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BA Theology and Mission - Degree (Level 6)

Course structure

The final (degree) year is a 120-credit course of study which represents a further year of full-time study (or its equivalent). Entry is normally through the completion of the second year. Students complete 80 core credits and gain a further 40 credits from optional elective units.

Core units:

Dissertation/Major Project30 credits
Mission and Evangelism Placement 320 credits
New Testament 3: Apocalyptic and Christian Hope10 credits
Old Testament 3: Wisdom Literature and Psalms10 credits
The Church and Her Worship10 credits

Optional units include:

Intergenerational Church for Children, Youth and Families *20 credits

Bible, Church and the Margins

20 credits
Theologians in Context20 credits
Christian Leadership in Changing Contexts20 credits
Church History 3: Reformation and Renewal (1500 onwards)10 credits
Christian Ethics10 credits
Biblical Exegesis10 credits

* core units for students on the Children, Youth and Family Ministry pathway

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.


Students write a 6,000-word dissertation on a subject of particular interest to them. Students are assigned a supervisor and topics are subject to approval.

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Teaching and assessment

In Level 6 there are more 20-credit units to choose from, allowing students to engage in greater depth with a subject. Units are assessed in a variety of ways: essays, presentations, portfolios, and even press releases and mock radio interviews. For 10-credit units, written work of 3,000 words is required and marking is done anonymously.

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.