Gaining any of our nationally recognised qualifications will help you develop the knowledge and skills sought after by employers in the criminal justice sectors, as well as in a wide range of other fields.


Careers in Youth Justice

If you already work or volunteer with children in youth justice or similar disciplines, our courses will help you progress your career in roles such as:

  • Youth Offending Team (YOT) practitioner
  • Custodial Care Officer
  • Specialist in education, substance misuse, accommodation or mental health
  • Senior practitioner or operational manager
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker
  • Police officer

Careers in Criminal Justice

Our Criminology and Criminal Justice courses can help you go on to many jobs in the criminal justice sector, such as:

  • Crime scene investigator
  • Police officer
  • Prison or probation officer
  • Detective
  • Social worker
  • Youth Offending Team (YOT) practitioner
  • Specialist in substance misuse, mental health, housing or domestic abuse
  • Community development worker
  • Border Force officer

Transferable skills

Through your studies you will develop practical and transferable skills that are highly desired by employers in a wide range of careers, including:

  • Communication skills
  • Time management
  • Analysis and problem solving
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking

Successfully completing a distance learning qualification shows employers that you are hardworking and committed, with the ability to work and study independently. A Bachelor degree is also a minimum requirement for many jobs.

The organisational and reflective skills that you gain during your course can also be highly relevant to other aspects of your life and help with your personal development.

Further study

Gaining a degree provides a strong foundation for you progress to a Master’s degree in criminal justice or youth justice, such as the Master’s Programme offered by Unitas through the University of Suffolk.

The interdisciplinary nature of all our degrees means that you can also broaden your studies in other fields, such as psychology, sociology or youth studies, or study further in vocational areas such as social work, teaching and law.  You could also consider courses relevant to specific client groups, such as a Masters in Mental Health.


Volunteering is a great way to get some experience and demonstrates to potential employers your commitment to working in the criminal justice sector.  There are a range of volunteering opportunities available – for example, becoming a mentor, youth offender panel member, magistrate or an appropriate adult for children or vulnerable people during police interviews. The Prison Reform Trust & PACT Guide to Volunteering is a really useful starting point as is the Youth Justice Board’s Resource Hub volunteering information.

What our students say

“I currently manage staff and wanted to get more experience of what makes a good manager and how I can coach my staff better, and also how to develop to my next steps in terms of career development. My workplace is really supportive of me, I take time out of my work week to study, and they’ve also funded the course for me. I’ve really enjoyed learning about the difference between a leader and a manager, as well as managing change; I’d really like to be able to support my staff in how we adapt to change, so it’s been really helpful for my work.”

Lucy, Managing and Coaching in Youth Justice

What our students say

What our students say