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Reading the Old Testament

Reading the Old Testament is an online course taken over three and a half months, using Cliff College's online learning platform.

The Old Testament contains foundational narratives, theological perspectives and devotional practices that have shaped the Christian community since its beginning. As Scripture, the Old Testament continues to inform Christian faith and practice in the contemporary world. In this course, Reading the Old Testament, students are introduced to the literature, history and message of the Old Testament. The course provides students with tools to enable them to read the Old Testament in its context and to use it appropriately in mission and ministry today.

Reading the Old Testament is taught in ten sessions over ten weeks, with a further five weeks to prepare and submit your assessment. More detail of the course structure is available under 'Dates and cost'.

This course will be available from 15 January and is taught in ten sessions over ten weeks, with a further five weeks to prepare and submit your assessment. The first and last sessions are live seminars which you will need to attend either online or onsite at Cliff College - these will run from 7-8:30pm on Wednesday 17 January and Monday 18 March.

The other eight sessions are designed for independent study and are made up of video content, reading, written tasks and other creative activities to help consolidate your learning. These can be done at any time in the week that suits you. We recommend that you allow two hours of learning for each session, plus time for reading and assessment preparation. The assessment will usually include writing an essay or creative article, recording a short presentation and completing some online exercises.

Throughout the course you will have opportunities through scheduled online meetings to check in with Cliff College staff, discuss your learning and experience of the course, seek guidance on assessments and ask any questions you have.

You can apply for this course here. This course costs £360, including access to all teaching materials and tutorial support throughout your course.

Applications for this programme are open now - apply here! If you have any questions about the course or would like to speak to someone before applying, please contact The deadline for applications for this course is Monday 4 December.

Entry requirements

A Level 3 qualification (such as an A Level) or equivalent.

It is recognised that standard procedures for assessing applications may not always provide an accurate understanding of an applicant's suitability. In such cases where a Level 3 qualification is not held, qualification it is still possible to apply, and these applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, in line with our non-standard entry process.

English language proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English shall have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent in an equivalent recognised test. This must have been achieved no longer than two years before the date of enrolment on the course.