The University works in partnership with Unitas who provides innovative and effective learning opportunities for young people in the care and criminal justice systems and for those who work with them. Unitas has worked with over 4000 young people and approximately two-thirds of local authorities and youth offending teams. Professionalising the youth justice workforce is critical to improving the outcomes for young people. The courses listed below are offered as distance learning programmes which enables staff to work and learn in achieving their qualifications.
More information about Unitas can be found by visiting www.unitas.uk.net
The courses currently validated by the University of Suffolk are:
A flavour of the modules undertaken include: Exploring Youth Justice, Developing Practice Skills and Effective Practice in Youth Justice. Students are assessed by completing a mix of computer marked assignments and submitted assignments. The majority of the learning on the course is undertaken via an innovative and engaging suite of digital resources which include interactive video resource case studies and learning and knowledge checks.
On successful completion of the Foundation Degree above, students can progress on to the BA or BA (Hons) programme. The progressions route builds upon the FdA Youth Justice, critically blending together academic theory with policy and practice. Some of the students enrolling on the course will be existing youth justice practitioners and others will be individuals who are interested in working in the sector. Modules undertaken include Social Policy & Youth Justice, Managing and Coaching in Youth Justice along with submitting a Dissertation if students are following the Honours pathway.
This is the most recently validated course with the University. This is another on-line course drawing from a broad range of disciplines such as Criminology, Sociology, Psychology, Law, Social Policy and Philosophy in order to actively encourage the development of good analytical and reasoning skills. Key elements of crime, criminology and criminal justice will be explored for students to gain a greater insight into criminal behaviour and how society responds to it. This is a three year programme and modules include Introduction of the Criminal Justice System, Criminal Behaviours and Contemporary Issues and Debates in Criminology.