BA Hons Youth Ministry


If you are interested in being a Christian youth worker, then the BA (Hons) Theology and Youth Ministry could be ideal for you. It aims to combine an excellent grounding in Christian theology alongside reflection on the latest ideas, issues and challenges in youth ministry thinking and practice. The programme is run by dedicated Youth Ministry Tutors and also provides an opportunity to learn from some leading figures in Christian youth work in the UK today. In addition students have the chance to learn alongside those training for other forms of Christian ministry. It will prepare you spiritually, practically and theologically for the challenges of ministry among young people today.

The BA in Theology and Youth Ministry combines a broad grounding in theology from our academic staff alongside input from specialist tutors on a wide variety of practical and emerging aspects of Christian ministry amongst young people in Britain. Our theological teaching deepens and develops through the programme. In this way, we seek to equip students from a variety of learning backgrounds to be confident Christian theologians working effectively with young people in a wide variety of contexts and sectors. 

Whilst on the degree, which is validated by Middlesex University, students divide their time between academic study and practical youth work in a local placement context.


Students usually spend up to 3 days per week at an approved church, school or community-based placement. Students and placements can apply together in a combined application, or independently and then be matched together. Some students work on placements with partner organisations such as XLP.

The supervisor at this placement must have suitable experience in youth ministry in this local context. For Youth Ministry Placement information click here.

Academic study

Students need to set aside:

  • Each Monday in term time (3 x 10 week terms per year) to attend our study centre, St Mellitus College, London

  • 2 Academic Teaching Weeks per year (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm).

  • An additional full day per week (minimum) for private study

Studying this degree at St Mellitus College offers students theology and training at the heart of the local church; excellence in academic theological teaching; practical youth ministry training with a focus on issues of theology and practice in contextual youth ministry; and exposure to fellow students from a wide range of backgrounds and contexts.

View the programme specifications here and the Middlesex regulations here.

If you have any further queries, please email us at [email protected].

The BA in Theology and Youth Ministry is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.