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“The course just ticked all of my boxes really … I wanted to get trained to work with the people I was already working with – trained up in social science as well as in theology.”
RACHEL, 3rd YEAR STUDENT
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This BA Honours degree in Practical Theology (Children and Family Ministry) offers a qualification for those wishing to work in a range of contexts with children, young people and their families. Some students will work in church communities as part of the ministry team but others are based in the community in a range of Christian and non faith-based projects.
The course helps you to expand your knowledge of the development of children in their communities, supporting them as they grow physically, emotionally, spiritually and in their faith.
Combining interactive and creative teaching days with practical application in 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 the world of the child
An in-depth understanding and practice of community and church based youth work
Core skills as a children and family ministry practitioner
Broader experience of children and family 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.
Professional and vocational development
Practical theology and biblical studies
Perspectives on people and relationships
Teaching, learning and questioning
Contemporary issues or Ministry skills
The Mission of God
Vocation, identity, ethics and professional standards
Key themes in Christian theology
Managing people and projects
Understanding and working with communities
Independent study project
The reflective practitioner in diverse contexts
Trends in social policy and professional practice
Faith justice and social change
One of Specialist skills, Negotiated Study in Professional Practice, Christian theology in context
Capstone project eg dissertation or professional practice evaluation
Leadership and ministry
TITLE: BA (Hons) in Practical Theology (Children and Family Ministry)
COST: annual fees £7840 *
DURATION: 3 years full time or 4-6 years part time
* some students pay for an overnight stay 1 night per fortnight
100 hours experience in youth work
Completion of safe to practice checks( Enhanced DBS)
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