Certificate of Higher Education in Theology (Flexible Delivery)

  • Course Title

    Certificate of Higher Education in Theology (Flexible Delivery)
  • Length of Study

    3 years (Part-Time)
  • Start Date(s)

    September 2022
  • Course Accreditation

    University of Manchester

Course Overview

Learn and grow in your Christian faith and be equipped to serve God’s mission – in a way that suits your work, family and lifestyle commitments, wherever you’re based in the UK.

This part-time flexible programme is designed to provide you with an accessible foundation in Bible, theology and mission and deepen your understanding of God and equip you for faithful service. It allows completion of your studies alongside full time work or family commitments, with flexible engagement that allows development of relationships in a vibrant learning community.

The Certificate of Higher Education in Theology comprises 12 units, equivalent to the first year of the BA (Hons) in Theology degree. The flexible delivery mode enables these 12 Certificate units to be taken over 3 years, at a rate of 4 units per year. 2 units are taken through the semester in a hybrid mode, with each class made up of 2 Saturday full-day sessions and 5 online evening classes. The other 2 units each year are taken as 1-week intensives in January and May.

Nazarene Theological College is an approved partner of The University of Manchester, delivering programmes developed by Nazarene Theological College, approved by and leading to an award of the University of Manchester.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Autumn and Spring semester classes in the flexible delivery format will be made up of two Saturday class sessions of 5 ½ hours each, one early and one late in the term. This is supplemented by 5 video conferenced evening classes of 1 ½ hours spaced throughout the 12-week semester. Class groups will be approximately 5-10 students with one faculty facilitator.

January and May intensive sessions cover a class over the space of a week, Monday to Friday. They are taught with our main on-campus student groups, and class sizes range from 5 to 30 students. For more information on the study pattern, and 2020 dates, click here [Click through to new page, with text from page 3 of this document].

Teaching methods include lectures (live and video-conferenced), seminars and class discussions, oral presentations, group work, individual tutorials, directed reading, case studies, individual supervision, and student-led seminars.

Methods of Assessment

We try to include a wide variety of assessment methods throughout our programmes. Types of formative (non-credit bearing) assessment include individual tutorials, group discussions, written and oral feedback on essay plans. Our Summative (credit-bearing) assessments include research essays, case studies, group projects, individual projects, personal reflections, book reviews, and a limited number of module examinations.

What next – once completed what can you do next

Completion of the CertHE in Theology enables graduates to be equipped with knowledge and skills to be effective in lay ministry in a variety of settings, including church work and local mission outreach. Upon completion, graduates will be eligible to move into the BA (Hons) in Theology (Theology or Practical Theology pathways) with 1 year of advanced standing.


Students will receive a minimum of 120 credits while on this course.

Modules & Placements

Students complete 12 modules including: Introduction to Biblical Studies, Spiritual Formation, Knowing God in Christ, Church History, Contexts of Mission, Evangelism, Faith and Philosophy, Story of God and more.

Year: 2020-21

  • Term: Autumn
  • Course Unit: BS4110 Intro to Biblical Studies
  • Mode of Delivery: Online evening classes through videoconference
  • Class Dates: Saturday 10th Oct and 28th Nov 2020. Mondays (online) Oct 19, Nov 2, Nov 16, Dec 7, Dec 14 7:30pm to 9pm


  • Term: January
  • Course Unit: PT4103 Theology and Models of Evangelism
  • Mode of Delivery: Week-long intensive
  • Class Dates: Jan 25-29 2021


  • Term: Spring
  • Course Unit: PT4130 Spiritual Formation
  • Mode of Delivery: 2 Saturdays at NTC + 5 online evening classes
  • Class Dates: Saturday 13th Feb and 17th April 2021. Monday (online) Feb 22, Mar 8, Mar 22, Apr 5, Apr 26 7:30pm to 9pm


  • Term: May
  • Course Unit: PCH4120 Church History
  • Mode of Delivery: Week-long intensive
  • Class Dates: May 17-22, 2021


Year: 2021-22*

  • BS4130 Story of God Autumn 2 Saturdays + 5 online evening classes Saturdays: Mid-Oct, Late-Nov
  • PT5203 Preaching (or an alternative elective) Week-long intensive January week 3
  • CT4000 Knowing God in Christ Spring 2 Saturdays + 5 online evening classes Saturdays: mid-Feb, late-April
  • PT5330 Marriage and the Family (or an alternative elective) Week-long intensive May week 3


Year: 2022-23*

  • ST4180 Contexts of Mission Autumn 2 Saturdays + 5 online evening classes Saturdays: Mid-Oct, Late-Nov
  • NT4000 Jesus and the Gospels Week-long intensive January week 3
  • CT4160 Faith and Philosophy Spring 2 Saturdays + 5 online evening classes Saturdays: mid-Feb, late-April
  • ST4141 Missional Leadership and Disciple-making cultures (or an alternative elective) Week-long intensive May week 3

*This is a planned schedule, but class scheduling for 2021-22 and 2022-23 will be confirmed closer to these dates.

Entry Requirements

2 A-Levels (or equivalent) or non-traditional entry. Applicants whose first language is not English need to demonstrate their English proficiency (Undergraduate students whose first language is not English need a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or its equivalent, overall).

Fees & Funding

Course Fees: £2,800 per year (UK students) / £3,167 per year (non-UK students)
The College is supported by gifts and donations from Churches and from individual donors, and this allows student fees to be set at a competitive rate.

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