What Students Say

  • “All Nations is fantastic for learning academically and developing personally. It’s an exceptional place to be equipped for mission. The community aspect of life is brilliant for equipping people to work in a cross-cultural context.” - 2017
  • "I have learned so much about mission and cross-cultural communication. I am happy to take the All Nations community ethos back to my culture and implement it there."
  • "The year at All Nations has been very good and I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to come and study here. I feel like I have learned a lot and that I am much better equipped to go out to serve overseas. The tutors and staff do an amazing job and are very supportive."
  • "I had a fantastic year. The more I learn, the less I know… but I learned so much through the programme, but also as part of community and in our experience of going here as a family! This place and people has left a permanent mark and influence in my life; a big contribution."
  • "Amazing to learn about myself more, to see my identity in Christ. It has changed my view of mission and my place within mission immeasurably. I have grown more this year than in the last 10 years. I feel I have considered numerous issues which I can pick up at a later date in more depth. I am aware of my weaknesses and strengths more than before, and living in community has been a great blessing. I feel ready to return to the world of work and ultimately I hope to the mission field more prepared than I was to live cross-culturally, sensitively and with a greater love for God and His mission."

Course Tutor

Ruth Conlon

BA (Hons) Psychosocial Studies, PgDip Charity Marketing & Fundraising, Accredited Spiritual Director, Senior Accredited Pastoral Supervisor (Ongoing).


Why choose the Certificate course?

The Certificate is aimed at those who have little or no experience in cross-cultural mission but who are hoping to serve effectively wherever they live and work. It is designed to teach foundational missionary knowledge, methodology and practical skills whilst at the same time helps to develop the interpersonal, spiritual and academic skills of the student throughout the year. This course will therefore enable you to prepare for an effective cross-cultural mission experience.

What is the Certificate course?

If you are heading for cross-cultural mission service and have one year available for training then Certificate (Level 4) is for you. This course will provide you with a foundational, holistic preparation for vocational ministry in Christian mission anywhere in the world. Whilst it is a self-contained programme, many students joining us for the Certificate course and decide to stay on for a further year to complete the Diploma or even two more years to complete the BA (Hons) degree.  

What are the entry criteria?

The Certificate is an open access programme, validated by the Open University. The recommended minimum age of entry is 21 years. However the College will consider applicants who are 19 years old provided they meet the admissions criteria. Normally you should have a minimum of two ‘A’ level equivalents or relevant vocational experience. For those for whom English is not a first language (according to UKVI criteria), proof of English skills will also be required. This must be an academic IELTS for UKVI test with a score 5.5 at a UKVI approved SELTS Centre (with a minimum 5.5 for listening/reading and 5.0 for writing/speaking). For students who do not require a visa we will also consider a score of 162 or above in the Cambridge Advanced Exam, or a score of 46 or above in the TOEFL (IBT computer-based) English test. For full details of all the entry criteria, please see the College Admissions Policy.

What qualification will I get?

A Certificate of Higher Education in Biblical and Intercultural Studies, which is validated by the Open University.

How is the course delivered?

The Certificate is a one year full time course (September to July) consisting of three terms, each lasting 10 weeks. Given the interactive nature of our course, no online option is currently available.

Our teaching styles are varied and innovative. We teach through interactive classes, small group seminars, case studies, debates and arts workshops. Students also spend time in personal research and study and reflect on their learning through a range of assessments.

Most of the programme is delivered at the College site, which is in a beautiful rural setting here at Easneye House in Ware, Hertfordshire.

What sort of a workload can I expect?

Most classes will run from 9:30 -1:00 with a coffee break in between with just a few classes timetabled for the afternoon. Lectures generally take up 15 hours per week, with students expected to spend at least 25 hours per week in private study.

How is the course assessed?

Formative assessments are designed to provide you with guided learning experiences that enable you to engage with the learning. The emphasis is on assessing for learning. Progress is monitored throughout the course with some assignments taking place towards the end of the completion of a module. There are a broad range of assignment methods used, including workbooks, short answer questions, reflective reports, questionnaires, short essays, reading logs, class presentations, journaling and a practical placement. All assignments are compulsory and non-graded, apart from the research paper in the final term. 

The feedback given to students can be either informal or formal and both oral and written and includes suggestions on how to improve and enhance your work. Formal feedback on end of term assignments aims to be returned by the end of week 3 of the following term. 

Level 4 students must pass all components of all modules in order to progress on to Level 5 or to exit with the Certificate award.

What else will I be doing?

We recognise the importance of practical ministry and in order to ensure that students get an opportunity to put into practice classroom theory, students will be involved in a ministry placement for 2 to 3 hours each week. Students can choose from a range of projects including anti-trafficking, art and street evangelism to international student work. Most of these placements are associated with a church where the student will be encouraged to worship on Sunday to get to know the congregation and understand the wider range of their ministries. 

Kitchen or maintenance chores are also part of College life; their aim is to both foster a servant heart but they also help to keep student’s fees as low as possible.

What support will I receive?

Every student is assigned a personal tutor to help mentor and support them through their studies. We recognise that students come from a variety of backgrounds, in terms of education, qualifications and experience, and therefore personal tutoring is beneficial to the individual needs of the student.
In order to help students improve their study skills, we run a Study Skills Foundation Course that runs throughout the year. This covers topics such as reading effectively, use and management of sources, citation and how to avoid plagiarism, and developing critical thinking. This course is open to all students. The sessions are particularly valuable for international students and those entering or returning to higher education.   Additional study skills sessions to help develop the analytical, critical and evaluative skills needed to write assignments are also provided for all students.

When can I start the course?

The course begins in late September each year and finishes the following June/July, however it is not usually possible to stay in College during the holiday periods (e.g. Christmas, Easter and Summer breaks). The College will help overseas students to find alternative accommodation during these holiday periods but students will need to budget for this extra cost. Sometimes there are opportunities to stay onsite and work for board.

What will I be studying?

Certificate students will take 9 compulsory modules per year which amount to 120 credits (60 ECTS). Please see Key Information below for full details. We aim to indicate on the website the modules which will be offered the following academic year as soon as the current students have indicated their preferences.

What do I do if I wish to complain?

All Nations wants all of our applicants to have a positive experience in going through our application process. We make every endeavour to provide you with the information you require and support you to make an informed choice in regards to the best course for you. However, if you are not satisfied about the handling of your application, you have the right to make either an informal and/or formal complaint or request a formal review/appeal. For further details please see the College Admissions Complaints and Appeals Policy and Procedures.

Key Information

  • Course Fees
  • Core Modules
  • Year at a Glance
  • The total cost per person for the academic year (2019-20) is £11,925

    For more information about the breakdown of fees please click here.

  • Integral Mission Foundations and Practice
    Interpersonal Skills
    Introduction to Christian Theology
    Introduction to Culture and Religion
    Ministry Placement
    New Testament and Mission
    Old Testament and Mission
    Personal and Spiritual Formation
    Personal Growth (with performing arts)

    For more information about the modules please click here.

    To view All Nations BA Programme Structure please click here.

  • To see how modules are distributed across the year click here.

    To view All Nations BA Programme Structure please click here.

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