“I graduated with a MA in Youth and Community work and Practical Theology … The JNC qualification has opened doors for my career which the MA wouldn’t have done on its own.  Funders have appreciated the fact that the work of the YMCA is being delivered by qualified professionals. The JNC qualification provides that validity.”

CYM MA GRADUATE

 

Overview

Overview

Awarded by Staffordshire University and endorsed by the NYA, the CYM PGDip/MA Youth and Community Work and Practical Theology is the perfect course for experienced workers and graduates seeking a theologically orientated professional youth work qualification.

It is ideal for graduates, either starting 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, think more theologically about it and gain the JNC qualification. 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
  • 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
  • A 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 in your second placement.

Learning in, and from practice – placements

For the duration of the course, it is a requirement that you are hold position (voluntary or paid) within a youth work or ministry setting, where your professional formation as a 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 a 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 A

  • Professional practice, social context and practical theology (30 credits)
  • Human Development in Multi-disciplinary perspective (15)
  • Learning and Informal Education (15)

Year B

  • Community, Research and Theological Reflection (30)
  • Practice, Policy and Politics (15)
  • Leadership and Management (15)

MA

  • Dissertation (60)

ENDORSED BY: NYA for JNC Professional Youthwork Qualification

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

DURATION: 2-3 years for PG Dip, 3-4 years for MA

VALIDATED BY: Staffordshire University, subject to approval

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)

Qualifications

PG Diploma or MA
in Youth and Community Work and Practical Theology (JNC)

Where can you study?

Two Study Block weeks:

MCYM in Nottingham (October)

CYMI in Belfast (March)

Termly study days in Nottingham

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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