BA (Hons) Youth Justice

BA (Hons) Youth Justice

Your course

Explore a range of theoretical perspectives on why and how children and young people become involved in offending behaviour.  You will also find out how the youth justice system is set up to respond to this and critically evaluate the effectiveness of certain approaches.   This course will help you to develop a range of evidence based skills and strategies for forming and sustaining relationships with children and young people that have the best chance of helping them to stop offending.  You will study this in the wider historical, political and social contexts in which people working in youth justice work.

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

This module will introduce students to underlying principles that support and inform Youth Justice.  It focuses on the young people who come into contact with the system – their development from childhood and their experiences of the world and how these might relate to their offending behaviour.  It also begins to explore the kinds of skills practitioners need in order to work effectively with these young people.


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

  • Describe how the youth justice system is set up to respond to young people who offend or are at risk of offending
  • Discuss the legal framework within which those who work with young people operate
  • Explore the role of the professional relationship between young people and those working with them
  • Identify some factors that can impede positive physical, mental and emotional development
  • Describe strategies for promoting young people’s engagement in education, training and employment.

What you will study

  • Block 1: Introduction to youth justice – Find out about the youth justice system: the young people involved, its evolution and how it operates in England and Wales.
  • Block 2: Adolescent development – explore the fundamentals of child and adolescent development and how this relates to offending by young people.
  • Block 3: Relationships and practice – investigate the evidence base for building effective relationships with children and young people in the youth justice system
  • Block 4: Rights and responsibilities – find out about the legal framework for youth justice and how this intersects with children’s rights frameworks.
  • Block 5: Educational engagement – explore the educational experiences of children in the youth justice system and consider the significance of educational engagement in helping them to stop offending.
  • Block 6: Reflective practice – develop the skills of reflective practice in the context of continuously improving the service you provide to children and young people.

The course is practice focused. You will revisit key theoretical perspectives and principles relating to working effectively in youth justice from Module 1 and extend your understanding of these through guided reflections on practice examples. Throughout the course, you will be given opportunities to search for and use a range of legislation, government policy documents, journal articles, guidance documents, newspaper reports and research and to use this evidence as you develop as a reflective practitioner.  The programme requires analysis and application of knowledge to practice and the development of skills outlined in detail in the Youth Justice Skills Matrix.


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

  • Identify interventions, which take into consideration the individual, their situation and general child/adolescent development issues and risk of harm.
  • Assess intervention plans, which are clearly based on the outcomes from assessment.
  • Work with others to identify, assess and develop interventions for children and young people where there are safeguarding concerns.
  • Recognise the likely effectiveness of interventions designed to reduce risk based on the principles of effective practice.

What you will study

Block 1: Young people’s development – extend your understanding of child and adolescent development and apply this practically in relation to some video case studies and your own practice.

Block 2: Assessment – find out more about the intervention cycle of assessment, planning and review in the context of direct practice, including the use of AssetPlus.

Block 3:Safety and wellbeing – explore the safeguarding issues that arise in relation to a young person’s offending and consider this firmly in the context of a multi-agency response, reflecting on your role and responsibilities within that.

Block 4: Risk – explore the concept of risk from a range of perspectives, considering what we know about risk and protective factors for offending behaviour and how this risk is measured

BA Hons in Youth Justice Funding information

Foundation Degree in Youth Justice – The cost of this course is £4,000 plus VAT.  For holders of the YJPEC the cost is £3,250 plus VAT and for those with PCEP it is £3,500 plus VAT.

Social Policy Module – The cost of this module is £1200 plus VAT

Managing and Coaching Module – The cost of this module is £1750 plus VAT

Dissertation – The cost of this module is £1000 plus VAT