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BA (Hons) Theology and Ministry

Cliff College is an approved partner of the University of Manchester, developing programmes delivered by Cliff College, approved by and leading to an award of the University of Manchester.

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The programme offers a solid foundation in theology and biblical studies. It offers a mixture of core and optional units including Biblical Theology, Theology in the Contemporary World, Introduction to the Old Testament, New Testament Exegesis and Introduction to Church History. It also includes practical instruction and experience in mission and ministry, with units such as Introduction to Christian Leadership, Mission Placement, Mission and Evangelism, and Public Theology. Students can opt to take a Placement Year between their second and third years.

This is a full-time degree programme, and most of our students are residential. It is, however, possible to undertake part-time study if you live close enough to the College to attend regular lectures.

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The BA Theology has opened my mind to many questions and enhanced my understanding of faith and truth. It’s a privilege to be studying in such a beautiful and peaceful part of the world.

Anna George

The BA Theology and Ministry course has been an amazing way for me to dig deeper into my faith. It's enabled me to learn more about the Christian faith which will be useful as I go into ministry and encounter people who have questions, whilst also letting me form my own opinions. The small class sizes allow for meaningful theological discussion.

Anna George

The BA Theology degree programme is a fantastic way of learning from God both academically and devotionally. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to grow alongside fellow Christians in their understanding of God.

Debbie Towers

I am thoroughly enjoying the BA Theology and Ministry course. Importantly, there are practical elements in addition to the academic essays. It is hard to choose a favourite unit, but I feel a strong connection with mentoring and also with evangelism. Old and New Testament exegesis are great too.

Debbie Towers

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If you are applying to study this programme full-time, you will need to apply via UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

The UCAS code for the course is: V610

Cliff College’s UCAS code is: C72

If you are applying to study the programme part-time, you should apply to us direct. Contact us at for an application form. If you have any questions about the course or the application process, get in touch with us by email or by phone on 01246 584229.

Entry requirements and open access

This is an open-access programme. Students are required to have the equivalent of two passes (E grade) at A Level, but applicants without such qualifications are very welcome to apply and may be able to demonstrate their ability to be successful in this programme in other ways. Each year we enrol students with a variety of qualifications. Our strong study skills and other support programmes enable those with a broad range of prior achievements to be academically successful and graduate with an award of the University of Manchester. If you have studied with another UK Higher Education provider, you might be able to transfer credits you have already gained into a Cliff College programme - see Transfer Arrangements for more information.

English language requirements for international students

For full details around English language requirements for visa purposes, please see English language requirements here. For this course, international students will need to achieve:

  • IELTS 6.0 overall, with no one element scored below 6.0; or
  • PTE Academic UKVI 59 overall, with no one element scored below 59; or
  • LanguageCert SELT B2 test 33 overall, with no one element scored below 33.

This must have been achieved no longer than two years before the date of enrolment on the course.

Tuition Fees

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Employment prospects

Students with a BA (Hons) Theology and Ministry are able to enjoy a range of careers following the completion of their studies. The majority of our students choose to work in some kind of Christian capacity. Many of our graduates work for churches as youth and children’s workers, lay workers, community workers, evangelists, pastoral workers and so on. Others choose to work for Christian charities in policy departments, or in fundraising and event organising. Students who obtain this degree are also eligible to study for a PGCE to become a teacher, and each year some students choose this route. Others go on to pursue further studies, such as an MA or PhD, and some explore a wide range of other graduate professions.