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BA (Hons) Applied Theology (Youth & Community Work) with JNC

Christian theology applied.
Our Applied Theology with Youth and Community Work degree has been designed to give you a firm foundation on which to build your life and ministry. It will equip you to serve God in practical and relevant ways in a fast-changing world. Upon graduation you will also receive a JNC Professional Qualification.

Course duration
3 years full-time

Location and mode of study

  • Christchurch: campus-based or placement-based
  • Midlands: placement-based
  • Northern Ireland: placement-based (from 2020)

Plus location(s) of placement(s)

Course content:

In year one, you’re guided through core modules in theological and biblical studies. You also begin a practice module, building a portfolio of work throughout the year relating to your weekly youth work placement.

In year two, you further your analysis of biblical perspectives as well as continuing the practice module. At this point you begin to specialise more, studying Youth and Community work modules to sharpen your knowledge and understanding for effective ministry. Additionally, Christchurch campus-based students undertake an intensive five-week block placement within the UK.

In year three, you focus heavily on your Youth and Community work professional study modules; alongside a mixture of core study, practice, and optional modules, including Management. Christchurch campus-based students undertake a further five-week block placement in the UK or overseas (optional for placement-based students). Your final year helps you integrate all you’ve done, prior to moving out into Christian service.

“Studying BA Applied Theology with Youth and Community Work has greatly widened my understanding and perspective of full-time youth ministry.

It provided time for deep reflective practice, as well as a chance to gain wisdom from both peers and professionals in a fun and engaging environment.”

– Scott, Youth Pastor

Assessment and feedback

Assessment tasks include presentations and portfolios to demonstrate your learning, as well as essays and reports. Compulsory modules comprise 100% coursework, whilst some non-compulsory modules involve written exams.


Christchurch campus-based students typically have lectures four days per week in addition to their weekly placement activities. Christchurch placement-based students are taught one full day per week on campus, whilst fully immersed in their placement and attending the campus for three five-day study blocks per year. Students at our South West and Midlands attend a number of study blocks per year in their region, and three to four five-day study blocks at our campus, to complement their ongoing work on placement.

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto this course you need to have the potential to succeed in it and to benefit from it. This is normally demonstrated by:

  • Two A-levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications.
  • GCSE in English (Language or Literature) at grade C or above, or equivalent qualifications at level 2, or an IELTS Academic Certificate with an overall score of 6.0 with at least 6.0 in each of reading and writing or nationally-recognised English language-based level 3 award, equivalent to these IELTS scores, from a different testing system.
  • An appropriate understanding of, commitment to and suitability for the range of vocations for which these studies prepare you.

If you’ve been out of education for some time, or don’t have the regular academic qualifications to enter the BA, you may want to apply to do our Foundation Year, which provides an initial, preparatory year before joining the standard BA studies, or to talk to us about your potential for the Accreditation of Prior Learning.

Term dates for 2019/2020


Our courses are validated by:

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Andy du Feu

“Uncompromising in its theological pursuit, the course is committed to personal development and the highest standards of practice.”
Andy du Feu,
Director of Youth and Community Work

National Student Survey results

What do our students think of this course? According to the latest National Student Survey…

Student satisfaction
95% agreed with the statement
“Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course”

Employment and accreditation
100% go on to work and/or study

Degree results
16% of students obtained a 1st class degree; 47% of students obtained an upper 2nd class degree

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Megan Barrett

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Megan Barrett

When I was 17, God gave me a heart to see the lives of young people transformed through the love of Jesus; to see them reach a point of salvation through grace, and establish an identity in Christ. Around the same time, I felt God leading me towards Moorlands College, and eventually, after finishing my A levels and taking two gap years, God made it clear that now was the time for me to go.

My Moorlands experience was challenging and hard but also incredibly fun and life transforming. It not only continued to stir up my passion for studying God’s Word, but it also equipped me with the tools to be able to study it at an even deeper level. Studying the BA in Applied Theology (Youth and Community Work) provided me with numerous opportunities to feed the God-given heart I have for young people. God has refined this by highlighting the importance of quality relationship and sex education for young people and the church, giving me a clearer sense of direction as to how to live out my calling. Additionally, Moorlands College has set alight a desire within me to keep on learning, even though my ‘official’ studies have now ended. Through hard work, the support of loving friends and family, and most importantly, by the grace of God, I’m so blessed to not only be finishing my time at Moorlands College with a first-class BA (Hons), but will also be joining Message Wales—part of the Message Trust. As the Events Co-ordinator and Schools Worker, some of my responsibilities include teaching lessons on self-esteem and sex and relationship education, as well as numerous Bible-based RE lessons. God has been so faithful in providing me with this opportunity to really get stuck in and serve young people.

I am so thankful that God called me to Moorlands College and I cannot wait to see him continue to do amazing things in my life, and in the lives of the young people I’ll meet.

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