About the Course
There are many great stories of churches attracting young people, and having an impact on their lives, but the national trend suggests that increasing numbers of this generation are disconnecting from both the church and the Christian faith. Our desire on the BA (Hons) Applied Theology in Youth Ministry is to inspire, shape and prepare Christians to engage with both the challenges and opportunities this creates.
Run in partnership with Limitless (the youth movement of the Elim Pentecostal Churches in the UK and Ireland), and Regents Theological College, the Youth Track degree has been designed to launch people into ministry with young people.
Along with Track Leader Ollie Ward, Tim Alford (The National Director of Limitless), and a gifted team of visiting lecturers and youth leaders, the course combines teaching, mentoring, and experiential learning from both a practical and academic point-of-view.
The Track aims to enhance both the biblical and theological knowledge of students, enabling them to practically minister specifically in a youth context, grounded in a developing walk with God.
Mode of Learning
The course can be completed over three or six years, in three different ways:
Campus based learning (full-time)
Our classic community based approach to studying on a full-time basis, whilst living on campus in the College’s spectacularly situated halls-of-residence in the Malvern Hills. Students study 6 one-week modules each year, as they work towards their degree, supported by tutorials, seminars and self-learning, within the College’s comprehensive spiritual environment. Students have the opportunity to undertake placements and/or serve in local churches as their studies progress.
Context Based Learning (full-time)
Students are usually based in an agreed local church, often working as a Minister In Training (MIT), intern or volunteer for up to 20 hours a week. They are also full-time students of Regents Theological College, studying from that home setting for the remainder of the week. They visit the College campus in Malvern for 5 separate one-week modules a year for the face-to-face taught elements of the course. This is supported by tutorials and seminars delivered via Skype or online. Context based student’s gain valuable experiential learning in being able to directly apply the practical aspects of their studies with involvement in their church or workplace as they progress.
Context based learning (part-time)
Identical to full-time context based learning, except students visit the Regents campus 2 or 3 times a year to study the core modules at half pace, with each level taking two years to complete, and 6 years in all. Students typically need to commit 12-15 hours of study per week, and the courses can be taken alongside a full or part-time ministry, their on-going career, and/or work commitments.
Employability and Professional Practice
As part of the degree there is a placement module at each level of study where students work with churches and Christian organisations as well as schools and other youth services not connected to a church to apply the knowledge and skills learnt in the classroom. This gives students professional youth work experience and enables them to gain crucial professional and transferable skills by engaging with young people in these various contexts. Students also attend Limitless Leaders and have the opportunity to serve on team at The Gathering and Limitless Festival.
The degree prepares students for faith based youth ministry within churches and parachurch organisations. Thanks to our partnership with Limitless after finishing their degree many students end up working for Limitless and Elim as Youth Pastors and Youth Workers. Students also go onto work with other Christian denominations as Youth Ministers and workers. The degree is also applicable to the following careers:
Ollie Ward, BA (Hons), MA
Youth Track Course Leader and Performing Arts Track tutor
Rev. Tim Alford
Specialist Youth Track Lecturer
Validation and Entry Requirements
Regents Theological College is an approved academic partner of University of Chester. The BA in Applied Theology Youth track is validated by University of Chester and students who successfully complete the programme will be eligible for a University of Chester award.
If you are under 21 years of age, the entry requirements are GCSE English at C grade or above (or equivalent), and two A levels. If you are over 21, the requirement is GCSE English at C grade or above (or equivalent), and with the discretion of Regents Theological College.
** Since it is a requirement of our BA Applied Theology undergraduate course for students to undertake a placement, Regents requires an enhanced DBS check to be undertaken for which a fee is payable. Your guarantee of a place at Regents Theological College remains provisional pending receipt of a satisfactory DBS. These conditions remain in place irrespective of whether you have enrolled or commenced studies. Regents may withdraw the offer of a place, or terminate studies, if information comes to light that may have a bearing on your suitability to work with Children or Vulnerable Adults or you fail to meet the necessary suitability requirements for admission. While most matters will not automatically preclude an applicant from commencing study, Regents reserves the right to withdraw the offer of a place to anyone who fails to provide a satisfactory DBS check. Regents is only able to accept previous DBS checks where the check has been done through Elim as an employee check, and where the applicant has subscribed to the update service.
Three year Bachelors of Arts with Honours in Applied Theology, with an optional exit Certificate of Higher Education after one year, or Diploma of Higher Education after two years.
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