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This Postgraduate Certificate in School Chaplaincy and Youth Ministry is a one year part-time programme designed to enable you to develop your knowledge, skills and pastoral practice with young people. The programme has a distinctive focus on young people in either formal or informal pastoral settings. It will provide the opportunity to deepen your theological and pedagogical literacy. 

  • This programme is based on your own practice and is therefore highly relevant to your professional role and context working with young people.
  • There are a variety of modes of delivery enabling you to engage with the PGCert in the way best suited to your learning style.

Why study School Chaplaincy and Youth Ministry?

School Chaplaincy and Youth Ministry in the Catholic Church and other Christian denominations has become increasingly important in recent years in this country and many other parts of the world.

This certificate is a professional qualification designed to meet your developmental needs as school chaplains and youth ministers who wish to acquire further grounding educationally, pastorally and theologically.

The course will enable you to engage in critical reflection on your own experience working with young people. This includes:

  • School Chaplains
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Youth Ministers (working in parishes, retreat centres, deaneries and diocese)

Why St Mary's?

This postgraduate programme is uniquely placed at St Mary’s, which has a strong tradition of Catholic education since the 19th century. It has a distinctive focus on young people within both formal and informal pastoral and educational settings.

The course will fit your needs in this phase of your education, supporting your continued professional development and will enable you to work flexibly to critically reflect on your own experience working with young people.

There is also the opportunity for further study on one of our Master's degrees or doctoral studies.

Please note: School Chaplaincy and Youth Ministry is subject to validation.

Course lead

Karen North headshotKaren North
Senior Lecturer

Entry requirements

2:2 Previous degree

Candidates will be expected to have a Second Class Honours Degree (or equivalent).

Additional requirement information

Consideration will be given to applicants with appropriate work experience judged on a case to case basis. Applicants who have relevant experience of working in school chaplaincy and youth ministry are also encouraged to apply.

Further information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Course content

You will study two core modules valued at 30 credits each and will be required to produce a portfolio of reflective evidence over three terms (or an academic year).


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Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Career opportunities

This course will enable those working in school chaplaincy and youth ministry to develop a range of skills to support their ongoing professional development as practitioners.

This qualification will be particularly valuable for students working in a range of pastoral settings including schools, parishes, retreat centres and diocesan organisations.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to School Chaplaincy and Youth Ministry students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

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How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You will be taught in our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London and via blended learning.

There will be three study days over the year combined with distance learning supported by online resources and tutorials.

Teaching methods include a combination of lectures, group seminars, workshops and individual tutorials.

Assessment methods

Assessments will help you to develop as reflective practitioners, linking directly to your experience as School Chaplains and Youth Ministers. They will be via a variety of methods including essays, portfolio’s, online group discussion, academic reading and research.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The tuition fees listed are for the duration of the course. Part-time applicants should check our part-time fee information.

September 2022

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  • International: Student visa not accepted

Part‐time fees

Part‐time students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.


Government-funded loans of over £11,000 are available to many Home postgraduate students.

For guidance about financing your studies, including information about the government-funded loans, please check out Fees and Funding section.

Home and International students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. Please visit our alternative postgraduate funding webpage for more information about external scholarships and grants for postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees 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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