Level 3: Church Colleges' Certificate

This part time course, run by the Diocese of Chester, lasts three terms (September to June) and is intended for anyone wishing to develop their understanding and skills in children’s ministry in a church context. The three taught modules look at: understanding childhood; the Bible and children; and children and worship.

Contact Holly Dallman (0161 828 1408) for further details. Download an application form here

The taught sessions are three evenings and three Saturdays for each of the three modules, and two visits to a placement church per module.

Everyone who successfully completes the course receives the Bishop’s Certificate, Level 3. To achieve this you need to attend taught sessions and join in practical tasks (e.g. observing children, planning a learning session using the Bible), presentations and placement visits.

You can also choose to register for University accreditation. This involves doing written assignments adding up to 4,000 words (or equivalent) for each module which are marked to University criteria. If you complete these successfully, you will achieve the Church Colleges’ Certificate in Children’s Ministry accredited by the University of Chester. This is a nationally recognised award equivalent to 60 credits at HE Level 4 (equivalent to half the first year of an undergraduate degree), which you may be able to take forward into further study if you want to do that.

The 2015/16 fee is £120 for the basic course or £240 with university accreditation. Lay students may apply for a Laity Development Grant to help with this fee. Click here for details.

There are no educational entry requirements, but students will need to be actively involved with children’s ministry in the church and have a clear DBS enhanced disclosure certificate specifically for the course.

For more information about the course and the application process, click here.