Youth and community work
BA (Hons) in Theology (Youth and Community)
What is it about?
This degree-level vocational and professional training programme will equip Christian youth and community workers for a range of ministries. Carefully tailored to deliver a blend of specialist knowledge and skills training, along with extensive opportunities for putting them into practice, this programme will reflect upon the relationship between theology and youth and community work practice.
Practical experience lies at the heart of this training.
A supervised work experience placement will form a key part of your studies, chosen from a selection of ministry opportunities in churches or with Christian youth and community work agencies. This is supplemented by other short term placements which are designed to broaden your experience in other settings.
Why study this programme?
For Christians involved in youth/community work, it is important to be:
• Theologically astute. Exploring our understanding who God is - God's priorities, values and purposes - to guide us in the work we do.
• Contextually aware. It is important to understand how the worlds of young people and communities are changing and how their thinking is shaped by the world they inhabit.
• Competent in practice. There is a particular set of skills required in working with people that includes listening, group work and evaluation skills.
Features of the course
• Strong focus on practice development, placements and employability.
• Useful for those who are wanting to serve in churches or Christian organisations, or who want to understand how the Christian faith relates to the field of youth and community work.
• Small group work, study skills support and individual tutorials.
• Teaching staff actively engaged in youth and community practice, research and development nationally and internationally.
• Positive commitment to equality and the development of good practice in diverse contexts.
Placements are available in a wide variety of youth work and community work within Scotland. These range from churches, youth centres, community centres and projects, to innovative work with schools and colleges, streetwork with marginalised young people and creative arts-based projects, such as youth theatre, street art, dance and music schemes. A placement will include 13 hours of practice each week.
Please note that Scottish-domiciled students can be eligible for student loans for both tuition fees and maintenance for this course. For more information, see the Finance page.
Academic Validation and Professional Recognition
The programme is delivered in partnership with Nazarene Theological College and validated by the University of Manchester. As such it is an internationally recognised qualification.
Next point of Entry: September 2018
Length 3 years full-time
Location Glasgow and Manchester