Our Community Development and Leadership (including a foundation year) BSc is a four-year course that is perfect if you don’t hold traditional qualifications or don’t meet the requirements to enter the traditional three-year degree. On completion of the course you’ll receive the same qualification and title as students graduating from the standard course.
You’ll be offered exceptional support from our careers and academic teams. With access to an academic mentor, tutor and skills workshops, you’ll be helped to settle into university life and succeed on your course to become a leader in the field of community development and social work.
Our community development course with a foundation year will improve your academic skills and provide opportunities to work with communities in a wide range of professional roles after graduation. By the time you complete your full degree, you'll have gained all the necessary skills in supporting groups and individuals to improve your neighbourhood and make social provision accountable to residents and service users.
Throughout your degree you’ll be supported to develop skills such as essay writing, research and time management that will help you succeed in undergraduate study. You’ll also be able to count on the support of your academic mentor and tutor, who will help you build your abilities and confidence in academic study, even if you’ve been out of education for a few years. At London Met we also offer dedicated careers advice and student support teams to help you shape your future career goals and achieve them.
You’ll share your foundation year with students completing Year 0 from other disciplines, which will allow you to share your ideas and meet people with different academic interests. During this year we will focus on developing your academic and study skills, which are necessary for higher level study in the area of social sciences and social professions. You’ll develop critical thinking skills that will allow you to look at arguments, theories and beliefs that relate to the relationship between society, government and the individual. This foundation year also enables you to learn more about the course content of the subsequent years, as you’ll attend an introductory community development module.
After successful completion of Year 0, you’ll look at specific problems within communities, including social justice, management and leadership in community organisations, social enterprises and housing. Learn more about the Community Development and Leadership BSc undergraduate degree programme.
There are a variety of assessment types across the modules, such as portfolios of reflective writing, digital portfolios, essays, reports, presentations, discussion and seminar skills.
In addition to the University's standard requirements, you should have:
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
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.
Example Year 0 modules include:
Example Year 1 modules include:
Example Year 2 modules include:
Example Year 3 modules 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.
This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.
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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Apply to us for September 2019
Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy – simply call our Clearing hotline on or complete our online Clearing application form.
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 looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.
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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Patrick Mulrenan, course leader for Community Development and Leadership BSc, calls on the new PM to take real action on social mobility.
London Met staff work with Lewisham Homes each year to equip members of the community with skills to improve their employability and to give them a voice in improving housing services.
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Annual Family Day invites London Met’s students to bring their children onto campus for to show them what university life is all about.
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Love London Met will follow up on national research and open its doors to registered student’s children for one day.
London Met expert aims to raise awareness of plight of students who find themselves without accommodation.