Certificate of Higher Education (QDL)

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The Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) programme gives you the opportunity to explore a number of the sub-disciplines of theology, and begin to explore which ones you particularly value or enjoy. It includes, for example, material on doctrine, on mission and on biblical studies, whilst also embedding that in the experience of discipleship and ministry.

You’ll complete the following compulsory 20-credit modules:

  • Introduction to the Bible
  • Foundations for Ministry and Mission in Context
  • Foundations for Reflective Practice in Context (Long)
  • Using the Bible Today
  • Introduction to Christian Doctrine

And then you can select one further, optional 20-credit module:

  • Introduction to Theology and Human Development in Childhood and Adolescence
  • Spirituality and Discipleship
  • Introduction to Church History

Students normally enter the CertHE programme at level 4 under one of the following categories:

  • At least 1 pass at Advanced level
  • OR 2 passes at Advanced Supplementary level
  • OR Other formal qualifications deemed to be equivalent to the above by the admissions committee

For any other applicant not meeting standard entry requirements:

- Applicants will be asked to produce a piece of theological writing that demonstrates their capacity for working at level 4 of undergraduate study. This may include satisfactory completion of a recognised Access course.

- All such applicants are required to satisfactorily complete a face-to-face interview (either in person or online). They should also supply at least two satisfactory references.

To apply for the course, please download and complete the following forms:

When completed, please send the relevant parts of the forms to admissions@queens.ac.uk

For further information on applying for Disabled Students' Allowance, and eligibility for it, please see our guidance here.

Modular costs for the CertHE are charged on a per credit basis. This fee covers your distance tutor, any classes or groups, online materials and the university validation.

Full details are available on the fees part of our website, or our annual fee sheet may be downloaded to your desktop. This includes further guidance on the associated costs of studying theology, along with information on what benefits you may be entitled to as a student.