About the course

This pathway introduces you to theology with modules in placing particular emphasis on the core beliefs and practices of Christian faith.  As well as covering all the traditional theological disciplines, the programme provides you with opportunities to develop your skills in theological reflection, and learn to 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.

Who is it for?

This is for students who as part of the dioceses of Canterbury, Chichester or Southwark have been approved for Licensed Lay Ministry training – for example Reader Ministry, or Licensed Lay Pioneer Ministry (Diocese of Southwark)


  • 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.

This course is two years part-time.


Students are expected to undertake at least ten hours of private study per week and normally to complete two assignments per module.

You will also attend a number of pathway-specific teaching events. 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.


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

You can take our Shared Modules by attending either our weekly Evening Classes (Mondays at Trinity House, Southwark, or Wednesdays online) or our fortnightly Teaching Days (Fridays at Malling Abbey, West Malling).

Please see next year’s Academic Calendar below.


Please view next year’s Academic Calendar.

What will I study?

You can find more detailed descriptions of these (and other) Level 4 modules here.

Additional teaching sessions:

Saturday Schools

All students will attend one Saturday school in each academic year.  This year’s Saturday School will be 3 December 2022 at our London centre.

Study Days and Residential weekends

As a Licensed Lay Minister student you will attend 3 study days in your first year and one Residential weekend.  These events are focused on modules specific to your pathway, developing your knowledge of theory and your skills in Christian ministry and worship.

For first year students beginning their studies in September 2022, these dates are:

  • 24 September 2021 (London centre)
  • 19 November 2021 (Hove)
  • 28 January 2022 (West Malling)
  • 17-19 March 2023 (Leatherhead)

You will take the following modules with students on other pathways:

  • Introduction to Biblical Studies
  • Introduction to Church History
  • (Introduction to) Spirituality and Discipleship
  • Introduction to Christian Worship
  • (Brief) Introduction to Christian Doctrine
  • Using the Bible Today

You will also take Foundations for Reflective Practice in Context module (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.