Youth Justice – BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

On this degree you’ll learn about criminological theory and the workings of the criminal justice system. You’ll also gain practical work experience, ensuring you meet the requirements for entering the youth offending sector on graduation.

The course is taught by practitioners and academics with a wide range of policing and criminal justice experience. They’ll guide you through your development and provide you with the best opportunity to achieve your career aspirations.

More about this course

Increasingly youth offending is being addressed by community interventions rather than prison sentences. Our course offers you a unique opportunity to enter the youth offending sector at this vital time to help change the lives of young people.

The course is delivered by academics whose research addresses some of the most critical issues within the criminal justice sector today. They’ll be perfectly placed to enrich your learning experience and provide career insight, as they’ve worked with some of the highest performing youth offending teams in the capital.

This degree provides both the theoretical basis and practical experience you’ll need to enter the youth justice sector. The course has been developed in conjunction with the Youth Justice Board and is delivered in partnership with the local authority youth offending service. On completion of this course you’ll meet the Skills for Justice National Occupational Standards (NOS) set by the government, which means you’ll automatically meet the requirements for employment within the sector.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course.

Modular structure

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.

Year 1 modules include:

Introduction to Criminological Theory (core, 30 credits)

Introduction to professional practice (core, 15 credits)

Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (core, 30 credits)

Personal and Social Factors Affecting Young People (core, 15 credits)

Researching Crime and Deviance (core, 30 credits)

Year 2 modules include:

Professional Youth Justice Practice 1 (core, 60 credits)

Safeguarding Children (core, 15 credits)

Supporting Children with the Youth Justice System (core, 15 credits)

Crime, Media and Technology (option, 15 credits)

Youth Resistance and Social Control (option, 15 credits)

Youth, Crime and Violence (option, 15 credits)

Year 3 modules include:

Criminological Research Practice (core, 15 credits)

Professional Youth Justice Practice 2 (core, 75 credits)

Crime Control and Penology (option, 30 credits)

Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime (option, 30 credits)

Where this course can take you

Successful completion of this undergraduate course will enable you to work within the statutory youth justice sector. There will also be significant scope to work within secure estates, such as the Youth Offending Institution Feltham or Thameside. These institutions often work in partnership with organisations such as Catch 22 or the Shaw Trust, which offer specific interventions around violence, rehabilitation and resettlement.

You’ll also be able to work within a local authority, national government or regulatory body policy team, helping to shape the future of rehabilitation and support for young offenders.

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