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Equipping students to apply knowledge and skills to work restoratively in their communities, workplaces and wider lives.
Study Restorative Practices at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.
The course is designed to help students apply learning in the contexts they work and live in. A central assumption is that participants want to critically engage with the concept of being a restorative practice practitioner. The teaching and learning style is participative; pragmatic; and underpinned by research, theory and experience.
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About this course
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The field of Restorative Practice may be regarded as a growing field of practice across Europe over the last ten years. The Ulster course has reflected the relevance of this restorative movement by developing postgraduate and undergraduate training provision which has attracted participants from the full range of criminal justice agencies, the worlds of primary and post primary school education, established and emerging community restorative justice organisations and other settings. The teaching and learning activities aim to have a pragmatic focus so that participants explore the connexions between the classroom and their lived experience.
The provision at Ulster is recognised by the Restorative Justice Council UK including meeting their practitioner code of practice.
Teaching content is shaped in part by the research activity of the team, other research and a range of theories from restorative practice, education, sociology and psychology. The team is committed to the personal development of each student. As well as becoming more effective in their own environment the course requires students to look at a wider world of practice. This includes considering how restorative practice may contribute to peace building in large scale conflicts.
The Certificate is awarded on completion of two out of the four modules outlined below.
- September 2016
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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A levels are not required for this course.
Normally you must satisfy the general entrance requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass in English Language at Grade C or above (or equivalent). The Faculty of Social Sciences will accept Essential Skills Level 2 Communication as equivalent to GCSE English Language.
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Additional Entry Requirements
Applicants should have experience of restorative justice or practice (in any setting), or demonstrate involvement in community development or youth work.
Teaching and learning assessment
Teaching and learning methods set out to help students engage with the challenges of their own work setting and the wider world, enquire into what is effective, embed good practice and evaluate the impact if restorative interventions.
Assessment is by written assignment and reflective writings.
Careers & opportunities
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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:
- NI Prison Service
- Youth Justice Agency
Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:
- Community restorative justice worker
- Police officer
- Prison officer
- Probation officer
- Youth justice worker
- Youth worker
This course is recognised by the Restorative Justice Council as a qualification to be an accredited practitioner. This course has been undertaken by people working across the criminal justice, community restorative justice, and primary and post-primary systems.
Accredited by the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC).
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