Study With Us - Catholic Healthcare Chaplaincy

Certificate in Catholic Healthcare Chaplaincy

Certificate in Catholic Healthcare Chaplaincy (CCHC)

Who is the programme aimed at?

The course provides formation for both clergy and lay people for chaplaincy roles in hospitals and other healthcare settings, as well as ministry to the sick in residential care and in their own homes.

How long is the programme?

This is a one year, part-time, distance-learning course.

When is the next enrolment?

October 2018.

Programme information (content & structure)

Three modules are studied over one year, with three study days providing practical workshops and training from experts in the field. Assessment is by short written assignments, journal reflections on healthcare placements, and final interview.

Module 1, Faith Foundations: will provide a comprehensive overview of Catholic doctrine. Students who have completed Catholic theological or catechetical studies may be given exemption from this module.

Module 2, Principles of Ministering to the Sick: explains the Christian understanding of suffering; spiritual and religious care; the patient’s experience of physical and spiritual pain; the complex moral issues in contemporary healthcare situations; and the purpose of sacramental ministry to the sick.

Module 3, Practicalities of Ministering to the sick: explores the praxis, that is, visiting the sick, listening and communicating with them, praying with them and their families. The practicalities of working with other Christians, those of other faiths, and people without faith adherence are examined.


Students will be asked to keep reflective journals recording their healthcare placement experiences and will attend a final supervision/pastoral review before completion of the course.

Resources needed

  • A Bible
  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Access to the Documents of Vatican II

How do I apply?

Candidates need to be recommended by their Diocese.

All applicants will be required to have Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, (PVG in Scotland), and to have undertaken Safeguarding training in preparation for their placements.

To apply download the application form here.

Disability support

If you have a disability or any long-term condition that impacts on your day-to-day life, please download the Disability Support Form here and email it or post this to the Disability Support Coordinator (address included on the form), to ensure we can give you the best possible support during your course of study. Disclosing a disability will not be a factor in Institute’s decision as to whether or not to offer you a place on the course. However, it is important that the Institute knows if you have any specialist needs in order to provide you with appropriate support and facilities. This information will remain strictly confidential. For further information, please contact the Disability Support Coordinator by using the contact button below:

For further information

Please contact us either by making an online enquiry below or by calling 0121 3608118.

Student Feedback

"[I most enjoyed the] sharing of experiences – knowing that the problems you have had have been exchanged by others and solutions exchanged."

FE Student - March 2018 (CCHC Maryvale)

"[The sessions provided] very practical steps and thoughts."

FE Student - March 2018 (CCHC Maryvale)
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