Diploma (Level 5)


The second or Diploma year is a 120-credit course of study (entry into which is normally through the completion of the first year) which represents a further year of full-time study (or its equivalent). Students complete a core of 20 credits and gain 100 credits from optional elective units. On successful completion of the Diploma year, students may progress to the third and final year of the degree (Level 6) or exit with a Diploma in Higher Education from the University of Manchester.

Course Structure 2018-2019

Core units:

Biblical Theology – 10 credits
Theology in the Contemporary World – 10 credits

Optional units:

Major World Faiths – 10 credits
Missiology – 10 credits
Apologetics – 10 credits
Contextual Evangelism – 10 credits
Holy Spirit, Spiritual Gifts and Pentecostalism – 10 credits
Philosophy & Ethics – 10 credits
Explorations in Biblical Languages: Greek – 10 credits
New Testament Exegesis – 10 credits
Explorations in Biblical Languages: Hebrew – 10 credits
Old Testament Exegesis – 10 credits
Principles in Christian Mentoring – 20 credits
Mission Placement – 20 credits
Luke in the Holy Land (trip) – 20 credits

In addition, some students may be able to take up to 30 credits from another year.

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

Students on the second year of the BA course (Level 5), through lectures, mission and simply being part of the Cliff community, are challenged to explore theology, Biblical studies, mission and practice in greater depth. 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.

The majority of the teaching of the second year is undertaken by permanent faculty members, with the addition of adjunct lecturers who bring particular expertise either for a single session or for a course unit. Teaching styles are varied, although all sessions include opportunities for discussion and questions, reflection and often group work. The performance of students is assessed in a number of ways across the course, including essay writing, presentation of seminars, examinations and portfolios. For most units, written work of around 2,500 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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