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BA Theology and Ministry - Placement Year (optional)

About the placement year

Apply your learning, enhance your CV and gain valuable life skills.

Our BA Theology and Ministry course offers the opportunity to apply subject-specific knowledge in a work place context through the option of a placement year in the third year of study.

Graduate employers actively seek to recruit candidates who are equipped to make the transition from learning to working, and who can demonstrate practical, applied thinking and professionalism.

A placement year will give you the opportunity to enhance your employment prospects, clarify your career goals and build your external networks, through practical work experience.


Placements are designed to help you learn more about how your learning in will translate in a live, workplace context.

As well as providing practical work experience, a placement offers you the chance to explore and define your career path, and to understand the kind of roles and responsibilities that play to your strengths.

A placement year may give you the opportunity to:

  • enhance your CV and gain a competitive edge in the jobs market;
  • build your contacts and networks;
  • gain independence and confidence;
  • gain a practical understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing organisations, and the way in which they operate;
  • make informed career choices based on your insight and experience;
  • discover how your learning can be applied in a work place context and develop additional transferable, soft skills to add to your portfolio.
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How it works

A degree with a placement lasts for four years, with the work placement in the third year.

You should apply for your course in the usual way: either direct to Cliff College or via UCAS. You'll be briefed on the opportunity to undertake a placement year during your first year, and you'll be invited to register your interest during your second year.

To progress onto a four-year course with a placement year, you'll need to meet the following application criteria during your first two years of study:

  • an overall average of 55% or higher during level 5;
  • a satisfactory attendance record across levels 4 and 5;
  • a suitable academic reference (usually your Programme Lead);
  • undertaken at least one mission placement unit during levels 4 or 5;
  • not received any formal disciplinary action during levels 4 and 5;
  • where appropriate, a satisfactory DBS certificate.

You can register your interest any point, but you must bear in mind that placements need to be confirmed by the publicised application deadline (usually mid-June of your second year of study). The majority of placements will be identified and sourced by the College. However, it will be possible for students to source their own placements, though these will require approval by the College.

Full placement application and approval guidance will be provided when you register your interest in the programme.

You'll receive comprehensive support before, during and after your placement year including a dedicated resource hub, access to our online community and practical help in sourcing placements and preparing for interview.

You'll enter your placement year in your third year of study, and what was your third year will become your fourth year.