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First year (Level 4)

Full Time Undergraduate Study

In addition to being the first year of the degree, successful completion of the first year (Level 4) means students can be awarded a Certificate in Higher Education by the University of Manchester (for one year’s full-time study, or its equivalent credit value).

Subject to satisfying other requirements, students may progress to the second year (Level 5) of the BA in Theology offered at the College, or through the Credit Accumulation Transfer Scheme (CATS) to a Level 5 course at another University.

The course is a one year full-time course starting in September, but it may be possible to consider other patterns for its completion, such as part time or entry at a different time of the year.

Course structure 2014  2015

To obtain a Certificate a student must gain 120 credits by successfully completing units which are normally worth 10 credits each. The units focus on key aspects of the Christian life: Biblical Studies, Theology, Evangelism, Mission and Ministry.


  • New Testament 
  • Old Testament
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Introduction to Evangelism.
  • Research Skills

OPTION UNITS (students take seven from the following):

  • Christian Spirituality - held in Taize, France
  • Christian Discipleship
  • Christian Leadership
  • New Testament Exegesis
  • Mission Placement
  • Church History
  • Preaching Practice
  • Resourcing Christian Worship
  • Children's & Youth Ministry
  • Theological Exploration for Methodist Preachers. 

In consultation with a personal tutor, you can put together the course most suited to your goals and interests. You will be helped to make these decisions when you arrive.

Cliff College reserve the right to offer alternative options to those listed here, according to availability.


Teaching and Assessments

Most units entail around 15 hours contact between the tutor and the student group. There is a flexibility of approach, dependent on the unit and the number of students, that will typically be a mixture of lecture, plenary discussion and group or individual supervised work. Where units have substantial practical elements, additional members of the tutorial and evangelistic staff assist. Tutors are available for individual consultation outside class time.

Peter Lecturing 


Units are assessed in different ways; through the writing of essays, preparation of resource material, project work and reflection. Methods of  research and analysis are taught and encouraged, and mission assessment requires reflective work that makes connections between practice and  theory. For most units, written work of around 3,000 words is required, and marking is done anonymously. Attendance is required at all the relevant  lectures or classes.


For further information please download the prospectus here, and to apply, download the application form here.

For further help, please contact our Academic Registrar.

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