BA (Hons) in Practical Theology Online

BA (Hons) in Practical Theology Online - Overview

CYM offers a BA (Hons) in Practical Theology (Online) degree with four specialist pathways. Also available in-person at our Nottingham campus.

For those that would benefit from support our Integrated Foundation Year provides an additional year to focus on academic study, developing a theology foundation as well as insight the wider subject studies.


Full or part time

3 or 6 years

start-dateStart date
23 September 2024


validated-byValidated by
Birmingham Newman University

entry-requirementsEntry Requirements
2 A levels at grade C or above**

To apply, please select a Specialist Pathway.

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*Course costs stated are for 2024. Student Finance England provide Tuition Fee Loans to eligible students, but do not provide Maintenance Loans for online courses. Applicants outside England should check what is available to you.

**Please contact us if you do not have 2 A levels as other entry options are available.  

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 on your computer.

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 an online learning approach

All teaching uses a mix of online learning approaches. Some teaching takes place on Teams or Zoom with staff and other students participating in lectures, seminars and group work together.

Other online learning consists of a mix of individual work which you can schedule in your own time. This includes 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 applicants wishing to work with young people should consider either the Children and Family, or Community Ministry pathways, then tailor their placement and learning to working with young people within that stream.

Specialist Pathways

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.

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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