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Youth Work and Community Development Postgraduate Diploma (endorsed)

Bradford College

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Diploma

  • Location

    Bradford College

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Course overview

If you are seeking a career in the voluntary or statutory sector of Youth Work and Community Development or related fields (eg homelessness, substance misuse, youth offending, social welfare and work with specialist client groups), this is the ideal programme for you. It is challenging, stimulating and addresses contemporary issues. It includes both historical and contemporary evidence and theory to inform and develop your skills and good practice in Youth Work and Community Development. In the School of Childhood and Youth you will have access to the full range of facilities and the chance to share your opinions and experiences with your fellow practitioners. You will also have the opportunity for international travel to support your studies which is partly supported by the course.

The Postgraduate Diploma Youth Work and Community Development course is validated by the National Youth Agency on behalf of the Joint Negotiating Committee. Successful achievement of the Postgraduate Diploma Award confers professionally qualified status for Youth Workers in England. The Postgraduate Diploma Youth Work and Community Development carries professional recognition.

To help inform your decision, the Youth Work and Community Development team and/or current students, alumni or Student Ambassadors would be more than willing to share their experiences with you as part of the application process.


Our learning and teaching strategies have been designed to develop your employment skills, Youth Work and Community Development skills and to link theory and practice in a variety of critical, reflective, challenging and stimulating ways. In particular, the Personal Development Planning and Practice Based Learning modules enhance your learning and help you to develop useful approaches for your future work.

Work experience

Fieldwork placements (locally, regionally and internationally) play an essential part in the professional training of youth and community development workers. It is essential that students undertaking postgraduate professional courses in Youth Work and Community Development have the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge to a level which equips them to deliver and lead work in a range of professional settings. Therefore, the course's placements mean you can experience work in diverse contexts and demonstrate competence in performing a range of youth and community work roles. The course programme provides the opportunity to relate theory to practice and to develop theory based on practice.

Next steps

Youth Work and Community Development courses at Bradford have a very high success rate for obtaining full-time employment for our graduates in all parts of the country. Graduates will be able to gain employment within a variety of settings with young people, adults and community groups. For example:

  • Centre or club-based youth work
  • Secondary schools and extended school settings
  • Neighbourhood community work
  • Detached work
  • Issue-based youth work and community development

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University information

Bradford College

  • Campus address

    Bradford College, Great Horton Road, Bradford, Bradford, BD7 1AY, England

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