Children and Young People (MA)

MA Children and Young People

The programme offers students an opportunity to develop higher level thinking, knowledge and abilities to work with children and young people. Concern about the well-being of children and young people are increasingly evident.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is the underpinning international convention in the area of Children’s Rights and underpins much of the entitlement based policy for children and young people in Wales, this programme, with two pathways, stems from a rights-based approach.

Key Facts

Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

Scholarships and Bursaries

Location:
Carmarthen
School/Faculty:
School of Social Justice and Inclusion
Contact Name:
Darrel Williams
Language Choice:
English  



  • I’ve really enjoyed completing the BA Youth and Community Work Programme, I’ve learned so much. In level 6 I’ve learned lots about the well-being of young people that has helped my work with young people. I’m looking forward to focusing in even more on well-being at level 7.

    Current level 6 student


Overall, the programme offers students the opportunity to engage with topics which are central to the lives of children and young people today, and which are of concern to many adults. For example, a significant proportion of children and young people in the United Kingdom (around 10 percent) are experiencing a diagnosable mental health condition. 

This is a relatively new phenomenon and this programme is a response to that and other important issues impacting on the lives of children and young people.  The programme intends to offer students the ability to gather, generate and to work with robust, up to date information to help influence policy development and practice for children and young people in difficult times. 

The programme team believe that an approach to working with these issues in a positive way impacts positively upon the health and well-being of children and young people, the theory suggests that positive approaches to well-being are contagious. The programme brings together a diverse range of expertise in community education, counselling and formal education. 

This interdisciplinary approach to developing the programme will bring rich rewards for students who will be exposed to different perspectives on Children’s Rights and Health and Well-being in the widest sense. The programme will be available through the medium of Welsh and English, the programme will also offer students the opportunity for tutorials through the Welsh language.

Philosophy and Practice of Social Research, Children and Young People in Focus, Leading Children’s Rights: Developing Professional Practice, Education for Health and Well-being. A supervised dissertation.

This MA programme is suited to recent graduates aiming for a career in working with children and young people, as well as professionals already working within the sector. The programme will develop your in-depth knowledge and understanding of rapidly changing dynamics of Children’s Rights and Health and Well-being of children and young people in Wales.

The programme is committed to a vision of working with people based upon sound values, working from a strengths-based perspective with a social model rather than from the deficit perspective.

Throughout the programme you will investigate and debate issues relating to

the position of children and young people in our society, exploring their rights and the social, cultural, structural and community level factors which act on children and young people. 

Learning and Teaching

The programme is delivered flexibly so that students can integrate work commitments and study. Students on the full-time route will attend classes in the day, occasionally at evenings and on Saturdays.  Students undertaking the part-time route will benefit from classes during the evenings and on Saturdays. 

The MA programme is divided into two parts; you will complete four, 30-credit modules, followed by 60-credit dissertation amounting to 15,000 words. You will be supported during the process with individual supervision from an experienced member of academic staff. Students who complete 60 or 120 taught credits can graduate with an award of PGCertificate or PG Diploma respectively.

The programmes use a mixture of methods to assess student’s learning.  These methods include written assignments, reflective writing, keeping a written diary of their work, making seminar presentations, one module includes the development of an internet resource for children and young people.  This mix of assessments ensures that students have a range of opportunities to demonstrate their learning and development in a wide range of formats.

Applicants will normally be required to hold an Honours degree and have experience of working with children and/or young people.

Applicants with vocational qualifications and experiences will also be considered.

Suitable for applicants from UK / EU / Rest of the World.

The programme will enhance the employability of graduates in a range of settings, from schools and wider educational establishments to housing and welfare organisations to many health-related occupations and also the social policy arena. Graduates would be ideally suited to a range of occupations being developed to respond to the changing needs of society and young people. 

The issues of health and well-being are the subject of considerable concern to society.  As societies become wealthier, some of their residents tend to become more unwell.  For children and young people, this ill-being is manifesting itself in high levels of stress, anxiety and mental ill-health. 

This programme will equip students with a high level of understanding of the genesis of mental ill-health and a sound grounding in promising responses to these issues which are based on empirical evidence. 

As organisations refocus their efforts to combat these high levels of ill-being and distress, graduates from this programme will be ideally placed to influence the types of roles that will be created based on a strong evidence base. Opportunities will exist in formal and non-formal education, in health, housing, the third sector as new responses to the epidemic of mental ill-health are developed.

Students will be required to meet the costs of the necessary application(s) to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

  • MA Youth and Community Work (ETS Endorsed)
  • BA Youth and Community Work (ETS Endorsed)
  • Programmes within the Health Portfolio of the University