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Cliff Year – 2023-24

Aged 18-25? Wondering what to do next and wanting to explore what God has for your future? Join us here at Cliff College to invest in a year of intentional growth and training, alongside practical opportunities to share your faith and impact the world around you.


An important part of the Cliff Year is about encounter - getting to know both ourselves and God better.

As a Christian College and community, we prioritise spending time with God both corporately and individually. We have a regular morning prayer time together at 8.45am to start our day and the whole community also comes together on a Wednesday evening for a meal and a celebration and worship service. As part of the programme, you will have opportunities to lead and be involved in these corporate activities.

During the year, we will spend time together studying the Bible as a group, including focusing on one of the gospels.

We will make time and space for you to spend with God, both individually and with others, so that you can take time to discern your calling and vocation, and to reflect on how God is using you through your experiences. Everyone on the Cliff Year will have a mentor, who will be able to provide support and guidance.


As part of the Cliff College community, you will receive support and training to equip you to share your faith. Over the course of the year, you will study towards the Cliff College Diploma in Mission and Evangelism and be part of the Methodist Church Young Adult’s Leadership Year.

We also partner with other organisations including All We Can, the Methodist Church's international development and relief charity, in providing training.


You will participate in a variety of local mission and ministry opportunities to help you explore different ways to engage with others, share your faith and to serve God. This may include working as a team to lead collective worship in local primary schools. We will also do the annual Cliff Trek and an overseas mission trip together. These will provide further opportunities for you to discover, use and develop your gifts and talents.

Find out more about the Cliff Year at one of our upcoming events:

Rebekah, 2020-21 Cliff Year participant

I've learnt and grown a lot. I've also loved being part of a Christian community and meeting some wonderful people.

Rebekah, 2020-21 Cliff Year participant

The Cliff Year has been a chance to deepen my faith and grow in friendships. The highlight of the year was the people. I’ve had the chance to meet some amazing friends, who I’m sure will remain friends for the future.

Evie, 2020-21 Cliff Year participant

John, 2019-20 Cliff Year participant

The Cliff Year has given me the opportunity to live in community which has given me space to grow and develop as a person alongside others, whilst developing a good routine like reading my Bible and praying with other people.

John, 2019-20 Cliff Year participant

The Cliff Year will run from mid-September 2023 to July 2024.

The Cliff Year cost for 2023-24 is £2,495. The cost includes your accommodation, food and all training and placement costs. We can help you with some fundraising ideas and have some contacts for individual bursaries if helpful. We encourage you to tell your church about your plans to do the Cliff Year as they may want to contribute towards the cost.

During the year we will provide you with accommodation at Cliff College, your home for the year. You will be surrounded by the stunning views of the Peak District, and all of your meals will be provided. You will only need to raise a small amount of funds for treats, socialising and personal shopping.

What sort of numbers are you expecting for the gap year? Is it a large or small group?

We are expecting it to be a small group this year of up to 8 people. You will also be a part of the wider College community and will be able to socialise and make friends with students on the full-time residential programmes and with other members of the Cliff community who are residential.

What certificates/ qualifications would you get during the year?

  • Cliff College Diploma in Mission and Evangelism
  • The Leadership Year (The Methodist Church)
  • Opportunities to prepare you for the Worship: Leading & Preaching course, meaning if a participant is ready and willing, they could submit Portfolio A of this course the following September

Part of the diploma includes completing two compulsory short courses and one optional short course.

There is the possibility of completing further short courses (at an additional charge).

Is it based entirely at Cliff or will I be involved in ministry in different areas or churches too? Is there any travelling involved?

Your home for the year will be at Cliff. This will be where we do the bulk of the training and equipping, and you’ll be involved in some local placements to help you explore your vocation and calling.

We will also do some events around the country – supporting Cliff events as well as local Church and conference events.

There will also be the opportunity to go overseas.

What are the term/holiday times during the year and how is the year structured?

The year will start in mid-September with an induction and time to get to know the group.

There will be a Christmas Break from mid-December until early January.

We will also have a short break in the springtime, around Easter. The year will end at the end of July.

There will be an opportunity to go home for some of the weekends and for special family events etc.

The college’s graduation, where participants will receive their diploma, will take place in November 2023.

Are there any additional costs?

  • Travel insurance. You will need to purchase this for yourself, but check with us before you buy
  • Passport for overseas trips
  • Personal allowance for treats, shopping, spare time hobbies, personal travel, social activities and souvenirs
  • Travel between your home and Cliff College

What is included in the cost?

  • All of your main meals
  • Your accommodation
  • Travel to and from events related to the programme
  • Training

Do you have ideas to help me raise the funds I need?

Yes, we do! Please get in touch for ideas. We think it is good if you spend some time fundraising towards the cost of the year to help make others aware of what you are doing.

We would also encourage you to tell your church and/or circuit that this is something you would like to be a part of as they may be able to support you financially as well as prayerfully.

We are aware of some grants you may be able to apply for as well, including from Methodist Women in Britain.

For more information on the Cliff Year, contact us at

If you’re ready to apply, please download the application form and send it by email to