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Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales): Standard pathway

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This foundation degree is made up of 240 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

At Stage 1, you’ll learn about two potentially conflicting goals in youth justice: supporting children and young people who are ‘in trouble’ while, at the same time, addressing their troublesome behaviour.

In Foundations for effective practice in youth justice (K115)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.X17-1,module,K115,,1 you’ll learn about the youth justice system in England and Wales and explore how to prevent children and young people from offending and re-offending.

Next, in Working with children and young people in trouble (K116)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.X17-1,module,K116,,1 you’ll explore in practice situations how to balance the care needs of children and young people who offend with the need to control their behaviour. You’ll learn how to develop supportive and respectful relationships with children, young people and their families, as the basis for effective practice in youth justice.

On completing Stage 1 you will understand the importance of appropriate interventions to support the victims of crime, and promote the safety and security of children and young people.

Stage 2

Stage 2 develops the knowledge and skills you acquired in Stage 1, focusing on the overarching principles and understanding needed to be an effective practitioner in this field. 

You’ll learn about comparative youth justice and explore the relationship between theory and research, and how they impact on practice in the module Youth justice: theory, research and practice (K209)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.X17-1,module,K209,,1 (60 credits). This will build on your underpinning knowledge of issues like the assessment of young people and intervention design. 

This stage also comprises Effective practice in youth justice (K208)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.X17-1,module,K208,,1 (60 credits) where you will be learning in practice, helping you compare and critically assess the appropriateness of different approaches to preventing offending and re-offending. You’ll examine the principles of evidence-based practice, and gain insight into how they should be applied to youth justice.

The teaching materials for Stages 1 and 2 were developed in collaboration with the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB), and will equip youth justice workers and volunteers with the knowledge and skills to further their careers in the youth justice system.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes four years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from two (full-time study equivalent) to eight years. 


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