Diploma of Higher Education in Theology: Youth Ministry

  • Course Title

    Diploma of Higher Education in Theology: Youth Ministry
  • Length of Study

    2 Years (Full Time)
    4 Years (Part Time)
  • Start Date(s)

    September 2022
  • Principal Lecturer

    Revd Louise Kenyon
  • Course Accreditation

    University of Manchester

Course Overview

The Diploma can be studied over two years (full-time) or up to four years (part-time). Students may wish to exit with this qualification or use it as the first level towards completion of the degree.

This fantastic placement-based pathway will equip you for working in youth ministry, and youth and community settings, recognising that it is important for Christians involved in youth and community work 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 vocational 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 through the lens and principles of the Christian faith. You will be studying alongside those on the BA(Hons) Theology (Youth and Community) course and other pathways which provides an intentional depth of learning and engagement with people serving in a range of ministry contexts as well as youth ministry.

  • 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 pathway into the degree-level, professionally validated BA(Hons) Theology (Youth and Community) course is 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.

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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, and a limited number of module examinations.

Employment Outcomes

The Diploma of Higher Education in Theology: Youth Ministry pathway is suited for those who want to be equipped for Youth Work, but do not feel the desire to pursue a full degree for national recognition. Past graduates have gone into a range of youth ministry, and youth and community roles, including youth workers in both Christian and broader community contexts. Many of our students choose to transfer to our BA (Hons) in Theology (Youth and Community).

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 are integral and contribute to this programme and are supported by our wonderful Placement Managers.


Students will receive a minimum of 240 (including placement) credits while on this course.

Modules & Placements

Students will receive a minimum of 240 (including placements) credits while on this course.

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 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.

Core modules include: Placements, Informal Education, Youth and Community Work and Ministry Essentials, Empowering People, Power & Anti-Oppressive Practice, Preparing for Professional Practice, Biblical Studies and a range of Old and New Testament subjects, Christian Doctrine, Theology and Church History.

Entry Requirements

Four passes at a grade C or above in GCSE subjects including English (or their equivalent). Mature student entry is also available. Applicants whose first language is not English need to demonstrate their English proficiency. Undergraduate students need a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or its equivalent, overall.

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: £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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