This course is no longer recruiting students for the academic year 2024/25

Course overview


One-year part-time

Entry Points
Mode of study

Who is this programme for?

This programme is suitable for those interested in becoming a chaplain or developing themselves in an existing chaplaincy role.

Students will:

  • Embark on, and theologically reflect upon, a model of chaplaincy within their own context

  • Discover a variety of models of chaplaincy and understand how their own spiritual formation can benefit those who have yet to connect with the Christian faith

  • Explore pioneer models of chaplaincy in unexpected places alongside contemporary models of traditional chaplaincy within a post Christendom culture

Programme content

Students taking this course take three taught modules:

  • Framework, skills and ethics

  • Approaches to Spiritual Formation

  • Chaplaincy

    Description of modules

    Framework, skills and ethics

    This core module, along with the module Approaches to Spiritual Formation, forms the theoretical framework and practical perspective. It facilitates the application of both theory and relational skills to the practice of pastoral care, chaplaincy, spiritual direction and mentoring/coaching.

    Approaches to Spiritual Formation

    An approach which underpins all else in our lives, providing focus; a clearly articulated process and a practice designed to heighten our awareness of God. This module explores and progresses that awareness in our daily lives.


    This module is designed to equip students to effectively manage the challenge of being a religious representative in secular institutions, such as hospitals, educational establishments or the military. It aims to examine the potential of chaplaincy as a form of Christian mission, serving others by providing support and spiritual guidance in a variety of contexts. This includes critical reflection on working with people of other faiths or no faith. The module will enable students to develop a philosophy of chaplaincy consistent with their personal strengths, training and the particular context in which they currently operate, or might do so in the future.

    Students will also have to fund the following items:

    • Accommodation costs whilst staying at the college


    • Books and other study material


    Further details

    This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.


    Students will have to write essays, give presentations and are required to keep a personal journal throughout the duration of the course.

    Entry requirements

    Students are required to have obtained a minimum of one of the following:

    • A first degree or equivalent professional qualification or
    • At least three years significant experience in ministry and relevant life experience
    Next steps

    Students could apply for a role as a chaplain in a range of settings including: in hospitals, prisons, sports clubs, schools, and workplaces. Students could progress to the MA in Spiritual Formation.


    Waverley Abbey College, Waverley Abbey House, Waverley Lane, Farnham GU9 8EP

    Further information

    Book a Personal Discovery Call today and a member of our friendly team will discuss your financial options with you and answer any other questions you have.

    If you require further information on this, or any of our programmes, email or call on 01252 784 784.