Assessment methods


The purpose of assessments is to ensure that you have achieved the learning outcomes of the module and are making connections between your learning and practical experience and ministry. 

Although assessments are often in the form of an essay, some modules will call for other kinds of assessment, allowing for greater creativity and different learning styles – see below. For students who struggle with writing an assignment, we may be able to arrange alternative forms of assessment, such as assessed conversations or assessed presentations. 

While much of your teaching takes place in the classroom, your learning will continue in preparatory reading or other activities for classes, writing essays, feedback from a marked piece of work, and in informal conversation and discussion with other students and with faculty.

Students can usually choose an essay or other assessment task from a range of options given to the class at the beginning of the module. The length of the essay will be specified, and assignments will have an indicative reading list. 
Examples of other kinds of assessment might include:
  • a response to a case study
  • a learning journal
  • a sermon
  • a theological reflection on a critical incident
  • a group presentation for a specific context
  • preparing a liturgy for a special occasion
  • a book review
  • writing an imaginary dialogue of a pastoral situation
  • lay training programme for developing skills in pastoral care among church members
  • a portfolio


Certificate in Theology, Ministry and Mission

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