This innovative programme, which is offered by YMCA George Williams College and based at Canterbury Christ Church's Medway campus and at the College in East London, explores the processes and thinking involved in animating, facilitating and deepening learning and development both with young people and adults. It also aims to develop participants’ knowledge, values and skills as specialist, holistic and non-traditional educators within schools, organisations and communities. The programme leads to a Canterbury Christ Church Award as well as a full dual professional qualification in youth work (validated by the National Youth Agency) and community learning and development (validated by Standards Council for Community Learning and Development for Scotland).
If you are interested in education and learning in their broadest senses, want a professional qualification, and are keen to mix rigorous academic study with reflective practice, this programme may be the one for you. The ways of thinking and acting involved are highly transferable to a wide range of careers − but have special relevance for those committed to developing and extending the range and depth of learning experiences within schools, colleges and the wider community.
YMCA George Williams College is a specialist centre for the study of youth work and community learning and offers a wide range of programmes and short courses which are unique in the UK. As well as teaching facilities, the College has a well-stocked specialist library and holds one of the most comprehensive collections in the country of material about youth work.