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

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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.

More about this course

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.

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Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code L900
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Entry requirements

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) 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.

Modular structure

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:

After the course

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.

What is an extended degree?

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.

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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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