Cliff Certificates

Cliff College Certificates are designed to allow a student to explore a theme in greater depth than a day, mid week or weekend course could allow. While most Cliff College Certificate weeks are Monday to Friday and are based at the college, some of our courses are distributed off site in various regions of the UK, as well as on the back of study trips abroad. Again, most of these off site courses are offered within an intensive week of teaching, whilst some are offered over several months. As such Cliff College Certificates are offered throughout the year. Certificates require an application process including a local church reference.

Teaching based at the college includes 10-12 sessions of teaching, including opportunity for library time and 1-1 tutorials, as well as free time each day. A Cliff College Certificate can be obtained by attendance through the week and the submission of a piece of academic assessment which achieves a pass mark. This is all explained during the week by the Course Leader. Successful students receive their Cliff College Certificate and are invited to the official Graduation day. Cliff College Certificates are recognised as a theological qualification, and are useful as APEL qualifications onto the validated courses that the College offers.

Overseas guests are invited to explore our Cliff College Certificate programme, although not every certificate is applicable to overseas settings, and this would need to be discussed with the Administrator. Attenders from overseas would need to carry a valid student visitor visa if wishing to take the assessed, rather than the audit option.

There are many options in this category, and further Cliff College Certificate courses are always being planned. Look out for the new initiatives!

Please click on the links on the left side menu, to view further details on our current Cliff College Certificate courses.

Audit – taking a Certificate course for interest

It is possible to attend most of the Certificate courses just for interest (that is , to “audit” a course). An audit student can enjoy the input of the lectures and discussions etc without the pressure of submitting the work, but will not be awarded the certificate at the end of the course. For some wanting to explore study again, or not wanting to produce an assignment, this can be a way forward, and many have used this as an opportunity for spiritual refreshment and retreat, as well as new learning. There are no reductions in cost for those taking this option, and the application process is the same. 

Gain credit towards a degree

Depending on the subject area, your Cliff College Short Course Certificate may also enable you to gain credit towards a University of Manchester certificate, diploma or degree at Cliff College. Usually, a short course certificate will gain you 10-20 credits towards a validated qualification. It would mean, for instance, that instead of studying 120 credits in the first year of a degree, you only study 100-110. The awarding of credit in this way is not automatic, and must be applied for. If you would like further guidance on whether your Cliff College Short Course Certificate may contribute towards a University of Manchester qualification at Cliff College then contact the Academic Director, Dr Justin Thacker on 

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