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You’ll be joining a course with great employability! 100% of our BA (Hons) Youth Studies and BA (Hons) Youth Justice graduates are in employment or further study within six months of finishing their degree (DLHE 2016/17)
This distinctive Youth Studies degree provides an in-depth understanding of the nature of youth and the complex relationship between young people and society. You’ll explore the services that support young people’s learning, personal and social development and career progression, and also gain the knowledge and skills expected of those who work with young people.
This degree arises from contemporary debates about social inclusion and from recent and proposed changes in the way that services to young people are organised. The course is focused on key themes including youth culture, youth justice, transition, careers, social policy, and social inclusion. Throughout the course you’ll be encouraged to look at the wider cultural context of youth and to explore international comparative studies.
Why choose this course?
- As part of this course you may do valuable work experience which allows you to put theory into practice, enhance your understanding of relevant organisations and develop networks.
- The degree has also been designed to address some of the National Occupational Standards of Learning Development and Support Services to children and young people. On graduation, you’ll have developed a portfolio which reflects your knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to a range of National Occupational standards.
- You’ll be taught by a teaching team who are highly accomplished and experienced in the Youth sector. Their expertise in the subject inform the course and ensure you have an up-to-date and relevant learning experience.
- 100% of BA (Hons) Youth Studies full-time students agree that staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2018).
- 100% of our recent BA (Hons) Youth Studies students would recommend studying at NTU (National Student Survey 2018).
Careers and employability
Our Youth Studies graduates get jobs — 100% of our BA (Hons) Youth Studies students are in employment or further study within six months of finishing their degree (DLHE 2016/17)
The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent Youth Studies graduates are following:*
- Youth Support Worker
- Young Offenders Development Programme
- Residential Youth Worker
- Youth Mentor
- Learning Support Assistant
- Early Years Foundation Teacher
- Clinical Administrator
*Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results, 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Excellent work experience opportunities
This degree places a high value on developing both academic and vocational skills. As part of this course you’ll undertake work experience in Year Two, which allows you to put theory into practice, enhance your understanding of relevant organisations, and develop networks.
We will also actively encourage you to gain experience relevant to working with young people. You can achieve this either by participating in the University’s programme of volunteering opportunities, or by seeking voluntary or paid part-time work with young people.
The course team works closely with the NTU Volunteers Service and Careers Service to make you aware of the significant number of voluntary and sessional paid opportunities that are available to students, and particularly those closely associated with working with young people.
Your career development
You’ll graduate with the confidence, experience and ability to succeed in making a difference to the lives of young people.
Upon completion of the course, you’ll be well placed to pursue a career with a wide range of organisations offering services to young people, in an advisory, educative or management role, in either a generic or specialist setting. You may decide to pursue postgraduate study in your chosen field.