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Youth Work with Community Arts and Sports Studies MSocSc

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Course Code: CKD04

Course Title: Youth Work with Community Arts and Sports Studies

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Youth Work with Community Arts and Sports Studies

Duration: 1 or 2 years Full-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time

The Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work is commencing in September 2017.  Please click HERE for information.

Qualifications: MSocSc

NFQ Level: Level 9

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; 2017/2018 Non-EU fee: €13,000 full-time

Entry Requirements: CKD04 - MSocSc (120 Credit route) Applicants will normally have achieved a minimum grade of a 2.2 in an Honours degree. 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). (see detailed entry requirements). CKD20 - MSocSc (90 credit route): Applicants who hold a JNC-recognised qualification in youth work (with a second class honours grade) should apply for the 90 credit route (see detailed entry requirements)

Closing Date: To be confirmed

Next Intake: To be confirmed

Overview

The MSocSc in Youth Work, Community Arts and Sports Studies is not commencing until September 2017

The Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work WILL commence in September 2017 - please see HERE for information.

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

Acting Programme Director
Mr. Pat Leahy
Email:  p.leahy@ucc.ie
00 353 21 4902198

 

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Course Details

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).

Detailed 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 click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Application Procedure

The application process involves

  • SUBMITTING AN ONLINE APPLICATION at www.pac.ie/ucc (Course Code CKD04 120 credit route or CKD20 90 credit route).  The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.
  • COMPLETING/ANSWERING specific online additional supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these online CKD04 supplementary/additional questions are available to view here: CKD04AdditionalQuestions
  • TWO REFERENCES CKD04-CKD20Referenceforms -  Referees should be consulted at least two weeks prior to the application deadline. Applicants should forward the attached Reference cover letter to their referees, which advises to return the reference, in a sealed envelope to Ms Phil O’Sullivan, School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork.
    a. One reference MUST be a third level academic reference and,
    b. A second reference MUST be a current or former employer/supervisor/agency contact worker who can comment on your personal suitability for youth work professional training. 
  • NON-UCC APPLICANTS MUST also submit evidence of any qualification(s)//training academic results and certificates/parchments) that were not completed in University College Cork and evidence of English language proficiency (if applicable).   N.B. Non-UCC.  Applicants who are currently completing undergraduate/postgraduate programmes and have not as yet completed final exams/graduated should submit PHOTOCOPIES of academic transcripts/statements with details of subjects studied and results to date.   Photocopies of academic results to date, certificates/parchments, evidence of english language proficiency must either be UPLOADED via the “PAC My Account” link or posted to the Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway (marked with your PAC application number)
  • ENGLISH COMPETENCY - If the applicants are from countries (EU and Non-EU) where English is not their first language, they also have to submit an IELTS or TOEFL English language proficiency result as part of their application.
  • INTERNATIONAL/NON-EU APPLICANTS - The Course Team welcomes applications from international/non-EU graduates. International/Non-EU students must apply online also through PAC system but they must also complete the Non-EU Taught Application form rather than the EU taught form. The same supplementary candidate?s statement form and references must also be forwarded as per guidelines above. The closing date for applications is the same also. The applications are processed through the International Education Office which liaises with the School of Applied Social Studies. The International Education Office checks the comparability of the degree grading standards compared to the level of the degrees in Ireland/Britain on the UK NARIC database and provides the School of Applied Social Studies with advice on this from their findings on UK NARIC.

CKD04 - INTERVIEWS
In addition to the above-mentioned procedures, CKD04 applicants are selected through an interview process.

Candidates for the CKD04 120 credit route, who have been shortlisted through a review of written applications are offered an individual interview lasting approximately 30 minutes. The selection panel for each individual interview is comprised of staff from the School of Applied Social Studies.  The interview process is designed to elicit information on each applicant regarding their knowledge of and commitment to youth work and young people, and their personal suitability for youth work as a profession.

Course Practicalities

Please click HERE for information on the course practicalities and time commitment.

Assessment

The Masters in Youth Work, Community Arts and Sports Studies combines a mixedmethod 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.

Further Contact Information

Name: Ms Phil O’Sullivan
Administration
School of Applied Social Studies, UCC
T: 021 4902228
E: phil.osullivan@ucc.ie

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