All applicants to the programme will be asked to evidence their commitment to youth work and to document any experience and training relevant to the programme as part of the written application process.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Duration

Full-time 1 or 2 years.

The programme is full-time and lectures will normally take place on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 5.30-7.30.

Number of credits

90 Credits Route and 120 Credit Route.

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
The Masters in Youth Work, Community Arts and Sports Studies equips youth workers with community arts- and sports-oriented skills, and equips community artists and sports trainers with youth work skills. The Masters allows student to develop the skills necessary to design, plan and deliver their own participatory projects in youth and community settings. Graduates will find employment in youth work organisations, in the public sector, in the voluntary/community sector, in local authorities, and in community arts and sporting organisations where expanding youth participation is a priority.

Placement and Study Abroad Information
CKD04 - 120 credit route only - Students are permitted to undertake the block placement in Year 1 abroad, subject to certain criteria of the accreditation body being met. The Placement Co-Ordinator can advise and assist you in locating a suitable placement abroad.

Further enquiries

Name: Ms Phil O’Sullivan
Administration
School of Applied Social Studies, UCC
Tel: 021 4902228
Email: phil.osullivan@ucc.ie

Ms Eileen Hogan
Email: e.hogan@ucc.ie
Tel: 00 353 21 4902049

Subjects taught

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).

Year 1:
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.

Core modules
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

Dissertation
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).

Comment

CKD04
The programme is full-time and lectures will normally take place on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 5.30-7.30.

Students will be required to attend 1 Induction day session at the beginning of the academic year. Students will also be required to attend 3 week-long intensive workshops: Winter (Year 1) & Spring (Year 1) & Winter (Year 2), one of which may be held abroad. In the first year, it is expected that students will commit approx. 15 hours per week, including lecture attendance, field visits, seminar participation and self-directed learning.

The teaching timetable for elective modules may also vary. Students should note that elective modules are subject to a minimum capacity.

Students are also required to complete 2 practice placements in Year 1 in separate locations including:

a. A short Field Practice placement of 100 hours (Placement I). An intensive, block Practice Placement, which is a minimum of 10 weeks in duration, comprising 30 hours per week (Placement II).Placements are selected by the student in consultation with the Fieldwork Placement Coordinator to assure the suitability of the agency. Where a student is unable to secure his/her own placement, the Placement Co-Ordinator will assist in sourcing a suitable placement.

Students are also required to complete a Research Dissertation in Year 2, and will be expected to commit approximately 15 hours per week to include completion of elective modules, research and research supervision.

Attendance is a requirement of University regulations and students are expected to be present at all sessions.

CKD20
Core modules in community arts and sports studies will take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5.30-7.30pm (Semester 1). Students are also required to attend week-long intensive workshops in December (Winter School). The teaching timetable for elective modules (Second Semester) will vary. Students are required to attend SS6023 for two days in April. Students are also required to complete a Research Dissertation. In total, students will be expected to commit approximately 15 hours per week to include completion of elective modules, research and research supervision.

Unique Aspects of the Course
This programme is the only one of its kind in Ireland and the UK, offering the opportunity to graduates for combining youth work professional development with specialisation in community arts and sports participation. Through the delivery of this unique, exciting, diverse and flexible curriculum, students will undertake a range of core and elective modules which combine theoretical and contextual study and practice skills development. The youth work sector has undergone rapid change in recent years. This programme equips graduates with a dynamic skill set that is highly valuable in the youth work sector as well as in a range of arts and sports contexts where expanding youth participation is a growing priority. Youth policy and the experiences of young people are a growing concern in national, European and international contexts. Completion of this programme equips students with the competency, knowledge and skills to develop youth-focused interventions through practice and research that can contribute positively to the lives of young people and their welfare in Ireland and beyond.

Assessment method

The Masters in Youth Work, Community Arts and Sports Studies combines a mixed method of assessment, including the satisfactory completion of all required continuous assessment and a research dissertation. CKD04 students are also required to complete a placement portfolio. Students are assessed in various ways in each module. Details of assessment for each individual module are available in the Book of Modules.

There are no formal written examinations on this course.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

Costs: 120 Credit route (2 years): 2016/2017 Irish/EU fee €6,000 (Year 1 full-time). A similar level fee will also be payable in year two of the course. 90 Credit route (1 year) 2016/2017 Irish/EU fee €6,000

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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