BA (Hons) Mission and Ministry

Cliff College has been delivering innovative and inspiring degree programmes in mission and ministry for 20 years. We specialise in courses focused on youth, children, family and third-age mission and ministry, approved by and leading to an award of The University of Manchester.

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Back by popular demand

Our BA Mission & Ministry third-age pathway is returning from September 2021. Aimed at those working with older people in the church and the wider community, this course combines theology and practice to engage both those starting out in this ministry and those with more experience. We have a virtual open day in November dedicated to this pathway - you can book your place here.

This programme offers an HE Certificate in the areas of youth, children, family and third-age ministry, with an opportunity to continue study at HE Diploma and BA (Hons) levels. All of these can be studied full-time or part-time, and are all validated by The University of Manchester. This fully flexible degree course brings theology and practice together to equip you to work within both the Church and the wider community.

Teaching is delivered through intensive teaching weeks by Cliff College faculty and visiting lecturers. There is nothing more inspiring than learning from expert thinkers and practitioners, alongside others who share your passion for mission and ministry to youth, children, families and older people. Cliff College offers this in some of the most beautiful surroundings in the UK.

Reflection on practice is a key element of the course. Students are therefore required to be involved in some kind of regular youth, children, family or third-age mission or ministry. This practice can be in a voluntary or paid capacity, or a mixture of both, and should comprise a minimum of 60 hours per year.

We may also offer additional areas of study (pathways) in future years. You can find a full list of approved pathways on the programme specification, which is available to download below.

Find out more about this course on one of our virtual open days:


As a practitioner, I feel that this programme has equipped me with the right skills to have a meeting with my leadership team and it has given me insightful thoughts, which I will put to use in my practice.

The course is transforming my thinking – and as a result my practice.

Teaching around the theological background to what we do was really helpful, and brought about a lot of points to consider. I am at the beginning of a journey, and that has been the major impact: realising there is a lot to learn and consider.

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If you are ready to apply, you can download the application documents below. These should be returned to or to:

Undergraduate Admissions
Cliff College
Hope Valley
S32 3XG

Please state in your application form whether you wish to specialise in youth, children, family or third-age ministry.

If you have any questions about the course or the application process, get in touch with us at

If you have applied or intend to apply for this course through UCAS, you will need to complete a supplementary application form and return it to the above address. You do not need to send us the full application form.

Entry requirements and open access

This is an open-access programme. Our standard entry requirements are 72 UCAS tariff points, but applicants without such qualifications are very welcome to apply and may be able to demonstrate their ability to be successful on this programme in other ways. Each year students come with a variety of qualifications. Our strong study skills and other support programmes enable those with a broad range of prior achievement to be academically successful and graduate with an award of The University of Manchester. If you have studied with another UK Higher Education provider, you might be able to transfer credits you have already gained into a Cliff College programme - see Transfer Arrangements for more information.

Tuition fees

Mission Ministry students classroom

Our courses are designed to equip and enable reflective practitioners in the areas of youth, children, family and third-age ministry. We understand the needs of people who are great at what they do, and want to know more, but might lack confidence academically. We also love to stretch the high flyers and encourage their research into new insights in the field.

All teaching is delivered by our experienced faculty or expert practitioners in your field of study (youth, children, family or third-age). In addition, you will have the opportunity to learn alongside a cohort of students involved in mission and ministry similar to your own.

Each student has the support of a personal tutor, and guidance is given during the teaching week on how to approach the assignments.

With a mixture of full- and part-time students on the Mission and Ministry programme, we work hard to build a supportive community for all our students. Our students often comment on the benefits of the retreat-like atmosphere of the teaching weeks. These include worship, Bible teaching and devotions, as well as the opportunity to laugh and have fun!

Part-time students will be required to complete an online Study Skills unit as they start the course. All other units at Level 4 (Certificate), Level 5 (Diploma) and Level 6 (BA) are delivered via teaching weeks (Mon-Fri) on-site at Cliff College.

Employment opportunities

Students who successfully complete this course could be employed by churches in a voluntary or paid capacity as a mission and/or ministry worker in their specialist field (children, youth, family, third age); or at a regional or national level within a parachurch organisation (depending on the student’s level of experience). Former graduates of the BA (Hons) Mission and Ministry programme are now employed in a number of key roles at regional and national levels within the UK and in overseas mission.