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

Course overview


One-year part-time

Mode of Study
Entry Points

Who is this programme for?

This programme is suitable for those interested in becoming or developing themselves in an existing pastoral care role and provides the opportunity to:

    • Understand the difference between pastoral care and counselling
    • Be able to see the importance of worship/liturgy in pastoral care
    • Be able to see the importance of congregational life in the delivery of good pastoral care, as well as spiritual formation.
    • Be more aware of the culture of denial that we inhabit in the west, and find ways to combat it, through good rituals and good liturgy

Programme content

Students taking this course take three taught modules:

  • Framework, skills and ethics

  • Approaches to Spiritual Formation

  • Pastoral Care

    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.

    Pastoral Care

    The module aims to broaden the more recent emphasis on pastoral counselling as the main focus of concern for pastoral theology and practice, to a more holistic approach that involves several dimensions of church/organisational life. An emphasis on pastoral care as spiritual formation views pastoral encounters as collaborative in nature; helping the other to negotiate particular challenges within a faith framework provides an opportunity for growth and change, both for the person helped and the helper.

    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 Pastoral Carer in a range of settings. 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.