“CYM is a fantastic choice for professional youth work training.  I believe it is unique in the way it allows students to truly pursue ministry and the work they are involved in while giving strong training that is relevant to their contexts.  The content of the course including the wide variety of subject matter and the different placements build a confidence and experience that is a real asset going forward.  We regularly send students to train with CYM as we believe it gives students the opportunity to develop and hone their skills in a supportive but challenging context.  As a CYM graduate I found the course formative both personally and professionally, it has given me opportunities and a good base to work from.”



This BA Honours degree in Youth Work, Communities and Practical Theology (with professional endorsement through NSETS and NYA) offers a professional qualification for those wishing to work in a range of youth and community and faith-based contexts, combined with essential understandings for youth ministry. As a whole, the degree aims to equip you inspired by your faith, to build relationships with young people from all backgrounds and to demonstrate to them the values of the Kingdom of God. The course also equips you to work with young people and community groups in the statutory and wider youth and community work sector.

Combining interactive and creative teaching days with practical application in youth work and ministry settings, the course is designed to support the development of your knowledge, skills and abilities to engage with young people in churches, community and statutory settings both professionally and imaginatively.

Studying on this programme will enable you to gain:

  • Essential knowledge of the Christian faith through key theological disciplines, and the ability to relate this understanding to youth and community work practice
  • A grounding in relevant social sciences such as psychology, sociology and cultural studies and the ability to relate these to professional youth work and ministry
  • An in-depth understanding and practice of community and church based youth work
  • Core skills as a youth and community work practitioner
  • Broader experience of youth work, through the completion of two pieces of alternative practice in community and/or statutory settings
  • A range of transferrable skills including independent and creative thinking, self-organisation, team-working, communication, project management, etc of interest to employers.

Learning in, and from practice

For the duration of the course, you will be placed in a church or other appropriate setting where your professional formation as a Christian Youth and Community Worker be rooted in ongoing practice.

You will also engage in 1-1 tutorials with experienced professionals, and participate in small group activities that, together, support the application of learning within your practice and attend to your personal and professional formation.

Academic and Pastoral Support

You will receive support from a dedicated line manager and other colleagues within these contexts, as well as a dedicated team within the theological college who oversee all aspects of your studies.

Alongside the interactive lectures and seminars, you will be part of a facilitated peer formation group and are supported internally by a personal tutor and externally by an experienced practitioner in the field.

Course outline:


  • Introduction to Youth and Community Work
  • Biblical Studies
  • Group Work and Team Work
  • Human Development and Pastoral Care
  • Spirituality and Discipleship
  • Approaches to Pedagogy
  • Professional Practice in Youth Work (Foundations)


  • Management
  • Working with Diversity
  • Practical Theology
  • Community Work and Cultural Studies
  • Ethics and Values
  • Mission and Church
  • Professional Practice in Youth and Community Work (Intermediate)


  • Leadership and Ministry
  • Research Methods
  • Faith and Justice
  • Social Policy and Professional Practice
  • Dissertation or Professional Practice Evaluation
  • Optional modules, chosen from, for example: Chaplaincy, Worship and Spirituality, Peace and Reconciliation, Creativity and Play, Art, Identity and Theology, and more
TITLE: BA (Hons) in Youth Work, Communities and Practical Theology
VALIDATED BY: Staffordshire University
ENDORSED BY: NSETS and NYA for Professional Youthwork status
COST: £6000 per year full time, additional costs include accommodation for overnight stays of the academic study days in Nottingham
DURATION: 3 years full time or 4-6 years part time
UCAS Codes:
Course code V692
Institution code S72
Campus name St Johns College Nottingham MCYM or Youth Link Belfast

Entry Requirements

    Access qualification
    400 hours experience in youth work
    Completion of safe to practice checks(Access NI, Enhanced DBS)

Where can you study?

CYMI at YouthLink: NI, Belfast

MCYM at St John’s College, Nottingham