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, 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.


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 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.

Fees and funding

UK students
2018: £920

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
18 months
part time
12 months

Course contact details

Helen Bardy
0121 476 1181 x2432