Foundation Year

We want our degree to be as accessible as possible to people from all abilities and walks of life. That is why we are now offering a Foundation Year as a step to our BA (Hons) in Theology, Mission and Ministry, with a specialism in Youth Work. The Foundation Year is intended as a year of preparation, and aims to help students develop the necessary academic skills, ability in English, and knowledge to commence the BA programme.

If you’re unsure whether you have the qualifications or entry requirements for the degree, or maybe English is your second language, then the Foundation Year could be an appropriate pathway for you to completing the degree.


Here you will find all the information you need to know about our Foundation Year. Click on the links below to take you to specific information:


The Foundation Year is a full-time programme comprising of weekly online teaching sessions, cluster-time, Work-based learning hours and independent study.


A cluster is the weekly support and learning space for students. These are primarily online sessions which will last around 2 hours. A student participating in the Youth Ministry stream of the Foundation Year will be part of a Reign cluster made up of students in all year groups.

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Work-Based Learning Provider

Our degree has a heavy emphasis on ‘learning on the job’ and the Foundation Year is no different.

As students participate in the Foundation Year they will be placed within a church or youth ministry which acts as their placement (Work-Based Learning Provider), this will typically be the student’s home church, or a youth organisation that they are currently involved with.

A Typical Week

We recognise that no week is the same within ministry, but a typical week doing the foundation year could look like this:

  • 8 hours online classroom activity
  • 2-3 hours practical work-based learning in your placement
  • 2 hours online cluster
  • 16 hours independent learning, study & reading

As well as doing weekly sessions and study, as part of the youth ministry campus students will be required to attend two of our 5-day conferences which are currently held in Ledbury, Hertfordshire.

The dates for the academic year 22/23 are*:
27th FEBRUARY – 3rd MARCH ’23
5th – 8th JUNE ’23

* Subject to confirmation

Entry Requirements

You are able to start the Foundation Year without any previous qualifications as long as you are able to pass the Initial Student Assessment and an English test.

Foundation Year Content

Below is a list of the modules that you can currently expect to participate in within the Foundation Year:

  • Introduction to Theological English
  • Academic Skills
  • Introduction to Youth Ministry
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reflective Work-Based Learning Practice
  • Christian Beliefs and Practices

Assessments, Homework, and Class Tests

Homework will be set for the Introduction to Theological English and Academic Skills modules. Homework set for Introduction to Theological English will be any exercises from the textbook that haven’t been completed in class, and for Academic Skills it will be writing one mini essay (similar to the ISE) during each semester.

There will be one class test during each semester in the Introduction to Theological English module. This will be the online English test as used for the ISE and will be used to ensure that students are progressing.


Below are the costs involved in participating in the foundation year:

  • £6950 – Tuition fees payable to ForMission College*
  • £230 – Conference delivery fees (instalment plans are available)**
  • Travel to and from the two conferences, currently held at Ledbury, Hertfordshire
  • Each module has a textbook that students will need to purchase (6 in total)
  • £230 – A Work Based Learning Provider (WBLP) fee is payable by your church/youth project**

*Student finance may be available to individuals.
**Note that both the Conference delivery fees and the Work-Based Learning Provider costs are different once you transfer to the BA programme.

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