Unitarian College Manchester

Training Programmes

Individual programmes and their duration are determined by previous educational qualifications and experience, but ministerial training will usually have three components:

  • Academic theological course
    within the Partnership or at an appropriate University

  • Unitarian and practical theology courses
    provided by the College

  • Placement experience
    arranged and supervised by the college

Students who have good experience of the movement and a first degree usually complete ministerial training in two years; those without a degree often take three years.

College operates a two-semester year.



Rachel Skelton
Administration & Finance Officer
  Liz Shaw

 Assessment and Recognition  
Progress and attainment are assessed by a variety of methods, including:
  • Continuous assessment

  • Assignments and presentations

  • Placement appraisal

  • Written or oral examinations

  • Personal assessment

  • Annual review

Students' courses and progress are monitored by
  • the College's Academic Sub-committee.
  • the General Assembly's Executive Committee.
  • the General Assembly Interview Panel.
Satisfactory completion of both college and academic courses and placements, and successful interview with the General Assembly's Interview Panel, usually lead to the following recognitions:
  • As a Minister, Lay Pastor or Lay Leader on the roll of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches

  • To ordination in the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland.

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