Taught course

Chaplaincy With Young People

Newman University · Newman University

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.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content


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, multi-disciplinary, work-based course is primarily aimed at those working (paid or voluntary) across the diverse range of Chaplaincy contexts including, schools, hospitals, universities, prisons, military and the growing area of urban and workplace chaplaincy.

What does the course cover?

Newman University offers a professional development qualification for those wishing to gain further grounding in both the theological and pastoral aspects of their Chaplaincy role. The Chaplaincy certificate aims to develop your skills and experience as a reflective practitioner through a series of three modules:

• Chaplaincy

• Spirituality and Faith Development

• Chaplaincy Fieldwork

The core module of Chaplaincy explores an understanding of your role in institutional settings basing your practice as a Chaplain on a secure grasp of your faith tradition, liturgical practice and acts of worship, as well as exploring models of pastoral care.

The module exploring Spirituality and Faith Development will enable you to understand the processes and dynamics of faith formation. The module will also develop an understanding of what contributes towards spiritual and human development, from a faith perspective.

The fieldwork module is an essential element of our integrated model and meets the expected professional standards. With initial taught input by Newman staff and run via a tutorial group, the emphasis is on experiential learning and reflective practice in the field.


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.


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

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).

Fees and funding

UK students
2018: £950

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
18 months
part time
12 months

Course contact details

Margaret Holland
0121 476 1181 x2473