BA (Hons) Youth Justice

General

Program Description

BA (Hons) Youth Justice

You’ll be joining a course with great student satisfaction and employability! 100% of our BA (Hons) Youth Studies and BA (Hons) Youth Justice students are satisfied with the course overall and 100% of graduates on both of these courses are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving NTU. (National Student Survey 2017 and DLHE 2015/16 Full-time, UK, First degree, undergraduate)

Youth Justice is all about working with young people who offend or are at risk of offending. This course links academic theory to contemporary practice through placements, visits and guest speakers.

Our Youth Justice degree is multidisciplinary, involving the study of social policy, sociological, psychological and criminological perspectives. You'll explore why young people offend, and the impact their families and communities have upon their personal development and criminal behaviour. Throughout the course you'll consider comparative international practices of managing offending behaviours, and initiatives for reducing offending.

Why choose this course?

  • While this course does explore a number of criminological perspectives, it is mapped against the Skills for Justice National Occupational Standards for Youth Justice. This makes the course ideal for those interested in the study of Criminology but who are keen to work within the Youth Justice sector.
  • You'll be taught by a teaching team who are highly accomplished and experienced in the Youth Justice sector. Their expertise in the subject informs the course and ensures you have an up-to-date and relevant learning experience. 100% of BA (Hons) Youth Justice students agree that staff have made the subject interesting. (National Student Survey 2017).
  • Experienced Youth Justice Practitioners are involved in various teaching sessions to share their specialist knowledge and experiences of working with young people.
  • This course could open up a range of rewarding careers in secure estates, prisons, youth offending teams and the probation service.
  • 100% of our recent BA (Hons) Youth Justice students would recommend studying at NTU. (National Student Survey 2017).

What you'll study

The aim of the course is to focus on the core skills that practitioners working within youth justice need so they can work effectively with young people, their families, and other professionals. We aim to equip you with knowledge and understanding of how to communicate effectively with others; how to accurately assess the needs and risks of young people; and how to use reflection and the skills of critical analysis to develop an understanding of the legislation, policies and frameworks within which youth justice practitioners operate.

In addition, you'll explore the history of youth justice and the relationship of offending to child and adolescent development. There is also a clear practical focus upon contemporary issues facing future practitioners. For example:

  • young people and gangs
  • substance misuse and offending
  • victims
  • restorative justice and effective practice.

Each of these topics are examined critically and debated.

How you’re taught

To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university, you'll receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods.

Structured teaching will be delivered through a combination of traditional lectures, seminars, and workshops. The smaller group seminars and workshops provide opportunities to develop problem-solving skills, group work, analysis, debating skills, presentation skills, and discussion about a wide range of views.

You'll also learn from audio-visual presentations, information technology-based exercises and practical experience.

Tutorials with staff

As the relationship between students and tutors is an important one you can expect to have lots of direct contact and support through seminars and one-to-one tutorials. At these sessions, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • discuss and gain feedback about your work
  • ask questions about the projects you're working on
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances, or your university experience.

Independent study

This is an important part of this course. Throughout the three years of your course, the scheduled contact hours you receive will gradually decrease as you develop the skills required to undertake an independent study or dissertation in your final year. You'll still have regular contact with your tutors and, if necessary, ad hoc tutorials can be arranged.

Learning from experts

You'll be taught by enthusiastic, engaged and expert staff who are highly accomplished and experienced in the youth justice sector. They ensure our courses will train you to the requirements that are necessary to work within the youth justice system. Current staff have developed an Acquisitive Crime Project which aims to reduce the number of young people offending in Derby. Additionally, your lecturers will be engaged in current research into areas of Youth Justice Practice and will share emerging findings in their teaching.

In addition to the traditional lectures, tutorials, and independent study, you'll also hear and learn from experienced youth justice practitioners. They are invited to come and share their specialised knowledge and make you aware of the realities of their work with young people. In the past these have included representatives visiting from the secure estate, talking about the experience of young people in prison, and charities such as the YMCA.

Virtual learning environment

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students, and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

How will I be assessed?

The course's assessment methods are varied. We use a wide range of approaches which acknowledge that different students have varied learning styles, capabilities and preferences. The assessment methods used to replicate the work environment as far as possible, and you'll, therefore, be required to carry out your own investigation case study work, analysis and appraisal.

The majority of your work will be assessed through coursework based essays, reflective journals, worksheets, critical reviews, case studies, and a final year research-based independent study.

The practical focus in the second year will be reflected in the assessment methods used for the modules. Practical assessment methods include task-orientated group work, presentations, interviews, participant observations, role-play exercises, and IT tasks.

In response to student feedback, the University has introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study, you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

98% of BA (Hons) Youth Justice full-time students are satisfied with the teaching on their course. (National Student Survey 2017)

Careers and employability

Excellent work experience opportunities

Work-based learning is a valued feature of this degree and there are four unique components.

  • You may have the opportunity to do an observational experience with a youth justice agency in Year Two. This is part of the Effective Practice in Youth Justice module which is focused on the skills required to develop effective relationships with young people. The Effective Practice in Youth Justice module is closely aligned to the Youth Justice Effective Practice Certificate (formerly Professional Certificate in Effective Practice), the Youth Justice Board's entry-level qualification for working in the youth justice sector.
  • Teaching sessions delivered by youth offending team practitioners and other youth justice personnel on their specific roles and agencies.
  • Course visits to various institutions within the justice system, following an arrest-to-sentence process (incorporating police, courts and young offenders' institutes).
  • Mock cases and simulated case files will be used to give you valuable experience within a safe environment.

You'll benefit from the well-established relationships the course team have developed with Youth Justice Agencies in our region, and other bodies such as:

  • Secure Estate
  • Skills for Justice
  • Nottingham Council for Voluntary Service
  • the YMCA.

The course team work closely with the NTU Volunteers Service and Employability Team to make you aware of the significant number of voluntary and sessional paid opportunities that are available.

Throughout the course, there will be opportunities for you to understand the work of practitioners in a number of different specialist areas, such as Youth Offending Team Case Managers and Secure Children's Homes.

Your career development

Local youth offending team employers have been involved with the design of the course and will be regularly consulted throughout. This will clearly enhance your employability within the youth justice sector which includes youth offending teams, children’s services and the secure estate.

Upon completion, you'll have gained the confidence, experience and specialised knowledge and skills to embark on a career in the growing youth justice sector, and its associated support services. These areas are always developing innovative ways to engage young people and prevent criminal behaviour and re-offending.

Your ability to carry out independent research, evaluate interventions, reflect on practice and work in multi-agency settings will also be greatly valued by future employers.

Career opportunities that interest you may include:

  • youth offending teams
  • preventions projects
  • mentoring services for young people
  • restorative justice services
  • the secure estate
  • prisons and the probation service.

The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent graduates are following:*

  • Child Residential Care Worker
  • Support Worker Young Offenders
  • Education Worker
  • Child Advocate
  • Befriender
  • Care Assistant
  • Residential Childcare Officer
  • Youth Offender Reparation Supervisor
  • Support Worker.

*Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results 2011-12 - 2014-15.

You may also consider studying a postgraduate course in areas such as social work or criminological justice.

Our Employability Team

We have a dedicated Employability Team located on the City site. The team are well placed to give you specialist guidance and practical help that will really make a difference to your prospects once you do graduate.

You'll benefit from the well-established relationships the course team have developed with Youth Justice Agencies in our region

Entry requirements

UK

For September 2018 entry you will need:

  • A-levels – BCC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade 4
  • to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure).

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

All applicants should be able to demonstrate an interest in, and an aptitude for, engaging young people. Although it is not essential, we positively encourage applicants who have experience of working within a youth justice setting or can evidence relevant voluntary work, particularly with young people. Specifically, mature applicants are encouraged to apply for, alongside academic qualifications, relevant practical experience and achievements are seen as an asset. Non-standard applicants may be interviewed.

As with all vocational courses related to working with children and young people, all students are required to provide full details of any previous criminal convictions on admission and confirm the nature of these upon course commencement. Students are required to disclose any subsequent criminal convictions while on the course; failure to provide full disclosure of previous or new convictions can lead to termination of a student’s studies. Students eligible for the WBLO may be required to complete an Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure. If this highlights a potential risk to a child this could lead to termination being considered.

International

For September 2018 entry you will need:

  • A-levels – BCC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade 4
  • to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure).

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

All applicants should be able to demonstrate an interest in, and an aptitude for, engaging young people. Although it is not essential, we positively encourage applicants who have experience of working within a youth justice setting or can evidence relevant voluntary work, particularly with young people. Specifically, mature applicants are encouraged to apply for, alongside academic qualifications, relevant practical experience and achievements are seen as an asset. Non-standard applicants may be interviewed.

As with all vocational courses related to working with children and young people, all students are required to provide full details of any previous criminal convictions on admission and confirm the nature of these upon course commencement. Students are required to disclose any subsequent criminal convictions while on the course; failure to provide full disclosure of previous or new convictions can lead to termination of a student’s studies. Students eligible for the WBLO may be required to complete an Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure. If this highlights a potential risk to a child this could lead to termination being considered.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

Last updated June 2019

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