Certificate of Higher Education Applied Theology

Our Certificate of Higher Education Applied Theology is a one year programme that helps you build a strong foundation in core aspects of the Christian faith.

  Programme duration
1 year full-time

      Location and mode of study

    • Moorlands Campus Based
    • Moorlands South West
    • Flexible Learning

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    “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
    —Psalm 119:105, NIV

    What you’ll study

    Your studies are orientated around four different strands. As part of your studies you’ll also be required to undertake a practical placement for the duration of the programme.

    Biblical Studies

    The Bible forms the basis of all of the College’s teaching and action. As a result, a large part of your academic study will involve robust engagement with Biblical texts. This strand equips you to handle Scripture appropriately, engaging with factors such as genre and cultural context, that inform interpretation. This strand will help you to explore the implications of the Biblical texts studied for contemporary Christian life and ministry.

    Christian Foundations

    This strand explores the foundations of the Christian faith through developing your knowledge and critical awareness of Christianity’s historical unfolding. You’ll explore the key themes and concepts within the biblical narrative, and the core beliefs and practices of Christian orthodoxy. This strand equips you to be effective in ministry in a variety of contexts by allowing you to engage with contemporary challenges and objections to Christianity and to address them effectively and appropriately.

    Missional Contexts

    This strand enhances your ability to engage theologically with key features of the contemporary world. It includes engagement with methods and principles of contextual theology, theological reflection and emerging trends in contemporary thought. This strand pays particularly attention to the nature and role of the church’s role within God’s mission, in a variety of contexts, both local and global. In Year 3, you’ll have the opportunity to choose between doing a longer piece of research-based work, or an immersive placement within or outside of the UK.

    The Christian Leader

    This strand enables you to engage critically and theologically with key issues relating to Christian leadership, including a focus on character formation, vocation, and Christian virtues. You will use the insights gained from reflecting on your own practice, to grow in your personal development and in the management and leadership of others. In Year 3, you’ll have the opportunity to focus your studies on either leadership within a local church context, or within community transformation.

    “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only”
    —James 1:22a, ESV

    Assessment and feedback

    Assessment in compulsory modules gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your learning through presentations, portfolios, essays and reports. There are written or oral exams in a few optional modules.

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