Community Learning & Development MEd

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This programme gives you the opportunity to study the theoretical and practical dimensions of community learning and development (CLD). It will equip you with the skills and knowledge to work alongside people in communities to effect sustainable social change.

Key facts

  • MEd: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
  • PgDip 9 months full-time; 18 months part-time
  • Contact: Dave.Beck@glasgow.ac.uk

Why this programme

  • If you want to discover ways in which you can help people realise their potential and work together for a fairer, healthier and happier world, this may be the programme for you.
  • You will be awarded a professional qualification in Community Learning and Development upon successful completion of the PgDip accredited by the Community Learning and Development Standards Council in Scotland.
  • This qualification will enable you to work in the field of CLD: including community development work, youth work, health, housing and social and economic regeneration.
  • You will have the opportunity to participate in a network of community development projects. The people orchestrating these projects contribute to the taught aspects of the programme and also provide you with placement opportunities.

Programme structure

Core courses

  • Models of community & development
  • Social theories for community learning & development 
  • Empowerment strategies for community learning & development 
  • Educational approaches to community learning & development  
  • Practice placement 
  • Research project (MEd only)

The practice placement gives you an opportunity to apply the theories and values you have learned and demonstrate your competence as a practitioner in a community learning development setting. You will plan, implement and evaluate practice and analyse it with regard to the theoretical aspects of the programme.

Background and aims

Launched in 2010, this programme builds on over ten years of experience of running the BA in Community Development. The programme leads to a professional qualification in Community Learning and Development, which is approved by the Community Learning and Development Standards Council in Scotland. The programme ties into networks of community development projects and workers who provide placement opportunities and feed into teaching.

Who is the programme for?

This programme is for anyone out there who still wants to change the world! If you want to discover ways in which you can help people realise their potential and work together for a fairer, healthier and happier world, this may be the programme for you. The professional qualification is awarded on successful completion of the PgDiploma.

So far most students have come from the UK or North America. Students would be able to carryout their placement abroad and there is the opportunity for an international field trip, which runs in addition to the programme.

What will you get from this programme?

From this programme students will gain:

  • An understanding of models of change, drawn from both local and international experience and the values and principles that underpin them.
  • Examination of “big ideas” that claim to explain how the world works and the chance to develop your own analytical framework with which to understand your practice and the context within which it happens.
  • The skills and knowledge required to understand and contribute to social change, human rights and anti-oppressiv.

Introductory reading

If you have a chance to do some reading before beginning your programme, any one or more of the following books will be useful as background:-

  • Beck, D. and Purcell, R. (2010) Popular Education for Youth and Community Work, Learning Matters, Exeter
  • Craig, G.  & Mayo, P (1995) Community Empowerment, Zed Books
  • Furlong, A. and Cartmel, F. (2007) Young People and Social Change: New Perspectives, (2nd Edition) Open University Press, Buckingham.
  • Ledwith, M. (2005) Community Development a critical approach BASW/Policy Press
  • Purcell, R. (2005) Working in the Community: perspectives on change revised edition Lulu.com
  • Young, K. (1999) The Art of Youth Work, Lyme Regis: Russell House

Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

Accredited Prior Learning (APL) and Accredited Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) may be considered by the programme leader prior to registration.

What our students say

A. Wesley Chung, Graduated 2013

"The Community Learning and Development Masters has significantly helped my professional practice as well as expanded and challenged my perspectives on community work. As a large portion of the course focused on theory and varying styles of community work, I gained valuable knowledge regarding contemporary social theory, policies, and the inner workings of government and community organisations within the U.K. and abroad. This aspect of the course has given my community development practice an acutely professional edge. The latter component of the course was centred on practical experience through a professional practice placement. Guided by the mentorship of experienced community workers, I was able to develop my skills and apply the newly learned theory in a hands-on, professional environment. I would recommend the course to anyone who has a passion for community work, is willing to be stretched and is seeking the tools to better the world. " 

Lynda Clements, Graduated 2011

"This programme has helped me examine my work within and for communities in a critical way; challenging my own practice to be sure I work towards a truer sense of community empowerment and social change. It has helped me step back and see CLD as a broader, global field of work and has led me to alternative ways of engaging in popular education, which I am enjoying a great deal. Undertaking this is a massive, but extremely worthwhile effort."

 

Projects

This course gives you an opportunity to apply the theories and values you have learned to practice contexts and demonstrate your competence as a practitioner in a community learning development setting. You will plan, implement and evaluate practice and analyse it in the light of community learning & development theory.

You will undertake two blocks of practice. The first is formative and non-assessed and takes place in semester 1. The second is summatively assessed and takes place in semester 2. In total 480 hours of practice are undertaken by the students.

If you are currently working in Community Learning and Development, your workplace can act as your placement. Alternatively, a placement which matches your interests and career aspirations will be set up. Previous placements have included local authorities, church groups, community forums, disability groups, asylum seeker organizations and community arts groups. You will be fully supported throughout identifying and undertaking your placement.

 

Entry requirements

for entry in 2015

You would normally be expected to hold an initial degree or equivalent.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2015-16 (subject to change and for guidance only)

MEd

Home and EU
Full time fee£6800
Part time 20 credits£756
International
Full time fee£14500

PgDip

Home and EU
Full time fee£4533
Part time 20 credits£756
International
Full time fee£9667

Funding opportunities

Career prospects

You will have many employment opportunities open to them in the areas of community development work, youth work, health, housing and social and economic regeneration. As an accredited CLD Standards Council for Scotland qualification, graduates will have the opportunity to work for Local Authorities, the Voluntary Sector and Further and Higher Education institutions.

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk. See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU) 24 July 2015
  • UK and EU applications 28 August 2015
    (with the exception of those programmes offering SFC funded places)

Classes start September 2015 for most programmes and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

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