The BSc Community Development and Youth Extended Degree (including Foundation Year) is designed to prepare you for the challenge of studying at undergraduate level. This four-year course provides the background necessary for degree level study and is aimed at those who do not have the traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for entry at Year 1 (Level 4) of an undergraduate degree.
You’ll engage with a range of issues within social sciences and humanities in an exciting and stimulating environment. You’ll receive all the necessary skills in supporting groups and individuals to improve your neighbourhood and make social provision accountable to residents and service users.
There’s a focus on improving your academic and study skills, boosting your confidence and unlocking your potential for further study. You’ll be given opportunities to explore contemporary issues within social sciences and develop an understanding of how to work with communities and with young people.
Following completion of the foundation year, you can progress onto Year 1 in a choice of degree subjects in the broad area of the social sciences or choose to specialise in youth studies, youth work or community development.
This four-year extended degree is ideal for anyone looking for a career where they can make a difference in contemporary society.
There are a variety of assessment types across the modules with 87.5% of the assessment being coursework and just 12.5% in exams.
Coursework types include portfolios of reflective writing, digital portfolios, essays, reports, presentations, discussion and seminar skills.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
- Critical Thinking (core, 15 credits)
- Identity, Power and Society (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)
After the course
Graduates from community development and youth related courses can enter a wide range of careers including social research, community work, counselling, teaching, youth justice and social policy.
What is an extended degree?
Extended degrees provide applicants with an alternative route into higher education. If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing an extended degree. Extended degrees include a Year 0, which is also known as a foundation year. Once you successfully complete your first year of study you will progress into Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.