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Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales) - Learning Outcomes

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Educational aims

There are four over-arching aims for this programme:

  • to provide you with the appropriate skills, values and understanding required to operate as an effective practitioner with children and young people who offend or who are at risk of offending
  • to provide you, through flexible learning routes, a range of educational experiences appropriate for Foundation Degree students
  • to provide suitable work-based experiences that will enable you to explore and evaluate your practice
  • to enable you to develop how you learn and how to continue with learning throughout your career.

Learning outcomes

Cognitive skills

Be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and application of research methodologies
  • understand the concept of evidence-based practice and its application through effective practice within the youth justice system
  • develop and apply problem solving approaches to the resolution of issues
  • apply a range of theoretical frameworks in reflecting on the student’s individual practice and experience.

Practical and/or professional skills

Be able to:

  • understand the engagement, assessment (including assessment of risk of harm), planning and review processes used within the youth justice system and how to apply these
  • understand the range and impact of transitions, including resettlement, affecting children and young people; how to support children and young people during transitions and the range of agencies which can help with this support
  • demonstrate effective working with others, including the boundaries of personal responsibility
  • maintain records of own personal learning and development.

Key skills

Be able to:

  • communicate ideas, principles, theories, arguments and analyses effectively in speech and writing using visual and ICT media as tools, where appropriate
  • identify and summarise the main points of an argument
  • present and develop an argument, drawing upon appropriate and up-to-date evidence, literature and theory
  • analyse and synthesise research theories and ideas from multiple sources
  • examine issues from a range of professional and theoretical perspectives
  • apply relevant IT solutions to situations.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

Assessment will be in general at least fifty per cent based on application of the learning derived from the module to assessing, improving and demonstrating effective professional competence. At least twenty per cent of the assessment will evaluate your knowledge and understanding of the field in the context of effective practice. At least twenty per cent of the assessment will evaluate your development of cognitive and key skills and will be based upon six TMAs (or their equivalent) and one ECA per 60-credit module.

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