Certificate of Higher Education in Integrating Faith and Leadership

The programme will be suitable for those who want to understand how their faith can be applied and integrated into range of settings both sacred and secular. The course uses a Christian anthropology to help students understand how faith and leadership can work together and help to give the student a better understanding of themselves so that they may more effectively lead others in a range of contexts. Throughout the course students will be reflecting on their own experience whilst comparing it to the experience of other students on the course.

Entry Requirements

2 A-levels or equivalent or, three years of relevant experience.

Programme Content

The Certificate of Higher Education– contains six modules that focus on helping the individual to primarily understand themselves as leaders. The six modules are based around the religious life that might have been found at somewhere like Waverley Abbey as it prepared people to take on responsibility within their community or in the wider world. Generally, each module will have three elements; theory – where we look at some aspect of leadership, history – where we look at some of the historic approaches that have been used in the past and, theology – where we apply a Christian anthropology to the topics being studied.

  • Leadership and the Waverley Integrative Framework – addresses the question of who we are and introduces the Waverley Integrative Framework as a holistic way of looking at the person. This module also identifies the key attributes of a leader and examines theories of leadership.
  • The Leader as learner – looks at how we learn and introduces students to engaging with source materials and developing key skills in interpreting sacred texts and how they can be applied in a variety of settings.
  • Leadership styles and dysfunctional behaviours – asks what is it that people worship and the issue of idolatry in different culture contexts and starts to introduce students to a range of historic spiritual disciplines and practices and the challenges leaders can face and the shadow side of leadership.
  • Leadership wellbeing and a rule of life – looks at the emotional and mental health of the leader and how they can build personal resilience. This will also look at the historic use of a Rule of Life found in monastic communities.
  • Personal effectiveness and strength-based leadership – helping the leader to identify key personal strengths that would feed into a personal development planning process e.g. time management and basic financial planning.
  • Developing the leader’s voice – will introduce students to the concept of the leader as a storyteller and help students to develop and articulate their own stories. The module will also look at key questions a leader may face and introduce them to the narrative arc of scripture.


Two years part-time
One year full-time

Entry Points

The first cohort will have an initial entry point in January 2022 with subsequent cohorts starting in the September 2022.


Students will be assessed using a range of assessment techniques including: essays, reports,  presentations, case studies and journaling throughout the duration of the course.


Programme costs will be published when available. In addition, students will be required to fund the following items:

  • Books and other study materials
  • Students will have to have access to a personal computer or laptop that is sound and video enabled and that has internet access
  • Student membership of the Chartered Management Institute


Distance learning – students attend classes online through the colleges’ virtual learning environment.

Mode of Study

Part-time students normally attend classes online one evening a week throughout the term after the initial course induction and study one module per academic term.

Please note that the cohort starting in January 2022 will be timetabled to complete the first three modules of the programme before the end of August 2022, allowing them to start the second year of their programme in September 2022 when one module per term will then be studied.

Full-time this course is initially being offered on a Part-time basis but it is intended to offer a full-time version where students would normally attend classes online one or two days or evenings a week, throughout the term (after the initial course induction) and would study two modules each academic term.