Why study this course?

This Youth Work (with JNC recognition) (including foundation year) BSc degree gives you the opportunity to study if you don't meet the necessary requirements for the traditional three-year course. After you've successfully passed the foundation year, you'll move onto the standard three-year Youth Work BSc, graduating with the same title and award. 

On this four-year programme, you'll develop practical skills and knowledge to support young people in personal, social and educational settings. 

Our social work courses are ranked fourth in the UK for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2023.

More about this course

Receive academic and pastoral support from an assigned academic mentor and personal tutor on this Youth Work (with JNC Recognition) BSc (Hons) with a foundation year.

In your foundation year you'll gain transferable skills such as essay writing and interview techniques. You'll study alongside students from other courses with a foundation year, working together to build your academic skills. 

The foundation year will help to prepare you for the following undergraduate years of your degree. You'll be introduced to youth work and community development in London, and explore how young people are affected in the city. 

After completing the foundation year you'll move on to study the Youth Work (with JNC Recognition) BSc (Hons) course content. If you decide during your foundation year that you'd like to specialise in a different subject area, there is some flexibility. 


You’ll be assessed through coursework, individual and group presentations, work placement portfolios and an explorative project. You’ll also be assessed through artistic presentation, which could be in the form of poems, music, art and craft.

Fees and key information

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UCAS code L534
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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 32 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.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. This course requires you to meet our standard 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 (core, 15 credits)
  • Interventions for Change (core, 15 credits)
  • Introduction to Community and Society (core, 15 credits)
  • Media, Crime and 'Race' (core, 15 credits)
  • Reflecting on Self and Society (core, 15 credits)
  • Researching Discrimination (core, 15 credits)
  • Researching Inequality (core, 15 credits)
  • Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay (core, 15 credits)

Example Year 1 modules include:

  • Introduction to Working with Young People (core, 30 credits)
  • Counselling Skills and Youth Work (core, 30 credits)
  • The Anti-Oppressive Practitioner (core, 30 credits)
  • Initial Fieldwork Preparation and Practice (core, 30 credits)

Example Year 2 modules include:

  • Reflective and Reflexive Practitioner (core, 15 credits)
  • Principles and Practice of Youth Work (core, 30 credits)
  • Major Fieldwork Practice (core, 30 credits)
  • Human Rights, Social Justice and Diversity (option, 30 credits)
  • Counselling young People (option, 15 credits)
  • Resistance, creativity and joy in the capital (option, 15 credits)
  • Community activism and digital campaigning (option, 15 credits)
  • Diverse London (option, 15 credits)
  • Sustainability and Social Justice (option, 15 credits)
  • Communities in Transition (option, 15 credits)
  • Disability and Inclusion (option, 15 credits)
  • Development and Social Enterprise (option, 30 credits)

Example Year 3 modules include:

  • Dissertation (core, 45 credits)
  • Specialist Fieldwork Project (core, 30 credits)
  • Management and Supervision in Youth and Community Work (core, 30 credits)
  • Counselling in Groups (option, 15 credits)
  • Engaging effectively with young people (option, 15 credits)
  • Influential thinkers and practitioners (option, 15 credits)
  • Decolonisation and Globalisation (option, 15 credits)

Where this course can take you

Our social work graduates have gone on to have rewarding careers as social workers, youth justice workers, independant living officers, inclusion support managers and supported housing officers at the NHS, various councils and public sector organisations.

If you've already studied your undergraduate degree with us, as a graduate of London Met, you'll be entitled to a 20% discount on any further study with us.

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.

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How to apply

If you're a UK applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a 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.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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