This innovative programme offers a sound foundation in theology and biblical studies alongside practical instruction and experience in mission and ministry. It can be studied either on-campus or online. Delivered by Cliff College, this programme leads to a qualification awarded by the University of Manchester. All students will study a range of core subjects to cover learning in the areas of Bible, Christian Theology and Missional Practice, with a progression through the levels from underlying knowledge and general familiarity with the subject matter to systematic and critical understanding that enables students to participate and communicate effectively and confidently in theology and mission. Each year will include a Mission Placement for practice-based learning appropriate to the level, which is integral to the integrated approach embodied in this programme. In addition to core units in each year, students will be able to choose optional units that extend their learning in their areas of interest. There are also two specialised pathways which have their own UCAS listing: Children, Youth and Familiy Ministry (CertHE, DipHE and BA), and Ministry Among Older People (CertHE only). Teaching is delivered during intensive teaching weeks (8 per academic year for full-time students; 4 per academic year for part-time students). Each student will work with their personal tutor to schedule other learning activities – including group seminars and tutorials – around the intensive teaching weeks, developing an integrated individual learning plan. This programme is offered in dual delivery mode, giving students the flexibility to study either onsite or online (distance learning option). In this innovative programme, on-campus and distance students attend scheduled classes together and at the same time using video conferencing tools. In addition, all students will benefit from a range of online learning resources, to complement and enhance the classroom experience. Whether living on campus or studying from a distance, students will have opportunities to participate in the community life of the College, joining in prayer and worship times as well as social activities. On-campus students will need to be physically present at Cliff College for all scheduled teaching. It is expected that most full-time students choosing this route will live at the College, or nearby. Part-time on-campus students may live further afield within the UK, but will be required to be present onsite for scheduled teaching weeks. Students who choose the distance learning option may choose to attend one or more of the scheduled teaching weeks in person at the College, with the agreement of their personal tutor.
Core modules taken by all students throughout the programme cover the key areas of the Bible, Christian theology and missional practice. These include: YEAR ONE Introduction to the Bible, Introduction to World Christianity, Christian Theology in Outline, Discipleship and Spirituality, Evangelism and Christian Mission, Mission Placement YEAR TWO Biblical Theology of Mission, Person and Work of Christ, Major World Faiths and Christian Mission, Mission Placement YEAR THREE Major Project, Mission Placement, Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts, The New Testament and Christian Hope In addition to core modules, options at each level provide students with an opportunity to develop their own interests. Optional modules include: Children, Youth and Family Ministry; Ministry Among Older People; Growing in Leadership; Preaching in Context; The Pilgrim Church; Theology and Mission in a Digital Age; Bible, Church and the Margins; and Leading and Pioneering in the Emerging Church.
Students will be asked to complete formative assessments throughout their study, including participation in discussions, presentations and written work. Feedback will assist students in developing their competence, and lead to the submission of summative assessments. Summative assessment will be via a carefully designed range of written work and oral presentations to demonstrate the intended learning objectives.
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
- Course does not award QTS
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Candidates whose first language is not English must have achieved a pass at or above Level 6 in IELTS, or in an equivalent recognised test.
English language requirements
Candidates whose first language is not English shall have achieved a pass at or above Level 6 in IELTS, or in an equivalent recognised test.
There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£8500||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£8500||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£8500||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Cliff College offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to enable students to access high quality theological education and training. Further details can be found on the Cliff College website.