As part of the Children & Family Ministry pathway students spend time working at a placement alongside their studies. We call this ‘Professional Practice’ and the placement is a ‘Professional and Ministerial Practice Agency’ (or ‘Practice Agency’ for short).
Practice Agencies can be a church, or group of churches, or a Christian organisation or charity. Some students may apply with a Practice Agency already in mind, others do not and we will help them find a suitable agency.
Over the course of the Certificate students will complete a minimum of 300 hours in their main practice agency, which works out at around 12 hours per week during term time, 80% of which should be face to face children, youth and family ministry, depending on the area the student wishes to specialise in.
If students wish to continue with their studies after completing the Certificate to gain a Diploma or BA Degree they can do so. They can continue to work at their placement as a Placement Based Theology Student, using Children, Youth and Family ministry as the context for their studies. However only the Certificate is endorsed by CYM.
All students will be assigned a Practice Tutor (PT) who will hold an appropriate professional qualification (Level 4 or above, JNC or playwork) or have equivalent professional experience. The Practice Tutor will help the student to reflect on thier practice and put together their professional practice portfolio submission. Students will meet with their Practice Tutor for one-hour tutorials six times in the year, three times per semester.
Students will also be part of a Contextual Tutorial Group (CTG). This small group will meet for the equivalent of 20 hours over the year. CTGs run alongside teaching modules to look at theory and learning relevant to the professional practice competences, and take place with the Ministerial Formation programme.
All of these aspects form an integral part of a CYM Endorsed Certificate, along with the academic modules and formation programme.
If you represent a church or organisation who may interested in providing a placement for a student you can download an information pack here which gives more detail on exactly what is involved. Please do get in touch with us as well, we’d love to talk things through with you.
(You can also read the College’s Safeguarding policy here.)