This course is for those working with young people as they head in to and out of adolescence and young adulthood. It covers:
- The issues young people face both physically and culturally
- Theological approaches to young people and what their spirituality and faith might look like
- An introduction to mission to and with young people
- Management of self, team and leadership skills.
Study skills* (10 credits)
This unit provides students with the necessary tools for studying effectively at HE Levels 4-6.
Leadership, team and self* (10 credits)
This unit introduces students to leadership and team building skills and the ability to manage one-self professionally.
Applied practice* (20 credits)
This unit offers students the opportunity to focus on mission and ministry practice through observation, reflection and action in their own and another context. Students will be taught reflective skills and encouraged to use them in starting to analyse their own practice, and that of others in order to better understand why what works well, works well, and how to improve what doesn’t.
Spirituality and faith* (20 credits)
This unit introduces key theories relating to spirituality and faith development.
Issues facing young people (20 credits)
This unit introduces students to the key issues facing adolescents and young adults in 21st-century Britain.
Introduction to practical theology and young people (20 credits)
This unit introduces students to some of the key doctrines and theological frameworks of the Christian faith. It will enable students to start to critique and evaluate these doctrines and relate them to the context and cultures of young people, and their mission and ministry practice with them.
Introduction to mission to and with young people (20 credits)
This unit introduces students to biblical, historical and contemporary concepts of mission, and relates it to their practice amongst young people.
*These are core units which run every year.
You need 120 credits to complete the level. If you are part-time, you will need to attend one teaching week a semester over two years. If you are full-time, you will need to attend six teaching weeks over the course of one year.
‘The week has really opened me up to new delivering ideas of theological aspects to youth groups and has enabled me to feel more confident in my theological understanding, so I am not afraid to speak to my young people about theological perspectives and questions.’
‘It has given me head space to develop new approaches to ministry and added to my current level of creativity.’
‘This has been a fantastic week! Mind-blowing in all the right ways. Most positive thing is that I can take all of this away and put it practically into the ministry I run and improve from day one.’
Students completing this course could be employed by churches in a voluntary or paid capacity to work as part of their youth mission and ministry team. Students’ natural affinity with young people and creative communication methods will have been enhanced with Biblical and theological understanding, and this will give them the confidence to lead sessions as part of the youth ministry in the church or youth work in local schools and the community.
Students can also use this course as a foundation for employment with and further training from youth work agencies or education providers.