IB: Successful completion
3 years full-time
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 student participation and include lectures, seminars, group and individual tutorials, group work training meetings, workshops and practical exercises
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.
Read about one of our graduates, Nequela Whittaker, who talked to Woman's Hour about how her experiences led her to become a youth worker.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact David Woodger.
What you'll study
For 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the Programme Changes page
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:
|Year 1 compulsory modules||Module title||Credits|
|Introduction to Community Development & Youth Work I||15 credits|
|Introduction to Applied Research Methods I||15 credits|
|Fieldwork Practice I||30 credits|
|Race, Racism and Professional Practice.||15 credits|
|Introduction to Applied Social Science||30 credits|
and Introduction to Group Work (15 credits)
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 module.
|Year 2 modules||Module title||Credits|
|Community Development and Youth Work in Context||15 credits|
In addition to the following compulsory modules:
|Year 2 compulsory modules||Module title||Credits|
|Group Work in Theory||15 credits|
|Group Work in Practice||15 credits|
|Fieldwork Practice 2||30 credits|
|Theory, Policy and Politics||15 credits|
|Applied Research Methods 2||15 credits|
You then choose one module from the following list of options:
|Year 2 module options||Module title||Credits|
|Arts in the Community||15 credits|
|Global Youth Work and International Development||15 credits|
|Youth Justice||15 credits|
|Religion, Belief and Spirituality in Professional Practice||15 credits|
Year 3 (credit level 6)
In the third year you take the following compulsory modules:
|Year 3 compulsory modules||Module title||Credits|
|Fieldwork Practice 3||30 credits|
|Social Justice in Community Development and Youth Work||15 credits|
|Management and Leadership||15 credits|
|Critical Engagement with Social Policy||15 credits|
|BA (Hons) Applied Social Science, Community Development & Youth Work - Dissertation||30 credits|
You then choose one option from the following list:
|Year 3 module options||Module title||Credits|
|Faith-based youth work||15 credits|
|Conflict Transformation||15 credits|
|Enterprise in Communities||15 credits|
This programme is taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.
The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:
Year 1 - 10% scheduled learning, 69% independent learning, 21% placement hours
Year 2 - 10% scheduled learning, 69% independent learning, 21% placement hours
Year 3 - 10% scheduled learning, 66% independent learning, 24% placement hours
How you’ll be assessed
You’ll be assessed through a combination of coursework, assignment, presentation, dissertation, self-reflection reports and portfolio.
The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:
- Year 1 - 81% coursework, 19% practical
- Year 2 - 88% coursework, 13% practical
- Year 3 - 81% coursework, 6% practical
*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2018/19. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.
Credits and levels of learning
An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
What our students say
We accept the following qualifications:
International Baccalaureate: Successful completion
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including a number of distinctions/merits in subject specific modules
Scottish qualifications: CCCCC (Higher) or CC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 60%
You'll also need
- one year's full-time (or two years' part-time) work experience (paid or voluntary) in a related field
- evidence of academic achievement at Level 3 (A-level) standard; preferably two A-level passes or equivalent and three GCSE passes or equivalent.
- to fulfil our fitness to train requirements
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.
We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.
Fees & funding
Annual tuition fees
These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2021/2022 academic year.
From August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for 'Home' fee status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as 'International' for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page.
- Home - full-time: £9250
- International - full-time: £17050
It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Tier 4 student visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.
If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.
In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.
There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.
The programme will give you practical experience in several community and youth work settings – having this real-world experience will set you apart in the job market. In addition you will develop the following transferable skills:
- Critical analysis of theoretical concepts
- critical reflection
- organisational skills
- research methods
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a BA (Hons) degree in Applied Social Science, Community Development and Youth Work; a professional qualification recognised by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and the Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community Workers (JNC).
The programme can lead to careers in the broad community development, community and youth work field in statutory, voluntary and independent sectors. Former students have gone on to work as:
- managers and staff in community projects
- youth officers
- community development workers
- substance misuse workers
- youth workers in a range of settings, including schools and youth offending teams
- learning mentors
They have also worked in the following areas:
- international development projects
- setting up their own projects and organisations
- community cohesion projects
- multi faith work
- community work
- innovative projects within schools
- community arts projects
- youth offending teams
- field of conflict transformation