UCC Postgraduate courses

Youth Work with Community Arts and Sports Studies

About This Course

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Course Outline

The MSocSc in Youth Work, Community Arts and Sports Studies did not commence in September 2017.  

The Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work WILL commence in September 2018 - please see HERE for information.

Prospective students can contact the School of Applied Social Studies directly for more detailed information on this programme and details of the next start date.

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

 

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).

Additional Teaching Mode Information

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

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.

 

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

Course Practicalities

Please click 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.

Who teaches this course

Eileen Hogan

Pat Leahy

Michael O hAodain

Why Choose This 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.

Placement or 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 accrediation body being met.  The Placement Co-Ordinator can advise and assist you in locating a suitable placement abroad.

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.

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).

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)

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. 

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €6,000 .

Part-time students:

If your course is offered full time and part time, the fee for part time courses is half the full time fee.

Deposits:

If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.

Questions?

If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

The Non-EU fee for this course is €13,000.

Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Postgraduate Fees Schedule is available here

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.

Questions on how to apply?

EU students contact graduatestudies@ucc.ie

International students contact internationaloffice@ucc.ie

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here: CKD04AdditionalQuestions

The Reference Request Forms must be downloaded and printed during the online application process and a copy should be sent to each of your Referees. A copy of the Reference Request Forms are available to view here: 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.   

In addition to the above-mentioned procedures, 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.

Irish/EU Closing Date Rounds

Irish/EU places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here

The closing date for non-EU applications is To be confirmed for 2018

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