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Full time courses

Tilsley College offers two, full-time, residential programmes: a two-year Diploma of Higher Education and a one-year Certificate of Higher Education. It also offers a gap year programme called FirstServe.

The college is accredited by the British Accreditation Council and the two full-time programmes are accredited by the European Evangelical Accreditation Association. As part of the College’s accreditation, any student who has a grievance or complaint against the College, which has not been resolved through the College’s own procedures, can contact BAC and follow their complaints procedure:

Certificate in Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry

This one year, residential programme combines biblical and theological studies with practical ministry experience through weekly placements, a week of Team Evangelism and a four week long Field Placement.

Instead of the normal ministry placements in children’s ministry, youth ministry and social action, students can opt to follow an online course in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Diploma in Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry

This is a two year full-time programme where the first year is the same as the Certificate course. The second year is a mixture of time spent in ministry apprenticeship with a local church or mission organisation and intensive, residential teaching weeks.

The placement is organised with the student to give a meaningful ministry experience with, at its core, a mentoring relationship with current Christian practitioners.


FirstServe is a gap year programme for 18-25 year olds which provides an opportunity to serve God, be challenged, learn, and develop in a range of ways.

The latest college brochure can be read here.

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