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If you are heading for cross-cultural mission service and have two years available for training then the Diploma (Levels 4 & 5) is for you. This course aims to provide you with a 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 Diploma course decide to stay on for a further year to complete the BA (Hons) degree.
The Diploma is an in-depth programme, designed to enable you to prepare for effective cross-cultural mission by developing your ability to evaluate, understand and apply skills in other cultural contexts. The first year of study is the foundational Level 4 Certificate programme. This 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. In the second year you study three core modules and then choose from a range of specialist area modules which help prepare you for vocations including: Church Planting; Discipleship; the Arts; Theological Education and Community Development.
The Diploma 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 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.
A Diploma of Higher Education in Biblical and Intercultural Studies, which is validated by the Open University.
The Diploma is a two year full time course (September to July) consisting of three terms per year, 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.
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 in private study.
Since assignments in Level 5 are intended to assess analytical and evaluative skills, long essays, presentations, reflective reports are introduced. Only one module is assessed through an examination.
We recognise the importance of practical ministry. Each student can choose from either a local church placement or a practical project linked with the local community. The range of projects vary from working with the homeless and marginalised to international student work, youth and children’s ministry, evangelism and more.
On Sunday mornings, students attend various different churches, all within 10 miles of the College, as their ‘church placement’. Some students elect to do a ministry placement which requires 2/3 hours of participation and are usually further afield (i.e approximately 2/3 hours per week).
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.
All students on the Diploma course will also be required to complete a three weeks’ (minimum) supervised practical placement away from College.
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.
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.
In your first year, Diploma students will take the same modules as the Certificate course to earn 120 credits (60 ECTS). In the second year you must take three compulsory and a minimum of 3 other vocational specialist modules plus one regional studies’ module (outlined below) for a further 120 credits (60 ECTS) to bring your total to 240 credits (120 ECTS) over the two years. See the Key Information below for more details.
Please note that we review our programmes in conjunction with the Open University every 5 years to see where enhancements can be made and to ensure that our programmes equip our students to work in our ever changing world. Having consulted with mission agencies, alumni and current students, the Undergraduate programme is currently undergoing such a review. This means that we will be offering several new modules from September 2017 as well as making minor changes to the existing modules. We hope to publish the new programme structure and module outlines by May 2017. If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact: email@example.com.
Introduction to Bible and Mission
Introduction to Culture and Religion
Introduction to Christian Theology
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Engaging God's World - Theology, Anthropology, Development
Knowing God's Word - Old Testament, New Testament
Personal Development and Ministry Skills
VOCATIONAL SPECIALIST MODULES:
Cross-Cultural Communication and Preaching
Holistic Community Practice I
Islamics Course (December)
Performing Arts in Context
World Worship Music
VOCATIONAL REGIONAL STUDIES:
Western and Visual Culture
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The total cost per person for the academic year (2016-17) is £10,975
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