The Ongoing Discipleship course

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Ongoing Discipleship: Certificate in Higher Education (level 4)

Ridley Hall offers the opportunity for theological and ministerial study at Level 4 to volunteers and others within the church who are interested in deepening their theological understanding and gaining a framework for ongoing discipleship – both of themselves and others.

The opportunity to engage in ministerial education at this level provides access to in-depth theological study for those not currently in full-time church positions. Typical students may be engaged in full-time employment, managing a home, volunteering or in a part-time or apprenticeship role within the church. Irrespective of your situation, the Cert HE provides a framework for you to apply your studies into your specific context.

Teaching is delivered by theological educators, highly experienced practitioners and guest lecturers drawn from the full range of Ridley Hall’s tutor team, and tutors from across the Cambridge Theological Federation.

Support is provided by Ridley’s academic team, specialist and subject tutors, and the Cambridge Theological Federation administrative staff team.

Teaching takes place at both our Cambridge and London teaching centres.

What is the qualification?

What is the qualification?

Study leads to a Certificate in Higher Education and can be taken full-time over one year, or part-time over two or three years. The Cert HE stands alone as a high-quality foundational qualification in ministry and mission for all. For those looking to specialise and move into full-time ministry, it can also be utilised as an access course onto the BA in Theology, Ministry and Mission.

When will you study?

When will you study?

Students can undertake the Cert HE at either our Cambridge centre or Online.

Teaching delivered Online utilises a flipped-classroom approach where students prepare for meeting together as a student group online on a Monday evening, by completing set-tasks in the week beforehand at times to fit around their other commitments.

  • Classroom teaching is delivered online 18:00 to 19:45, Monday evenings during term time (see Term Dates).

    The teaching at our Cambridge centre is delivered in two ways:

    • Through intensive teaching weeks delivered in September, October, January, February, April and June (see Term Dates);
    • Term-time delivery requiring weekly attendance for one or two days per term.

    Please note: Students are encouraged to undertake the September intensive week (Cambridge centre) or the Lent Term taster module (Ridley Online) if they are new to theological study at this level.

    For further details see our information on studying at Ridley Hall in Cambridge or at Ridley Online.

    What will you study?

    What will you study?

    The standard module choice is as follows:

    1. Foundation in Theology and Reflective Practice (20 credits)
    2. Introduction to New Testament (20 credits)
    3. Introduction to Old Testament (20 credits)
    4. Introduction to Church History and Doctrine (20 credits)
    5. Introduction to Pastoral Care (20 credits)
    6. Independent learning project in a subject of your choice (20 credits)

    Note: Students have the option of swapping the independent learning project with a 20 credit module in Children's and Youth Ministry.

    Further information

    To talk to us before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us, indicating whether you are interested in studying through Ridley Online or in Cambridge.