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“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.”
CYM GRADUATE, now LINE MANAGER
This BA Honours degree in Youth and Community Work 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.
Introduction to Youth and Community Work
Group Work and Team Work
Human Development and Pastoral Care
Spirituality and Discipleship
Approaches to Pedagogy
Professional Practice in Youth Work (Foundations)
Working with Diversity
Community Work and Cultural Studies
Ethics and Values
Mission and Church
Professional Practice in Youth and Community Work (Intermediate)
Leadership and Ministry
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, Community work and Practical Theology
VALIDATED BY: University validated ENDORSED BY: NSETS and NYA for Professional Youthwork status
DURATION: 3 years full time or 4-6 years part time
V692 S72, Campus name St John’s College Nottingham or Youthlink Belfast
400 hours experience in youth work
Completion of safe to practice checks(Access NI, Enhanced DBS)