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 role as a Spiritual Director. Students learn how to:

  • Know how to support and encourage someone in deepening their relationship with God through an enriched understanding of prayer
  • Be able to identify faith shifts, transitions and crises, and help people navigate their journey of spiritual development and transformation
  • Gain self-awareness in relation to their own faith development and relationship with God through a series of experiential exercises
  • Explore their understanding of how God works in and through relational processes

Programme content

Students taking this course take three taught modules:

  • Framework, skills and ethics

  • Approaches to Spiritual Formation

  • Spiritual Direction

    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.

    Spiritual Direction

    The scope of this topic is wide and includes theology, historical antecedents and ways in which our ‘faith journey’ can be conceptualised. The topic includes the practice of both regular ongoing direction and retreat direction. This module will enable students to use spiritual direction as the main focus of their ministry; it will also equip those with other ministries to use the skills of spiritual direction.

    Students are required to undertake a 3 day self-funded retreat as part of the module.

    Students will also have to fund the following items:

    • Accommodation costs whilst staying at the college

    • Books and other study material

    • A three day retreat as part of the Spiritual Direction module

    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 Spiritual Director. 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.