Youth Justice, BA (Hons)

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Youth Justice, BA (Hons)

Nottingham Trent University
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The BA (Hons) Youth Justice is specifically tailored for those who have an interest in working with young people who offend, or who are at risk of offending. This course links academic theory to contemporary practice through placements, visits and guest speakers. Why choose this course?

If you have a keen interest in working specifically with young people in the criminal justice field, then the Youth Justice course at NTU is for you. This three-year, full-time course has been designed according to the Youth Justice Boards specifications ensuring that it will train you to the requirements that are necessary to work within the system.

You will be able to incorporate observational and volunt…

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The BA (Hons) Youth Justice is specifically tailored for those who have an interest in working with young people who offend, or who are at risk of offending. This course links academic theory to contemporary practice through placements, visits and guest speakers. Why choose this course?

If you have a keen interest in working specifically with young people in the criminal justice field, then the Youth Justice course at NTU is for you. This three-year, full-time course has been designed according to the Youth Justice Boards specifications ensuring that it will train you to the requirements that are necessary to work within the system.

You will be able to incorporate observational and voluntary placements into your studies to get a real sense of Youth Justice in practice. You'll also benefit from the input of invited guest speakers who will demonstrate the relevance of academic theory to practice.

You will be taught by a teaching team who are highly accomplished and experienced in the Youth Justice sector. Their expertise in the subject inform the course and ensure you have an up-to-date and relevant learning experience.

What our students say

"All the tutors have substantive experience of working in the field of Youth Justice. They provide excellent feedback on work and continually provide support and offer help and guidance on a regular basis."

Sean Creaney
BA (Hons) Youth Justice

Want to know more?

For more details about our BA (Hons) Youth Justice you can request a course brochure. Open days are also a great way to find out more about our courses and experience NTU for yourself. Find out when our Open Days are taking place and book your place. If you can't make it in person why not take a virtual tour?

What will I study?

You will gain the knowledge and skills that Youth Justice practitioners need to work effectively with:

  • young people
  • their families
  • other professionals.

For example, during the course you will learn how to:

  • Accurately assess the needs and risks of young people.
  • Use reflection and the skills of critical analysis.
  • Write reports for various professional bodies.
  • Understand and use the legislation, policies and frameworks within which Youth Justice practitioners operate.
  • Make recommendations to courts.

You will also 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.

You will examine and critically debate these topics with a view to gaining the knowledge you need to work in today's context.

Year One

Core modules:

  • Research and Study Skills for Higher Education
  • Youth Crime and Social Inclusion
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Values, Ethics and Children’s Rights in a Youth Justice Context
  • Evolution of the Youth Justice System
  • Managing Transitions.
Year Two

Core modules:

  • Assessment and Report Writing in Youth Justice Practice
  • The Secure Estate and Resettlement *
  • Research Methods in Youth Justice *
  • Effective Practice in Youth Justice *.

* These modules are The Youth Justice Board’s entry level qualifications for working in the Youth Justice sector.

The Assessment and Report Writing module covers in detail the range of reports and you will need to complete as a Youth Practitioner.

The Effective Practice in Youth Justice module will explore the importance of effective communication, networking, advocacy and conflict resolution in your work as Youth Practitioner.

Year Three

Core modules:

  • Justice, Victims and Victimology
  • Delivering Interventions in Youth Justice Practice
  • Law, Sentencing and the Role of the Courts
  • Safeguarding in Youth Justice Practice
  • Dissertation.
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 assessment methods used replicate the work environment as far as possible. You will therefore be required to carry out your own:

  • investigation case study work
  • analysis
  • appraisal.

The majority of your work will be assessed through:

  • coursework based essays
  • reflective journals
  • worksheets
  • critical reviews
  • case studies
  • 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
  • IT tasks.

We will ensure that your work is electronically returned within three weeks of submission. This is something the University has resolved to do in response to student feedback.

How will I learn?

You will receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods. We do this to ensure that you are provided with a first-class learning experience.

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 working
  • analysis
  • debating skills
  • presentation skills
  • discussion about a wide range of views.

You'll also learn from:

  • audio-visual presentations
  • information technology based exercises
  • practical experience.
Tutorials with staff

You can expect to have lots of direct contact and support through seminars and one-to-one tutorials. This is because we perceive staff and student contact time to be important for your learning.

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 will still have regular contact with your tutors and if necessary ad hoc tutorials can be arranged.

Learning from industry experts

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.

Expert staff

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. Take a look at our NTUshell video series that highlights just some of the staff expertise within the School.

Beyond the course

Broaden your experience, stand out from the crowd and gain a range of skills that employers are looking for.

Where will I study?

As a member of the School of Social Sciences' community, you will study on our vibrant City site. You will typically be based in the Chaucer building although you will also learn in the recently regenerated Newton and Arkwright buildings. All of our teaching rooms and learning resources are within a short distance of each other.

When does this course start?

The course will begin with Welcome Week in September and you'll study over three terms each academic year. For specific information, take a look at NTU's future term dates.

Welcoming students from all over the world

The University is proud of its multicultural community. We provide specialist staff, services and facilities that you need to help you through all the stages of being a student. Find out more about the University's dedicated services for international students.

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You'll have easy access to a great combination of facilities that include:

  • the £13 million Boots Library that has a wide range of both print and online resources, as well as 24 / 7 IT facilities, group and individual study spaces
  • the redeveloped Newton and Arkwright buildings which will provide you with an inspiring place to learn
  • our virtual learning environment (NOW) which allows you to learn online at any time
  • 3,000 student open access PC's and 300 secure wireless access points
  • a new City site Students' Union building will open in 2013 giving you an exceptional array of social, leisure and well-being facilities.

The prime location of the City site gives you easy access to a great combination of facilities and activities including:

  • sports facilities
  • student accommodation
  • music venues
  • cafes.
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