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Community Development and Leadership - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

The Community Development and Leadership BSc focuses on social concerns affecting people in everyday life. It is a professional course validated by the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning and the Chartered Institute of Housing.

In the National Student Survey 2017 this course scored an impressive 95% overall student satisfaction.

In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of all 2017 graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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This degree is an ideal choice for people who want to work with communities in a wide range of professional roles. We have extensive links with employers offering work experience opportunities in community trusts, youth clubs, housing associations, charitable organisations and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The course also includes a placement.

The focus of the degree is on working with diverse communities and empowering them to improve their lives and that of their families and communities. This can include the health, education and housing of local people.

This degree is the only one of its kind in the country that has two validations from professional bodies: the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning and the Chartered Institute of Housing. This will provide you with the management and leadership skills you need to take your first step on the career ladder.

Examples of careers our recent graduates have entered are full-time councillor, lecturer, Chief Operations Officer in education and setting up campaign groups. Other graduates have gone onto postgraduate courses, such as Social Work MSc.


You are assessed via essays, individual and group projects and a final dissertation. The emphasis will be to combine your academic work with reflection upon real-life experience. There are no examinations.

Professional accreditation

The degree is endorsed by the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board as a professional qualification for community development work. It is also validated by the Chartered Institute of Housing.

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

  • a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification eg Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate Access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.

We also welcome those without formal qualifications who can show enthusiasm, commitment, and the ability to benefit from higher education.

If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t 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 (including Foundation Year) BSc.

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.

Modules for this course are to be confirmed. Please check back at a later date or call our course enquiries team on +44 (0)20 7133 4200 for details.

This expanding field of careers incorporates managers or researchers. Job titles might include community centre manager, project officer, fundraising manager, and volunteer co-ordinator.

Related careers are in housing, health, education, regeneration, crime reduction, in community trusts and charitable organisations, local councils and national institutions and non-government organisations (NGOs).

Some students also progress to postgraduate study.

If you are interested in this course, then email the course leader, Patrick Mulrenan, at for more details.

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

Apply to us for September 2018

It's not too late to start this course in September.

Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy - simply call our Clearing hotline on .

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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