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The Light College welcomes Readers of Transforming Ministry

Thanks so much for showing interest in The Light College.  Whether you’re a licensed lay minister or a friend or contact of one, we hope you will find some helpful information on how you can study with us on this page and site.

At The Light College, we recognise that Lay Ministers contribute an incredible amount to the work and mission of the Church, almost always on a voluntary basis, and that their ministry is invaluable and very much worth investing in.  Our courses offer an excellent opportunity to access accredited continued professional development, specifically with mission and evangelism in view.  So… if you’re interested in developing further in pioneering missional ministry with sharing the Good News at its heart, please do explore further…

I particularly felt (at The Light College) as though I had been given a new family… all of you just loved me.’ – Wendy (student)

Why study (further) with us?

Both for those who have already studied as lay ministers and those who have no prior theological study, our courses offer a great opportunity to hone and develop your ministry in the area of mission and evangelism, learning to use your existing communication skills to creatively engage in mission in diverse and dynamic ways. This is with a view to helping our churches to reach out in their local communities to share Jesus’ Gospel of justice, mercy and peace in ways that are both natural and context-specific.

Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

Perhaps you’re a lay Reader whose ministry studies had some accredited element (Level 4 or 5).  In such cases, it may be possible for you to gain accreditation of prior learning to top-up your existing qualification to a Foundation Degree or Bachelors Degree level – please contact us via the enquiry form with details and we will create an individual case for your accreditation.

Whether a Licensed Lay Minister or not, if you’ve never completed an undergraduate degree before (whether in theology or otherwise), you may be able to access student finance while studying, whether studying full time or part time, and starting part way through the course with accredited learning or with our normal students.  Alternatively, if you are ineligible for student finance, your APL could enable you to join one of our courses part way through and thus incur less fees – additionally bursaries are potentially available, both from ourselves and through the Adams Myland Fund via the Central Reader’s Council.

Highly flexible and accessible courses

Our flexibility and inclusivity means you can study no matter what your age, academic level or church tradition, helping you to develop your gifts and skills in mission and ministry.

Whether you’re looking for an innovative and practical approach to mission and evangelism, developing your pioneering and mission skills or bringing the presence of Christ into unexpected places, have a look at the available courses below, see the links below for full course details, contact us through the form on this page or if you would like more information please contact the course administrator via admissions@lightcollege.ac.uk or telephone (03333) 446489 and leave a message.

Enquire / apply or have a look at our courses menu for more options

 We are now accepting applications for all courses beginning September 2022. 

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Learn how to share the good news in innovative ways

At The Light College, all of our courses are designed to prepare our students to share the good news of Jesus in the most innovative and context-sensitive ways, while at the same time nurturing a deep devotional life and a good grounding in theology. We are an approved academic partner of The University of Chester and all of our lecturers are university approved, with a wide range of experience and practical knowledge, passionate about their faith.

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Study part- or full-time from anywhere in the UK

Study can be done either part- or full-time, and can be accessed from anywhere in the UK as all lectures are taught during a mixture of gathered and virtual residential weekends, as well as weekly evening online sessions.

We accept students from a wide variety of backgrounds, ages and academic ability

Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages. We offer good academic and pastoral support, so dont let concerns about academic ability prevent you from exploring further – the main thing we look for is a sincere heart to share the Gospel.

University Degree courses in Theology, Mission and Evangelism

An innovative approach to mission and evangelism

Foundation Degree of Arts in Theology, Mission and Evangelism

An innovative approach to mission and evangelism

Enquire/apply – Full Time 2 years, Part Time 4 years. 

Through our approved academic partnership with the University of Chester, we offer a Foundation Degree of Arts (FdA) over 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time. Course combines lectures, practice based learning and placements designed to help students explore and develop their own approach to mission and evangelism in the 21st century.  The course combines lectures, practice based learning and placements designed to help students explore and develop their own approach to mission and evangelism in the 21st century. It may be possible to get accreditation of prior learning if you already have a Level 4 theology qualification as part of your lay ministry training.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology, Mission and Evangelism

An innovative approach to mission and evangelism

Enquire/apply – Full Time 3 years, Part Time 6 years.

Like our FDA, the BA Degree is accredited by the University of Chester. It’s offered over 3 years full-time and 6 years part-time. With a combination of lectures and practical work (including placements), the course equips students to be pioneering evangelists ready for mission in the contemporary world.  Course combines lectures, practice based learning and placements designed to help students explore and develop their own approach to mission and evangelism in the 21st century. Those with Level 4 or 5 qualifications in theology may be able to get accreditation of prior learning to top-up their qualification to an FDA or BA.

Professional Certificate in Pioneer Chaplaincy and Mission

Bring the presence of Christ into unexpected places

In partnership with Third Space Ministries, this new qualification, also validated by The University of Chester, is a one-year course which teaches how to bring the presence of Christ into unexpected places like supermarkets, gyms, pubs and nightclubs amongst people who have little idea of who Jesus is.

Further Details / Enquire/apply

Virtual Open Day - Book Now!

Join us on our next Virtual Open Day 

Come and join us for an hour and a half to get an introduction to our staff and find out more about some of the most practical theological courses in the country.

We are currently accepting applications for courses in September 2022

If youd like to explore any of the courses further, please download our latest prospectus and contact us using the form on this page – wed love to hear from you.

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