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Those who are employed or volunteer as chaplains
Newman University, Genners Lane, Bartley Green, Birmingham, B32 3NT, West Midlands, United Kingdom

Chaplaincy Studies - Professional Graduate or Postgraduate Certificate


Primarily aimed at those who are employed or volunteer as chaplains, this part-time, work-based course will provide you with groundings in both the theological and pastoral aspects of the role and give you part qualification towards being recognised as a youth and community worker.

Our primary partners are 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, university chaplains, and chaplains in homeless and housing organisations.

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. Exploring an understanding of pastoral care in institutional settings will ensure that you are able to base your practise as a chaplain on a secure grasp of faith tradition, texts (e.g. introduction to biblical texts), acts of worship and pastoral care within the context of working in schools. The module will also develop an understanding of what contributes towards spiritual and human development from a faith perspective.

In addition, you will also undertake a fieldwork module which is an essential element of our integrated model and meets professional standards. Your organisation will have substantial involvement in this module as supervisors (and therefore assessors) with the emphasis being on experiential learning in the field, with initial taught input by Newman staff. This will be run via a tutorial group in your localities.

As you progress through the course, your third module will be an option based on your interests and work context, in the first instance taken from the youth and community work or theology for education level 6 and level 7 programmes.


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 this is a professional course attendance of 80% is expected.

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.

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