BA/BA (Hons) Youth Justice – Top up – Unitas
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BA/BA (Hons) Youth Justice – Top up

  • Want to gain a vocationally relevant degree but don’t have the time and money required to attend a traditional university campus?
  • Already completed the Foundation Degree in Youth Justice and want to top it up to a Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree or a full BA (Hons)?

Accredited by the University of Suffolk, the BA (Ordinary) and BA (Hons) Youth Justice provide an opportunity for you to develop strong analytical, reasoning and reflective skills applied in the context of youth justice practice.

The BA/BA (Hons) Youth Justice – Top up offers two routes – either Social Policy in Youth Justice or Managing and Coaching in Youth Justice.

Social Policy in Youth Justice  – You will explore key areas, such exploring how decisions are made about youth justice policy, and to engage critically with national and international dimonesions of youth justice policy.

Managing and Coaching in Youth Justice – This course will help you to have a wider critical overview of policy developments regarding staff development within te sector and their intended impact.  You will also explore what it takes to be a successful manager and coach, developing the skills to become a ‘work based coach’ and empower the members of your team through their professional development.

Completing either of these modules will give you a BA (Ordinary) in Youth Justice;  to get the full BA (Hons) in Youth Justice you will then undertake the Independent Research Module.

What level is the course?

  • FHEQ L6
    (equivalent to study in the third year of an undergraduate degree)

How will you be assessed?

Computer Marked Assignments (CMAs)
A range of Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs), including:

  •  Essays
  •  Case studies
  • Reflective accounts
  • Briefing papers

An Independent Research Project report

Who accredits the course?

  • University of Suffolk

How long will it take to complete?

  • 60 weeks (just over one year part-time)

What are the entry requirements?

A Foundation Degree in Youth Justice and you must be employed/ volunteering within the Youth Custody Service, youth justice system or allied area for at least one day a week

See Student Support for how we can help you during your course to realise your full potential.

What does it cost?

The total cost of the full BA (Hons) – Top Up for 2022 is £2400.

This is made up of:

  • Level 6 Social Policy module: £1200
    OR Level 6 Managing and Coaching module: £1200
  • + Level 6 Independent Research Module: £1200 (BA (Hons) only)


Payment plans are available to help you spread out the cost – please see Fees and Funding for more information. If you are being sponsored on this course, please have your sponsor details ready when you register.

When can you start?

  • Social Policy Route: Feb 2023  REGISTER NOW
  • Managing & Coaching Route: 31.10.2022 REGISTER NOW
  • Next intakes Spring 2023

You will study two modules which last 30 weeks each.  You can choose between Managing and Coaching in Youth Justice or Social Policy and Youth Justice. The first option is suitable if you are interested in moving into a managerial role or want to develop your existing management skills, the second option if you are interested in critically exploring how decisions are made about youth justice policy and the consequences of those decisions for children and their families. Completing either of these modules will automatically mean that you have a BA (Ordinary) in Youth Justice; to get the full BA (Hons) you will then need to undertake an Independent Research Module over a 30-week period.

Using our unique digital platform, you will learn through video case studies, extracts, reflective activities and interactive quizzes.

You will be able to study anywhere and at any time; either online or on the app, which you can use even without an internet connection.  You will also have a dedicated Learning Coach who will support you on your learning journey and assess your work.

Click on the modules below to see more.

Explore the policy context for youth justice – what the drivers are and what impacts different approaches have on children and their families.  You will study:

  • Political ideology
  • Children in care
  • Childhood and social policy
  • Diverse groups and needs
  • Children & young people’s rights
  • International youth justice systems

Develop your skills as a manager and a coach in the youth justice workplace by studying blocks on:

  • Public sector management
  • Reforming the workforce
  • Implementation
  • Learners and learning
  • Coaching for managers

With the support of a learning coach, conduct your own mini research project in an area of youth justice that interests you and write up the results in a report to share with colleagues and other interested audiences.

Your Career

A degree is a requirement for many jobs that you might aspire to in youth justice (or elsewhere), in particular senior practitioner and operational management roles.  You could also consider roles with a social research focus and more broadly in children’s social care.

Further Study

Why not consider progressing to the Masters in Youth Justice?  You could also develop your research skills further by undertaking a PhD.

FREE Taster Course

If you’re interested in finding out more about Youth Justice, why not register for our free Exploring Youth Justice short course

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