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Youth Studies (including foundation year) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Youth Studies (including foundation year) BSc degree will give you the opportunity to enter an undergraduate degree if you don’t have the necessary entry requirements to enter the traditional three-year course. After completing the foundation year, you’ll study the same course content as students from our Youth Studies BSc and graduate with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.

During this four-year degree you’ll gain a range of practical and academic skills that will allow you to enter a career in youth social work.

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More about this course

Throughout the four-year degree you’ll receive both academic and pastoral support from an assigned academic mentor and personal tutor. There will also be opportunities to receive extra support through our academic and careers workshops, where you’ll get to work on skills such as essay writing and interview techniques.

Your foundation year will be shared with students from other courses with a foundation year. This will be a perfect opportunity to study with people who have different academic interests and work with them to improve your academic skills.

During the foundation year you’ll take a module that relates to youth studies. This will help you prepare for the subsequent undergraduate years of your degree. This module will introduce you to national policy on youth, community development in London and how it impacts on the youth of the city.

Following your foundation year you will study the same content and choice of modules as those who entered the three-year degree. Please visit the Youth Studies BSc course page to learn more about the course content for your subsequent years. Should you decide during your foundation year that you’d like to specialise in a different area of study, there is some flexibility to do this.


You’ll be assessed through coursework, class tests, exams, individual and group presentations, work placement portfolios and an explorative project.

Fees and key information

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UCAS code L220
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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)

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.

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.

Modular structure

Example Year 0 modules include:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Interventions for Change
  • Media, Crime and 'Race'
  • Reflecting on Self and Society
  • Researching Discrimination
  • Researching Inequality
  • Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay

Modules for the following three years 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.


After the course

On graduation from the full four-year degree, you’ll have a wide choice of careers within an array of commercial, public and voluntary sector bodies. In particular, the degree will allow you to go into fields of community and youth work, social research, housing, education and drug services.

What is a degree with a foundation year?

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.

Additional costs

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.

Discover Uni – key statistics about this course

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How to apply

Start your course in January

You don't have to wait until September to start this course at London Met – why not start in January?

If you're a UK or EU student, you can simply call our January hotline on or complete our fast-track online application form.

If you're an international student, you'll need to complete our standard online application using the "Apply direct" button.

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.

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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