Certificate in Theology, Ministry and Mission

For most of our students, both ordinands and independent students, this is the first programme they study when they start at Trinity.

Who is it for?

This course is ideal for those wishing to begin studying theology. Although it is the equivalent of the first year of a degree course, you don’t need to have any prior experience of studying theology, and if you’re not sure if you have relevant academic qualifications (see below), we can discuss this with you.

The Certificate is validated by Durham University and modules are taught at Level 4.

What is involved?

If you study full time, the certificate will usually take one year. For part-time students it usually take two years to complete. You’ll be studying a range of modules from an Introduction to the Old and New Testament, Christian Doctrine and Church History to Mission and Evangelism, Pastoral Care and Black Theology. Take a look at our sample module list to see some of topics with which you may engage.

On completion of the Certificate you will have acquired 120 credits. 

What qualifications do I need?

Although most candidates will need to have at least two A levels or equivalent, we also place weight on references, interviews and other evidence of motivation and academic ability. Relevant work experience may be considered; even if you don’t consider yourself to be particularly academic you may find that you qualify.

International students need to have an IELTS (International English Language Test Score) of 6.5 and the English language test must have been taken within the last two years. You will need to demonstrate your potential to benefit from study at this level, but if you are in any doubt about whether you have the relevant qualifications, don’t hesitate to get in touch and we can talk it through with you.

If you are thinking of studying towards an MA in the long term, the Certificate is the best place to start (as long as the mark you obtain in the Certificate meets Durham’s minimum requirement, and you have a previous degree in any discipline of at least a 2.1).

Time management

Full-time study will require about the same amount of work as a full-time job, so you will need to plan your time accordingly. We offer support and advice on managing your time, and we also cover study skills in our induction week to ensure you make the best use of your time.

What if I already have a degree in theology?

If you already have a degree in theology with a 2.1 or above, you can go straight on to our MA programme. If you have any questions about this, email admissions@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk.

Is it possible to attend classes but not do the assessed course?

If you are not aiming to achieve a qualification but want to study theology without the pressure of having to write assignments, you can attend (or “audit”) classes without undertaking assessments. You don’t have to do the whole course; you can choose one or two modules that interest you.

This would not be suitable for an ordinand or anyone wishing to obtain a qualification, but it can be an excellent option for those who want to study for pleasure or interest.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in completing the certificate as a full-time student, please contact our Admissions Officer, Naomi Baker (admissions@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk or 0117 968 2803). If you would like to complete the certificate as a part-time student, please contact Jo Norman (jo.norman@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk or 0117 968 0253).


Certificate in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Three-year Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Graduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Postgraduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Master of Arts in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Modes of Study

Ordination Training

Theological Study (Independent)


Postgraduate research

Come and visit us

The best way to find out if we’re the right fit for you is to come and visit us. We have several Open Days and Open Afternoons during the course of a year. If those dates don’t work for you, don’t worry – we can arrange for you to visit another time. We look forward to meeting you!

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