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L5KB14 Managing Community Practice PCert Postgraduate Taught 2012


UCAS code L5KB14
Degree PCert
Mode of study Part Time + Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time)
Start Date 2012-10-01
Location Durham City
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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 1502

Course Content


This programme provides an opportunity to engage in professional development for a range of professionalswhose role includes engaging with communities, who wish to undertake related advanced study. It is ideal for those wishing to develop their understanding of the management of this work at a postgraduate level, especially for those who already have (or do not require) a professional qualification in Community and Youth Work. This might include those practising in the fields of community development, neighbourhood regeneration, community health, community arts, community enterprise and professionals in a range of statutory and voluntary sector posts that have an element of community involvement and engagement.

Core Modules

  • Management in Community Settings
  • Community Policy and Practice.

Optional Modules

  • Community Analysis
  • Policy Related and Evaluation Research
  • Supervision in Community Settings
  • Youth Policy and Practice.

Teaching and assessment details

Assessments are spread out throughout the year, and include a range of forms, including essays, a management analysis of an agency, a journal, and an oral presentation. There are no examinations.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

As the full programmes are taught at postgraduate level, a degree level qualification or equivalent (e.g.another approved professional qualification) is normally required. Where applicants have substantial experience, lower qualifications may be accepted, subject to submission of a written assignment to give evidence of their ability to study at this level. Alternatively, we may suggest you register for an individual module as a short course in the first instance, and use any assignment submitted for that short course to assess your ability to proceed onto a full programme.

Requirements and Admissions

You can apply to our postgraduate programmes via our online application process.

Fees and Funding

Fees have not been set for this academic year.


Fees are set at the University's Price Band 1.  Students on this programme typically self-fund or are funded by employers.

For more information on funding opportunities, visit the University's funding database.

Career Opportunities

School of Applied Social Sciences (Sociology and Criminology)

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Open days and visits

Campus tours

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Department Information

School of Applied Social Sciences (Sociology and Criminology)


The School of Applied Social Sciences is an interdisciplinary School located in well-equipped buildings in the heart of the historic and beautiful City of Durham.

Our vision is to be a leading international centre of excellence in interdisciplinary applied social research that shapes and informs social policy and practice, enhances individual, community and social well-being, promotes social inclusion, and forms the foundations
of research led learning.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 90% of research in the School was rated as of international
significance, with 60% being internationally excellent or of worldleading originality, significance and rigour. The School's ‘excellent active and vital research culture' was highlighted, along with our outstanding international collaborations, interdisciplinarity and
impact on policy and practice.

The School provides a focus for collaboration across the related academic disciplines of Sociology, Social Policy, Criminology, Sport, Social Work, and Youth and Community Work. Across these disciplines, we emphasise methodological innovation and the production of applied social research of an internationally excellent standard.

Our taught degrees are amongst the best in the country. The Complete University Guide 2012 ranked our Sociology provision 3rd in the country while Sport
was ranked 2nd. Our academic staff have strong national and international reputations as researchers, government advisors and consultants. There is an
emphasis on both academic excellence and higher-level skills training in professional practice and quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Three of the School's current subject based Masters programmes in Social Research are recognised pathways within the newly established ESRC Doctoral Training Centre and we have an impressive track record of receiving ESRC and other funding for PhD
studentships and research.


Teaching Staff

Dr Andrew Orton, Programme Director

As well as acting as Director for this programme, Andrew teaches management in community settings. His research interests focus on exploring different understandings of 'good practice' in community and youth work, particularly in Christian contexts. He has led recent research projects on 'Building Migrants' Belonging through Positive Interaction' (with the Council of Europe) and 'Good Practice in Diaconal Ministry' (with the Methodist Church of Great Britain).

Key Staff Profiles

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