Youth Justice - BA (Hons)

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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.

Our 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.


Many of the assessments will be related to real-work challenges and will take various forms including coursework, presentations, portfolios and explorative critical thinking projects. 

Detailed guidance and support will be given for all assessments and you'll have the opportunity to submit draft work or plans for individual feedback.

All work placement learning is assessed via a professional assessment document, approved by the Youth Justice Board and signed off by placement supervisors.

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UCAS code L532
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of three A levels with grades BBC (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits)
  • GCSE English Language at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

You can be accepted on the basis of relevant education and experience. Accredited prior learning can also be accepted for modules up to the equivalent of 240 credits (120 Level 4 and 120 Level 5) in a relevant subject.

Modular structure

Example Year 1 modules include:

  • Introduction to Criminological Theory
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Introduction to Working with Young Offenders
  • Researching Crime and Deviance

Example Year 2 modules include:

  • Youth Justice Practice Learning 1
  • Youth, Resistance and Social Control
  • Youth, Crime and Violence
  • Crime Prevention and Young People
  • Crime, Media and Technology

Example Year 3 modules include:

  • Criminological Research Practice
  • Youth Justice Learning Practice 2
  • Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime
  • Crime Control and Penology
  • Development and Social Enterprise

After the course

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.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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