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 organised. 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 organisations 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 are 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).
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 skills in problem-solving, group working, analysis, debating and presentation, and to discuss 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.
100% of BA (Hons) Youth Studies full-time students agree that they have received detailed feedback on their work and that marking criteria have been made clear in advance. (National Student Survey 2016)
Independent study is an important part of this course. Throughout your three years of study, the scheduled contact hours you receive will gradually decrease as you develop the skills required to engage in independent study or produce a dissertation in your final year. You'll still have regular contact with your tutors, and if necessary ad hoc tutorials can be arranged.
100% of BA (Hons) Youth Studies full-time students agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to. (National Student Survey 2016)
Learning from experts
You'll be taught by an experienced and dedicated teaching team that includes staff who have spent 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 organisations that provide services to young people. They are invited to come and share their specialised 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 that acknowledge different students have varied learning styles, capabilities and preferences.
The majority of your work will be assessed through:
- coursework-based essays
- reflective reports
- critical reviews
- a final year research-based independent study.
There are no formal examinations on this course, although you may have to undertake class tests.
Practical assessments will allow you to develop specific skills and include:
- group work
- 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.
Beyond the course
Broaden your experience, stand out from the crowd, and gain a range of skills that employers are looking for.
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.
Find out more about the University Language Programme.
- Year 1 coursework ( 100%)
- Year 2 coursework (83%), practical (17%)
- Year 3 coursework (100%)
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
- Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%), independent study (74%)
- Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (72%), placement (3%)
- Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (21%), independent study (79%)
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 organisations, 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 organisations offering services to young people, in an advisory, educative or management role, in either 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 and 2014-15.
What our students say
"I was attracted to the course because it combines subjects such as sociology, psychology and history, with a focus on young people. However, what appealed to me even more was the wide variety of roles that the course could prepare me for after graduation – for example, Youth Worker, Probation Worker, and Education Welfare Officer to name a few."
BA (Hons) Youth Studies
Our Employability team
We have a dedicated Employability team located on the City Campus. 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.
As a Social Sciences student you will have easy access to the fantastic facilities in the Chaucer and Taylor buildings, including:
- lecture theatres and teaching classrooms
- open access PCs and secure wireless points
- study areas and social spaces
- Chaucer café, serving drinks and light snacks
- our brand new School of Social Sciences reception, providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff.