Certificate in Theology and Diploma in Theology

  • Course Title

    Certificate in Theology and Diploma in Theology
  • Length of Study

    1-2 Years (Full Time)
    2-4 Years (Part Time)
  • Start Date(s)

    September 2022 January 1970
  • Course Accreditation

    University of Manchester

Course Overview

These courses offer a great foundation in theological education as a preparation for Christian service. With full-time and flexible part-time routes available the Certificate can be studied over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). The Diploma can be studied over two years (full-time) or up to four years (part-time).

For the Diploma you can choose from two pathways:

  • Diploma of Higher Education in Theology
  • Diploma of Higher Education in Theology: Youth Ministry

Students may wish to exit with this qualification or use it as the first level towards completion of the degree.

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.

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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, on-site visits, group discussions, written and oral feedback on essays. Our Summative (credit-bearing) assessments include research essays, case studies, group projects, individual projects, placement assessment (portfolios, reflections), book reviews, and a limited number of module examinations.

Employment Outcomes

The Dip HE in Theology provides a solid foundation for ministry. Past graduates have gone on to service in pastoral ministry or has equipped lay people in their local church and community.

The Diploma of Higher Education in Theology: Youth Ministry pathway is suited for those who want to be equipped for Youth Work, but do not feel the desire to pursue a full degree for national recognition. Past graduates have gone into roles as church youth workers.

Teaching and Learning Methods

NTC offers small class sizes, with classes ranging from 5 to 35 students. Most classes run in a weekly format, and are complemented by intensive sessions in January and May. Youth Ministry students also have a September intensive week each year. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars and class discussions, oral presentations, group work, individual tutorials, directed reading, case studies, individual supervision, and student-led seminars. Students on the Youth Ministry pathway also have a placement throughout their Diploma that contribute to one-quarter of their programme of study.

Pathway Options

A range of electives across all disciplines to choose from.


Students will receive a minimum of 120 (Cert); 240 (Dip) credits while on this course.

Modules & Placements

Students on the The Diploma of Higher Education in Theology pathway

Core modules include: Introduction to Theology and Biblical Studies, Story of God, Church History, Christian Doctrine, Spiritual Formation, Christian Holiness, a range of Old and New Testament subjects, and Practical and Social Theology electives.

Students on the The Diploma of Higher Education in Theology: Youth Ministry pathway

Study is combined with a Main Placement throughout the course and an Alternative Placement in a different context at the end of the first year.

Students typically continue with the same Main Placement organisation for the duration of their programme. This on-going work context means students have the opportunity to develop rich professional relationships, learn to work through the difficulties which they may encounter and to gain a deeper understanding of their role and the organisation over a longer period of time.

Both placements are credit-bearing and count towards the final award.  Students will do no less than 13 hours a week in the Main Placement (usually over 30 weeks per year), and the Alternative Placement provides the opportunity to develop youth and community work and ministry experiences through a full-time model of practice (usually 37 hours per week for 6 weeks; or 222 hours).

A range of placement settings including a consideration of workplace-based placements are available; from community projects to churches, schools to youth centres, detached youth work and arts-based projects and provide a supportive learning space.

Core modules include: Placements, Youth and Community Work and Ministry Essentials, Empowering People, Power & Anti-Oppressive Practice, Preparing for Professional Practice, Biblical Studies and a range of Old and New Testament subjects, Christian Doctrine, Theology and Church History.

Entry Requirements

Four passes at a grade C or above in GCSE subjects including English (or their equivalent). Mature student entry is also available. Applicants whose first language is not English need to demonstrate their English proficiency. Undergraduate students need a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or its equivalent, overall.

Fees & Funding

Course Fees: £8,400 per year (UK students) / £9,500 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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