The first (certificate) year is a 120-credit course of study. Students complete 100 core credits and again a further 20 credits from optional elective units.
|Introduction to the Bible||10 credits|
|New Testament (Gospels and Acts)||10 credits|
|Old Testament (Genesis and Exodus)||10 credits|
|Introduction to World Christianity|
|Christian Theology in Outline||10 credits|
|Discipleship and Spirituality||10 credits|
|Integrating Theology and Practice||10 credits|
|Evangelism and Christian Mission||10 credits|
|Children, Youth and Family Ministry *||10 credits|
|Issues Facing Children, Youth and Families *||10 credits|
|Ministry Among Older People +||10 credits|
|Issues Facing Older People +||10 credits|
|Public Theology||10 credits|
|Growing in Leadership||10 credits|
* core units for students on the Children, Youth and Family Ministry pathway
+ core units for students on the Ministry Among Older People pathway
During your induction, your programme lead will help you choose units most suited to your goals and interests.
Cliff College reserves the right to offer alternative options to those listed here, according to availability.
The year includes a mandatory mission placement. Students work with the College to choose placements that relate to their particular interests or career objectives. Placements involve taking a reflective approach to Christian ministry, evidenced in the journalling and assessments required for this unit.
Teaching and assessment
Students will attend eight intensive teaching weeks per year (for full-time students), and will have further tutorials and supervision outside of these weeks. Teaching hours will be made up of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, discussions, and supervised individual or group work. The Mission Placement unit involves practical mission work at a placement chosen by the student in cooperation with the College. Each student will produce a learning schedule with their personal tutor to guide their independent study time. Tutors are available for individual consultation outside class time.
Completion and progression
On successful completion of the first year, students may progress to the second year (Level 5) of the BA Theology and Mission degree at Cliff College. They can also exit with a Certificate of Higher Education in Theology and Mission, or a Certificate of Higher Education in Theology and Mission (Children, Youth and Family Ministry) / (Ministry Among Older People) if students have completed these pathways, awarded by the University of Manchester (subject to approval).