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Certificate in New Testament Studies

Is this course for you?

The Certificate in New Testament Studies (CNTS) course is designed for anyone interested in developing his or her own faith and seeking greater understanding and knowledge with regard to the New Testament. The course includes a solid foundation in key areas of New Testament theology and spirituality, and aims to ensure that students gain greater personal insight into the Gospels and other writings and could use this to further their participation in parish, deanery and work life.

How long is the programme?

This is a two-year, part-time, distance-learning course, which is completed in two distinct stages – Part I and Part II.

Programme information (content & structure)

This course draws from the individual Gospels, Acts of the Apostles and other writings of the New Testament, together with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the 2020 Directory for Catechesis, and relevant documents of the Second Vatican Council and the Holy See as key reference texts, offering a balance of theology, spirituality, and catechetical insights.

Eight modules are studied over two years – 5 are compulsory and the student selects a further three modules based on their individual circumstances and preferences:

Year 1 (Part I): 4 modules
  1. The Gospel of St Mark
  2. The Gospel of St Matthew
  3. The Gospel of St Luke
  4. The Gospel of St John
Year 2 (Part II):
  • Acts of the Apostles
  • Galatians & Romans**
  • 1 & 2 Thessalonians**
  • 1 & 2 Corinthians**
  • The Prison Letters of St Paul**
  • 1 & 2 Peter, James & Jude**

**Units are option choices


Assessment is undertaken in the form of a workbook (completed as part of the course study). This includes a range of activities, reading and reflection, with a final assignment.

Learning Methods and Student Support

The course is carefully designed to give you a high level of support so that, even though you are at a distance, help is always at hand. Support is provided through:

  • Live lectures for each module, available to students after the lecture to rewatch.
  • Modular group tutorials prior to the final workbook submission date.
  • Course materials, which are written as ‘tutorials in print’.
  • Additional provision, guidance and information on Moodle (Virtual Learning Environment).
  • Guidance on written work from academic tutors.
  • Opportunities for 1-to-1 tutorials for students throughout the course.
  • Access to monthly tutorials for all Centre students, where there is opportunity for prayer together as well as additional input from seminars and discussions with other students and staff.
  • Access to the Maryvale Institute research library throughout the period of your studies.
  • Student handbook and Course handbook.

The course uses a variety of learning approaches, including lectures, coursebooks, workbooks, quizzes, tutorials and study sessions to enable every student to complete their course.

Course Fees

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How do I apply?

Please contact the Course Director for further information:

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