Youthwork magazine has compiled this information with the help of David Howell, a consultant in youth work and ministry who runs the website cywt.org.uk which brings together details of the majority of courses available. We have attempted to ensure that all the details are accurate at the time of press, apologise for any courses missing, and advise you to consult the specific websites and organisations for more detailed information.
For Higher Education courses delivered by UK Universities, and their partner organisations, the academic levels and their usual titles are:
Level 3 (Scotland Level 6)
Pre-degree year (equal to A2 level)
Level 4 (Scotland Level 7)
Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
Level 5 (Scotland Level 8 )
Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
Foundation Degree (FdA)
Level 6 (Scotland Level 10)
Honours Degree (BA, BSc or BTh)
Level 7 (Scotland Level 11)
Masters degree (MA or MSc)
Level 8 (Scotland Level 12)
The normal expectation - except for Level 8 - is that to achieve a qualification at one of the levels, you will need one year of full-time academic work. Embarking on an undergraduate degree which would lead to a BA Honours degree will normally require three years full-time or six years part-time study. A postgraduate qualification such as a Master of Arts will require a minimum of one year of full-time study or two/three years of part-time study.
If you want to gain the JNC Professional Grade – the recognised standard for Youth & Community Work in England – you will have to take either a three year full-time Honours degree course (or equivalent part-time) or take one of the postgraduate courses (Postgraduate Diploma or Masters).
The main professional qualification in youth work is the JNC Professional Grade. JNC stands for the “Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community Work” and there are JNC or equivalent committees in each of the four nations of the UK which both set terms and conditions for youth work, and approve training courses. Those terms and conditions are not mandatory for employers in the voluntary sector, but many choose to use them as they represent good practice. More details can be found on the National Youth Agency’s website (www.nya.org.uk).
CAMPUS-BASED or PLACEMENT-BASED
Many of the programmes refer to placements. For courses where students are campus-based, the placements are usually in blocks through the course. Many colleges now have placement-based students. This normally means that the student will live at or near a youth work placement (church, group of churches, Christian agency etc.) and will undertake youth work there and travel in to the college for lectures etc. Placement learning is a key element of all youth work courses, enabling competencies to be developed through working with young people.
COST PER YEAR
This is the cost, normally for a full-time course, for the year commencing September 2013 for a student who is a UK/EU national. Prices change each year and you would need to contact the organisation concerned for full details of the fees. Prices for International Students also vary and, in general are higher. International Students will require a Tier 4 Visa through the UK Border Agency.
Courses which are run in collaboration with a University are normally eligible for Student Loan Funding (separate arrangements are in place for students normally resident in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland – please check with the appropriate agency). Again, please contact the college/training agency for more information.
Below we have laid out the full list of youth work courses around the country for 2014/2015, in alphabetical order. We hope you find the one you're after!
Belfast Bible College ~ BA (Hons) Theology > Find out more
Church College’s Certificate in Christian Youth Work > Find out more
Cliff College ~ BA Honours in Mission and Ministry (Children & Youth) > Find out more
Cliff College ~ Certificate in Youth Ministry > Find out more
Cliff College ~ DipHE: Children, Mission and Ministry > Find out more
Cliff College ~ DipHE: Youth Mission and Ministry > Find out more
Cliff College ~ MA in Mission (Children, Youth, Children and Youth) > Find out more
Cliff College ~ MPhil / PhD in Missiology > Find out more
CYM ~ BA (Hons) Contextual Ministry and Practical Theology > Find out more
CYM ~ BA (Hons) Youth Work & Communities and Practical Theology > Find out more
CYM ~ BA Hons Children and Family Work and Practical Theology > Find out more
CYM ~ BA Hons School, Youth & Community Work and Practical Theology > Find out more
CYM ~ BA Hons Youth & Community Work and Practical Theology > Find out more
CYM ~ FdA Community Based Pioneer Ministry > Find out more
CYM ~ MA Professional Practice and Practical Theology > Find out more
Durham ~ MA Managing Community Practice > Find out more
Gloucestershire ~ FdA Youth Practice > Find out more
Hope UK ~ Young People, Drugs and the Role of the Youth Worker > Find out more
ICC Glasgow ~ BA (Hons) Theology with Children’s Ministry > Find out more
ICC Glasgow ~ BA (Hons) Youth & Community Work with Applied Theology > Find out more
ICC Glasgow ~ MTh Community Learning & Development with Applied Theology > Find out more
Isle of Wight Youth for Christ YTP Scheme > Find out more
Kings ~ MA Youth Ministry > Find out more
LST ~ BA Honours Theology > Find out more
LST ~ BA Honours Theology and Counselling > Find out more
Moorlands ~ BA Honours in Applied Theology > Find out more
Moorlands ~ MA in Applied Theology > Find out more
Oasis College ~ Graduate Diploma in Youth Work and Ministry > Find out more
Oasis College ~ MA in Youth Ministry > Find out more
Oasis ~ University Foundation Diploma in Youth Work Practice > Find out more
Redcliffe College ~ BA Honours Aplied Theology in Intercultural Contexts > Find out more
Regents Theological College ~ BA (Hons) Applied Theology (Youth Ministry track) > Find out more
Regents Theological College ~ CertHE in Applied Theology and Youth Ministry (Rise Up) > Find out more
Springdale ~ MA in Missional Leadership > Find out more
St Mary’s ~ Foundation Degree in Youth Ministry > Find out more
St Mellitus ~ BA Hons in Theology and Youth Ministry > Find out more
Staffordshire ~ MA in Youth and Community Work > Find out more
SWYM ~ BA (Hons) in Applied Theology (Children and Schools pathway) > Find out more
SWYM ~ BA (Hons) in Applied Theology (Community and families pathway) > Find out more
SWYM ~ BA Honours Applied Theology (Youth Ministry pathway) > Find out more
SWYM ~ Be Transformed (Youth) > Find out more
YMCA College ~ Certificate in Supervision Studies > Find out more
YMCA ~ BA (Hons) Youth Work and Community Learning and Development (three degree programmes) > Find out more