Chaplaincy With Young People, Professional Graduate or Postgraduate Certificate

Course length: 1 year (flexible) part-time, blended learning.   18 months (flexible) part-time, distance learning (subject to weekend dates).

Overview

In your role as a Chaplain it is essential to develop one’s skills and understanding to provide high quality pastoral and spiritual care in the setting in which you work. This part time, work-based course is primarily aimed at those working in Chaplaincy contexts, particularly, though not exclusively, with young people. We offer a professional development qualification drawing on multi-disciplinary approaches to working with people, as well as offering a further grounding in both the pastoral and theological aspects of their Chaplaincy role.

Our partners include Birmingham Archdiocese Diocesan Educational Services (DES) and the Diocesan Youth Service, who run a network of Chaplains in schools. Newman continues to make additional links with other networks including Muslim Chaplains, Prison Chaplains, Hospital Chaplains, University Chaplains and Chaplains in other diverse areas.

What does the course cover?

The programme can be taken as either a graduate certificate or a postgraduate certificate and consists of three modules. You will undertake a core module on Chaplaincy where you will explore and understand pastoral care in institutional settings, ensuring that you are able to base your practice as a chaplain on a secure grasp of practical theology, your faith tradition, the skills needed in working with people, as well as exploring models and contexts of chaplaincy.

The module exploring Young people, Spirituality and Faith Development will enable you to understand the processes and dynamics of formation with young people and adults. The module will also develop an understanding of what contributes towards spiritual and human development, from a faith perspective, as well as developing your practice in leading liturgy and acts of worship.

In addition, you will also undertake a fieldwork module which is an essential element of our integrated model and meets professional standards. With initial taught input by Newman staff and run via a tutorial group, the emphasis is on experiential learning in the field and developing your own reflective practice.

Attendance

The group size is small enough to allow good interaction between class members and easy access to the tutors. The programme is delivered through a blend of online materials and taught sessions at Newman. You will be encouraged to make use of distance learning materials and to interact with other students and course tutors in online forums. As a professional course attendance of 80% is expected.

Routes

Postgraduate Certificate or
Professional Graduate Certificate
Study this course either by weekly attendance during semester time, supported by online resources etc.. (duration 12months)

Postgraduate Certificate only
Distance learning, with four weekends where delivery will take place here at our campus. This route is supported by online resources, tutorials etc.  (duration 18 months approx, depending on the weekend dates). To apply for the distance learning route CLICK HERE.

RELATED DOCUMENTS

pdf  Distance Learning Route - Postgraduate Certificate
Last updated: 28 September 2016

Entry requirements

This course is available at professional graduate (level 6) or Postgraduate (level 7).  For both levels you will normally be required to be working as a chaplain or similar, in a paid or voluntary capacity and demonstrate some knowledge and understanding of chaplaincy with young people.  For the professional graduate level course you will need some evidence of the ability to study at final year of a degree level, for example a foundation degree or NVQ level 4. Alternatively significant professional experience (at least 3 years) may be considered.  For the postgraduate level you will need a good first degree.  

Fees

2016-17 Course Fee
Home/EU Students: £940
Overseas Students: £3,340

Alumni are entitled to a 10% discount.
From 2017/18 tuition fees may rise in line with inflation.

Finance information.

Year 1 modules


CHAPLAINCY


MODULE TITLE : CHAPLAINCY

MODULE CODE : CH601


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will enable students to enhance their skills and knowledge on the concept of Chaplaincy, locating these within their own values, faith and work context. Students will explore their own faith tradition alongside others and consider the skills needed in the area of pastoral care with young people.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  • Ensure the students are able to base their practice as Chaplains on a secure grasp of their faith tradition, holy texts, teachings and rituals and be able to critically analyse these
  • Acquire a knowledge, conceptual understanding and practice of key skills that support the mission, ethos and values of pastoral care with young people (e.g. Faith based)
  • Develop an understanding and analysis of what contributes towards spiritual and human development from a faith perspective.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate an informed understanding of key aspects of values, beliefs, teachings and rituals within their own faith
  • Demonstrate the ability to carry out the role of a Chaplain in a professional and sensitive manner
  • Demonstrate an awareness of a range of opinion on sensitive ethical and practical issues.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - % Gateway Assessment (Pass/Fail Element) - 80% Attendance Requirement

Component 2 - 100% Individual Seminar (30 minutes ) and Seminar Paper (2000 words)

YOUNG PEOPLE, SPIRITUALITY & FAITH DEVELOPMENT


MODULE TITLE : YOUNG PEOPLE, SPIRITUALITY & FAITH DEVELOPMENT

MODULE CODE : CH602


MODULE SUMMARY :

The module will explore the concept of youth, young people’s spirituality and faith development in contemporary society. A range of models of spirituality will be covered, which will be drawn from the experience of the students and the rich traditions within the faith communities. There will be the opportunity to study important theories of the faith development of young people, and to consider some of the issues and trends in faith and spirituality which may particularly affect young people today.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Deepen the students’ understanding of traditional and contemporary definitions of young people and models of spirituality and faith development and their applications from a faith perspective/world view
  • Develop and articulate the student’s knowledge and understanding of important theories of the spiritual development and faith development of young people
  • Prepare the students to facilitate, plan and lead faith and spiritual experiences with and for young people.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

  • Develop an informed and critical understanding of a range of spiritualties
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and conceptual understanding of the stages and theories of faith and spiritual development of young people
  • Explore the requisite theological and practical expertise to plan faith and spiritual experiences or otherwise support the spiritual development of young people.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - % Gateway Assessment (Pass/Fail Element) - 80% Attendance Requirement

Component 2 - 100% Group Presentation (30 minutes) and Individual Reflection (1500 words)

CHAPLAINCY FIELDWORK


MODULE TITLE : CHAPLAINCY FIELDWORK

MODULE CODE : CH603


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will enable students to make links between theory and context through experiential learning and supervised practice. They will reflect on themselves as Chaplains and the impact of who they are on their practice with young people.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 0.00
Placement : 222.00
Total :  246.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Bring together action, reflection, theory and practice
  • Ensure the students develop and sustain an attitude of reflective attentiveness to self, the world and professional practice as Chaplains with the support of an experienced supervisor.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate a reflective understanding of all aspects of their practice as Chaplains
  • Evidence their ability to put theory into practise, demonstrating that they can critically analyse theories, concepts and the value of Chaplaincy.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - % Gateway Assessment (Pass/Fail Element) - 80% Attendance Requirement

Component 2 - 100% Portfolio (4000 words)

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