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Professional Certificate in Effective Practice (Youth Justice)

This qualification is the result of a unique partnership between The Open University and the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB). Designed for practitioners working in or around the youth justice system, including the secure estate, it develops knowledge and critical understanding of the youth justice system in England and Wales. It will encourage you to reflect on the ideas that influence your work, and enhance the skills you need to move on in your own practice. By the end of your studies, you will have the understanding and skills to discern what works best in preventing youth offending, and to operate effectively and creatively within the youth justice system.

Key features of the course

  • Explores the development and operation of the youth justice system and its multi-agency context
  • Focuses on the principles of evidence-based practice
  • Considers the appropriateness of different approaches to preventing youth offending
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study.
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Certificate

Course code
S21
Credits

Credits

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
60
How long it takes
Part time – 9 months
Time limit – 4 years
Study method
Distance learning
Course cost
See Fees & funding
Entry requirements
None

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Course details

This certificate comprises 60 credits.

Stage 1 (60 credits)

You’ll study how the youth justice system operates and the legal basis of its structures and interventions, becoming familiar with the multi-agency context of Youth Offending Teams. You’ll focus on the principles of evidence-based practice and risk assessment and different approaches to preventing offending and re-offending by children and young people - including the YJB’s scaled approach. 


Compulsory module (60 credits)

  • Effective practice in youth justice (K208)

    Develop the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively in youth Offending Teams (YOTs), and gain the Professional Certificate in Effective Practice (Youth Justice).


The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.


Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

Read the detailed learning outcomes here

Credit transfer

If you have already studied at university level, you may be able to count it towards your Open University qualification – reducing the number of modules you need to study. It’s not just study completed at a university that can be considered, you can transfer study from a wide range of professional qualifications as well. A full list of the qualifications and institutions we can consider for credit transfer can be found on our credit transfer website.

You should apply for credit transfer before you register, at least 4 weeks before the registration closing date. We will need to know what you studied, where and when and you will need to provide original evidence of your previous study. We will compare this against the learning outcomes for your chosen qualification and inform you of any award.

For more details of when you will need to apply by and to download an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.


On completion

On completion of this undergraduate course, you will be awarded the Professional Certificate in Effective Practice (Youth Justice).

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the following regulations:

These regulations are also available on our Essential Documents website.


Entry requirements

To study this certificate, you’ll be expected to have some work experience in the area of youth justice. There are no formal academic entry requirements. However, this is an OU level 2 certificate. You should ensure that you have adequate study skills (such as gained from OU level 1 study or its equivalent) before you begin.

General study skills

Anyone can study with The Open University, but if it's a while since you did any academic work it's worth checking that your time management, computing and English skills are up to speed. Visit Can I do it? to find out more.

Your next step

Call our Student Registration & Enquiry Service on +44 (0)1908 659253. Our friendly team of advisers will discuss your study options with you, and help you decide on the best starting point for you. Or come and meet us at an event near you.

How much will it cost?

We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost.

The fee information provided here is valid for courses starting before 31 July 2015. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation.

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
  • If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
  • Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification starts from £2,632 based on our current fees.

Additional costs

Additional costs

Study costs

There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

Ways to pay for your qualification and other support

We know there’s a lot to think about when choosing to study, not least how you can pay. That’s why we offer a wide range of flexible payment and funding options to help make study more affordable than you might think. Options include Tuition Fee Loans (also known as student loans), monthly payment plans and employer sponsorship. 

We’re confident we can help you find an option that’s right for you.

Just answer these simple questions to find out more about the options available to you.




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  • Only currently serving members of the British armed forces, who are temporarily and unavoidably working abroad and using BFPO addresses, are eligible to pay UK course fees for the total time spent outside the UK. Other students who are able to use BFPO addresses need to contact the Student Registration and Enquiry Service (SRS) Pricing Area Team on +44 (0)845 300 6090 for UK fee eligibility to be assessed.
 

An OU qualification will always help you stand out from the crowd, now and in the future – whether you’re just starting out, developing your career, or changing direction entirely.

Skills for career development

This certificate will help you apply general and specialist knowledge of the youth justice system to your own context, and to put into practice a range of key methods, values and principles – such as evidence-based practice and critical reflection. By the end of your studies, you’ll be a confident communicator ready to continue development as an autonomous learner and reflective practitioner.

Career relevance

The skills and knowledge you’ll develop by studying this certificate will equip you to work effectively within the youth justice sector, and to demonstrate your competence as an individual practitioner, as a team member, and within the wider multi-agency youth justice system.

Exploring your options

Once you register with us (and for up to three years after you finish your studies), you’ll have full access to our careers service for a wide range of information and advice – including online forums, website, interview simulation, vacancy service as well as the option to email or speak to a careers adviser. Some areas of the careers service website are available for you to see now, including help with looking for and applying for jobs. You can also read more general information about how OU study enhances your career.

In the meantime if you want to do some research around this qualification and where it might take you, we’ve put together a list of relevant job titles as a starting point (note that most careers will require further study, training and/or work experience):

  • Youth worker
  • Probation officer
  • Social worker
  • Police officer
  • Housing officer
  • Teacher
  • Health worker
  • Outreach worker
  • Mentor
  • Legal adviser
  • Advocate
  • Personal officer (youth offending)
  • Prison officer
  • Advice worker
  • Counsellor.

Want to see more jobs? Use the career explorer for job ideas from the National Careers Service, PlanIT Plus in Scotland and Prospects across all nations. You can also visit GradIreland for the Republic of Ireland.

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