“To change the conversation, we have to change who is part of it”

A World-class Social Change Degree in the North

Doing Social are a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Leeds and London and we are collaborating with Leeds Beckett University on a new undergraduate degree – BA Innovation and Skills for Social Change.

We have led the process to co-design this course with 120 people around the country including leaders, change-makers, communities and students. It is the first people-powered social change degree in the world and is exclusive to Leeds Beckett University.

Leaders and change-makers have reacted to this degree, saying they want graduates of this course in their organisations and they wish they’d had the opportunity to study it.

This is a full-time 3-year degree, available to both young and mature learners from September 2020. Key highlights include:

  • Annual social change projects in communities – gain 3-years of work experience in social change and make a difference while studying.

  • No exams.

  • Practice-based – learn by doing and strengthen skills and abilities for change-making in all sectors.

  • 2-days a week attendance.

  • Interdisciplinary – combines content from subjects such as sociology, politics, economics, philosophy, human geography and management.

  • Course delivery by top experts who have real-world experience in change-making.

  • Fantastic networking opportunities including with employers.

Are you or is someone you know searching for a degree-level qualification in social change? This course will develop high-level capabilities for leadership, innovation and social change to tackle the root causes of social and climate issues locally and globally.

Find out more including details of entry requirements, course fees and how to apply, on the university website. See the course brochure here.

The deadline for applications is 15 January 2020. For course queries, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Harsha Patel,
Director of Inclusive Innovation, Doing Social.

Twitter: @InnovAndSkills
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