Placeholder image for Applied Social Science, Community Development and Youth Work (Hons)

Applied Social Science, Community Development and Youth Work (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #351 (WUR) London, United Kingdom
The Applied Social Science, Community Development and Youth Work (Hons), offered by Goldsmiths, University of London, enables students to examine practice with young people and communities through the lens of the main social science perspectives. Challenging, dynamic and interactive, it presents opportunities for critical reflection and exploration of recent developments in the field.


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 Applied Social Science, Community Development and Youth Work (Hons) at Goldsmiths, University of London?

  • 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


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
  • teamwork
  • organisational skills
  • motivation
  • 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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • You can still apply up to 30 June
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 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

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Get a free IELTS practice test

General Requirements

  • A-level: CC
  • 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%
Additional requirementsYou'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.

Work Experience

At least 1 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14330 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14330 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



  • Lewisham Fee Waivers - 10 x full tuition fee waivers (worth £27,750 each) for Lewisham's brightest talent, covering fees for three years.
  • Local Student Partial Fee Waivers - 5 x partial fee waivers (worth £13,875 each) to local students, covering 50% of your fees for three years (£4,625 each year).
  • Mature Students’ Scholarships - Up to 10 x £3,000 for students over the age of 25 who come from a non-traditional academic background and show great academic potential
  • Disabled Students’ Scholarships - Up to 4 x £4,500 to students with a disability. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


You’ve wishlisted multiple studies. Did you know you can compare them side-by-side in our Compare-tool?