This two year part-time course is open to everyone. It offers an excellent opportunity to explore the foundations of the Christian faith and to begin wrestling with some of the big questions of life. The Certificate in Higher Education (CertHE) is ideal for those who want to go deeper in their faith and for those who want to be equipped for transformational service and leadership.
If you are interested in studying for longer than two years, this course acts as the first two years of our six-year BA course. It is easy to transfer to the third year of the BA should you wish to continue your studies.
If you are a Graduate in another subject, you may find our Graduate Diploma of interest.
If you are an intern with a church or business and only want to study for one year, please contact the who will be able to go through the options of study with you.
This course is validated by the University of Chester.
Year 1 Modules
TH4928: The Old Testament Story - Dr Matt Lynch
Introducing the grand narrative of God’s purposes and promises in the Old Testament, this module explores the fascinating history and theological significance of these ancient texts. Questions about the character of the Old Testament God in relation the New Testament Christ will be explored, as well as how these texts look forward to the coming of Jesus and the pouring out of the Spirit. Through their studies, students will find their minds expanded and discover their own place in this great story.
TH4929: The New Testament Journey - Dr Rikk Watts
Introducing students to the first century world in which Jesus lived, died, was resurrected, and in which the church began, this module inspires and equips students to engage with scripture afresh. Students will be introduced to a variety of perspectives as they delve into the historical, literary and theological world of the New Testament. They will have the opportunity to explore the revelation of God in Jesus Christ, how New Testament writers understood the Kingdom of God, and what this means for the contemporary church.
TH4908: Mission - Dr Bob Ekblad
This module brings an empowering and challenging perspective to the questions of how the church should be engaging in the call to make disciples of all nations. It integrates deep exploration of Scripture, a concern for those on the margins, and a living encounter with the Gospel’s power to transform individuals and society.
TH4932: Spiritual Formation and Leadership I - Dr Lucy Peppiatt and Catherine Delve
Unique to WTC, this module combines teaching on spiritual formation and practical leadership skills alongside the opportunity to explore personal gifting. This gives a well-rounded and dynamic view of discipleship and leadership in our individual contexts. Students have the opportunity to reflect on their own spiritual formation and gifting either through exploring the spiritual formation tradition through scripture and the ages, or engaging with a sophisticated personality profile conducted and explained by an expert practitioner.
Year 2 Modules
TH4933: Spiritual Formation and Leadership II - Rev Chris Pemberton
Following on from Part I in year one, this module develops ideas on how we grow as disciples, ministers, and leaders in all walks of life. From biblical stories and early church writings to contemporary research, students will explore topics such as courageous discipleship, conflict resolution, and the inner life of a leader. The module combines practical wisdom and insight on the Christian life with reflections on the biblical and theological teaching that underpins it.
TH4927: Christian Beliefs: Doctrine and Method - Dr Lucy Peppiatt
Where do Christian beliefs come from and how do we decide what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ or true or false? What happened after the Bible was written? What place does the church have in what we believe and why? This module explores the foundations of the Christian faith in scripture and how the church has defined these beliefs through the ages. Students have the opportunity to reflect on how we describe God, who Jesus is, how the Holy Spirit fits in, and other central beliefs. In addition to this, we have the opportunity to discuss how these beliefs shape our churches, our identity, our mission, and our practices.
TH4931: Classics of Christian Spirituality - Dr Bradley Jersak
Students are introduced to the written riches of Christian spirituality, spanning from the first century to the best of our own era. They will be given the opportunity to explore “treasures old and new” of the prayers, beliefs, and worship of men and women through the centuries and across a variety of church streams. This module gives students a grasp of the breadth of the Christian heritage and the opportunity to draw from the wells of wisdom and prayerful practice of the great saints.
TH4930: Worship & Divine Presence in the Old Testament - Dr Matt Lynch
The Old Testament offers a rich variety of stories, images, and examples of engaging God’s empowering presence and encountering him in worship. From Jacob’s wrestling alone with God to Israel standing at the foot of a trembling Mt. Sinai, the Old Testament portrays a God who is accessible yet uncontainable. This module explores that rich and often mysterious array of expressions, giving students an opportunity to reflect on ways that the Old Testament unsettles, deepens, and ultimately enriches the Christian journey with the God of Israel.
For full course delivery details, please visit the Course Delivery page.
This course is suitable for anyone who wants to go deeper in their faith but is particularly geared towards those who have not previously studied at University level.
With A-levels, 72 UCAS points are normally required. (This is using UCAS’s new Tariff system introduced for courses starting in September 2017. To calculate your points, please click here for the UCAS Tariff calculator).
For those over 25 or without A-Levels, we will take into account work experience, leadership experience and church involvement.
If English is not your first language, please see the English Language requirements on the Admissions page.
Please don’t be put off if you have not studied before, left school longer ago that you can remember, feel terrified at the thought of writing an essay, or lack of formal qualifications. We will help you assess whether this course is suitable for you. All students have access to the study skills and learning support we provide at this level. In addition, our Hubs provide a supportive and prayerful environment in which you can succeed.
The costs of this course are £2,950 per year which includes a £350 non-refundable deposit to confirm your place after receiving an offer.