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Youth Studies - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Focusing on young people, this course takes an in-depth look at evolving identities, media representations, social policy, community development and the history of government approach to youth policy. This course encompasses cultural studies, criminology, sociology and psychology to provide insights into everything from youth work to urban gang life and young people’s social welfare. London Met is the 2017 "preferred provider" of the The North East London (NEL) commissioning panel, representing the Social Work Development Partnership of five local authorities. The partnership has commissioned us to train existing social workers who can supervise graduates starting out in social work, meaning you'll receive a continuity of support by London Met from your education through to your career. In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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The transition into adulthood is often viewed as challenging and complex, but it’s also a time of fresh opportunities and new discoveries. Young people are represented in association with contemporary social concerns, ranging from unemployment to social relationships and youth protests, yet at the same time, they’ve become a pulsating presence in the media and in creative arts.

This interdisciplinary degree will develop your skills to work with young people and practice youth work. You’ll explore the phenomenon of youth culture, providing an understanding of youth in a social, cultural and political context. You’ll examine local, national and global issues, and developments that shape young people’s lives and life experiences. Practical and transferable skills essential to employment, further education and research you'll gain through this degree include computing, video production and multimedia creativity, as well as quantitative and qualitative analysis.

You’ll be taught by qualified and experienced practitioners in youth-centred research, and you’ll also be able to take part in debates with expert external speakers. 

In your second and third year, there are a range of modules designed to represent aspects of youth culture and current social issues impacting on young people. These include subjects relating and prompting analysis of youth, resistance and social control, and exploring and critiquing the notion of self, identity and gender. You’ll be able choose modules that focus on areas which interest you. You’ll be able to examine topics including the relationship between the media and young people’s cultural experiences and expressions, anti-social behaviour and criminal activity, mental health in young people.

"Society throws many obstacles and challenges at our young people, many of these you may already have experienced or observed. You may also have read about the 'challenges' and recognised how some of the narrative about young people are incorrect. This is your opportunity to delve deeper into the frameworks, theories and methods of working with young people. Everyone has something worthwhile to contribute, to share your ideas and opinions, and to challenge and critically discuss the impact on young people." Aine Woods, course leader for Youth Studies, BSc (Hons)

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through coursework, class test, exam, individual and group presentation, work placement portfolios and an explorative project.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you must have at least:

  • three A-levels with minimum grades BBC, or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent level 3 qualification
  • English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent, eg Key Skills Level 2 in Communications or Functional Skills Level 2)

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Community Development and Youth Extended degree.

We welcome applications from mature candidates without formal qualifications who have relevant experience and can show an ability to study at this level.

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.

Three levels, each of 120 credits.

Year 1 topics include:

  • Principles of Community Work and Regeneration
  • Youth Work and Youth in Society
  • Social Problems and Social Issues
  • Action Learning and Professional Practice

Year 2 topics include:

  • Ethics and Research in Professional Contexts Working with Children and Young People
  • Working with Children and Young People
  • Racism and Ethnicity
  • The Developing Student: Self-Reflection and Learning
  • Partnership Working
  • Youth Culture and the Media
  • Youth, Crime and Violence
  • Self-Directed Development Project
  • Extension of Knowledge module
  • Work-based Learning Placement

Year 3 topics include:

  • Comparative and Global Social Policy
  • Research and Evaluation Skills for Professional Contexts
  • Leadership and Management in Professional Contexts
  • Childhood, Youth and Education
  • Analysing Popular Music
  • Homelessness and Housing Policy
  • Understanding Mental Health
  • Extension of Knowledge module
  • Work-based Learning Placement

Current student, Michael Ayeni, had this to say about his experience:

"This course has really helped me – it has provided me with a solid background knowledge in youth work and the skills I need. Through this course, I've been able to think in a different dimension about working with young people."

Read more on Michael's profile page.

"I feel that this course will enhance my future career prospects through my learnt skills and knowledge. The leader's passion has definitely infected me with enthusiasm to make a difference in society with youth practice."
National Student Survey (NSS) 2016

Graduates have a wide choice of careers within a rapidly expanding array of commercial, public and voluntary sector bodies; fields of particular relevance include social research, community work, counselling, teaching, youth justice, trainee probation, housing, health, education, welfare rights and drugs services. Previous graduates are now in roles as student support mentors and family case workers for schools, and as caseworkers for housing services for young people.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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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.

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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