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Course summary

Why study this course? Are you interested in working with people and local communities? Do you see yourself as a future leader? Are you looking for a fulfilling career? If so, this could be the course for you. Our Leadership in Communities BSc (Hons) degree focuses on social concerns affecting communities and individuals. This course is also validated by two professional bodies, the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning and the Chartered Institute of Housing. Our graduates work in a range of roles in the public sector eg councils and the NHS, the private sector and the third sector eg non-for-profit organisations including charities, voluntary and community groups. More about this course Community is a powerful medicine. The growth of food banks, the response to the Grenfell tragedy, the Black Lives Matter movement and the challenges of COVID have all demonstrated the power of community. By working together we can challenge inequality and social injustice. If you’re looking for a fulfilling career in social justice, this could be the perfect degree for you. Whether you’re a school leaver or if you’ve been working with communities already and want to return to education, we welcome your application. We’ll develop your employability and leadership skills, and engage you in cutting-edge academic and research skills. Our Leadership in Communities BSc course provides a comprehensive view into issues that affect communities and look at how we can address 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. We work closely with local people so you’ll learn about the issues directly affecting urban communities and have opportunities to resolve them. You’ll investigate the principles of community work and develop the necessary skills and competencies to practise in the community. As well as this, you’ll look at how differences in culture and identity affect the opportunities of individuals, addressing the causes of inequality and investigating the challenges and opportunities of living in a diverse society. We’re proud that our students come from all over the world, with many who have their own families and are returning to education. Teaching is currently timetabled for approximately two days per week so that you have time to carry out independent academic work and gain work experience through placement opportunities. We place focus on developing transferable employability skills, which is why you’ll have the opportunity to complete a mini placement in your second year and a longer placement in your final year. Employers from the sector will also provide guest lectures, giving you an opportunity to learn about the practical aspects of working in this field and find out what skills and experience employers are looking for. There are also opportunities to progress to postgraduate studies. There are many postgraduate courses available to further your aspirations, including the Social Work MSc and the Youth and Community Work (with JNC Recognition) MSc, both of which are professionally recognised.


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).

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through essays, individual and group projects and a final dissertation. The emphasis will be to combine your academic work with reflection upon real-life experience. There are no examinations.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Housing, Chartered Institute of

How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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.

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English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements. If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

More information about our English language requirements.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £2310 Module
Northern Ireland £2310 Module
Scotland £2310 Module
Wales £2310 Module
EU £4400 Module
International £4400 Module
Channel Islands £4400 Module
Republic of Ireland £4400 Module

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.
Leadership in Communities at London Metropolitan University - UCAS