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."
  • "I enjoyed studying this year at All Nations. I found all the teachers great and very humbled, I feel very privileged to have met them and learnt from them. I can definitely see the multifaceted learning that this college gives. Thank you for all your work and effort, I am very happy to be here!!!"
  • "Thank you so much to everyone for working so hard to make this past term work so well via zoom."
  • "I appreciate about the modules and types of essay questions, the bridge to application in life and mission. Not just head, but heart and hand equipping."
  • "Every tutor is teaching with expertise and passion and besides own experience, which value, shares from different perspectives."

Course Tutor

Jan Barlow

BSc (Occupational Therapy), Post Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care, MA Leadership with Mission.


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 mission knowledge, methodology and practical skills whilst at the same time helping 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 the Certificate (Level 4) is for you. All Nations offers two parallel Certificate programmes: the OU Certificate and the ANCC Certificate. Students on both programmes learn alongside each other. Click here to find out the differences.
This course will provide you with 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 OU Certificate course decide to stay on for a further year to complete the Diploma, or even two more years to complete the BA (Hons) degree.  ANCC Certificate students have the option of staying on for a further year to complete the ANCC Diploma. There is no ANCC 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, All Nations will consider applicants who are 19 or 20 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 of 5.5 at a UKVI-approved SELTS Centre (with a minimum of 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.

Please note: Overseas students requiring a Tier 4 visa students MUST take the ACADEMIC IELTS for UKVI TEST which has extra security attached to it unless they are from a differentiation country (as listed by the UKVI), in which case the Academic IELTS test is sufficient. Both tests must be taken at a SELT centre.

What qualification will I get?

OU-validated Certificate students will earn the Cert. (HE) Biblical and Intercultural Studies (A Certificate of Higher Education). ANCC Certificate students will earn a Certificate in Biblical and Intercultural Studies, which is our own All Nations Christian College award. The delivery method of both Certificate awards is the same.

Can I transfer between OU and ANCC programmes?

Students can transfer from an OU programme to an ANCC programme but not vice versa. Those who complete an OU award successfully will receive an OU Certificate and the appropriate number of transferable credits. Completing an ANCC award will earn a separate certificate.

How is the course delivered?

The Certificate is a 1-year full-time course consisting of three terms, each lasting 10 weeks. Given the interactive nature of our course, no online option is currently available.

The only difference in the delivery method of the two Certificate courses is that the OU Certificate only runs from September whereas the ANCC Certificate can start in September or January. Courses which start in September end the following June/July; those starting at other times run for a calendar year.

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 All Nations site, which is in a beautiful rural setting at Easneye House near Ware, Hertfordshire.

What sort of a workload can I expect?

The workload for both Certificate awards is the same. Most classes will run from 09:30 to 13:00 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 a module. There is a broad range of assignment methods, 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 is normally returned by the end of week 3 of the following term. 

Level 4 (Certificate) students must pass all components of all modules in order to progress on to the next level of study or to exit with the relevant Certificate award.

What else will I be doing?

We recognise the importance of practical ministry and, in order to ensure that all undergraduate 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, street evangelism and 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 All Nations life; their aim is to foster a servant heart but they also help to keep student fees as low as possible.

What support will I receive?

All students are 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 is timetabled 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 people 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 OU Certificate programme begins in late September each year and finishes the following June/July.

The ANCC Certificate programme begins in either September or January and ends in June/July or December respectively.

Students should note that it is not usually possible to stay at All Nations during the holiday periods (e.g. Christmas, Easter and Summer breaks). All Nations 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 on-site and work for board.

What will I be studying?

OU Certificate students will take 9 compulsory modules per year which amount to 120 credits (60 ECTS).

ANCC Certificate students will study the same number of compulsory modules as OU Certificate students to gain their award but they will not earn any transferable credits.

Please see Key Information below for full details. By the end of October each year we aim to indicate on the web site the modules which will be offered the following academic year.

What do I do if I wish to complain?

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

Key Information

  • Course Fees
  • Core Modules
  • Year at a Glance
  • Programme Specification
  • The total cost per person for the academic year (2020-21) is £13,120

    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.

  • To see the undergraduate programme specification please click here.

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