The Workplace Ministers course leads to a Certificate (HE) in Theology, Ministry & Mission and is a new two-year part-time course specially designed for those who are looking to work out their calling to the workplace more effectively. It is validated by Durham University as part of the Common Awards scheme and is a level 4 Certificate (HE)which is 120 credits towards the 360 credits required for a BA (Hons) in Theology, Ministry & Mission.

We know that many potential students will have little or no theological academic background and are looking for a course that is accessible and engaging. Therefore, we structure the course as a Workplace Ministers Foundation Award in the first year. Successful completion of the Foundation Award facilitates progression to the Workplace Ministers Certificate (HE) in Theology, Ministry & Mission in the second year. In this course, we ensure that keywords and concepts are explained, and no prior theological learning is assumed.

All study material is provided online, so some IT skill is necessary. You will work with your designated personal tutor and have the opportunity to converse with other students via the internet, so it is possible to do this course anywhere in the world at a time that suits you. It is, however, Durham University validated so there are strict timings for the submission of assessments.

On completion of the Certificate (HE), students can decide to progress to the Diploma (HE) -240 credits and eventually the BA (Hons)-360 credits. The course is ideal for those who want to begin to explore Christian theology as an academic subject applied directly to life.

St John’s College, Nottingham are working in partnership with ‘Workplace Ministers’, a division of Governance Ministries, who are able to give practical input to individuals on how to effectively fulfill their ministry in the workplace. For appropriately suitable candidates they can accredit Workplace Ministers and journey with them in the outworking of their calling.

Workplace Ministers Course

For the Workplace Ministers Foundation Award, you will study three modules in a year. The focus of these modules will enable you to deepen your understanding on Biblical Studies, lay the foundation for understanding the way in which you can work out your calling in the workplace through Ministry and Mission, and explore the spiritual environment in which we operate by studying Spirituality and Discipleship.

The second year, leading to the Workplace Ministers Certificate of HE in Theology, Ministry & Mission builds on your ability to critique scholarly biblical interpretation as you grapple with Christian Doctrine and apply all that you have learned to operate in a Christian ethical way to fulfill your ministry and demonstrate pastoral care. You will gain a fuller understanding of your own identity, your vocation and how to professionally fulfill what God has planned in advance for you to professionally do.

The assessment varies according to the module and includes assignments, the creation of resources, reflections, and portfolios. Your personal tutor will help you prepare for these and offer advice on how to develop your learning. Each module will be marked and contribute to the overall mark for the Workplace Ministers Certificate (HE) in Theology, Ministry & Mission.

How to apply

Students who already have a diploma in theology or an equivalent may apply for entry to this course at any time, but we enroll new students in the Autumn of each year. You will be allocated a tutor who will guide you through your studies. Also, you will have access to our online Moodle site with study material, forums, feedback forms and details about the assessment for each module. Simply complete the application form and return it by email to

As part of the application process, overseas students will need to supply evidence that any previous overseas study/education is comparable to UK qualifications. This can be done through NARIC

NARIC can also provide evidence of English Language Assessment which is a Durham University requirement for anyone whose first language is not English. Requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes

Fees 2018/19

We keep our fees competitive because we want many to access all our courses. In 2018/19 the annual fee for the Workplace Ministers Certificate is £1860, therefore less than £4,000 for the two-year course. This covers your distance tutor, any online forums, online materials and the university validation.

We offer a 5% discount to all those who apply and pay the annual fee by 31st August. This reduces the annual fee from £1860 to £1767.

For those on a tighter budget, we offer payment by installments. Each of the two years you will pay £620 by 31st August, £620 by 31st December and £620 by 31st March. (There may be a small inflationary increase for the second year).

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a refund if you leave the course during the year. However, it is possible in special circumstances to take a break from your studies, subject to a deferral fee of £80, and return to the course in the following year.

To pay for the Workplace Ministers Certificate of HE in Theology, Ministry & Mission please visit our online shop.

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