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Youth and community work

Courses

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.

Placement options
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.

Student funding
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 validated by the University of Manchester and as such is an internationally recognized qualification. It is also professionally approved by the CLD Standards Council for Scotland and the National Youth Agency.

Next point of Entry: September 2017
Length  3 years full-time
Location Glasgow and Manchester

Apply or make an initial enquiry.

HNC Working with Communities

What is it about?
Churches often see a priority in working with local communities, understanding that their place in the community may be similar to that of the Jewish people in Babylon who were culturally different but called to seek the peace of the city (Jer 29:7).

Why study this programme?
This programme is designed to support students to understand the broader community work sector in order to see how their ministry might relate to it. Units include:
• Principles and Practices.
• Social Science Approaches.
• Accountability and management of resources.
• Learning Approaches.
• Group work.

Features of the course
• Strong focus on practice development.
• Useful for those who are wanting to serve in churches, Christian organisations or the wider community.
• 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.

Placement options
Most students carry out a placement in their own church or an organisation in their local community such as a youth centre or community centre. For those students who are not already involved somewhere that could be a placement, then we will support the student in finding somewhere suitable. Placements may include 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.

Next point of Entry: September 2017
Length  2 years part-time (evenings and Saturdays)
Location Various across Scotland

Apply or make an initial enquiry.

PDA in Youth Work

What is it about?
For those who are starting to get involved in Youth Work or to hone their skills, the PDA in Youth Work provides a foundation. This programme aims to assist students to understand and explore youth work, engage with young people and to deliver youth work sessions.

The PDA in Youth Work is a SCQF level 6 course and covers the knowledge and skills that are needed to identify the needs of young people, deliver appropriate youth work sessions, and to understand the broader field of youth work.

Why study this programme?
The award has been designed for those who provide support, advice and guidance for young people, and who, through this work, help to develop the knowledge and skills of young people.
• Builds theological understanding. The programme draws on examples from church-based youth work and draws on connections with Christian theology and belief.
• Varied learning methods. This qualification has been designed to be delivered as a taught course and will normally be available as a combination of workshops and self-directed study.

Features of the course
• Particularly useful for those who are wanting to serve in churches, Christian organisations or the wider community.
• 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.

Placement options
Most students carry out a placement in their own church or an organisation in their local community such as a youth centre or community centre. For those students who are not already involved somewhere that could be a suitable placement, then we will support the student in finding somewhere suitable. Placements may include 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.

Next point of Entry: September 2017
Length  1 year part-time (evenings or Saturdays)
Location Various across Scotland

Apply or make an initial enquiry.

HNC in Childhood Practice

What is it about?
Whether you are working with children in Church, Sunday School or Messy Church, or you want to make the first steps into a career in a school or nursery, the HNC in Childhood Practice can help you understand the world of the child and develop some of the skills for working with them.

Why study this programme?
This programme is designed to support students in their work with children and will look particularly at Christian contexts and what it means as Christians to work with Children. Units include:
• Health, Wellbeing and Safeguarding
• Lifespan Development
• Care in Contemporary Society
• Effective Communication

Features of the course
• Taught by a staff team who are actively involved in children’s ministry.
• Recognised pathway into teaching or working in nurseries.
• Teaching done in small groups with creative activities.
• Looks at both our own development and the development of the children.

Placement options
Most students coming on to the programme are already involved in working with children and may use this context as a placement. For those students who are not already involved somewhere that could be a placement, then we will support the student in finding somewhere suitable.

Next point of Entry: September 2017
Length  2 years part-time (evenings and Saturdays)
Location Various across Scotland

Apply or make an initial enquiry.

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