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BA (Hons) Theology and Mission

This programme offers a solid foundation in theology and biblical studies. It is delivered by Cliff College and is approved by, and leads to a qualification awarded by, the University of Manchester, subject to approval.

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The programme offers a solid foundation in theology and biblical studies. You will study a mixture of core and optional units including Christian Theology in Outline, Introduction to the Bible, Discipleship and Spirituality, Introduction to World Christianity and Biblical Theology of Mission. In addition, the programme offers practical instruction and experience in mission and ministry, with students required to complete a Mission Placement each year and optional units including Preaching in Context, Christian Worship, Leading and Pioneering in the Emerging Church and Pastoral Practice.

There are also two pathways available to students wishing to specialise in working with children, youth and family ministry, or in working with older people. The Children, Youth and Family Ministry pathway can be taken through all three years of the degree; the Ministry Among Older People pathway can be taken in the first year only.

This programme is delivered by a blended teaching approach, offering you the flexibility of choosing to study onsite or online. On-campus and online students attend classes together and at the same time, using video conferencing tools and accessing learning resources though CliffX, Cliff College's Virtual Learning Environment. Alongside live classes, you will learn through seminars and tutorials as well as independent study, reading and reflection and engaging with pre-recorded content on CliffX.

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Applications for this programme will open in October 2022. If you would like further information or want to be notified when applications open, please contact us at or get in touch with us 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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Students can choose to be full-time residential on the Cliff campus, participating in the wider residential community, or to attend the campus for the intensive weeks associated with their full-time or part-time studies, or, on the online route, to participate in the intensive weeks remotely. We strive to build a supportive community and students will have opportunities to be involved in the daily life of the College, joining in prayer and worship as well as meals and social activities.


Students who successfully complete this programme go on to enjoy a wide range of careers. Many of our graduates choose to work in the public sector, for example in churches or charities. Others go on to pursue further studies or explore a wide variety of other graduate professions.