Northern College was originally founded to provide education leading to ordination for ministers of word and sacraments, and this work is still at the heart of who we are and what we do. We are now situated near the centre of the richly diverse city of Manchester.
All the theology explored within the college is contextual, and all our learning integrates academic work with placement experiences, as well as honouring and building upon the experience each student brings.
Candidates for full-time ministry will normally study for four years, completing the BA and/or the MA. Those who already have a theological qualification may begin with the MA or a research programme. A student’s programme usually involves two days in college each week, with occasional courses taught in blocks. The formational programme, covering practical and denominational-specific aspects of ministry, is included within the timetable. Each student undertakes supervised church and community placements in their home area.
Candidates for part-time ministry usually study courses on the BA programme and complete a higher education diploma. This involves six residential weekends a year, occasional block-taught courses, and placements in the student’s local area. There is also a formational programme delivered over the course of their years of study.
We work with each student to create the right programme for their individual needs and, wherever possible, to enable them to relate to an ecumenical peer group.