The Youth Justice Foundation Degree

When does the course start?

The first cohort commences on 24 April 2017 and the second cohort in mid-October 2017.

How long does it take to complete?

It takes two years and two months.

If you hold the YJEPC or the PCEP it will take 18 months.

If you have completed module one of the OU foundation degree in youth justice (K115) it will take 18 months.

Who is it suitable for?

It is open to all- no prior learning or qualifications are required. As a distance learning course, it has a step-by-step approach which can be helpful to students who have not studied for several years. However, to achieve the Practice Skills Awards which are the work-based learning elements students would have to be working or volunteering in youth justice either in the community or the secure estate.

What happens if I have the YJEPC?

As a holder of the YJEPC you will be credited with having one quarter of the foundation degree as it comprises module three within the course.

What happens if I have the PCEP?

As a holder of the PCEP you will also be eligible for one quarter of the foundation degree if you undertake the Desistance Effective Practice Award which is a two-month fully tutored course.

What happens if I have module one of the OU foundation degree (K115)?

You will be eligible for one quarter of the foundation degree if you undertake the Relationship based practice, and Engagement and participation Effective Practice Award which is a two-month fully tutored course.

How is the course delivered?

It is a distance learning course. You will be supplied with hardcopy materials including textbook, Practice Skills logbooks and a range of stationery. Most of the learning on the course is undertaken via a comprehensive range of digital resources. These digital resources include video case studies, learning and knowledge checks and an extensive range of academic and other materials.

The digital resources can be accessed either online on a PC or laptop or by being downloaded as a series of apps onto tablets and mobile phones and therefore do not require access to Wi-Fi once downloaded as well as being very portable and flexible.

Who will my tutor be and what can I expect from them?

You will be assigned a tutor who is very experienced in youth justice as well as assessing and supporting learners.

They offer support by phone and email to provide students with advice and guidance as needed particularly around the preparation and completion of assignments. They will assess assignments and provide detailed feedback on each piece of work.

Who awards the degree?

The degree will be awarded by the University of Suffolk. It is endorsed by the Youth Justice Board.

What can I do following the foundation degree?

There will be a top up course available so that students can progress to a BA honours in youth justice.

There will also be a Masters programme.

How is my learning assessed?

Your knowledge, understanding and practice skills will be assessed in a number of ways across each module of the FDYJ:

Module one Exploring Youth Justice – there are six short computer marked assignments and four submitted assignments of 1750 words each.

Module two Developing Practice Skills 1 – there are four assignments achieved through completing a logbook providing evidence such as reports or completed forms and a short reflective account.

Module three Effective Practice in Youth Justice– there are six short computer marked assignments and four submitted assignments of 2000 words each.

Module four Developing Practice Skills 2 – there are four assignments achieved through completing a logbook providing evidence such as reports or completed forms and a short reflective analysis of practice.

How much will the foundation degree cost in total?

It costs £4,000 plus VAT.

For holders of the YJEPC it will cost £3,250 plus VAT.

For holders of the PCEP it will cost £3,500 plus VAT (this includes an extra Effective Practice Award course on Desistance).

For holders of the OU foundation degree in youth justice K115 it will cost £3,500 plus VAT (this includes an extra Effective Practice Award course on Relationship based practice and Engagement and participation).

For individuals and some organisations payment is on a module by module basis.

What happens if I need to stop my course for a short period?

Students are encouraged to complete the course once they begin, however it is recognised sometimes circumstances can make this difficult. In such instances subject to certain conditions and having discussed options with a tutor, arrangements can be made to enable the student to defer their place on the module and commence again later at the point at which they left it.


For further information or to register your interest in this course please Contact us.