Newman University
Chaplaincy PgCert
Newman University

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

In your role as a Chaplain it is essential to develop your skills and understanding to provide high quality pastoral and spiritual care in the setting in which you work. This part time, multi-disciplinary, work-based course is primarily aimed at those working (paid or voluntary) across the diverse range of Chaplaincy contexts, including, schools, hospitals, universities, prisons, military and the growing area of urban and workplace chaplaincy.

Newman University offers a professional development qualification for those wishing to gain further grounding in both the theological and pastoral aspects of their Chaplaincy role. The Chaplaincy certificate aims to develop your skills and experience as a reflective practitioner through our series of three modules.

Why study this course?

  • The Course is designed around you as the Chaplain/Chaplaincy worker, enabling you to develop your own skills and knowledge

  • As an applied course it enables you to draw on your experience in tandem with the academic learning

  • The programme is multi-disciplinary drawing on a number of academic fields such as theology, sociology, psychology, and philosophy

  • The Assessments will help develop your Reflective practice and encourage you to be a reflective and reflexive Chaplain

  • We offer the course in a part-time, distance learning mode to enable you to incorporate it into your busy work and personal life.

  • There is an opportunity to progress and continue your study at Newman and complete the MA Work Based Learning in Chaplaincy

Entry Requirements / Admissions

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You will be required to be working as a chaplain or similar, in a paid or voluntary capacity and demonstrate some knowledge and understanding of chaplaincy. You will also need a good undergraduate degree. International Students: Newman University is not licenced by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.


Tuition Fees Chaplaincy PgCert

England UK £2000 year 1
Northern Ireland £2000 year 1
Scotland £2000 year 1
Wales £2000 year 1

Additional fee information

Fees shown are for 2021/22 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments.

Average student cost of living in UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Newman University

Established in 1968, Newman University is based in the suburbs of the city of Birmingham, in the West Midlands. Located in a quiet residential area, NU is an hour away from Birmingham City Centre by bus. The campus overlooks Bartley reservoir and the scenic Worcestershire countryside. One of Newman’s values is being different, and it strives to do this mainly by keeping faculty numbers high in relation to student numbers, to guarantee that every student feels that they can get the individualised attention they need.

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