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Certificate of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Course Description

The Certificate of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission is designed primarily for individuals preparing for or already involved in authorized Christian ministry or service. It is a vocational award offered by the Cambridge Theological Federation in partnership with the University of Durham (Common Awards). The Certificate is available in either full-time (one year) or part-time modes of study (over two years).

Further information about this award is available from the Cambridge Theological Federation.

Entrance Requirements

Entry to this programme is flexible, depending on the student’s experience, employment and education. In general, applicants – especially those with little or no employment history – should normally hold at least one A-level or equivalent. For mature students, relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of formal academic qualifications. Applicants will need to demonstrate their potential to benefit from study at this level. Candidates, for whom English is a second language, must have an overall minimum IELTS grade of 6.0.

Teaching and Learning

The Certificate offers a variety of subjects in theology and ministerial practice taught by a wide range of teachers through lectures, classes, and structured asynchronous learning. Many subjects are team-taught by teachers from across the Cambridge Theological Federation, including Westcott House, but some draw on the talents of people with expertise from outside the Federation. The programme is made up of 10 and 20 credit modules across core areas of theology and ministry to a total of 120 credits.  Students who have successfully completed the Certificate are eligible to apply for the Diploma.


Summative assessment (coursework for credit) may take the form of essays, portfolios, presentations, independent learning projects and language examinations. In addition, formative assessment (in-course feedback which is unmarked and not for credit) is undertaken during the course of all modules to support student learning. The specific mode of formative assessments varies from module to module.

Integration with Training for Ministry

Independent students participate in the wider life of the House as far as they are reasonably able. Students training for licensed ministry are required by the House to participate in the formational life of Westcott House, attend Ministry for Life and Short Intensive Courses, and complete contextual training through attachments and placements