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Postgraduate Certificate in Pastoral Care


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 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

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
  • Pastoral Care



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


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 Pastoral Carer in a range of settings. Students could progress to the MA in Spiritual Formation.