BA (Hons) Theology (Youth and Community)

  • Course Title

    BA (Hons) Theology (Youth and Community)
  • Length of Study

    3 Years (Full-Time) 6 Years (Part-Time)
  • Start Date(s)

    September 2022
  • Principal Lecturer

    Alia Pike
  • Course Accreditation

    University of Manchester

Course Overview

This pathway can be studied full-time or part-time and will equip you for working in youth and community settings, recognising that it is important for Christians involved in youth ministry and community work in the UK and abroad 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

This degree-level vocational and professional pathway will build on student’s prior experiences and 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 opportunities for putting them into practice, students will reflect upon the relationship between theology and youth and community work practice.

  • A focus on practice development, placement 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.
  • A range of electives from all disciplines to choose after the first year.
  • Exit routes at Certificate and Diploma level are possible.

Nazarene Theological College is an approved partner of The University of Manchester, delivering programmes developed by Nazarene Theological College, approved by and leading to an award of the University of Manchester.

Close to forty different nationalities are represented in the College’s diverse student body. NTC welcomes students from outside the UK, either for full courses or for Study Abroad periods, and the presence of a variety of cultures enriches the life of the whole community.

The College has been approved by UK Visa and Immigration as a sponsoring body for visa purposes, and has been reviewed and approved by the Quality Assurance Agency under the ‘educational oversight’ provision.  Before the UK immigration authorities will issue a Student Visa for full-time study, they must be satisfied that students have been officially admitted and have the resources to finance their education. See more details at the UK Visas website.

Methods of Assessment

We try to include a wide variety of assessment methods throughout our programmes. Types of formative (non-credit bearing) assessment include class presentations, essay outlines, online forums, and group presentations, with feedback on these through individual tutorials, on-site visits, group discussions, individual tutorials, or written and oral feedback on essays. Our Summative (credit-bearing) assessments include research essays, case studies, group projects, individual projects, personal reflections, book reviews, a limited number of module examinations, and a research dissertation.

Employment Outcomes

Past graduates have gone into a range of youth and community roles, including Youth Workers in both Christian and broader community contexts. Because of its available range of elective units which complement its breadth of theological coverage, it is also particularly useful as the foundation for a career in teaching Religious Education or related subjects. The wide range of transferable skills developed in this course ensure that graduates will find that a degree in theology is welcomed by many employers and that it is a good preparation for entry into a wide variety of professions.

Teaching and Learning Methods

NTC offers small class sizes, with classes ranging from 5 to 35 students. Most classes run in a weekly format (usually Monday to Wednesday), though students can take selected classes in short intensive sessions in January and May.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars and class discussions, oral presentations, group work, individual tutorials, directed reading, placement learning, case studies, individual supervision, and student-led seminars.


Students will receive a minimum of 360 credits while on this course.

Modules & Placements

Study is combined with a main placement in the second year of the course, and an optional alternative placement in a different context.  All placements are supported by Placement Managers who will work with you to identify and set-up placement settings, and provide ongoing management of the placement experience.

Both placements are credit-bearing and count towards the final degree.  Part-time routes are discussed with students on an individual basis.

A range of placement settings including a consideration of workplace-based placements are available; from community projects to churches, schools to youth centres, detached youth work and arts-based projects that provide a supportive learning space.

Year 1: Required Units (100 credits: 20 credits additional electives)

  • AS4010 Study Skills (non-credit-bearing)
  • BS4110 Introduction to Biblical Studies
  • BS4130 The Story of God
  • NT4000 Jesus and the Gospels
  • CH4120 Church History
  • CT4000 Knowing God in Christ
  • PT4130 Spiritual Formation
  • PT4190 Foundations of Youth Ministry
  • PT4180 Understanding People
  • ST4170 Power and Anti-Oppressive Practice
  • ST4180 Contexts of Mission

Year 2: Required Units (120 credits)

  • CT5000 Knowing God as the Spirit
  • CT5001 Knowing God as Triune
  • NT5202 Paul and His Epistles
  • NT5003/5 Missional Readings of Luke Acts OR John
  • OT5201 Old Testament Law, OT5202 Prophets OR OT5203 Psalms and Wisdom (any two)
  • PT5280 Empowering People
  • ST5250 Religions in Contemporary Britain
  • ST5293 Youth & Community Work Placement (20 credits)
  • PT5295 Professional and Reflective Practice
  • ST5370 Informal Education


Year 3: Required Units (90  Credits: 30 credits additional electives)

  • AS6300 Research Methods and Dissertation (30 credits, in the area of Youth & Community Work)
  • CT6310 Christian Holiness
  • CH6201 Early & Medieval Church OR CH6306 Reformation and Modern Church (20 Credits)
  • CT6000 Knowing God: Christian Hope
  • ST6320 Strategy and Management
  • ST6350 Youth and Community Work & Ministry: Applications
  • ST6305 Social Justice

Entry Requirements

2 A-Levels or Highers (or equivalent) or non-traditional entry.

We recommended that students complete a minimum of 100 hours of relevant practical experience prior to commencement on this specialist pathway.

The course involves students undertaking a placement that includes specified contact with children or vulnerable adults; this is known as Regulated Activity. Students will need to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure of criminal records through the DBS. The Placement Manager will write to you with further instructions on how to apply for a DBS before you can begin your placement.

Fees & Funding

Course Fees: £8,400 per year (UK students) / £9,500 per year (non-UK students)
The College is supported by gifts and donations from Churches and from individual donors, and this allows student fees to be set at a competitive rate.

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