BA (Hons) Youth Studies

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)

This distinctive Youth Studies degree provides an in-depth understanding of the nature of youth and the complex relationship between young people and society. You'll explore the services that support young people's learning, personal and social development and career progression, and also gain the knowledge and skills expected of those who work with young people.

This degree arises from contemporary debates about social inclusion and from recent and proposed changes in the way that services to young people are organized. The course is focused on key themes including youth culture, youth justice, transition, careers, social policy, and social inclusion. Throughout the course, you'll be encouraged to look at the wider cultural context of youth and to explore international comparative studies.

Why choose this course?

  • As part of this course, you may do valuable work experience which allows you to put theory into practice, enhance your understanding of relevant organizations and develop networks.
  • The degree has also been designed to address some of the National Occupational Standards of Learning Development and Support Services to children and young people. On graduation, you'll have developed a portfolio which reflects your knowledge, understanding, and skills in relation to a range of National Occupational Standards.
  • You'll be taught by a teaching team who are highly accomplished and experienced in the Youth sector. Their expertise in the subject inform the course and ensure you have an up-to-date and relevant learning experience. 100% of BA (Hons) Youth Studies full-time students agree that staff is good at explaining things. (National Student Survey 2017).
  • 100% of our recent BA (Hons) Youth Studies students would recommend studying at NTU. (National Student Survey 2017).

What you'll study

The course will offer you an engaging and varied programme of study which seeks to explore the concept of youth from several vantage points. It takes themes of education, justice, social welfare and culture and asks a range of challenging questions – not least, why does society intervene in the lives of young people?

This degree places a high value on developing both academic and vocational skills. As part of this course, you'll undertake work experience in Year Two, which allows you to put theory into practice, enhance your understanding of relevant organizations and develop networks.

Well also actively encourage you to gain experience relevant to working with young people. You can achieve this either by participating in the University's programme of volunteering opportunities or, by seeking voluntary or paid part-time work with young people.

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 and seminars. The smaller group seminars provide opportunities to develop problem-solving skills, a group working, analysis, debating skills, presentation skills and discussion about a wide range of views.

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

Independent study 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 do independent study or a 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 an experienced and dedicated teaching team which includes staff who have had several years employed as senior practitioners in a range of relevant professional areas, as well as those who are widely published in their chosen areas of expertise.

In addition to the traditional lectures, tutorials, and independent study you'll also hear and learn from guest speakers from various organizations that provide services to young people. They are invited to come and share their specialized knowledge and make you aware of the realities of their work with youth. In the past, these have included representatives from the youth justice sector and the local government.

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 as varied as possible. We use a wide range of approaches which acknowledge that different students have varied learning styles, capabilities and preferences.

The majority of your work will be assessed through:

  • coursework-based essays
  • reflective reports
  • worksheets
  • critical reviews
  • a final year research-based independent study.

There are no formal examinations included within the course although you may have to undertake class tests.

Practical assessments will allow you to develop specific skills and include:

  • group work
  • presentations
  • interviews
  • case studies
  • participant observations
  • IT tasks
  • simulation exercises
  • role-play exercises.

You'll also graduate with a portfolio of evidence demonstrating how the knowledge and understanding you have gained is related to a range of careers that involve working with young people.

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

100% of BA (Hons) Youth Studies full-time students agree that staff are good at explaining things and have made the subject interesting. (National Student Survey 2016)

Careers and employability

Excellent work experience opportunities

This degree places a high value on developing both academic and vocational skills. As part of this course, you'll undertake work experience in Year Two, which allows you to put theory into practice, enhance your understanding of relevant organizations and develop networks.

We will also actively encourage you to gain experience relevant to working with young people. You can achieve this either by participating in the University's programme of volunteering opportunities or, by seeking voluntary or paid part-time work with young people.

The course team works closely with the NTU Volunteers Service and Careers Service to make you aware of the significant number of voluntary and sessional paid opportunities that are available to students and particularly those closely associated with working with young people.

Your career development

You'll graduate with the confidence, experience, and ability to succeed in making a difference to the lives of young people.

Upon completion of the course, you'll be well placed to pursue a career with a wide range of organizations offering services to young people, in an advisory, educative or management role either in a generic or specialist setting. You may decide to pursue postgraduate study in your chosen field.

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

  • Behavioural Youth Mentor
  • Learning Outreach Youth Worker
  • Youth Tenancy Officer
  • Nursery Practitioner
  • Academic Support Worker
  • Probation Service Officer
  • Assistant Community Learning Facilitator
  • Community Engagement Worker.

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

Entry requirements

The UK

For September 2017 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 C.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

Applicants with equivalent life skills will be considered.

A Disclosure and Barring Service check is not a prerequisite for entry onto the course. However, you may be required to undertake this check depending on your study choices.

All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and we are happy to accept applications from mature students, students with access qualifications and many other types of standard and non-standard qualifications for which we can calculate UCAS points. Non-standard applicants may be interviewed.

International

For September 2017 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 C.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

Applicants with equivalent life skills will be considered.

A Disclosure and Barring Service check is not a prerequisite for entry onto the course. However, you may be required to undertake this check depending on your study choices.

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 the 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.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated June 4, 2019
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