BA (Hons) in Practical Theology

Community Youth Work

Community Youth Work - Overview

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.

CYM Nottingham

Full or part time

3 or 6 years

start-dateStart date
11 September 2023


validated-byValidated by
Newman University

endorsed-byEndorsed by
NYA for Professional Youthwork status (JNC)

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

This BA Honours degree in Practical Theology (Community Youth Work) is endorsed by the National Youth Agency (JNC), meaning that you graduate with a professional qualification. The JNC accreditation qualifies you to work in both statutory and faith-based youth and community contexts.

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.

This course combines interactive and creative teaching days with practical experience in youth work and ministry settings. You will apply what you learn in the classroom while developing your knowledge, skills, and abilities to engage with young people in churches, statutory youth work settings, and the wider community.

"CYM grounds you in your faith and professionally it sets you up for life skills, youth work and to do ministry."
- CYM Graduate

Studying on this pathway, you will 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 of both statutory and faith-based youth and community work.
  • Core skills as a youth and community work practitioner.
  • Broad youth work experience through the completion of two different placements in community or statutory settings.
  • A range of transferrable skills, including independent and creative thinking, self-organisation, teamwork, communication, and project management, all of which will equip you for your upcoming career.

Learning in and from practice

For the duration of the course, you will work and learn in a church or other appropriate setting, so your professional formation as a Christian Community Youth worker will be rooted in ongoing practice.

You will have regular one-to-one tutorials with experienced practitioners who will support your personal and professional development. You will also participate in small group activities to help you apply what you learn to your practice.

Academic and Pastoral Support

You will receive support from a dedicated line manager and other supportive colleagues, as well as access to the supportive team within the theological college that oversees your studies.

Alongside the interactive lectures and seminars, you will be part of a facilitated peer formation group, have the support of a personal tutor, and have supervision externally by an experienced practitioner in the field. To find out what modules you will study, download our Course outline.

Where can you study

Students attend two days per fortnight at our Nottingham teaching centre and spend the rest of their time in their practice context.

Other Specialist Pathways

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.

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.

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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