This programme is mainly delivered by distance learning but with a pattern of online tutorials and seminars, and onsite study days. This distinctive programme offers a practical perspective on the central aspects of youth ministry/school chaplaincy, enabling practitioners to reflect on their work and develop key skills within a pastoral context. Some of the books you will use have been written or edited by the teaching staff.
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.
This course is taught using a range of teaching methods, including presentations, discussions, small group work, workshops, ICT, tutorials and lectures. Students are required to critically reflect on their own work experience and bring this into discussions, learning to place their work within an educational context.
This programme is mainly delivered by distance learning but with a pattern of online tutorials and seminars, and onsite study days.
Assessment for most modules will combine oral presentations, fieldwork, reflective practice, and essays.
- Scheduled over two years, the course is accessible for volunteers and paid employees.
- The course is taught by experts in their fields.
- Some of the books you will use have been written or edited by the teaching staff.
- The programme is open to students of all faiths.
- Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus.