This well-established and highly regarded course was relaunched in 2011 to include significant elements of online learning, allowing much greater flexibility for our students.

Why study Youth Ministry and School Chaplaincy?

Established for over ten years, students on this programme have found it an excellent pathway to both professional and academic advancement.

Academically, many students have progressed on to complete undergraduate and postgraduate courses here at St Mary's and elsewhere.

Professionally, successful candidates have gone on to exercise a myriad of professional roles in schools and dioceses contributing to national and international initiatives.

Why St Mary's?

Designed by professionals and academics specifically for the needs of dioceses and educational establishments operating in the UK, Youth Ministry and School Chaplaincy is a qualification unique to St Mary’s and indeed unique in this country.

Developed in collaboration with the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation (CYMFed.), our Youth Ministry course combines academic study with vocational experience, and is intended for those actively working (full or part-time) in this area. It provides the opportunity for students to explore youth ministry, focusing on culture, policy and legislation and human development.

The use of scripture will be explored alongside Church teaching, catechesis and tradition. Students will acquire a range of transferable skills and develop these together with reflective practice on their work.

A Student View

Siân Thomas
"Studying Youth Ministry at St Mary's helped me gain a new insight into my ministry and a greater knowledge of my faith to share with the young people I work with."

Siân completed the FD Youth Ministry in 2013. She went on to complete the BA Theology and Religious Studies at St Mary's and is now Senior Team Leader at St Cassian's Retreat Centre, Kintbury.

St Mary's course and employment stats

In the latest HESA Destinations of Leavers survey 95% of St Mary's students were employed or undertaking further study within six months of graduating.

St Mary's also scored 93% for teaching satisfaction and for 92% course satisfaction in the 2017 Guardian University Rankings.