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Postgraduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction

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 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

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
  • Spiritual Direction



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



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 Spiritual Director. Students could progress to the MA in Spiritual Formation.