We typically attract younger students than some other colleges. Most students are between 20-26 years old, though the range goes all the way up to 60! Our community comes from all over Australia and are a delightful mix of single and married people with a wide range of ministry and life experience. Everyone is involved in either children’s or youth ministry in some capacity, and the College is set-up to enable us to learn and share with one another.
What is the student body like?
Is Youthworks College only for young people?
Many people seem to think that you need to be young to minister to children or youth, but we don’t think that’s true – children and youth need leaders of all ages! And so, we are not a college for young people; rather, we are a college for people who have a heart for young people and want to see them know and love Jesus.
Do I need to be an Anglican to study at Youthworks College?
Anyone who loves the Lord Jesus and wants to serve him by working with children and youth is welcome. Whilst we are an Anglican College, almost 1 in 4 of our students come from non-Anglican churches, so if that’s you, you will have plenty of company.
Prerequisites and Prior Learning.
Can I apply to Youthworks College straight out of school?
Whilst we’re delighted you want to come, and we’re sure you’d be an asset to our community and the wider church, going straight from school into full-time ministry training is rarely a good idea. We strongly recommend you apply to Year 13, or spend a couple of years working or at university to grow and develop in your maturity before beginning ministry training.
Do I need a particular ATAR result to apply?
Rest assured that there is no minimum ATAR result required to apply. However the Australian College of Theology (ACT) stipulates that applicants must have satisfactorily completed Year 12 in an Australian school system or equivalent. We’ll also consider other factors such as your practical experience, maturity and motivation, and your likelihood of satisfactorily completing the academic requirements of the course. You can also apply as a mature-age student over the age of 20 without having completed Year 12 or equivalent. We would love to talk with you further about this.
Are there any other prerequisites?
Some international applicants, or applicants who have recently immigrated to Australia, may be asked to provide proof of English language proficiency. This can be obtained by completing an examination administered by International English Language Testing System and achieving a score of 6.0 or higher in each sub-category.
Can I transfer credit from prior theological study?
Prior learning is recognised according to guidelines set by the Australian College of Theology (ACT). If you would like to apply for RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) or the transfer of credit, please supply the College Registrar a copy of your academic transcript and course outlines for the units you wish to have credited.
Do I have to stay in the overnight accommodation?
We prefer all our students to stay overnight, even if they live close-by; it helps to build community and form those supportive relationships that will last you a lifetime of ministry. However, we realise that people have different circumstances and so we’re flexible about this policy. Special provisions may be made if you need to care for young children or a sick family member. Please talk to us!
Does Youthworks College offer full-time accommodation?
No. Whilst we’d love to be able to offer full-time accommodation on campus, the accommodation is set-up as single-sex dormitories, so private rooms aren’t available. We also share the site with Year 13 and outside youth groups, and so accommodation is only provided during the actual studying time.
If you are in need of full-time accommodation, please contact us and we can assist with finding you somewhere to board.
Does Youthworks College have married accommodation?
Loftus has long been regarded as a romantic destination for honeymooning couples, it’s true. Unfortunately though, our accommodation is set-up as single-sex dormitories. So while you hypothetically could bring your spouse along, it might get a bit awkward… Your spouse would probably be happier having the bed at home to themselves one night a week.
Does Youthworks College have childcare facilities?
While we don’t provide childcare facilities, spouses and young children are welcome to come join us for meals. Please contact the College administration team the week before to arrange this.
Do I have to do my ministry placement at my home or ‘sending’ church?
That’s up to you and your church. Most of our students do their placement in their home church, and end up working there once they graduate. However, if you are moving to come to College, or your church is too small, or there is some other reason why you cannot serve in your home church, please let us know . We would be happy to help you find a new church family.
Is my church expected to pay for my days of ministry?
This is an arrangement between you and your church, though we think you’re worthy of their hire. Students have different circumstances, some work voluntarily but most are raising some support and also being paid for their part time work with their sending and supervising church.
Who is the ACT?
Whilst they have an acronym that many people naturally confuse with Canberra, the ACT actually stands for the Australian College of Theology – a national higher education provider. As Youthworks College is an affiliated college, the ACT accredits our Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs. You can find out more about them here.
Is there a time limit in which I have to complete the diploma program?
Nope – you can study at your own pace and structure it around your work, ministry and family commitments. You can drag your study out until the Second Coming if you like (though that would be a shame as you wouldn’t get to use it).
Can I come down and visit the campus outside of the scheduled Open Days?
Sure – just contact us and we’d be happy to arrange a time.
Can I get someone out to my church to speak about Youthworks College?
Thought you’d never ask! Just contact us and we’d be happy to arrange something.
Year 13 Students.
I am in Year 13 and want to continue studying at Youthworks College. Do I get any credit for the subjects I have done so far?
If you have finished the Year 13 program and want to keep studying, you will receive credit for all your completed units. This means you might need to complete:
- 2 more units to receive the Diploma of Christian Studies, or
- 6 more units to receive a Diploma of Ministry or Theology, and/or
- 10 more units to receive a Double Diploma of Ministry and Theology
Just contact us and we can talk through your options.
Is there much difference between the Year 13 program and the rest of College?
The main difference is the older mix of students you will be studying with. Both programs are taught at a Diploma-level, and the basic shape of study, chapel and small groups, meals and overnight stays mostly remains the same. Some say that things feel a little more ‘serious’ at College, but all the Year 13 students who have stayed on have adapted well and seem to have a great time.