All our undergraduate courses offer an integrated experience as students on the course live near their placement. During term time there is a fortnightly pattern of two consecutive teaching days at St John's. Each week there are opportunities for private study and around 14 hours a week practice in their placement. With this pattern it is possible for students to be based throughout the Midlands and beyond. Students can apply with or without a particular placement in mind. Most placements offer help with accommodation and other costs and some students are sponsored by employers.
Structured student support
- Individual students have a professional practice tutor who they meet with regularly
- Regional professional formation groups meet 8 times a year
- There is a designated Year Tutor for each cohort
- Supervision of practical work by the line manager
- A pastoral support person locally
Applications for courses can be made on the CYM website
We are offering two degrees starting in September 2017
BA (Hons.) Degree Youth & Community Work and Practical Theology (JNC recognised)
This honours degree in youth and community work and practical theology validated by the University of Gloucestershire (with professional (JNC) endorsement through the NYA) offers a professional qualification for those wishing to work in a range of youth and community and faith-based contexts. Combining interactive and creative teaching days with practical application in youth work and ministry settings, the course is designed to support the development of your knowledge, skills and abilities to engage with young people and communities professionally and imaginatively.
The programme has a holistic vision to support you to work in a way which promotes the personal, social and spiritual development of young people. The degree aims to equip you inspired by your faith, to build relationships with young people from all backgrounds and to demonstrate to them the values of the Kingdom of God. The course also equips you to work with young people and community groups in the statutory and wider youth and community work sector.
Alongside the interactive lectures and seminars, you will be part of a facilitated peer formation group and are supported internally by a personal tutor and externally by an experienced practitioner in the field. You will become part of a supportive learning community of practice at St John’s and have access to our excellent library and resources.
BA in Contextual Ministry and Practical Theology
Our new BA Degree in Contextual Ministry and 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 practical work in a ministry context, the course is designed to support your growth and development in all areas of your life and ministry.
You can choose to specialise in a range of areas of mission and ministry, including adults, children and families, children and young people, church, chaplaincy, pioneer ministry and formal education settings. Teaching days are facilitated by tutors with both academic expertise and significant mission and ministry experience. These will support you in gaining a strong theological grounding as well as the development of your understanding and skills in practice. As well as interactive lectures and seminars you will be part of a specialist small group and receive one-to-one mentoring from an experienced practitioner in your field. You will have access to outstanding learning resources and library facilities.
We offer an encouraging and creative learning environment and seek to cultivate a strong and supportive community, with prayer and worship at the heart of all we do.
I joined MCYM as I wanted to study for a degree in theology and St John's allows for Student Loans. This was an important aspect in choosing my College. As for the Contextual Degree, having a family, this is the ideal work/life balance with limited time in the classroom and the flexibility of the Placement. As a Christian with a heart for outreach, the placement for me was putting my faith into action and is by far the most rewarding aspect of the course. Mixing with and supporting people with real needs is such a blessing and life changing for you and them. I know that ideally I want to work in the community and quite possibly with Alcoholics and having the practical experience of supporting and befriending, observing and analysing marginalized people without faith has given me a love and compassion for this kind of work.
The alternative placements allow you to "try out" areas that you interested in and you can never have too much experience.
Academically, I find the assignments rewarding and enjoy researching the deeper issues. The Library is fantastic, the meals are good, as is the fellowship and support throughout.
Michelle Moore, Year 1 student
You will be based in a practice agency for three years and travel to St John’s fortnightly for a two day block (in term time only). We have a range of agencies looking for students or you might already know where you would like to study. Students travel from places such as Newcastle, Birmingham, Stourbridge, Sheffield, Stoke, York, Bromsgrove, Kendal and Chester to do our courses.
Programme content for both pathways:
You will study alongside people of a wide range of backgrounds, age and ministry contexts which enriches learning. Both of our degrees can be studied part time as well as full time. You will study the following topics:
Year 1 (Level 4): Biblical studies, contextual ministry, reflective practice, informal learning, pastoral care, human development spirituality and discipleship.
Year 2 (Level 5): Doctrine, practical theology, mission, biblical perspectives, reflective practice, diversity, community work, ethics and values.
Year 3 (Level 6): Research methods, leadership, theology, reflective practice, two optional modules including biblical studies and a dissertation or equivalent.
£6000 per year and eligible for student loans.
For more information or to apply, please contact Gill Benson, Administrator on 0115 968 3222 or by email.