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Postgraduate 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:

  • 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

    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.


    Dates and fees of programme


    Download the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment here.

    Students will also have to fund the following items:

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

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


    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.