BA (Hons) Theology (Youth and Community)

  • Course Title

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

    3 Years Full-time
    Up to 6 Years Part-time
  • Start Date(s)

    September 2021
  • Principal Lecturer

    Revd Louise Kenyon
  • Course Accreditation

    University of Manchester

Course Overview

This fantastic placement-based 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 extensive opportunities for putting them into practice, students will reflect upon the relationship between theology and youth and community work practice.

  • 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.
  • A range of electives from all disciplines to choose after the first year.
  • Exit routes at Certificate and Diploma level are possible (although do not carry CLD/JNC professional validation).

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.

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Methods of Assessment

We try to include a wide variety of assessment methods throughout our programmes. Types of formative (non-credit bearing) assessment include individual tutorials, on-site visits, group discussions, written and oral feedback on essays. Our Summative (credit-bearing) assessments include research essays, case studies, group projects, individual projects, placement assessment (portfolios, reflections), book reviews, a limited number of module examinations, and a research dissertation.

Employment Outcomes

This programme is recognised by both the Community Learning and Development (CLD Scotland) and Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC England) as delivering core competencies for youth and community workers. Past graduates have gone into a range of youth and community roles, including Youth Workers in both Christian and broader community contexts.

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), and are complemented by one-week intensive sessions in September, January and May at our Manchester campus.

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. Placement experiences contribute to one-quarter of this programme and are supported by our wonderful Placement Managers in Manchester and Glasgow.

I’m excited by the ways in which this placement-based course helps to shape theologically astute, contextually aware, competent reflective youth and community work practitioners

Read More… Revd Louise Kenyon Lecturer in Social Theology and Youth Work


Students will receive a minimum of 360 (including placements) credits while on this course.

Modules & Placements

Study is combined with a Main Placement throughout the course and an Alternative Placement in a different context at the end of the first year. All placements are supported by Placement Managers based in both Glasgow and Manchester who will work with you to identify and set-up creditable placement settings, and provide ongoing management of the placement experience.

Students typically continue with the same Main Placement organisation for the duration of their programme. This on-going work context means students have the opportunity to develop rich professional relationships, learn to work through the difficulties which they may encounter and to gain a deeper understanding of their role and the organisation over a longer period of time.

Both placements are credit-bearing and count towards the final degree.  Students will do no less than 13 hours a week in the Main Placement (usually over 30 weeks per year), and the Alternative Placement provides the opportunity to develop youth and community work and ministry experiences through a full-time model of practice (usually 37 hours per week for 6 weeks; or 222 hours). 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 and provide a supportive learning space.

Year 1: Required Units (120 credits)

  • AS4010 Study Skills (non-credit-bearing)
  • BS4110 Introduction to Biblical Studies
  • NT4000 Jesus and the Gospels
  • CH4120 Church History
  • CT4000 Knowing God in Christ
  • PT4130 Spiritual Formation
  • PT4180 Understanding People
  • PT4192 Preparing for Professional Practice
  • PT4193 Youth and Community Work Placement: 1 (30 credits)
  • ST4150 Youth and Community Work and Ministry: Essentials
  • ST4170 Power and Anti-Oppressive Practice

Year 2: Required Units (100 credits)

  • CT5000 Knowing God as the Spirit
  • CT5001 Knowing God as Triune
  • NT5202 Paul and His Epistles
  • OT5201 Old Testament Law OR OT5202 Prophets OR OT5203 Psalms and Wisdom
  • PT5280 Empowering People
  • PT5292 Alternative Placement
  • PT5293 Youth and Community Work Placement: 2 (20 credits)
  • ST5260 Youth and Community Work and Ministry: Approaches
  • ST5370 Informal Education

Year 2: Optional Units (20  Credits)

Select from: CH5201 Early Church CH5202 Medieval Church, CH5304 Wesley Studies, CH5305 Wesleyan Tradition, NT5003/005 Missional Readings of Luke/Acts or John, NT5301 New Testament Greek, OT5301 Biblical Hebrew, PT5203 Preaching, PT5210 Pastoral Care and Theology, PT5220 Growing Healthy Churches, PT5310 Christian Leadership, PT5330 Marriage and the Family, ST5250 Religions in Contemporary Britain, ST5303 Cross Cultural Ministry (Each unit 10 credits)

Year 3: Required Units (90  Credits)

  • AS6300 Research Methods and Dissertation (30 credits)
  • CT6310 Christian Holiness
  • PT6393 Youth and Community Work Placement: 3 (20 credits)
  • ST6320 Strategy and Management
  • ST6350 Youth and Community Work & Ministry: Applications
  • ST6305 Social Justice

Year 3: Optional Units (30  Credits)

Select from: BS6301 Hermeneutics, BS6130 Studies in Biblical Backgrounds, BS6330 Apocalyptic Texts and Communities, CH6302 Reformation, CH6303 Modern Church and Global Christianity, CT6000 Knowing God: Christian Hope, CT6301 Theological Ethics, CT6311/2 Contemporary Theology 1 & 2, CT6331 Historical Theology, CT6340 Trajectories in Wesleyan Theology, NT6304 Studies in Romans, NT6305 Studies in the Corinthian Correspondence, NT6306 Studies in the Gospel of John, NT6309 Studies in the General Epistles, OT6305 Studies in Hebrew Poetry, OT6310 Studies in Torah, OT6320 Studies in Isaiah, PT6302 Theology of Mission, PT6305 New Forms of Church, PT6320 Starting Healthy Churches, PT6340 Studies in Contemporary Spirituality, PT6370 Worship and Sacraments, ST6330 Islam in Contemporary Britain (Some units are 10 credits, others 20 credits)

This pathway holds  joint professional validation:

JNC Recognised through NYA Validation and CLD Scotland.

CLICK HERE to see the validation report from CLD Scotland


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 (or PVG in Scotland). The Placement Managers will write to you with further instructions on how to apply for a DBS/PVG before you can begin your placement.

Fees & Funding

Course Fees: Course Fees: £7800 per year 2020-21 Full-Time rate (see Fees & Funding page for details of other modes).
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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