NTC has extensive experience with placement-based courses
Both the BA (Hons) Theology (Youth and Community) and the BA (Hons) Theology (Practical Theology) have fieldwork at the very heart of their delivery integrating academic study with ongoing fieldwork. Students and placement organisations are supported by our Placement Managers based in Manchester and Glasgow.
The NTC teaching week is designed to give students dedicated time at the end of each study week to work with their placement organisation (Thursday-Sunday): this may be in a church or para-church organisation; an organisation in the statutory sector; a community-based project; a chaplaincy setting; or any of the other range of placements which form part of NTC’s network of partner organisations.
Some placements are in urban settings; others suburban; some in rural or coastal contexts. All are chosen to be within easy reach of the College, and must deliver the mentoring and support that developing professionals will need.
Some placement locations will provide accommodation as part of their commitment to their student: in other cases, students live in College accommodation (Manchester only) and travel to their placement setting.
- This is a great opportunity for churches or organisations, not only to welcome new people into their teams, but also to help invest in the development and nurture of emerging leaders – we all remember our own journeys and those who were able to support our training!
- Students will normally be in their Main Placement between September and May
- Placement hours are usually spread across the end of the week and/or over weekends (Thursday-Sunday)
- Youth and Community students will journey with you for the three years of their course and spend no less than 13 hours per week in their Main Placement. A minimum of 50% of their placement will be spent working face-to-face with people aged 11-25 (primarily young people aged 13-19). They will spend an average of 30 weeks each year in their Main Placement (followed by an Alternative Placement with another organisation at the end of their second year)
- Practical Theology students have a one year (20 weeks) Main Placement through their second year of study and spend no less than 10 hours per week in their Main Placement, including 2 hours per week to prepare placement-related assessments, reports, administration and tutorials with the Practice Tutor
- Costs: Main Placements are asked to reimburse the student for any travel costs to get to their placement, and a one-off payment for their DBS check (England/Wales, £56.25) or PVG (Scotland, £59). NTC will process a DBS or PVG check before a student can officially start their placement, although placements can request to see the certificate and are welcome to carry out their own checks in addition to this (the DBS/PVG do not consider students on placement to be volunteers in the process of these checks so the cost is that of someone who is ’employed’)
- We welcome a range of contexts to enable students to gain a depth and breadth of experience and ask that there is an appropriately qualified person to Line Manage the student, meeting with them weekly (for Youth and Community placements we aim to have JNC or CLD professionally qualified Line Managers)
Alternative Placements for Youth and Community students
- This is a great opportunity for churches or organisations who have specific projects that run through the summer months
- Students on the BA (Hons) Theology (Youth and Community) course complete a full-time (37 hours), 6 week placement at the end of the their first year of study
- This enables students to immerse themselves in a setting distinctly different to their Main Placement and further develop their experiential learning
- Alternative Placements usually take place between May-September at the end of the student’s first year of study
Churches and organisations interested in hosting a placement student should contact us directly if you would like further information about hosting a student with your church or organisation and one of our Placement Managers will get back to you. Youth and Community students study from our Manchester and Glasgow centres, whilst our Practical Theology students study from our Manchester centre.
To help ensure the quality of placement learning and the student experience NTC is a member of ASET (the Work Based Learning and Placement Learning Association) and follows the ASET Good Practice Guide for Health and Safety for Student Placements.
* Students who are studying part-time or are employed in their placement setting may follow a slightly different pattern of placement(s). Please contact our Placement Managers for further information