London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

**Why study this course?**

Our Community Development and Leadership BSc (Hons) degree focuses on social concerns affecting communities and individuals. This undergraduate degree also holds two validations from professional bodies, the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning and the Chartered Institute of Housing.

In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 94% of all 2017 graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

**More about this course**

Our Community Development and Leadership BSc course combines the disciplines of social policy and sociology to provide a comprehensive view into issues that affect communities and look at how we can prevent them. It’s linked to degrees in social work and youth studies to offer a wide range of learning experiences and job opportunities.

This course is perfect preparation if you’re interested in working with diverse communities, including Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups, LGBT+, transnational communities, as well as vulnerable groups, such as homeless people, people with disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers. Your lectures will concentrate on the most pressing issues in these communities. They will investigate principles of community work and equip you with the skills and competencies you need to practise in the community. You’ll focus on the prevention of social problems in-line with the government’s current community integration strategy, examining the opportunities and challenges associated with regenerating communities.

You’ll also look at how differences in culture and identity affect the opportunities of individuals, addressing the causes of inequality and investigating the challenges of living in a very diverse society. We work closely with our local communities, including our work with refugees, asylum seekers, residents of Lewisham and other boroughs in London, so you’ll get to learn about issues that affect urban communities directly and think about how we can solve them.

The degree prioritises the development of important transferable and employability skills. You’ll have the opportunity to complete a mini placement in Year 2 and a longer one in Year 3. This will increase your chances of gaining employment on graduation. Our team will support you in finding and securing the right placement. We have extensive links with employers who offer work experience opportunities in community trusts, youth clubs, housing associations, charitable organisations and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Employers from the sector will also provide guest lectures, which will give you the perfect opportunity to learn about the practical aspects of working in this field and also to find out what skills and experience employers are looking for. By the end of the course you’ll have the necessary experience and knowledge to become a leader in your chosen field.

Course Modules

Example Year 1 modules include:

Communicating with Different Client Groups (core, 30 credits)

Cultures, Identity and Difference (core, 30 credits)

Introduction to Leadership (core, 30 credits)

Principles of Community Work (core, 30 credits)

Principles of Community Work and Regeneration (core, 30 credits)

Social Problems and Social Issues (core, 30 credits)

Sociological Imagination (core, 30 credits)

Example Year 2 modules include:

Human Rights, Social Justice and Diversity (core, 30 credits)

Leadership and Organisations (core, 30 credits)

Researching Cultures and Communities (core, 30 credits)

Community, Culture and Change (option, 15 credits)

Decision Making and the Voluntary Sector (option, 15 credits)

Employability in the Community Sector (option, 15 credits)

Health Promotion and Policy (option, 30 credits)

Example Year 3 modules include:

Community Development and Leadership Dissertation (core, 30 credits)

Community Development and Leadership Work Placement (core, 30 credits)

Development and Social Enterprise (core, 30 credits)

Employability and Management in Youth and Community Work (option, 30 credits)

Experiences of Later Life (option, 15 credits)

Homelessness and Housing Policy (option, 15 credits)

Housing Issues and Housing Solutions (option, 15 credits)

Human Rights and Conflict (option, 15 credits)

Understanding Mental Health (option, 15 credits)

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £12,700 Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £2,310 European Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £2,310 Home Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £3,175 Overseas Fees