BA (Hons) in Practical Theology

(with Specialist Pathways)

BA (Hons) in Practical Theology - Overview

CYM offers a BA (Hons) in Practical Theology degree with four specialist pathways.

In-person (Nottingham) or fully Online

Full or part time

3 or 6 years

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11 September 2023


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Newman University

To apply, please select a Specialist Pathway.

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*Course costs stated are for 2023. Also, some students pay for an overnight stay 1 night per fortnight.

The CYM BA Honours degree in Practical Theology allows you to develop your ministry and work with children, young people, families, and their communities in context. On our programmes you learn by doing, not just by sitting in a classroom. 

You will grow in your faith through theological study, and by being part of a worshipping community, and living out your relationship with God in practice. 

Your practical ministry skills will develop as you apply your knowledge of working with people and the communities in which they live. As you reflect on your work, your understanding and vision for ministry will expand, and you'll gain greater clarity of the areas to which you feel called.

The first year of the BA course is designed to help you test and develop your calling; then, in years two and three, you will focus on one of our Specialist Pathways for the remainder of your course. 

Study in-person or fully online

New for 2023 - you have the option to attend teaching sessions in our Nottingham campus or entirely online, giving you the flexibility to learn in your community – wherever you are in the world.

In-person teaching takes place two days per fortnight in our campus at Trent Vineyard with the rest of your time split between private study and real-world learning in practice to gain the specialist pathway award*.

The online option has a mix of scheduled group sessions and other individual work which you can schedule in your own time. This includes zoom lectures, seminars and group work activities, as well as pre-recorded teaching and other flexible activities to complete before attending your next group session.

Both in-person and online options also include 10-12 hours per week on average in a local church or community project in your area, giving you the flexibility to work round existing commitments and grow your skills in the community you currently serve, or discuss options for a new opportunity in a new area.

Please click here to see our FAQ about online learning.

* The Community Youth Work pathway (JNC) is only available for students in UK or Ireland to enable us to fulfil the requirements set out by the National Youth Agency.

Specialist Pathways

1. Community Youth Work

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This unique degree pathway will equip you to be inspired by your faith, build relationships with young people from all backgrounds, and demonstrate to them the values of the Kingdom of God.

2. Children and Family Ministry

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This course will expand your knowledge of child development and the role of children and family work. You will gain experience working alongside children in their communities, supporting them as they grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

3. Chaplaincy with Children and Young People

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On this pathway, you will gain an understanding of the history and theological basis for Chaplaincy and explore your practice as a chaplain in various practice contexts, working alongside experienced professionals who will help you reflect on and grow in your ministry.

4. Community Ministry

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This is ideal for those with a passion for a particular area of ministry or who want to pioneer new ways of working with communities. Previous students have been involved in running a food bank and worked with asylum seekers or those who are homeless.

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