The Spurgeon’s College Award is recognised as a suitable access route into Higher Education for those without the normal entry requirements to start an undergraduate programme. The Award can be studied either via Distance Learning or as part of the part-time taught programme in College.  This enables students to complete 60 credits in an academic year.  On successful completion the student can apply for Accredited Prior Learning with the University of Manchester.  The credits the student has completed and passed can be transferred into the Certificate in Theology. Alternatively a student can exit with a Spurgeon’s College Award in Theology and be part of the College graduation ceremony

Students studying on the Award programme are treated in the same way as students on designated courses. For this reason you will have limited choice about the units you study and the time you have to complete them.


The units in bold are core units which all students must take. Taught students will take one additional unit according to timetable availability. Distance learning students are recommended to study the core units first, and then choose one other.

ListCertificate in Theology Units (level 4)
102/8102Studying Theology
103/8103Reading and Using the Bible
111/8111Biblical texts on Mission
123/8123Jesus and the Synoptic Gospels
124/8124Introduction to Paul
133/8133Introduction to Christian Doctrine
150/8150Introduction to Mission
164Worship and Preaching Skills [taught students only]
8160Basic preaching Skills [distance learning students online]
8161Leading Public Worship [distance learning students only
163/8163Pastoral Theory & Practice