Graduate Certificate / Diploma in Theology


This modular* full-time course is aimed at those who have an undergraduate degree in another subject. It provides vocational and practical training including theological study, placements, preaching and involvement in the prayer and devotions of the college at a level designed to stretch students who have previously studied at undergraduate level. 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 postgraduate studies in a university.

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


UK/EU Students: The Graduate Certificate level is studied full-time over two terms. The Graduate 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 Graduate Certificate level  or up to six years for the full Graduate 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 Graduate Certificate level is completed. The Graduate Diploma level is studied as a number of short intensives over the following two years with assessments being completed from home.

Admissions Policy

The Graduate Certificate and Diploma require no previous study other than a previous undergraduate degree. However, the college will satisfy itself that any applicant has enough prior theological understanding or relevant experience to benefit from the course. This will generally imply:

  1. The subject of the previous degree will be taken into account. Ancient History, Law or Philosophy may well have introduced students very directly not only to some skills pertinent to Theology, but even some of the content. Students with degrees in more distantly related subjects will be expected to show some alternative evidence of ability to study within the humanities.
  2. Candidates will normally have undertaken some formal (although not necessarily accredited) theological study. This would at least be at Certificate level or higher as available for instance in local evening classes or continuing education programmes run by a college, university or some larger church or denominational training schemes.
  3. Finally candidates will be expected to show a great interest in the subject and have read independently at a stretching level.

Notwithstanding (1), (2) and (3) above, the college anticipates occasional borderline applicants who fulfil the admission requirements but about whom the college would have some concerns. In these cases the college reserves the right to:

(a) Set a candidate a special written test to clarify their ability or knowledge prior to making a final admissions decision.

(b) Admit a candidate provisionally, 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 Postgraduate Certificate on a probationary basis. Once the Postgraduate Certificate has been obtained, however, admission to the Postgraduate Diploma is automatic.

English Language Requirements: Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), pass grades B or above OR IELTS (Academic) grade 7.0.

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.

To download an application form click here.


*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.