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Course Title Foundation Award in Theology, Ministry and Mission (Common Awards)
Awarded by Durham University
Qualification Foundation Award
Level 4
Credits 60 at Level 4
Length of course 6 months full-time
1-2 years part-time
Entrance requirements Entry to this programme is flexible, depending on the student’s experience, employment and education. In general, applicants – especially those with little or no employment history – are likely to have at least one A-level (Grade E or above) or equivalent. However, for mature students, relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of formal academic qualifications. Applicants will need to demonstrate their potential to benefit from study at level 4 in Theology, Ministry and Mission.

Students for whom English is a second language require an IELTS score of 6.5 with no component under 6.0 in an IELTS examination, or equivalent. Please note that TOEFL results are not accepted by Durham University.

Accredited prior learning (APL) is not permitted for the Foundation Award.

Students who have successfully completed the Foundation Award are eligible to apply to continue to the Certificate or Diploma (HE) in Theology, Ministry and Mission programme.

Overview This award provides an education in theology, ministry and mission in and for a variety of contexts. It is particularly suited to anyone who might be thinking seriously about their faith and would like to explore the theological disciplines, particularly ministry and mission, on a deeper level. Those discerning a call to lay or ordained ministry will find it especially relevant. No prior study of theology is required.
Teaching The Foundation Award offers a rich variety of subjects taught by a wide range of teachers. Many subjects are team-taught by teachers from across the Cambridge Theological Federation but some draw on the talents of people with expertise from outside the Federation. The course incorporates a variety of modes of learning and teaching, including traditional full-time residential learning, part-time and part-residential learning.
Assessment Summative assessment (coursework for credit) may take the form of essays, portfolios, presentations, and assessed conversations. In addition, formative assessment (in-course feedback which is unmarked and not for credit) is undertaken during all modules to support student learning. The specific mode of formative assessments varies from module to module.
Suitable for Those wishing to explore all different kinds of ministry (e.g. children, family and youth work, sports ministry, worship leaders, mission enablers, pioneer ministry, etc.)
More details Cambridge Theological Federation Common Awards Programme Regulations (PDF File)
Durham University Common Awards website