Study With Us: Youth Ministry, School Chaplaincy

A practical perspective on youth ministry & school chaplaincy

Foundation Degree in
Youth Ministry & School Chaplaincy

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The Foundation Degree in Youth Ministry & School Chaplaincy (YMSC) is a two year, full time, distance learning programme, delivered through a range of teaching methods, including online learning, residentials at Maryvale and 48% placement/workplace based learning. The programme provides a practical perspective on central aspects of youth ministry/school chaplaincy. Successful completion of the course leads to the award of a Foundation Degree validated by The Open University.

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Who is the programme aimed at?

The YMSC course is aimed at those already employed in either a paid or voluntary capacity in youth work/ministry/school chaplaincy and can include those who initially undertake a gap year placement in a youth centre, but who often continue into longer term positions, including leadership.

What are the entry requirements?

Students will need to already be employed in the field of youth work/ministry/school chaplaincy (paid or voluntary).

Due to the nature of the work being undertaken, students will work closely with young people and Maryvale is committed to ensuring the safeguarding of all students and those whom they work and study alongside. All applicants are required to have an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Certificate. Arrangements for DBS checks should be made through your employer / voluntary organisation, but Maryale will require sight of your certificate on application to the programme and will keep record of the certificate details until your completion of the programme. You are required to submit a copy of your DBS certificate with your application and, if your application is successful, bring your hard copy with you to your first residential, to be viewed and recorded by a member of the programme team.

How long is the programme?

This is a two-year, full-time, distance-learning course.

When is the next enrolment?

The course starts at Maryvale each October. Applications can be made at any time.

Programme information (content & structure)

The Programme aims to provide quality undergraduate education as a resource for practitioners in ministry and a possible building block for further academic and professional achievement. Graduates will have gained specific knowledge and understanding that will support them in their current employment, as well as a wide range of transferable skills that will be valuable to future employers. Such skills are fostered explicitly in some modules and implicitly throughout the programme.

The content of the study involved (by year):

Year 1 - The Maryvale HE Certificate would be 6 modules:
  • Youth Ministry and School Chaplaincy I: Contemporary Context
  • Biblical Inspiration and Interpretation
  • Pastoral Leadership and Policy
  • Church and Sacraments
  • Youth Culture I
  • Christ and Life to the Full
Year 2 - The Maryvale HE Diploma follows a further 6 modules:
  • Youth Ministry and School Chaplaincy II: Creativity and Change
  • Encountering World Religions
  • Youth Culture II
  • Catechesis and Community
  • Human Beings and Sexual Ethics
  • Prayer and Christian Spirituality

Teaching is delivered is through a combination of online learning and 3 short residentials per year (at Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, UK),** and 48% of the course consists of placement or workplace-based learning.

**In response to restrictions imposed and uncertainties raised by Covid-19, Maryvale Institute will conduct all residentials and study days online until 31 July 2021 in the first instance. The situation will be monitored and reviewed regularly for course delivery after this time.**


Through a number of assignments: article or chapter reviews, essays , portfolio, logbooks, case study reports, policy reviews, presentations and online discussions.

Course Fees

The level of course fees payable depends on whether you are a UK/EU or a non-EU student. Please ensure that you refer to the appropriate section on the course fees page.

How do I apply?

Applications are welcome at any time of year. To apply, download and submit the application form and other documents:


If you have a disability or any long-term condition that impacts on your day-to-day life, please download the Accessibility Form, open and edit it in Acrobat Reader, and email or post the completed document to the Accessibility Coordinator (address included on the form), to ensure we can give you the best possible support during your course of study. Disclosing a disability will not be a factor in Institute’s decision as to whether or not to offer you a place on the course. However, it is important that the Institute knows if you have any specialist needs in order to provide you with appropriate support and facilities. This information will remain strictly confidential. For further information, please contact the Accessibility Coordinator by using the contact button below:

For further information

Please contact us either by making an online enquiry below or by calling 0121 3608118.

Student Feedback

"The modules are relevant and contemporary and it really helped being able to do most of the work online, supported by face-to-face contact time through study days."

Candidate for Priesthood, Birmingham Diocese - 2018

"The programme really helped me to explore my ministry and to develop key skills. This has helped me to further both my faith and ministry."

Programme Leader in Youth Ministry Team - 2018

"It has inspired me to continue working with young people and ministering to them."

Assistant Chaplain at a Girls' School - 2018
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