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COURSE TITLE Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Youth and Community Studies







B.A. (Hons) YCS (Melit.)

First Cycle

Level 6

5 Years

Part-time Evening


The Degree of B.A. (Hons.) Youth and Community Studies is aimed at providing course participants with the opportunity to engage with the range of academic discourse surrounding the study of young people and the community at large critically and reflectively and to build a thorough understanding of the myriad domains that shape this exciting and rapidly developing field of academic inquiry.

This Course also aims at providing professional training and development to prospective youth and community workers and youth policy makers and seeks to respond and meet the needs of organisations and individuals engaged in youth work. Course participants will thus also have the opportunity to develop the necessary skills and knowledge in preparation for the empowerment of young people through reflective youth work practice . Moreover, candidates are encouraged to adopt an evidence-based outlook to youth work practice and youth policy development and to consider research and evaluation as vital characteristics of their practice.

Special features:

• The BA (Hons) Youth and Community Studies has been running since 1993 and has undergone ongoing evaluation and development.

• The Course involves flexibility through self-directed learning.

• Fieldwork modules are a part of the course to help integrate theory and practice.

• Work-based learning is overseen by experienced practitioners.

• The Course allows for the interim award of a Diploma in Youth Studies after successful completion of the first two years of part-time study should course participants opt not to proceed with the Course or should they do not successfully complete the following three years of part-time study.

• Lectures and fieldwork placement are held in the evening allowing course participants to pursue academic and career goals simultaneously.
LEARNING OUTCOMES The course attempts to:

• Develop in course participants a working knowledge of theoretical and research perspectives in youth and community studies

• To engage critically with presented material

• To develop research skills

• To develop professional competencies
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY At present there is no legislation regulating the Youth and Community Work Profession. However such legislation is in the making and the BA (Hons) in Youth and Community Studies will form the basis for professional warranting. In Malta professional youth and community workers may be employed in a variety of youth work settings including schools, youth centres, youth empowerment centres, local councils, agencies and NGO’s.

Successful completion of the BA (Hons) Youth and Community Studies allows one to proceed to enrollment in the Master in Youth and Community Studies.
COURSE INTENDED FOR The course may be of interest to a wide variety of people.

• It will interest those who although are not keen on pursuing a professional career in youth work are interested in youth and community studies as an academic discipline.

• It will also interest those who are currently working (voluntary or paid) in the youth sector but who wish to be more professional in their practice. It aims to capitalise on the ongoing practical and professional experience of those participating in the programme and to equip them with the potential for an effective and successful career in youth/community work.

• Those involved in youth policy development.
MOBILITY PERIOD Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the second semester of the fourth year of the course.
Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2013.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 13 March 2017
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