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.
Full or part time
3 or 6 years
23 September 2024
Birmingham Newman University
NYA for Professional Youthwork status (JNC)
**Course costs stated are for 2024. Also some students pay for an overnight stay, on average 1 night per month.
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 through a blended learning approach
All undergraduate teaching uses a blended learning approach. In-person teaching takes place two days per month in our campus at Grace Church in Nottingham.
Other online learning consists of 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.
The rest of your growth and learning comes through real-world experience in practice to gain the specialist pathway award*. This is typically 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.
* 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.
Other Specialist Pathways
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.