Sustainable Development and Social Change (with Foundation Year) at University of East London - UCAS

Course summary

Are you interested in finding out how social development is affecting the people who live in the world’s poorest countries? Do you want to learn about globalisation and consider its impact on the people of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Europe? Are you interested in the way NGOs work to address issues of poverty? Do you worry about the value of their work? This course will give you the answers you seek – and much more. You’ll have the chance to study for a term overseas. Recently students have studied in South Africa, Brazil, Thailand and at the American University in Cairo. In your third year, you will undertake a supported work placement with an NGO. On this course you’ll ‘learn by doing’, gaining the skills to become an informed and critical practitioner. You’ll contribute directly to practical solutions in the developing world and reflect on the impact of NGO work. International Development graduates from UEL are sought after for their rounded outlook and experience. They’ve landed jobs at organisations such as The World Health Organisation, The Refugee Council and Medecins Sans Frontieres. This extended course is perfect if you want a degree in NGO and Development Management, but you don’t have the standard entry requirements. First we prepare you for your degree during the Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. Then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.


Foundation year: Key Themes and Debates in Social Sciences (core) Academic Literacy and Research for Social Scientists (core) Reading the World as a Social Scientist (core) Globalisation and Social Movements (optional) Who are you? Reading the body Psychosocially (optional) Game Changers in Sociology (optional) Crime, Surveillance and Society (optional) Year 1: Introduction to Development Studies (core) Introduction to the Political Economy of Development (core) International Studies (core) Introduction to NGO Management (core) Year 2: Theories of Development and Globalisation (core) Inequalities, Social Development and Livelihoods (core) Planning & Fundraising in the Third Sector (core) Human Mobility, Forced Migration and Social Change (optional) International Organisation and Global Governance (optional) Anthropological Theory (optional) Year 3: Research Methods & Dissertation (core) NGO Placement (core) Imperialism: Economy, State and War (optional) Global Crises (optional) Islam and Society (optional) Faith and Development (optional) Conflict, Intervention and Development (optional) Overseas Placement (optional) The Politics of Global Powers (optional) Topics in Regional Ethnography (optional) Anthropology of Political Economy and Belief (optional)

Assessment method

Depending on which modules you take, your assessments will include coursework essays, collaborative and individual presentations, seen and unseen examinations, reports, portfolios, essay plans and creative work.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

For detailed information on entry requirements for our courses, please see the individual course pages. We consider a range of UK and worldwide qualifications at the appropriate level and also take relevant work experience into account when considering an application. Many courses have a Foundation Year option for those students whose qualifications do not meet the BA or BSc entry requirements. Applicants should have, or be working towards, grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent Level 2 qualification such as Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Mathematics or Key Skills Level 2 in Application of Number and Communication) Entry requirements are intended only as a guide for applicants. They are not a guarantee of an offer, nor of the conditions that may apply. When making a decision on your academic suitability, we will make an assessment of you as an individual and will use information other than qualifications; which may include predicted grades, performance at Level 2, relevant work experience, previous study at degree level, personal statement, references and any portfolio, written test or interview, to make our decision. If you have any questions, please contact a member of our Applicant Relations Team from Monday to Friday (9am–5pm) on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £14820 Year 1
International £14820 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 .

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Sustainable Development and Social Change (with Foundation Year) at University of East London - UCAS