Childhood and Youth Studies with Criminology BA (Hons)

Overview

If you want to fuse your desire to make a positive impact on children aged 8-18 with a solid understanding of youth justice, this degree is the perfect combination.

On this BA (Hons) Children and Youth Studies with Criminology degree course, you’ll unpack the issues affecting young people and children and get a solid foundation of the criminal justice system.

This degree is ideal preparation for rewarding careers in areas such as youth work and youth justice – and offers a pathway into postgraduate training in Probation.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Spend two-thirds of your time at the School of Education and Sociology, examining topics around child development, education, psychology, health and social work
  • Spend your remaining time studying at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, learning about crime, punishment and rehabilitation
  • Develop skills and knowledge for working with children and young people in a variety of settings, including youth intervention work
  • Pull apart theories and contemporary issues for children and young people in today’s society
  • Tailor your studies to focus on areas that meet your career goals and interests, including pre-entry qualifications for a career in probation work and community justice
  • Practise professional meetings in our Family Assessment Room, where you'll learn how parents and children feel during family meetings, and explore your responsibilities as a practitioner

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service will help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary opportunities that complement your studies.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Child and Youth Development
  • Criminal Justice
  • Enrichment
  • Equality and Diversity in Practice
  • Introduction to Educational Contexts
  • Understanding Criminology

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Enrichment
  • Key Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Penology and Prison
  • Professional Practice with Children and Young People
  • Research with Children and Young People
  • Youth Culture

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Children’s Social Minds
  • Development of Learning
  • Digital Natives
  • Global Childhoods
  • Modern Foreign Language

Optional placement year

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Dissertation / Major Project (Education)
  • Enrichment
  • Issues Relating to Children and Young People's Mental Health
  • Young People’s Relationships and Aspirations

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Crime, Exclusion and Mental Health
  • Cybercrime: Deviance, Crime and Terror
  • Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection
  • Gender and Crime
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • group-based activities
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • individual and group presentations
  • projects
  • e-learning
  • lectures

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • group and individual presentations and projects
  • exams
  • a dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

After the course, you can take your expert skills and knowledge into a rewarding career working with young people and children in the community.

Areas you can work in include:

  • youth work
  • social work
  • probation
  • educational welfare
  • health promotion
  • teaching

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You'll get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

96-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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