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Theology and Religion (Certificate in Higher Education)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Theology and Religion

The Certificate in Higher Education in Theology and Religion offers a comprehensive exploration in theological studies. It's a stepping stone for individuals keen on delving deeper into their beliefs and exploring opportunities for impactful service.

Offering a mosaic of perspectives that inspire dialogue, challenge assumptions, and deepen understanding, you will engage with the fundamental questions of existence, explore the complexities of faith, and chart a course towards intellectual, spiritual and personal growth.

Upon completion, participants receive a Certificate of Higher Education, signifying 120 Level 4 credits, providing a solid foundation for future endeavours, whether in continued education or career progression. 

Learning outcomes will equip you with:

  • Foundational knowledge in biblical studies, doctrine, history, and practical ministry
  • Developed critical thinking and analytical skills in theological interpretation
  • Acquired confidence and academic experience necessary for further theological study
    • Exploration of the nature and purpose of Scripture and its relevance to ministry and theology in a modern world
    • Preparation for various ministries including pastoral leadership, cross-cultural ministry, and youth and children’s ministry

Course details

Programme: Undergraduate

Course length: 1 year

Mode of study: Full-time or part-time

Mode of delivery: On-campus

Course tuition for academic year 2024/2025: £7,973

For more details visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Credits: 120 (UK) credits

Validated by: University of Wales Trinity Saint David (United Kingdom)

Intake: 2 September 2024 (full-time or part-time) or 27 January 2025 (full-time or part-time)*

*The January intake is available only for students who do not select biblical languages (Greek or Hebrew) modules.

Application deadline: 9 August 2024 or 3 January 2025

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"Whether you've just finished secondary school or are embarking on a career change, the CertHE provides a sturdy Christian foundation to prepare you for achievement in both academic pursuits
and practical life."

Dr Eike Mueller, Undergraduate Programme Director, Senior Lecturer in New Testament
Comprehensive preparation
The emphasis
The Certificate in Higher Education in Theology and Religion emphasises a balanced curriculum that integrates theoretical learning with practical application, equipping students for diverse contexts of ministry and mission.


To fulfil the Certificate in Higher Education in Theology and Religion, students must complete 120 credits, choosing from a variety of level 4 elective modules. 

Module offerings may vary each academic year, and some modules may require intensive, mandatory campus attendance, with dates scheduled in advance for optimal learning experiences.

  • Introduction to Greek for GD (20 credits)

    Acquire knowledge and develop the ability to translate introductory text from New Testament Greek into English, using linguistic and lexical resources to explain grammar, syntax and vocabulary.


  • Inreach and Outreach: An Introduction to Evangelism (20 credits)

    Explore approaches towards personal spiritual growth and strategies for engaging meaningfully with contemporary society, and examine how dynamic evangelism can enhance a holistic Adventist mission approach.

  • Historical and Cultural Background of the Bible (20 credits)

    Deepen an  understanding of the historical and cultural contexts surrounding the Old Testament and New Testament. Through a Seventh-day Adventist hermeneutical lens, the historical background of both texts will be explored, analysing  arguments supporting their historical reliability, and interpret passages in light of ancient cultural norms and practices.

  • Foundations of Christian Theology (10 credits)

    This module serves as an introduction to theology, exploring its significance in understanding early Christian thought and controversies and their impact on contemporary Christian identity, beliefs, practices, and mission.

  • Foundations of Pastoral Studies (10 credits)

    Discover the pastoral role and its responsibilities within a congregation's ministry activities, engage in practical application while reflecting on self-development, and explore the personal spiritual journey and call to ministry.

  • Intermediate Greek (10 credits)

    Develop skills to translate seen/unseen New Testament text, applying exegetical principles to the canonical Gospels as historical and theological documents and as sources of information on Jesus’s life and teachings.


  • Independent Research/Studies (10 credits)

    Undertake an independent research project aimed at developing high levels of competence in research, assessment, evaluation, and creative writing within the fields of Biblical, Theological, or Pastoral Studies. This project encourages critical evaluation while deepening understanding in a chosen area of interest.

  • Pentateuch (10 credits)

    Develop an understanding and capacity to discuss the historical and cultural context of the Pentateuch and its genres, undertaking close readings of the text from an Adventist hermeneutical perspective.

  • Adventist Theology and Ellen White Writings (10 credits)

    Enhance understanding of the literary and theological significance of Ellen White's contributions to key Adventist topics and ecclesiastical practices. Through exploration of her writings, learn to interpret them in a contextually appropriate manner.

  • Ministry in a Diverse World (20 credits)

    Explore the cultural contexts of Christian mission in Western Europe alongside the beliefs and practices of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. Gain skills for multicultural ministry and identify opportunities for interfaith dialogue.

  • Gospels (10 credits)

    Apply exegetical principles to the canonical Gospels as historical and theological documents and as sources of information on Jesus’s life and teachings, understanding the relationship between the three synoptic gospels.

This certificate is ideal for gap year students interested in learning more about theology and faith contexts, church volunteers seeking theological and ministerial foundations, individuals preparing for lay ministry and mission and those who work in community and social-based settings. 


It is also suitable for aspiring leaders in church, and those seeking a deeper understanding of faith journeys for personal enrichment. 

Your learning experience

  • Courses that are shaped with mindful intention to serve as gateways to ministry in its various forms.
  • An intimate class setting, granting you 1:1 access to leading academic staff who are devoted to enriching your ministry, your life and your spiritual development.
  • Daily campus fellowship through student programmes curated to evoke inspirational gathering and the meeting of similar minds.
  • Immersive yet subconscious forms of learning and worship that are interlaced into every day across academia and student life – it is those late-night dorm conversations, the sharing of perspectives across the halls that will shape you for life.
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