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De Montfort University: Youth, Health and Community Development Studies

Institution De Montfort University
Department Health and Life Sciences
Telephone 0116 250 6070
Study type Taught


Professionally validated by the National Youth Agency and the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning, this course will help you master skills to support young people and communities and handle the complexities of social justice. The programme is ideal for pursuing careers in areas such as education, sexual health, housing and homelessness, and mental health.

By choosing this course, you’ll benefit from inter-professional learning, with the course attracting professionals from a variety of settings including youth work, parenting education, children’s centres, sexual health, drug abuse, housing and homelessness, youth offending, mental health, community development and domestic violence.

On this programme you’ll study a range of topics exploring the theory and practice of community development, anti-oppressive practice, health and social research methods and issues in health and wellbeing. You’ll also develop your practical and professional skills by putting theory in to practice with dedicated work placement modules.

Key features

  • Professional validation by the National Youth Agency and recognition by the Joint Negotiating Committee ensures the content you study is continually relevant to industry and the current developments and challenges within the sector.
  • Our programme is the only youth work and community development postgraduate distance learning programme in England to have dual professional recognition.
  • By choosing this course, you have the opportunity to study part-time or full-time alongside your work commitments, mainly through distance learning.
  • Achieve planned change and enhance your employment opportunities with modules specifically designed for staff in local authorities, the NHS (non-clinical roles), voluntary, third sector and non-governmental organisations; ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice.
  • You can benefit from our expert teaching, with more than 55 years’ professional training to draw upon as well as first-hand experience of the field. Our teaching is informed by our diverse team of skilled tutors, with many of our academics actively engaged in professional practice, research and consultancy across a range of sectors.
  • Graduates from this course have gone on to pursue a wide range of careers in youth work and health and community development in the statutory and voluntary sector.


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