London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

**Why study this course?**

Our Community Development and Leadership (including a foundation year) BSc is a four-year course that is perfect if you don’t hold traditional qualifications or don’t meet the requirements to enter the traditional three-year degree. On completion of the course you’ll receive the same qualification and title as students graduating from the standard course.

You’ll be offered exceptional support from our careers and academic teams. With access to an academic mentor, tutor and skills workshops, you’ll be helped to settle into university life and succeed on your course to become a leader in the field of community development and social work.

**More about this course**

Our community development course with a foundation year will improve your academic skills and provide opportunities to work with communities in a wide range of professional roles after graduation. By the time you complete your full degree, you'll have gained all the necessary skills in supporting groups and individuals to improve your neighbourhood and make social provision accountable to residents and service users.

Throughout your degree you’ll be supported to develop skills such as essay writing, research and time management that will help you succeed in undergraduate study. You’ll also be able to count on the support of your academic mentor and tutor, who will help you build your abilities and confidence in academic study, even if you’ve been out of education for a few years. At London Met we also offer dedicated careers advice and student support teams to help you shape your future career goals and achieve them.

You’ll share your foundation year with students completing Year 0 from other disciplines, which will allow you to share your ideas and meet people with different academic interests. During this year we will focus on developing your academic and study skills, which are necessary for higher level study in the area of social sciences and social professions. You’ll develop critical thinking skills that will allow you to look at arguments, theories and beliefs that relate to the relationship between society, government and the individual. This foundation year also enables you to learn more about the course content of the subsequent years, as you’ll attend an introductory community development module.

After successful completion of Year 0, you’ll look at specific problems within communities, including social justice, management and leadership in community organisations, social enterprises and housing.

Course Modules

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

Example Year 1 modules include:

Cultures, Identity and Difference

Introduction to Self-Leadership

Principles of Community Work

Social Problems and Social Issues

Example Year 2 modules include:

Human Rights, Social Justice and Diversity

Management and Leadership in Youth and Community Organisations

Researching Youth and Community Issues

Communities in Transition

Disability and Inclusion

Employability in the Community Sector

Global Inequalities in the 21st Century

Inter-Professional Practice

Example Year 3 modules include:

Community and Youth Dissertation

Development and Social Enterprise

Work Placement for Professional Development

Current Issues in Disability

Homelessness and Housing Policy

Housing Issues and Housing Solutions

Management and Supervision in Youth and Community Work Settings

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) Other Fees