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.
We are delighted to welcome hearing impaired and deaf students to apply to study on the CertHE starting September 2019. BSL signers will be present for this course at our Residentials and all course materials and videos will be subtitled. Students will need to make provision for signers for the Hub nights. If you are interested and need more information, please talk to your Hub Director or email our Study Skills Tutor, Ali Blacklee Whittall at
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
TH4936: Exploring the Old Testament Story - Dr Matt Lynch
The Old Testament is a lost world for many Christians. Except for a few passages like Psalm 23 (‘the Lord is my shepherd …’) and a few choice kids stories like Noah’s Ark and David and Goliath, most of its terrain is unfamiliar and sometimes intimidating. This module takes you down the back-country roads, soaring heights, and hidden canyons of the Old Testament to help you experience its rich beauty and power. But in addition to taking that tour, we’ll identify and seek to overcome the barriers between us and the Old Testament’s word from God to us.
TH4929: The New Testament Journey - Dr Stephen Backhouse
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.
TH4934: The Drama of Doctrine - Dr Lucy Peppiatt
This module explores questions such as, ‘Where do Christian beliefs come from and how do we decide what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ or true or false? What happened in the early church after the Bible was written? What place does the church have in what we believe and why?’ We explore the foundations of the Christian faith in scripture and the early church, and how those foundations have endured 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.
TH4932: Spiritual Formation and Leadership I - Dr Lucy Peppiatt
This module explores the rich Christian tradition of how human beings are formed into Christlikeness by the Word and the Spirit. Students will have the opportunity to engage with scripture and other resources, to reflect on their own traditions of spiritual formation, and to study fresh perspectives on the influences that form and shape us as human beings. Learning will be applied to situations and pastoral and leadership issues that students face in their everyday lives.
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.
TH4935: Faith Seeking Understanding - Jasper Knecht
This module builds on TH4934 (The Drama of Doctrine) taking students deeper in their study of Christian belief and practice. Having begun the study of doctrine in the first year, we are able to examine the central doctrines of the Christian faith in more detail. We will explore questions about how we understand God as Trinity, how we understand what happened on the cross and at the resurrection of Christ, and questions around race, gender, creation care, and the endtimes.
TH4937: Classics of Early Christian Literature - Dr Steve Watts
According to John’s Gospel, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. This course explores how this incarnational communication resonated across the first centuries of the faith. As it progresses, we shall encounter the profound sayings of holy men and women in the Egyptian desert, the incendiary sermons of philosophers-turned-pastors amid the bustling cities of the late Roman Empire, and the heartfelt letters of the earliest missionaries, in exile for the sake of the Gospel. And as we listen to each voice––whether in the desert, city, or in mission––we will be reminded of the transforming power of the Word and be challenged to hear what it is saying to us today.
TH4938: Charismatic and Social Prophetic Practices - 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. Bob Ekblad brings to this module a life-time of ministry and teaching with migrants, ex-offenders, and others on the margins of society. 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.
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 that was introduced 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 £3,250 per year which includes a £350 non-refundable deposit to confirm your place after receiving an offer.