BA (Hons) Youth Justice (Progression Route)

BA (Hons) Youth Justice (Progression Route)

Your course

  • Aimed primarily at those wishing to progress from Foundation Degree in Youth Justice.
  • Investigate public issues that have a contested value basis.
  • Applies academic research and evidence, where appropriate, to your own practice.
  • Challenge and identify limitations and ambiguities of empirical research.
  • Takes a critical interpretation of the aims of the Youth Justice Board.

How will you learn?

This is a distance learning course.  The majority of the content you will study will be delivered through our engaging, media rich digital resources.  You will be supported throughout your studies by one of our learning coaches with knowledge of the subject area and expertise in providing effective support to students working at a distance.

How will you be assessed?

You will be assessed through computer marked assignments and a range of written assignments, including:

  • Essays
  • Case studies
  • Policy analysis
  • Briefing papers
  • Online tests
  • Project Report

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What will you study?

This module will facilitate a critical exploration of social policy and young people. It will identify some of the key elements of social policy that influence and have influenced young people’s lives. It will examine the conceptual, political and historical development of social policy affecting young people. The module will also explore contemporary conceptual and substantive issues of social policy concerning young people. These include issues such as young people living under social services care, young people and health, and welfare services for young people.  The purpose of the module is to provide students with a critical understanding of young people and social policy in both its historical development and in a more contemporary sense.


On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate a range of major social policies in relation to young people
  • Evaluate different conceptual understandings of social policy and implications on offending behaviour
  • Critically discuss current debates on social policy and youth justice
  • Examine some substantive issues of social policy in contemporary practice and their effects on young people today

What you will study

Block 1: Political ideology and social policy – explore ways in which political ideologies influence the way in which social policy is developed and implemented, particularly in relation to youth justice.

Block 2: Children in the care of the state – consider reasons why children who have experienced care are more likely to encounter the youth justice system.

Block 3: Childhood, adolescence and social policy – investigate the way in which the concepts of ‘childhood’ and ‘adolescence’ have changed across time and how this influences responses to those who commit crimes.

Block 4: Diverse groups and specific needs – consider the ways in which the youth justice system responds to particularly groups, in particular girls and young people from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority backgrounds.

Block 5: Children and young people’s rights – extend your understanding of children’s rights and the challenges that this raises for the operation of the youth justice system

Block 6: International youth justice systems – compare and contrast youth justice systems from across the globe.


* Please note that you only will only need to study this module as an option plus the IRM

This module will assist those working within the Youth Justice sector that are either in a management/supervisory role or who aim to be promoted into such a position. This module will help students to have a wider critical overview of policy developments regarding staff development within the sector (FDYJ/YJEPC) and the intended impact this should have. Further, students will explore what it takes to be a successful manager and coach, providing them with the skills to empower the staff they are responsible for whilst undertaking staff development opportunities. This module will provide students with the skills necessary to become a ‘work-based coach’ to support colleagues who are undertaking the FdA Youth Justice.


On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Critically explore essential concepts and principles in relation to staff development within Youth Justice
  • Critically evaluate organizational culture in relation to leadership
  • Critically evaluate approaches to evidence-based implementation
  • Critically discuss theories of and approaches to adult learning
  • Select, justify and use a range of coaching strategies that will enable staff to build a bridge between learning on the FDYJ/YJEPC, technical performance and the workplace context
  • Reflect critically on own development as a coach within the workplace.

What you will study

Block 1: Public sector management – explore organisational culture and politics and perspectives on leadership in the public sector context.

Block 2: Reforming the Workforce – find out more about the context for change in the youth justice sector, including the Youth Justice Professional Framework and the relationship-based practice framework.

Block 3: Evidence-based implementation: consider the factors involved in implementing evidence-based practice successfully in the youth justice workplace.

Block 4: Learners and learning – find out more about how adults learn, barriers to learning and some strategies for supporting learners effectively in the workplace.

Block 5: Coaching for effective practice – develop your coaching skills through dialogue, observation and communication and through partnering with practitioners to incorporate research-based practice into their interactions with young people.


* Please note that you only will only need to study this module as an option plus the IRM

You will be required to complete an independent study/research project/dissertation. This builds on previous study undertaken in previous modules, with the expectation that you will have a fundamental theoretical knowledge of research process and ethics, as well as being skilled at critically evaluating published research. This component provides you with the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and skills of research that have been developed under supervision of an experienced academic. This module will refine your skills regarding formulating informed research questions, design studies for the identified research purposes, carry out the planned research, interpret the data and then evaluate the findings and the study as a whole.


On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to:

  • 1.Formulate a clear, informed and ethically sound research question(s) relating to youth justice
  • 2.Conduct a literature search discussing, analysing and critically evaluating relevant concepts, theories and research evidence
  • 3.Design an appropriate research strategy and conduct a study using an appropriate design and method
  • 4.Accurately report on analysis of research findings, critically evaluating the implications of the research
  • 5.Critically reflect upon the experience of conducting a Final Year Independent Study and how challenges were addressed.

What you will study

You will undertake your own piece of research on a topic related to youth justice that interests you.  You will work through the process of:

  • Identifying and defining a researchable question
  • Exploring and presenting findings from relevant literature
  • Defining appropriate strategies for research
  • Analysing and communicating findings in appropriate ways

You will need to demonstrate ethical awareness throughout this process.

Funding Information


Social Policy and Youth Justice plus IRM £2400 inc. VAT

Next course starts early 2022 – please contact us for dates

Managing & Coaching in Youth Justice plus IRM £3300 inc. Vat

Next course starts January 2022

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There are payment plan options available for these courses.  Please contact one of one our student support coordinators to find out more on 01603 570365 or [email protected]

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