Endorsed by the NYA, the CYM PGDip/MA in Mission and Ministry (Youth and Community Work) is the perfect course for experienced workers and graduates seeking a theologically orientated professional youth work qualification (JNC).
It is ideal for graduates, either starting out in youth work roles in a range of faith based contexts, or those more established, and seeking to challenge and deepen their understanding and practice of youth and community work, think more theologically about it and gain the JNC qualification. This programme enables students to gain an essential grounding in the theology of ministry and of contextual mission.
Studying on this programme will enable you to gain:
- A theological and theoretical underpinning for professional youth and community work practice
- A grounding in relevant social sciences such as psychology, sociology, social policy and community studies and the ability to relate these to professional youth work practice in a range of contexts
- A critical understanding of community and church based youth work, and the tools to transform your practice
- A range of transferrable skills including independent and creative thinking, self-organisation, team-working, communication, project management, etc of interest to employers.
- Broader youth work practice experience, as a result of undertaking a piece of alternative practice in your second placement.
Learning in, and from practice – placements
For the duration of the course, it is a requirement that you are hold position (voluntary or paid) within a youth work or ministry setting, where your professional formation as a Youth and Community Worker be rooted in ongoing practice.
You will also engage in 1-1 tutorials with experienced professionals who will enable you to learn from what you do in practice, and demonstrate competence as a Youth and Community worker.
Academic and Pastoral Support
Alongside the interactive lectures and seminars, CYM provides study skills training, and ongoing academic advice and support for students, as integral components of the programme.
- Missional approaches to working with communities (30 credits)
- Transforming leadership (15)
- Teaching, learning and informal education (15)
- Ministry and professional practice in social context (30)
- The ecology of child and adoescent development (15)
- Optional module (15)