Goldsmiths, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

Social Science, Community Development and Youth Work

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Course summary

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This programme is ideal if you have some experience of community and youth work. Challenging, dynamic and interactive, it presents opportunities for critical reflection and exploration of recent developments in the field. The BA Social Science, Community Development and Youth Work enables students to examine practice with young people and communities through the lens of the main social science perspectives. Combining academic study in the social sciences with fieldwork placements in community development and youth work, the programme will enable you to develop as a youth and community development worker equipped for the particular contexts and challenges of the twenty-first century. The programme is underpinned by a commitment to social justice and equalities and provides opportunities to specialise in areas such as youth offending, community arts, faith-based practice, conflict transformation, international development and community enterprise. Why study BA Social Science, Community Development & Youth Work at Goldsmiths?

  • You'll undertake placements in several community and youth work settings, and will gain invaluable experience that will enhance your employability.
  • The degree can lead to careers in the broad community development, community and youth work field in statutory, voluntary and independent sectors.
  • Our lecturers have extensive experience in the community and youth work sector, and work closely with you to maximise your potential.
  • You'll learn how to analyse relevant theoretical concepts and social policies, and how to link them to practical situations and your personal practice.
  • You'll attend a three-day residential module in the January of the first year, where you'll get to know other students and staff, while participating in programmed activities.
  • Teaching methods encourage maximum student participation, and include lectures, seminars, group and individual tutorials, group work training meetings, workshops, and practical exercises.
Our graduates Former students have gone on to work as community development workers, substance misuse workers, and youth workers in a range of settings, including schools and youth offending teams. The degree is professionally recognised by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and endorsed by the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning.

Course details


Residential The residential at the beginning of the second term in the first year provides the opportunity for you get to know other students and staff, while participating in student-programmed activities. The module takes place at a residential centre and there is no extra cost. Year 1 (credit level 4) - In your first year you will study the following compulsory modules: Introduction to Community Development & Youth Work I Introduction to Applied Research Methods I Fieldwork Practice I Race, Racism and Professional Practice Introduction to Applied Social Science and Introduction to Group Work This module will provide an introduction to the value of group work in effecting change in attitudes, beliefs and practice. It will enable students to articulate social and political understandings of the impact of group work. It will introduce experiential group work alongside other significant models and theories. Students will be encouraged to develop their ability to synthesise theoretical understandings, enhance their group work skills and abilities, and assess how these might be applied within the participant group and in wider professional and social contexts. This is a highly interactive module in which participants will be expected to develop personal and professional insight through engagement in group work practice and group work facilitation. Year 2 (credit level 5) - In the second year, you take the following compulsory modules: Community Development and Youth Work in Context Group work in Theory Group work in Practice Fieldwork Practice 2 Theory, Policy and Politics Applied Research Methods 2 You then choose one module from the following list of options: Arts in the Community Global Youth Work and International Development Youth Justice Religion, Belief and Spirituality in Professional Practice Year 3 (credit level 6) - In the third year you take the following compulsory modules: Fieldwork Practice 3 Social Justice in Community Development and Youth Work Management and Leadership Critical Engagement with Social Policy BA (Hons) Applied Social Science, Community Development & Youth Work

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You then choose one option from the following list: Faith-based youth work Conflict Transformation Enterprise in Communities Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through a combination of coursework, assignment, presentation, dissertation, self-reflection reports and portfolio.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

You should have one year's full-time (or two years' part-time) work experience (paid or voluntary) in a related field. In some cases it may be possible to admit applicants on the basis of practical experience alone, provided that evidence of this experience is presented at interview. You will also need three GCSE passes or equivalent. You'll need to meet fitness to train criteria for this programme.

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

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