Youth Studies - BSc (Hons)

This degree will develop your skills to work with young people and practise youth work. You’ll take an in-depth look at evolving identities, media representations, social policy, community development and the history of government approach to youth policy.

Course details

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 a number of social concerns, ranging from unemployment to social relationships and youth protests. At the same time, young people have a pulsating presence in the media and in creative arts.
  • Mode of study: 2 -3 days campus
  • Intake: September , January
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: £9,250 per year
  • Location: London

London Metropolitan University

Course overview

You’ll explore the phenomenon of youth culture, gaining an understanding of youth in a social, cultural and political context. On top of this, you’ll examine local, national and global issues, plus developments that shape young people’s lives and life experiences.

This Youth Studies BSc will help you develop practical and transferable skills such as computing, video production, plus quantitative and qualitative analysis. These skills will be beneficial to your employment, further education or research.

Our lecturers are qualified and experienced practitioners in youth-centred research. On this course, you’ll also be able to take part in debates with expert external speakers.


Entry requirements

three A-levels with minimum grades BBC, or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent level 3 qualification

English Language GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent, eg Key Skills Level 2 in Communications or Functional Skills Level 2)

What the students say

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.


The modules listed below are for the academic year 2022/23 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

  • Introduction to Working with Young People (core, 30 credits)
  • Introduction to communities (core, 30 credits)
  • Introduction to social problems (core, 30 credits)
  • The anti-oppressive practitioner (core, 30 credits)
  • Principles and Practice of Youth Work (core, 30 credits)
  • Researching Youth and Community Issues (core, 15 credits)
  • Sociological Perspectives on Youth Transitions (core, 15 credits)
  • The reflexive and reflective practitioner (core, 15 credits)
  • Youth Resistance and Social Control (core, 15 credits)
  • Counselling in youth and community settings (option, 15 credits)
  • Creative, critical reflective approaches to practice (option, 15 credits)
  • Crime and the Media (option, 15 credits)
  • Disability and Inclusion (option, 15 credits)
  • Extension of Knowledge Module (option, 15 credits)
  • Resistance, Creativity and Joy in the Capital (option, 15 credits)
  • Sustainability and Environmental Justice (option, 15 credits)
  • Transnational communities (option, 15 credits)
  • Youth Culture and the Media (option, 15 credits)
  • Youth, Crime and Violence (option, 15 credits)
  • Community and youth dissertation (core, 45 credits)
  • Management and Supervision in Youth and Community Work Settings (core, 30 credits)
  • Community activism and digital campaigning (option, 15 credits)
  • Counselling in groups (option, 15 credits)
  • Extension of Knowledge Module (option, 15 credits)
  • Homelessness and Housing Policy (option, 15 credits)
  • Housing Issues and Housing Solutions (option, 15 credits)
  • International relationship-based practice for social change (option, 15 credits)
  • Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime (option, 30 credits)
  • Work Placement for professional development (option, 45 credits)