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BA Theology and Mission - Diploma (Level 5)

Course structure

The second (diploma) 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 first year. Students complete 80 core credits and gain a further 40 credits from optional elective units.

Core units:

Biblical Theology of Mission10 credits
New Testament Epistles10 credits
Old Testament Prophets10 credits
The Person of Christ10 credits
The Work of Christ10 credits

Major World Faiths and Christian Mission

10 credits
Mission Placement20 credits

Optional units include:

Children, Youth and Family Ministry in Theological Perspective *10 credits
Faith and Spirituality for Children, Youth and Families *10 credits
The Pilgrim Church10 credits
Principles of Christian Mentoring10 credits
Luke in the Holy Land10 credits
Preaching in Context10 credits
Philosophy and the Contemporary World10 credits
Discipleship and Discipling10 credits
Theology and Mission in a Digital Age10 credits
Christian Worship10 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.

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Teaching and assessment

Students in the second year of the BA course (Level 5) are challenged to explore theology, biblical studies, mission and practice in greater depth through lectures, mission and simply being part of the Cliff community. This leads to lots of time spent thinking, grappling with proposals and concepts, trying out ideas in practice – and ultimately growing as disciples, practitioners and leaders.

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 third year (Level 6) of the BA Theology and Mission degree at Cliff College. They can also exit with a Diploma of Higher Education in Theology and Mission, or a Diploma of Higher Education in Theology and Mission (Children, Youth and Family Ministry) if students have completed these pathways, awarded by the University of Manchester (subject to approval).