“The best practical and vocational degree in the field! The knowledge you gain one day is highly applicable in the work environment the next day – BRILLIANT!!”



The BA (Hons) in Practical Theology provides a flexible qualification for those wishing to train in mission and ministry in a range of contexts. Combining interactive and creative teaching days with challenge and inspiring practical work in a ministry context, the course is designed to support your growth and development in all areas of your life and ministry.

There are a number of specialist routes allowing student to focus on the area of work and ministry they are being called in to:

  • Chaplaincy with Children and Young People
  • Children and Family Ministry
  • Community Ministry
    for those with a different or more general focus
  • Community Youth Work,
    working with young people aged 11-19.

All students will begin Year 1 together, then choose their specialist pathway to go into their 2nd year. Many students come to college knowing exactly what their calling is, but others take a bit of time to narrow down their focus. This first year allows students time to test different routes and potentially spend time in a general practice context giving experience of a range of areas of ministry before specialising.

The Pathway is based on their practice in years 2 and 3 and culminates in the presentation of a portfolio of evidence at the end of their third year where the specialism will be confirmed.

Non-specialist Route

The option is also available to not pursue a specialism. This may be suitable for those with a more general pastoral ministry whose focus is more broad than children or youth work and so on. It is also available for who are unable to complete their practice for a range of reasons. The award will be BA (Hons) in Practical Theology – with no specialism in brackets.

TITLE: BA (Hons) in Practical Theology (with specialist pathway in Chaplaincy with Children and Young People, Children and Family Ministry, Community Ministry or Community Youth Work)
COST: annual fees £7840 *
DURATION: 3 years full time or 4-6 years part time


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Campus nameNottingham
  •  some students pay for accommodation for overnight stays of the academic study days in term time, normally 1 night per fortnight

Entry Requirements

    120 UCAS points, or equivalent
    100 hours experience in your chosen ministry
    Completion of safe to practice checks (Enhanced DBS)

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