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).
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.
You'll also learn from audiovisual 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.
This 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 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 that 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 that acknowledge that different students have varied learning styles, capabilities and preferences. The assessment methods used 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 have 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 (100%)
- Year 3 coursework (83%) and written (17%)
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 (25%), independent study (75%)
- Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (70%) and placements (5%)
- Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (19%), independent study (81%)
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 in 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:
- the 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
- Care assistant
- Residential childcare officer
- Youth offender reparation supervisor
- Support worker.
*Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results, 2011-12 and 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 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.