Post graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy

This programme is validated by Middlesex University and is 60 credits at level 7 of the Higher Education Framework.

Who is this course for and entry requirements

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

Students will:

  • Have a way of understanding 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 -e.g. the Psalms
  • Have an opportunity to think through two challenging areas of pastoral care: namely dementia and suicide.

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


Programme Content

Students taking this course take three taught modules:

  • Framework, skills and ethics
  • Approaches to Spiritual Formation
  • Chaplaincy



One-year part-time


Entry Points

Students can enter the programme at the start of any of the taught modules.



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



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Students will also have to fund the following items:

  • Accommodation costs whilst staying at the college
  • Books and other study material



Mode of Study

Part-time – most taught modules are delivered in two blocks of three days each.


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.