London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

**Why study this course?**

Focusing on young people, this course takes an in-depth look at evolving identities, media representations, social policy, community development and the history of government approach to youth policy. This course encompasses cultural studies, criminology, sociology and psychology to provide insights into everything from youth work to urban gang life and young people’s social welfare. London Met is the 2017 "preferred provider" of the The North East London (NEL) commissioning panel, representing the Social Work Development Partnership of five local authorities. The partnership has commissioned us to train existing social workers who can supervise graduates starting out in social work, meaning you'll receive a continuity of support by London Met from your education through to your career. In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

**More about this course**

The transition into adulthood is often viewed as challenging and complex, but it’s also a time of fresh opportunities and new discoveries. Young people are represented in association with contemporary social concerns, ranging from unemployment to social relationships and youth protests, yet at the same time, they’ve become a pulsating presence in the media and in creative arts.

This interdisciplinary degree will develop your skills to work with young people and practice youth work. You’ll explore the phenomenon of youth culture, providing an understanding of youth in a social, cultural and political context. You’ll examine local, national and global issues, and developments that shape young people’s lives and life experiences. Practical and transferable skills essential to employment, further education and research you'll gain through this degree include computing, video production and multimedia creativity, as well as quantitative and qualitative analysis.

You’ll be taught by qualified and experienced practitioners in youth-centred research, and you’ll also be able to take part in debates with expert external speakers.

In your second and third year, there are a range of modules designed to represent aspects of youth culture and current social issues impacting on young people. These include subjects relating and prompting analysis of youth, resistance and social control, and exploring and critiquing the notion of self, identity and gender. You’ll be able choose modules that focus on areas which interest you. You’ll be able to examine topics including the relationship between the media and young people’s cultural experiences and expressions, anti-social behaviour and criminal activity, mental health in young people.

**What our students say**

Current student, Michael Ayeni, had this to say about his experience:

"This course has really helped me – it has provided me with a solid background knowledge in youth work and the skills I need. Through this course, I've been able to think in a different dimension about working with young people."

"I feel that this course will enhance my future career prospects through my learnt skills and knowledge. The leader's passion has definitely infected me with enthusiasm to make a difference in society with youth practice."

National Student Survey (NSS) 2016

Course Modules

Example Year 1 modules include:

Introduction to Criminological Theory

Introduction to Working with Young People

Principles of Community Work

Social Problems and Social Issues

Example Year 2 modules include:

Management and Leadership in Youth and Community Organisations

Researching Youth and Community Issues

Youth, Resistance and Social Control

Crime and the Media

Disability and Inclusion

Employability in the Community Sector

Inter-Professional Practice

Youth Culture and the Media

Youth, Crime and Violence

Example Year 3 modules include:

Community and Youth Dissertation

Management and Supervision in Youth and Community Work Settings

Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime

Current Issues in Disability

Development and Social Enterprise

Homelessness and Housing Policy

Housing Issues and Housing Solutions

Work Placement for Professional Development

Start Date:

09/2020

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
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) £9,250 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) £2,310 European Fees