About the course

St Augustine’s offers this pathway for people new to the study of theology, it introduces you to theology with modules  placing particular emphasis on the core beliefs and practices of Christian faith.

Sometimes students in a diocesan programme choose to study with us as part of their discernment process.  This allows you to explore your motivation and aptitude for theological study.

As well as covering all the traditional theological disciplines, the programme provides you with opportunities to develop your skills in theological reflection, and learn a faith-based perspective on every aspect of daily life.

There is also a significant practical component to the course, which connects your ongoing classroom learning with activities in church, in your workplace in the public arena or elsewhere.

Blended Study

For those who want to have the flexibility of mixing study at home and onsite, we offer a programme of blended study.

ONLINE study

If you wish to study our certificate but cannot easily come to one of our campuses, we now offer the option of studying online (except for in person attendance at the induction day and 2 Saturday study days).  Students registered for the online programme are not charged site fees £100 pa).

What to find out more?  Come along to one of our zoom open events

6 June May (3-4pm)  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/311669871977

20 June (3-4pm) https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/311681476687


Who is it for?

The Certificate is for anyone interested in theology and without previous experience of studying theology at Higher Education level. To enter the programme, you’ll need to attend church, but need not have any particular role or experience within that church. We welcome students from any denomination.

If you haven’t studied at undergraduate level before, or if it has been some time since you left formal education, you might want to try our ‘taster module‘ first.


  • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) in Theology, Ministry and Mission, a qualification awarded by the University of Durham.

Often, students who have completed the CertHE continue their undergraduate studies, proceeding to Levels 5 and 6 in order to complete the Diploma or the BA (Hons) respectively.

Students choose between a two year or a three year version of the Certificate.  The three year version covers the same teaching but at a slightly slower pace.  This is ideal if you want to study theology but have worries about the time commitment.  We offer our certificate courses both ‘face-to-face’ and online.  Full time options are also available.


Part-time students are expected to undertake at least ten hours of private study per week, per module, and will normally complete two assignments per module. Full-time students should expect to need at least double that amount of time each week.

You will also attend a number of Saturday study days. The teaching during these events focuses on basic skills in theological reflection and reflective practice for lay ministry, with attention to your personal formation as a Christian disciple and lay minister.

Those studying independently will attend 4 in person Saturday study days over the course of the programme.  With an optional weekend residential.


You have a choice of locations and study modes to suit you.

If you are a part-time student you can attend either our weekly Evening Classes (Mondays at Trinity House, Southwark, or Wednesdays online) or our fortnightly Teaching Days (Fridays at Malling Abbey, West Malling). If you are a full-time student, you will take a double amount of  modules and will therefore attend a combination of these options.

Next year’s Academic calendar 2022-23

Furthermore, all students are invited to attend our annual Theological Symposium at Canterbury.

Please view next year’s academic calendar 2022-23 v6

What will I study?

You can find more detailed descriptions of Level 4 modules here.

If you wish to enrol for independent study but have studied theology previously, it may be possible to enter our undergraduate programme at a higher level – or indeed start on one of our graduate or postgraduate programmes.

You will take the following modules depending on if you opt for a 2 or 3 year programme

Two year programme:

Autumn TermWinter TermSpring TermThroughout the Year
Yr 1Intro to Biblical StudiesIntro to Church HistoryIntro to Spirituality and DiscipleshipReflective Practice
2 study days
(28 Jan & 18 Mar 23)
Yr 2Foundations in Christian WorshipIntro to Christian DoctrineUsing the Bible Today2 study days
(Jan and March)

Three year programme:

Autumn TermWinter TermSpring TermThroughout Year
Yr 1Intro to Biblical StudiesIntro to Church HistoryReflective Practice
2 study days
(28 Jan & 18 Mar 23)
Yr 2Foundations in Christian WorshipSpirituality and DiscipleshipStudy Day in Jan
Yr 3Introduction to Christian DoctrineUsing the Bible TodayStudy Day in March

You will also take Foundations for Reflective Practice (and its corresponding placement) which focuses on your church involvement.  This mainly practical module develops your skills in analysing and reflecting upon specific situations from a theologically informed point of view.  This module is taught on two Saturday study days (28 January and 18 March 2023)