Certificate (Level 4)


On successful completion of the first year, students may progress to the second year (Level 5) of the BA in Theology and Ministry degree at Cliff College, transfer to a Level 5 course at another University (subject to acceptance by that University) or exit with a Certificate in Higher Education from the University of Manchester.

Course Structure 2018-2019

To complete the year students must gain 120 credits by successfully completing units which are normally worth 10 credits each. The units focus on key aspects of the Christian life: Biblical Studies, Theology, Evangelism, Mission and Ministry.

Core units:

Research Skills – 10 credits
Introduction to Theology – 20 credits
Introduction to New Testament – 10 credits
Introduction to Old Testament – 10 credits
Introduction to Evangelism – 10 credits

Optional units:

Introduction to Exegesis – 10 credits
Introduction to Church History – 10 credits
Introduction to Christian Leadership – 10 credits
Introduction to Preaching – 10 credits
Christian Discipleship – 10 credits
Christian Spirituality – 10 credits
Resourcing Worship – 10 credits
Children, Youth and Mission – 10 credits
Mission Placement – 10 credits

In addition, some students may be able to take up to 30 credits from the 2nd year course

In consultation with a personal tutor, you can put together the course most suited to your goals and interests. You will be helped to make these decisions when you arrive.

Cliff College reserve the right to offer alternative options to those listed here, according to availability.


The Programme includes an opportunity for a mission placement which is negotiated between the College and the student and should relate to the student’s particular interests or career expectations in Christian Ministry. Time is provided for journaling of these placement experiences, which requires the student to demonstrate a mature reflective approach to Christian Ministry in generality and in specifics.

Teaching & Assessments

Most units entail around 15 hours contact between the tutor and the student group. There is a flexibility of approach, dependent on the unit and the number of students, that will typically be a mixture of lecture, plenary discussion and group or individual supervised work. The Mission Placement unit involves practical mission work at a placement organised in discussion between the student and staff. Tutors are available for individual consultation outside class time.

Units are assessed in different ways; through the writing of essays, preparation of resource material, project work and reflection. Methods of research and analysis are taught and encouraged, and mission assessment requires reflective work that makes connections between practice and theory. For most units, written work of around 2,000 words is required, and marking is done anonymously. Attendance is required at all the relevant lectures or classes.

For further information please contact the Academic Registrar, and to apply, download the application form here.

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