Youth Studies at London Metropolitan University - UCAS

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Course summary

Why study this course? This degree will develop your skills to work with young people and practise youth work. On this interdisciplinary course, you'll be introduced to cultural studies, criminology, sociology, youth work, childhood studies and psychology. This course has a high student satisfaction rate and leads to range of employment opportunities. According to the latest Graduate Outcome Survey, 87.5% of Youth Studies graduates have a meaningful job or have carried on studying. CEOs and experienced Youth Practitioners are regularly invited to speak exclusively to our students. These industry experts provide an exciting insight into youth work practice and key issues affecting young people and their communities. They also offer job and placement opportunities for Youth Studies students. 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. The Youth Studies degree at London Metropolitan University is suitable for people interested in:

  • understanding the diverse lives of young people and their transition into adulthood;
  • gaining knowledge of youth work practice and the key issues affecting young people and their communities;
  • understanding the significance of equality, as well as anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice; and,
  • working with young people and developing youth and community projects, as well as setting up an organisation or foundation.
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


Example Year 1 modules include: Introduction to Criminology Theory (core, 30 credits); Introduction to Working with Young People (core, 30 credits); Social Problems and Social Issues (core, 30 credits); Principles of Community Work (core, 30 credits). Example Year 2 modules include: Management and Leadership in Youth and Community (core, 30 credits); Researching Youth and Community Issues (core, 30 credits); Youth Resistance and Social Control (core, 15 credits); Crime and the Media (option, 15 credits); Human Rights, Social Justice and Diversity (option, 30 credits); Principles and Practice of Youth Work (option, 30 credits); Youth Culture and the Media (option, 15 credits); Youth, Crime and Violence (option, 15 credits). Example Year 3 modules include: Community and Youth Dissertation (core, 30 credits); Management and Supervision in Youth and Community Work Settings (core, 30 credits); Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime (core, 30 credits); Development and Social Enterprise (option, 30 credits); Homelessness and Housing Policy (option, 15 credits); Housing Issues and Housing Solutions (option, 15 credits); Work Placement for Professional Development (option, 30 credits); Extension of Knowledge (option, 15 credits).

Assessment method

There are no exams on this course. You'll be assessed through presentations, practical reports, reflective accounts, case studies, essays, podcasts and web-based presentations.

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For up to date English language requirements please see:

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English Language and Maths GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent). We accept a broad range of equivalent level qualifications, please check the UCAS tariff calculator or contact us if you are unsure if you meet the minimum entry requirements for this course. We encourage applications from international/EU students with equivalent qualifications. We also accept mature students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £17600 Year 1
International £17600 Year 1
Channel Islands £17600 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £17600 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things such as 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.
Youth Studies at London Metropolitan University - UCAS