“Having worked in an unrelated industry but having volunteered as a youth worker for some years, I decided I wanted to train and become a youth worker full time. The structure of the part-time CYM MA was perfect in terms of allowing me to re-train whilst still working and now I’m ready to go for it in the big wide world of youth work!”
JAMES. CYM MA GRADUATE

 

Overview

Overview

Validated by the University of Gloucestershire and endorsed by the NYA, the CYM PGDip/MA Youth & Community Work and Practical Theology is an ideal course for experienced workers and graduates seeking a theologically orientated professional youth work qualification.

It is ideal for graduates, either staring out in youth work roles in a range of faith based contexts, or those more established, and seeking to challenge and deepen their understanding and practice of youth and community work, and think more theologically about it. This programme enables students to gain an essential grounding in the theology of ministry and of contextual mission.

Studying on this programme will enable you to gain:

  • A theological and theoretical underpinning for professional youth and community work practice as a Christian
  • A grounding in relevant social sciences such as psychology, sociology, social policy and community studies and the ability to relate these to professional youth work practice in a range of contexts
  • An critical understanding of community and church based youth work, and the tools to transform your practice
  • A range of transferrable skills including independent and creative thinking, self-organisation, team-working, communication, project management, etc of interest to employers.
  • Broader youth work practice experience, as a result of undertaking a piece of alternative practice.

Learning in, and from practice

For the duration of the course, it is a requirement that you are hold position (voluntary or paid) within a youth and community work 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 who will enable you to learn from what you do in practice, and demonstrate competence as Youth and Community worker.

Academic and Pastoral Support

Alongside the interactive lectures and seminars, CYM provides study skills training, and ongoing academic advice and support for students, as integral components of the programme.

Course Outline

Year 1

  • Reflective Practice, Mission and Social Contexts
  • Human Personhood in Multi-disciplinary perspective
  • Learning and Informal Education

Year 2

  • Politics, Social Policy and Practice
  • Community, Research and Intervention
  • Leadership and Management

MA

  • Research Methods and Dissertation

VALIDATED BY: The University of Gloucestershire

ENDORSED BY: NYA for JNC Professional Youthwork Qualification

COST: PG Dip £4,000, Masters £6,000 plus JNC Practice Tutor Fee £1200

DURATION: 3 year for PG Dip, 4 years max for MA

Entry Requirements

  • BA Honours degree at 2:1 or equivalent experience/ prior learning
  • At least three years experience in youth work
  • Completion of safe to practice checks (Access NI, Enhanced DBS)

Where can you study?

Block weeks at MCYM and CYMI.

Fees and Funding

Check out our fees and funding overview for further information.

100% OF CYM STUDENTS QUESTIONED IN A RECENT NSS SURVEY DEFINITELY AGREED THAT THEY HAD RECEIVED SUFFICIENT ADVICE AND SUPPORT WITH THEIR STUDIES.

 

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