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Community Development and Youth Extended Degree (including Foundation Year) - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

This four-year course includes a foundation year (Year 0), providing an alternative route into higher education if you don't have the traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree. You'll have opportunities to explore contemporary issues within social sciences and develop an understanding of how to work with communities and young people.

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The BSc Community Development and Youth Extended Degree (including Foundation Year) is designed to prepare you for the challenge of studying at undergraduate level. This four-year course provides the background necessary for degree level study and is aimed at those who do not have the traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for entry at Year 1 (Level 4) of an undergraduate degree.

You'll engage with a range of issues within social sciences and humanities in an exciting and stimulating environment. You'll receive all the necessary skills in supporting groups and individuals to improve your neighbourhood and make social provision accountable to residents and service users.

There's a focus on improving your academic and study skills, boosting your confidence and unlocking your potential for further study. You'll be given opportunities to explore contemporary issues within social sciences and develop an understanding of how to work with communities and with young people.

Following completion of the foundation year, you can progress onto Year 1 in a choice of degree subjects in the broad area of the social sciences or choose to specialise in youth studies, youth work or community development.

This four-year extended degree is ideal for anyone looking for a career where they can make a difference in contemporary society.

Assessment

There are a variety of assessment types across the modules with 87.5% of the assessment being coursework and just 12.5% in exams.

Coursework types include portfolios of reflective writing, digital portfolios, essays, reports, presentations, discussion and seminar skills.

Professional accreditation

There may be accreditation opportunities depending on the pathway you decide to follow. Community Development and Leadership BSc (Hons) is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing.

In addition to the University's standard requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 40 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you are a mature student with significant work experience, you are invited to apply for this course on the basis of the knowledge and skills you have developed through your work.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This module provides a theoretical and practical introduction to the analysis, evaluation and production of argument. It will introduce students to the process of developing and supporting ideas and beliefs by evaluating how others do this and by supporting them going through the process themselves. The module will explore the importance of different points of view and the complexity that surrounds many issues. It will provide opportunities for students to relate their understanding of critical thinking and their reasoning skills to academic practices in general and, more specifically, to their pathway studies.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester morning
    • summer studies morning
    • summer studies afternoon
    • spring semester afternoon

    This module provides an introduction to the social sciences, humanities through examining key themes, approaches and concepts across the subject areas. These may include: the mass media, crime and deviancy, race and ethnicity; globalisation and the environment. How these affect students’ daily life and the interaction between these will be explored through the module. We will also examine them historically and cross-culturally, and as represented in literature and other media. Following this cross-disciplinary approach, in this semester students will start to focus on these themes as they apply to the subject area that interests them most. The content throughout this module will partly be dependent on the subject interests of the cohort.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This module provides an introduction to key themes and concepts within Social Sciences and Humanities.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    This module introduces students to the academic skills required for undergraduate study in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    Students will acquire research skills through a guided research project. They will use these as a basis for producing a short report.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies morning
    • spring semester morning
    • summer studies afternoon
    • spring semester afternoon

    Students will be introduced to various key areas of current research within the area of social sciences and humanities. They will analyse this research, undertake further research and this will inform their research proposal. They will give an oral presentation based on their area of research interest.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies morning
    • spring semester morning
    • spring semester afternoon
    • summer studies afternoon

    This module develops students’ academic skills for the effective planning and production of an essay in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies morning
    • spring semester morning

    This module aims to encourage students to examine a variety of economic, industrial, social and political issues that shape the experience of living in a global city. Weekly workshops, lectures and seminars will offer different dimensions of the variety of ways in which London offers contrasting experiences, competing interests or contested spaces, and these issues will be investigated further in seminar/workshops.

    This will be the first time students at level 3 attend formal lectures and seminars and they will be practising and developing key undergraduate study skills such as, note-taking, extended listening skills, pre and post lecture reading activities and reflective writing activities and understanding the etiquette of lectures.

    They will be asked in seminars to discuss issues raised in the lectures, and to engage in online activities and try out digital tools to help develop their digital learning skills. The assessment for this module will be for students to write reflectively in series of online activities and build up a digital journal on Weblearn. Success in this module depends upon regular attendance and active participation.

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The first year of this extended degree course involves studying a range of topics and will allow you to gain a taste of the degree subject you aim to progress onto at Year 1 (level 4).

Year 0 (Level 3) modules include:

  • Culture, Family and Power
  • Critical Thinking
  • Media, Crime and Race
  • Reflecting on Self and Society
  • Researching Discrimination
  • Researching Inequality
  • Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay
  • Studying London

Modules in Years 1, 2 and 3 (levels 4, 5 and 6) are determined by the path you choose following the completion of Level 3 and other necessary maths and English qualifications. Pathway options include:

Graduates from community development and youth related courses can enter a wide range of careers including social research, community work, counselling, teaching, youth justice and social policy.

Extended degrees provide applicants with an alternative route into higher education. If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing an extended degree. Extended degrees include a Year 0, which is also known as a foundation year. Once you successfully complete your first year of study you will progress into Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.

Many of our students benefit from fee reductions, bursaries or scholarships.

If you're planning to study an extended degree at London Met, you may be eligible for bursaries totalling between £1,000 and £5,000 across four years of study, and up to a total of £9,500 across four years of study if you are a care leaver.

Please check the details of our bursaries for extended degrees to see if you might be eligible.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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