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  • English
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    Do you want to...

    • increase your understanding of community development?
    • enhance your career prospects?
    • enhance your community development practice?
    • network with other people studying and working in community development and related fields?
    • undertake study visits in Wales and Europe?
    • be connected with an exciting partnership of NGO, employer and academic organisations?
    • interact and discuss with tutors who have up to date and practical experience of community development in Wales, UK, Europe and globally?
    • obtain recognised qualifications at a reasonable cost?

    ...then enrol for the programme, beginning with the Postgraduate Certificate course in Community Development. We have designed the Programme for those working in the private, public, voluntary and community sectors and recent graduates. It is for those who wish to develop understanding of the theory, processes and practice of community development and be capable of acting in key roles in guiding and shaping community development opportunities and social change.

    Modules include work-related learning, desk-based study, assignment research and writing and web-based discussion. Assessment of each module is generally based on one assignment and this can take various forms as is appropriate for that module - e.g. essay, report, field study presentations, problem solving and local investigations, groupwork. We encourage students to explore non-traditional forms of fulfilling assignment requirements - video, tape, workshop or conference activities. Individual requirements must be discussed with the programme coordinator and module tutors prior to undertaking such work.

    The main aim of the Certificate and Diploma courses is to increase the critical understanding, practical knowledge and skills of workers in the field of community development. The final MA element of the programme provides opportunities for guided research and thesis writing. The Certificate and Diploma courses are modular. Both courses consist of theory and practice elements with appropriate skills focus in each element. The structure and module titles are given below. Each single module is worth 10 credits. The Certificate is worth 60 credits and the Diploma 60 credits and the full MA 180 credits.

    Postgraduate Certificate:

    • YSE/YSC4400 Understanding Community

    • YSE/YCE4401 Community Analysis

    • YSE/YSC 4403Community Development Practie

    • YSE/YSC 4402 Community Enterprise

    • YSE/YSC 4413 Sustainable Communities

    • YSE/YSC 4405Study Visit

    Postgraduate Diploma:

    • YSE/YSC 4406 Community & Regional Development

    • YSE/YCE 4407 Community Development Theory

    • YSE/YSC 4408 Community Planning

    • YSE/YSC 4410 European Study Visit

    • YSE/YSC 4414 Critical Reflections

    • YSE/YSC 4411 Researching Communities

    MA Thesis:

    Provides students with the opportunity to carry out a sustained and intensive investigation into a topic related to the field of Community Development and to the broad span of areas represented by the taught modules. Total study time is estimated at 600 hours, with up to 10 hours of supervision.

    Community Development Programme

    The undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses programmes in Community Development bring together staff from a range of disciplines including sociology, social policy, economics, philosophy, education and environmental sciences. They also bring in practitioner tutors from across the region, all Associate Lecturers in the School of Lifelong Learning. Guest speakers from across Wales, the UK, the EU and global regions are invited periodically to contribute according to their areas of interest and expertise.

    Staff also participate in and manage action research work, with a string of successful European funded projects completed and more underway.


    Key Staff

    • Shân Ashton (Programme Coordinator / Director CDU)
    • Selwyn Williams (Chair CDU Board)
    • Gareth Thomas (TJB Associates)
    • Cynan Jones (TJB Associates)
    • Brian Thirsk (Sylfaen Cyf)
    • Val Williams (Sylfaen Cyf)
    • Ben Gregory (Tai Eryri and NSC Wales)
    • Menna Jones (Antur Waunfawr)

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    appropriate and sufficient work experienceOR a relevant professional qualificationAND/OR a good honours degree or equivalent
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