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Liverpool Hope University: Youth Work and Community Development

Institution Liverpool Hope University View institution profile
Department School of Social Sciences
Study type Taught


Youth Work and Community Development is a unique and value-based practice that seeks to support and foster the development of young people and the wider community to enable all to reach their full potential. Underpinned by strong values of social justice Youth and Community Development Workers seek to critically analyse the social world and nurture the development of others through collaborative and creative practice leading to social change.

The MA Youth Work and Community Development is dual validated with the NYA for Youth Work and The Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning (ESB) for community development. Students will gain the full JNC Qualification. The main aim of the MA in Youth and Community Development is to develop skilled, innovative and reflective practitioners, who are able to engage and develop positive relationships within communities, which lead to education and discovery. Through practice workers will demonstrate a clear commitment to promoting social justice, utilising approaches to participation, empowerment and equality. Working alongside communities, in partnership with them practitioners foster the personal, social and political development of those involved.

This new MA Youth Work and Community Development programme has been designed in partnership with young people and leading professionals employed in the field. This collaboration ensures teaching is current and reflective of today’s youth and community development agenda preparing you effectively for a successful career.


Students at Liverpool Hope University have the best of both worlds; living and studying on friendly, beautiful campuses while also having the advantage of being a bus ride away from one of Europe’s most vibrant and culturally rich cities.

Dating back to 1844, our students always benefit from a high quality teaching and research environment. In 2023, we were proud to be awarded Silver in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Over the last eight years, we have invested more than £60 million in new university buildings and facilities to support the creation of an enriched learning environment. Liverpool Hope …

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