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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 you for working in youth and community settings. Carefully tailored to deliver a blend of specialist knowledge and skills training along with opportunities for putting it into practice, this programme will reflect upon the relationship between theology and youth and community work practice.


Why study this programme?

For Christians involved in youth and 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. Understanding how the world is changing and how people’s thinking is shaped by the world they inhabit
  • Competent in practice. Acquiring the particular skills required in working with people, including listening, group work and evaluation


Features of the course

  • Strong focus on practice development, placements and employability
  • Delivered through 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



Because practical experience lies at the heart of this training, a supervised work experience placement will form a key part of your studies. This is chosen from ministry opportunities in churches or with Christian youth and community work agencies, and supplemented by other short term placements which are designed to broaden your experience in other settings.


These could be churches, youth centres, community centres and projects, to innovative work with schools and colleges, street work with marginalised people or creative arts-based projects, such as youth theatre, street art, dance and music schemes.


Your placement requires a minimum of 13 hours of practice each week.


Student funding
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 recognised qualification. It is also professionally approved by the CLD Standards Council for Scotland and the National Youth Agency.


Next point of Entry: September 2018
Length 3 years full-time
Location Glasgow and Manchester

Fees In brief, student fees for 2017/18 are as follows: Tuition fees £6165 per year full-time, plus £600 per year registration fee with Manchester University. Tuition fee loans are available from SAAS for these programmes, with additional loans available for maintenance costs during your study.