Certificate Course FAQs

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Certificate Course FAQs

Pastors, social workers, youth workers and counsellors trained in secular therapies have all benefited from the course. Most students, however, are ‘ordinary’ church members eager to improve their ability to love those around them in biblically wise ways.

Students watch weekly online lectures and complete reading and assignments at a time that suits their own schedule. Feedback on coursework is provided by BCUK graders.

Fortnightly seminars allow students to review the material with others under the guidance of an experienced tutor and add a skills component to the training.

Details of Seminar Venues and Tutors ↗

Students start with the Foundations Certificate and can choose to go on to take further modules in subsequent years. Each term is usually 12 weeks.

Foundations Certificate
  • Autumn: Dynamics of Biblical Change
  • Spring: Helping Relationships
  • Summer: Counselling in the Local Church
Skills Certificate
  • Scripture for Life & Ministry
  • Marriage Counselling
  • Summer Intensive (5 day residential course)
Topics Certificate
  • Theology & Secular Psychology
  • Applied Theology of the Person

Once a student has passed Dynamics of Biblical Change, they may take the other modules in any order, although we recommend taking Helping Relationships and Counselling in the Local Church after Dynamics. The Skills modules and the Topics modules are offered in alternate years, and do not have to be taken in the order listed above. The Summer Intensive is offered each year in a variety of venues in June and July.

Dynamics of Biblical Change provides a foundation for all the other modules but can be taken for stand-alone study, either in the first term of the Certificate Course or in the slower-paced Dynamics of Biblical Change over 6 months course. It can also form part of a ministry sabbatical – email for details.

Each module takes one academic term, and each Certificate can be completed in an academic year.

This varies according to the module but a rough guide is 8–10 hours per week in addition to attending the fortnightly seminars.

Applications open in March each year for the following September. We ask for a supporting reference from your church pastor. The application deadline is early July each year.

Each module costs £495.

Yes. Our Bursary Fund match-funds financial assistance from a student’s local church up to one third of the course fees.

The course is run on a non-accredited basis. The online teaching material from CCEF has been adapted by us for the UK context, and we have added to it material of our own. The seminars, together with the peer counselling and observation classes offered in the five-day Summer Intensive, provide the practical component of the course.

Accredited counselling courses, such as those that would be recognised by BACP (The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), include extensive requirements for supervised counselling hours and serve a different purpose to that provided by this programme.

Students satisfactorily completing the three Certificates will be able to indicate that they have successfully completed a course providing a broad introduction to the theory and practice of biblical counselling.