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Foundation in Parish Ministry

Is this course for you?

The Foundation in Parish Ministry (FPM) course is designed for anyone interested in developing their own faith in the context of Parish Ministry. The course includes a solid foundation in key areas theology and also aims to ensure that students gain greater insight into the workings of the local parish, setting up and running Parish Catechetical Groups, working with the Parish Priest, presentation and communication skills which they can use to further their participation in parish life. As a result of this course, students will become part of a wider network of individuals within the Birmingham Archdiocese able to support others in their faith journey and particularly those who choose to participate in this or other Maryvale Catechetical studies.

How long is the programme?

This is a 6 month, 6 module programme.

When is the next enrolment?

The course starts at the Centre during October 2021, with a 2 hour introduction to the course and lecture on the first module.

(Please note that this will be online, using Zoom, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This may change to ‘in person’ teaching during the 2 years of the course but is subject to discussion with all students)

Programme information (content & structure)

This course draws from the Old and 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. It provides development in communication, leadership and developing others, together with background on Parishes, Deaneries and the Archdiocese.

Six modules are studied over 6 months and students will be provided with course materials and a workbook for each module. Once complete, the workbook is marked and assessed. Students completing the course will receiving a Certificate of Completion, with their grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Part I: 3 modules
  • Formation in Faith
  • Liturgy, Sacraments and Prayer
  • The Parish: Church Without Walls
Part II: 3 compulsory
  • Sacred Scripture + Sharing Scripture With Others
  • Introduction to the 2020 Directory of Catechesis
  • Parish Communication, Leadership & People


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?

Applications are welcome at any time of year. To apply, download the application form.

Please complete online application form, then pay the application fee of £25 (if you have completed a course with us before you do not need to pay this) together with the course fee.

Once we receive payment of your course fees you will receive a confirmation email, together with information regarding your course and access to the materials for the first module.

If you have any further questions about the course before registration, please contact the Centre team:

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If you have a disability or any long-term condition that impacts on your day-to-day life, please download the Accessibility Form, open and edit it in Acrobat Reader, and email or post the completed document to the Accessibility 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 Accessibility Coordinator by using the contact button below:

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