Study for a Certificate in Theology, Mission & Ministry

Study for a Certificate in Theology, Mission & Ministry* starting autumn 2018

(Cost = FREE) 

Course Description

The Certificate of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission gives you opportunity to go further, deeper & broader in your understanding of the Christian faith.

bible coffee 238711 unsplashThe course is designed primarily for participants preparing for, or already involved in, licensed Christian ministry or service.

However, the programme is equally suitable for all students wishing to learn at an advanced level for whatever reason.

This is a vocational award offered by the University of Durham (Common Awards) through the All Saints Centre for Mission & Ministry (ASC) in partnership with the Diocese of Derby. 

This part-time course is available in Derby & (subject to numbers) Chesterfield.

Entrance Requirements

Entry to the programme is flexible, depending on your experience and education.

Study towards the Certificate requires the preparation of assessed work. You are most likely to flourish if you already have study skills at 'A' level.

That said, support and advice is available to all students and a passion to learn is clearly the most important requirement.

You will need to demonstrate your potential to benefit from study at this level.

There will be a low-key interview with ASC at the beginning of the course to help you decide which route to take: 'audited' (no formal assessment) or 'for credit'.

Only 'for credit' students will be awarded the Certificate, which is the first step towards a Bachelor's degree.

Credits earned through study for the Certificate can be used towards further advanced study that could lead to a BA.

Much of the learning material used in the course is available online and so basic IT skills and access to the internet would be a distinct advantage.

Learning Programme

bible study 556522 unsplashCandidates for the Certificate need to attend learning hubs where facilitated learning is delivered.

These groups will be in Derby and, subject to the minimum number of participants joining the course, also in Chesterfield. 

To gain a Certificate, you must complete 120 credits.

Termly modules follow the same format: a combination of online study through an e-learning site, discussion groups once a week, 'Study Days' (Saturdays) led by the Module leader, independent reading, learning and reflection and two written assessments.

You should be prepared to commit about 100-120 hours of study per module.

The modules:  2018-19:          Theology & Practice                                        (20 credits)

                                                Introduction to the New Testament              (20 credits)

                                                Call & Vocation                                               (20 credits)


                        2019-20:          Mission & Evangelism                                    (20 credits)

                                                Introduction to the Old Testament                (20 credits)

                                                Christian Doctrine and History                       (20 credits)


Key Dates (2018)

Induction:        Tuesday, 11th September, 7.15pm, St Barnabas Centre, Danesmoor

Study Days:     22nd September, 12th January, 18th May



Derby, St. Peter's, Wednesday evenings (7.15pm - 9.15pm)

Chesterfield, Wingerworth Church Centre, Monday evenings (7.15-9.15pm) 


Course Details

Cost:    This course is offered FREE to participants by the Diocese of Derby. 

            To study towards the same qualification at a university would cost £000's!



For more information or to apply to join the course contact:

Dr Esther Elliott, director of studies | 01332 388674

Fiona Bennett, lay ministry administrator     | 01332 388670


*(formally known as Transforming Faith)


The Diocese of Derby

Contact Us

Derby Church House

Full Street, Derby DE1 3DR

01332 388650 (reception)

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