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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.

Teaching methods

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 methods

Assessment for most modules will combine oral presentations, fieldwork, reflective practice, and essays.

Key facts

  • 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.
Please note: this programme is subject to revalidation.

Course content

Year one

  • Biblical Foundations for Youth Ministry 
  • Church and Sacraments 
  • Ministry Leadership and Policy 
  • Youth Culture 1 
  • Youth Ministry and School Chaplaincy in Context 

Year two

  • Innovation and Creativity in Youth Ministry and School Chaplaincy 
  • Introduction to Christian Spirituality 
  • Models of Catechesis 
  • Reflective Practice 
  • Youth Culture 2 
Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional; you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.

Career opportunities

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.


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Fees and funding

Home/EU: £4,750
International: £11,220

The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2018/19 academic year.

For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

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