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An All Nations undergraduate Certificate in Biblical and Intercultural Studies provides foundational training for Christian mission and ministry.

Undergraduate Certificate in Biblical and Intercultural Studies

This one-year certificate course provides biblical teaching and practical training for whatever mission or ministry God is calling you to.

Passing this course earns you an Open University (OU)-validated Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE), an internationally recognised qualification. From here you can either go into a Christian ministry or mission, or continue your training for another year to earn a Diploma in Biblical and Intercultural Studies. If you continue to study for two more years, you could graduate with a Degree.

Remote access students

Although our biblical and intercultural studies courses are not considered to be fully online, many of the modules within them can be studied through remote access. This means that you do not have to commit to staying on-campus for long periods; instead, you can study from anywhere in the world.

Does studying Christian mission and ministry courses as a remote student, online, mean missing out on friendships and fellowship?

No, onsite and offsite students study together in a live hybrid environment. Some are in the classroom, and some join on-screen through our video conferencing facilities.

If you would like to discuss how this might work for you, please contact us.

Where could a Biblical and Intercultural Studies Certificate lead?

Our international Christian ministry and missionary training is a springboard for wherever God wants to take you. Although students often do not know exactly what God is calling them to do when they enrol, most put their ministry and missionary training into practice as soon as they complete their Biblical and Intercultural Studies course.

Here is a selection of the roles that our graduates have taken up:

  • Going into full-time ministry.

  • Bible teaching.

  • Working for Christian mission organisations.

  • Working in aviation or engineering for Christian causes.

  • Helping to translate and publish Bibles.

  • Helping to plant and develop new churches.

  • Ministering as a doctor or a nurse.

  • Founding or co-founding new organisations and projects.

  • Working as a Christian in a secular organisation.

“The theoretical learning added to my practical experience and broadened my understanding of God’s mission. I’ve been challenged to grow in terms of critical thinking and evaluating. It’s been a great year of learning.”

Who leads the Biblical and Intercultural Studies courses?

Our Biblical and Intercultural Studies programme is led by Rev Dr V. J. Samkutty, who believes in providing excellent academic training that is biblically centred, theologically reflective, culturally engaged and practically relevant.


Certificate in Biblical and Intercultural Studies modules

Together these modules provide an excellent foundation for anyone going into ministry or mission. They equip graduates with the biblical knowledge, practical skills and personal/spiritual development they will need to move forward:

  1. Theology, History and Mission (with music and worship)

  2. Introduction to Culture and Religion

  3. Integral Mission Foundations and Practice (with creative evangelism)

  4. Old Testament and Mission

  5. New Testament and Mission

  6. Personal and Spiritual Formation I

  7. Interpersonal Skills

  8. Skills for Mission (with performing arts)

  9. Practical Ministry I.


For a full description of all these modules, please click here.

Start dates

The Certificate in Biblical and Intercultural studies is a one year course consisting of three ten week terms. The start dates are:

Monday 23 September 2024 for those taking the BA Foundation Course
Wednesday 25 September 2024
Wednesday 8 January 2025
Wednesday 24 September 2025
Wednesday 7 January 2026
Wednesday 23 September 2026
Wednesday 6 January 2027

Are you feeling a little anxious about studying?

If you are new to the subject area or you have not studied for a long time, you might feel a little nervous about enrolling on a course. Do not worry – you will benefit from our unique blend of pastoral care and learning support during your time at All Nations Christian College.

Entry criteria

Qualifications: A minimum of two A levels (or equivalent), and relevant experience.

Minimum age: 21 or older for an OU-validated certificate (although the college will consider applicants who are aged 19 and 20). We do not have a maximum age limit.

English language: Our OU-validated courses are taught in English, so you need to meet the academic English entry requirement that applies to you. If you are coming to study in the UK from overseas, it is likely that you will need the same academic English standard to meet UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) criteria.

 This could mean that international students have to take a B2 Level SELT (Secure English Language Test), but you might be exempt if you are from a majority English-speaking country or have studied at degree level in such a country, as defined by UKVI . Some approved SELT test service providers provide an online language test.

 If you are an international student and need to take a SELT test, UKVI-approved providers include:

 If you do not need a visa, you could also consider these test providers:

 For full details of other language eligibility criteria and all other entry criteria, please see the College Admissions Policy.


Fees vary depending on how you choose to study. A full breakdown of fees is available here.

Please contact us if you need any support or guidance.

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