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Certificate in Religious Studies

Ask questions, seek answers and form opinions.

Please note: In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this course will be taught online for the 2020 autumn semester.
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About the Certificate

The Certificate in Religious Studies  is designed for students who would like to gain a foundational grounding in religion and ethics, and old and new testament studies without pursuing a career in pastoral ministry. It deals with philosophical ideas and their history and biblical teachings, and offers the chance for you to ask questions, seek answers and form opinions.

Why enrol in the Certificate in Religious Studies with us?

  • You can think honestly and critically about Christianity
  • You will meet deadlines through the application of self-discipline and diligent study habits
  • You will utilise basic skills essential to satisfactory participation in Christian ministries
  • You can possess an objective appreciation of the Seventh-day Adventist faith
  • You will engage independently in the series and scholarly study of the Bible

Your future matters.

Following further studies, Newbold graduates of similar programmes have found employment in a wide range of occupations including pastoral assistant work, education, media, public relations, aid work and development.

Completing the Certificate is an excellent opportunity to test your interest in further studies in theology or humanities, as you will receive credits that can be transferred to several of Newbold’s undergraduate courses, or to other undergraduate studies in the UK, US and other countries.

What you will study

What you will learn and Course Outcomes

Overview

You will have the opportunity to increase your knowledge and understanding of biblical themes and prophecies from the Old and New Testaments. You will also gain insights into the philosophies of Western Thought and examine differing ethical models and actual ethical issues.

On completion of this course you will have learnt to:

  • Think honestly and critically about Christianity
  • Meet deadlines through the application of self-discipline and diligent study habits
  • Utilise basic skills essential to the satisfactory participation in Christian ministries
  • Possess an objective appreciation of the Seventh-day Adventist faith
  • Engage independently in the serious and scholarly study of the Bible
  • Demonstrate the ability to interact effectively with others
  • Make independent and educated judgements

Undertaking this certificate programme will provide you with valuable personal and spiritual development and can signal to prospective employers that you are a person who has the drive and determination to excel in your chosen vocation.Newbold graduates of similar programmes have found employment in a wide range of occupations from pastoral assistant work, education, media, public relations and from aid work to development.

Modules

  • Core Modules

    To complete the Certificate in Religious Studies you will complete 18 core credits.

    • 3: Religion and Ethics in Modern Society (RELT340 )
    • 3: History of Western Thought (RELG360H)
    • 3: Foundations of Biblical Studies (RELG360C)
    • 3: Law and Writings (RELB216)
    • 3: Studies in Daniel and Revelation (RELB406)
    • 3: Prophetic Writings of the Old Testament (RELB274)
  • Elective Modules - Religious Studies

    To complete the Certificate in Religious Studies you will complete 3 elective credits from the Religious Studies/Theology majors

    • 3: Foundations of Christian Theology (RELG360D) - recommended
    • 3: Acts and Epistles (RELB333)
    • 3: Ministry and Culture (RELG360B)
    • 3: Reformation Theology (RELG360D)
    • 3: Mission and Volunteerism (RELG360G)
    • 3: Homiletics (RELG360K)
    • 3: Development of Seventh-day Adventist Theology (RELG360O)
    • 3: Studies in the Gospels (RELG360T)
    • 3: History of the Christian Church I (RELH316 )
    • 3: History of the Christian Church II (RELH317)
    • 3: Preparation for Mission Service (RELP325 )
    • 3: Foundations of Youth Ministry (RELP335)
    • 3: Evangelism (RELP350)
    • 3: Theology I (RELT325)
    • 3: Theology II (RELT326)
    • 3: Personal Spirituality and Faith (RELT250)
  • General Elective Modules - British History

    To complete the Certificate in Religious Studies you will complete 9 general elective credits.

    • 3: Reformation to Revolution (HIST437F)
    • 3: Empire to Entropy (HIST437G)
    • 3: Anglo-Saxon Britain (HIST345)
    • 3: British History in Context I (HIST378A)
    • 3: British History in Context II (HIST378B)
  • General Elective Modules - English Literature

    To complete the Certificate in Religious Studies you will complete 9 general elective credits.

    • 3: Text on Film and Location I (ENGL255A)
    • 3: Text on Film and Location II (ENGL225B)
    • 3: English Literature in Context I (ENGL478A)
    • 3: English Literature in Context II (ENGL478B)
    • 3: CS Lewis, Literature and the Religious Life (ENGL425H)
    • 3: Shakespeare Drama Practicum (ENGL425)
  • General Elective Modules - Music and Art

    To complete the Certificate in Religious Studies you will complete 9 general elective credits.

    • 3: Fine Arts I (IDSC205)
    • 3: Fine Arts II (IDSC206)
    • 1: College Choir (MUPF135)
    • 1-2: Instrumental and/or Voice lessons (MUPF364, 464)
    • 3: Music Theory (MUCT141)
    • 1: Junior Recital (MUPF397)
    • 1-2: Senior Recital (MUPF497)
  • General Elective Modules - Business Studies

    To complete the Certificate in Religious Studies you will complete 9 general elective credits.

    • 3: International Marketing (MKTG425)
    • 3: Personnel Management (MGMT333)
    • 3: British and European Marketing (MKTG310)
    • 3: International Business Management (MGMT405)
    • 3: British and European Business Skills (BUAD201)

Entry Requirements

Our mission is to provide quality higher education and unlock our students’ potential from all educational backgrounds. Here are our entry requirements.

Entry Requirements

To meet the entry requirements for this course you will need:

  • 5 GCSEs grade A*-C (including Maths and English), or equivalent
  • 2 A-levels, or equivalent
  • To be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the academic year

If English is not your native language, you will need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient standard of the language to study. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.