This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.

Post graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction



Up to two years part-time.


Entry Points

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


Mode of Study and Fees

You can download the Spiritual Formation Fees and Dates for 2019-20 here.

Download the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment for 2019-20 here.


Programme Content

Students on this programme take three taught modules:

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

This programme is validated by Middlesex University. This programme is 60 credits – Higher Education level 7.



Students are required to keep a personal journal throughout the duration of the course and this will be submitted at the end of the course. Students will also have to prepare work for presentation to their fellow students on each of the modules.

Students will also be required to undertake a number of interventions to practice the various skills that they will learn throughout the course.


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

Entry Requirements

Students are required to have obtained a minimum of one of the following:

DipHE Counselling or equivalent professional qualification
Degree in a related or non-related subject
Substantial experience in a related area

Location of Tutorials

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


To apply

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For further information

If you require further information on this, or any of our programmes, email: or call 01252 784739

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