Certificate / Diploma in Theology


This modular* full-time course aims to provide vocational and practical training for students including theological study, placements, preaching and involvement in the prayer and devotions of the college. The course is assessed by a variety of methods including reading reflections, group work, student-led seminars, essays and examinations at a level broadly equivalent to HE Certificate and Diploma studies in a university.

The course is composed of two levels, the Certificate and the Diploma which can be taken separately if desired. Each level consists of 12 modules.


UK/EU Students: The Certificate level is studied full-time over two terms. The Diploma level is studied in two halves, the first half being full-time over one term. The second half is studied as a number of short intensives during the following year with assessments being completed from home. The course can also be taken part-time up to three years for the Certificate level  or up to six years for the full Diploma.

International Students: International students are able to study at BCC on a six-month Short Term Study Visa. During their six month stay the Certificate level is completed. The Diploma level is studied as a number of short intensives over the following two years with assessments being completed from home.

Admissions Policy

Students will normally have 3 GCSE passes (Grade C or above) and 2 A-Level passes (Grade C or above) or an equivalent level of academic attainment from overseas. However, students without these qualifications may be admitted at the discretion of the admissions committee in consultation with the faculty where they are satisfied that a candidate shows the ability to cope with the course. Admission in these cases is likely to be for the Certificate on a probationary basis. Once the Certificate has been obtained, however, admission to the Diploma is automatic.

English Language Requirements: Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) pass grades A, B or C, OR IELTS (Academic) grade 6.0.

Other requirements: All students will have the maturity of character and motivation to be involved in the overall ethos of the course. This is normally ascertained from the application, interview (where appropriate) and references.

Course Content

For information about the modules included in this course please click here.

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*The term “modular” refers to the way that, within each level, courses are broken down into a number of self-contained courses, or modules. Each is individually credit-rated (typically 10), with 120 credits corresponding to a full year’s work. It is because of the modular structure that most courses are easily configured in both full and part-time modes.