Training with qualifications
Courses recognised as carrying Professional Grade status in youth work. From September 2010 you can only qualify if you gain an undergraduate Honours Degree (Level 6) or a Postgraduate Diploma (Level 7). There are different validating bodies in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, but they all recognise each other's qualifications. See additional notes.
The CYM endorsed pathways leading to a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Theology, Ministry and Mission provide the highest standard theological education and professional ministerial formation for roles with children and young people and families in church, school and community contexts. You will study in a CYM centre in one of our member colleges undertake work in a suitable Professional and Practice Agency. In addition to gaining a high quality theological education, successful completion of these BA courses will lead to professional and ministerial recognition as an Associate of CYM. This personal professional endorsement affirms that graduates from CYM have gained the understanding and skills required for professional work with children and young people and demonstrated the character, competence and creativity for leadership roles in ministry and mission. This CYM endorsed BA draws on the Common Awards modular structure that provide pathways to train people for vocations in ordained ministry, lay pioneer ministry, work with children and young people and to empower theological understanding for active discipleship. Each stage will help you to develop the necessary foundations for professional ministry, deepen this understanding through experience and develop your specialist area for in work with children and young people. CYM has also gained approval for a JNC endorsed pathway for youth work.
Three year full-time or part-time equivalent degree course validated by the University of Gloucestershire and incorporating professional validation (JNC); combining teaching days at the regional centre (CYM Ireland) and learning in a professional practice agency (a church or faith based organisation).
Delivered by the Institute for Children, Youth and Mission (CYM) through block teaching weeks, seminars and distance learning materials. Part-time three year course with September and March start dates
This programme provides an exciting opportunity to develop a professional qualification and postgraduate degree at a leading university, taught by leading academics and researchers in this field. The programme includes two placements, one of which can be in your existing place of employment if suitable. The programme attracts a broad range of UK and international students, adding to the quality and diversity of the learning experience. There is an opportunity to explore your faith and its relationship to your practice throughout the programme, including the possibility of doing a dissertation on a related topic supervised by staff who are actively researching in this field
from Durham University
Validated and endorsed by the National Youth Agency, this course enables you to graduate as a professionally qualified youth worker. With a strong focus on practical experience, learning is split between the classroom and practical experience. Placements include working as a youth practitioner in youth clubs, with detached projects, schools, further education, NCS, activity centres and faith settings
Isle Of Wight YFC manage various youthwork projects on the island. They are currently growing the work quite significantly and are looking to recruit more placement based degree students onto their YTP scheme this September. This scheme was set up to enable local churches or groups of churches to get a 20hr/wk youthworker who is supported and mentored by YFC on the island. The student studies for a placement based Honours Degree at Moorlands College one day a week, receives £2300 towards their college fees each year, and lives with a host family who supply meals and accomodation. It is an excellent, succesful scheme that already has three students currently in training (one second year student and two first years). We are recruiting now ! Email for an application pack now.
For details of the degree course, see the Moorlands College entry: BA Honours Applied Theology (Youth & Community Work)
A three-year degree programme that can be studied at Moorlands College Christchurch (either Campus-Based or Placement-Based) or Moorlands Midlands (Placement-Based), learning through excellently taught modules and varied practical experience. Award includes JNC professional qualification
from Moorlands College
The Youth Work and Ministry path of the BA (Hons) in Theology is designed for candidates who wish to prepare for a professional career in youth work or youth ministry, and delivers the foundations for a professional qualification in this area.
The Youth and Community path of the BA (Hons) in Theology will 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, this programme will reflect upon the relationship between theology and youth and community work practice
Full and part-time courses for general youth & community workers. Optional pathway in a practice-based setting. These include faith settings, sports coaching settings, schools or other educational settings and advice or counselling settings. Newman offers you the opportunity to gain the knowledge and experience of the policies, best practice and skills required to develop yourself both personally and professionally. The course is taught by a team of experienced and enthusiastic tutors that have an excellent reputation for supporting students and established strong partnerships with local employers. You will also benefit from mixing with students from a variety of backgrounds and prior learning experiences.
from Newman University
Full-time or part-time opportunity to study in Birmingham and including faith-based youth work opportunities
from Newman University
A full-time three year honours degree course delivered at Oasis College in London combining college learning and placement-based experience. Award includes JNC professionally qualifying status
BA (Hons) Youth Work and Community Learning and Development
BA (Hons) Education and Learning (Youth Work and Community Learning and Development)
BA (Hons) Social Pedagogy (Youth Work and Community Learning and Development)
These innovative programmes explore the processes and thinking involved in animating, facilitating and deepening learning and development both with young people and adults. If you are interested in education and learning in their broadest senses, want a highly respected professional qualification, and are keen to mix rigorous academic study with reflective practice, one of these programmes may be for you. The ways of thinking and acting involved are highly transferable to a wide range of careers – but have special relevance for those committed to developing and extending the range and depth of learning experiences within young people and in local communities.
These exciting advanced programmes of study respond to the demands of the field and our undergraduate alumni to produce an enhanced current and critical exploration of youth work and community learning and development practice. If you are interested in developing critically reflective responses to a range of education and learning challenges, are keen to mix rigorous academic study with reflective practice and (for the qualifying route) are looking for professional qualification, then this programme may be the one for you. The programmes will have particular relevance for those looking to enhance their leadership and managerial profile within the field, agencies and extend the depth and breadth of their learning experiences with young people and in local communities.