Foundation degree of Arts in ‘Theology Mission and Evangelism’

Chester University logoThe Light Project is an official partner of the University of Chester and delivers a Foundation Degree of Arts (FdA) in Theology, Mission and Evangelism accredited, validated and awarded by the University.

This course is open to students wanting to gain, not only a recognised qualification, but also real experience and understanding of what mission and evangelism means in the 21st century. This is a unique course – academically challenging and faith affirming. It combines university lectures with hands-on mission and evangelism experience giving students the knowledge and skills necessary for church jobs, ministerial careers, community work or further academic study at Bachelor or Master’s level.

The Students

Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds: 18-80 years old, novice to experienced and shy to confident. The course can be accessed from anywhere across the UK, either full-time or part-time.

Placements – Every student has a work placement on their course. These will vary and range from youth, homeless, street evangelism, community work, chaplaincies, arts and drama, prison, community work, alpha, preaching, festivals and many more.

All students study together and become University of Chester graduates– the course is run through a combination of fun and challenging lectures by delivered by qualified tutors and practising evangelists. In addition to lectures, students join a virtual learning community online and take part in regular web sessions designed to broaden the experience of theology and evangelism. We try to be creative with assessments and students will find themselves conducting research, organising projects and presenting as well as the more traditional essay writing.

Full-time students are normally based with one of our training partners or ‘hubs’ found across the UK in Cheshire, Glasgow, Dorset and Cambridgeshire.  Joining a hub means joining a team – in addition to worship, prayer and discipleship, you take part in the local mission and evangelism projects offered at that hub.

Part-time students usually remain in their home location and join the course as distance-learners. For them, finding support, inspiration, encouragement and like-minded people as they study is a key part of the experience.  A local placement fits with their pattern of life, either as a regular part-time weekly activity or as a block placement. Many part-time students will be working or doing something alongside the course.

Each year we agree to take a specific number of students on these courses; we are looking for the right people who are willing to learn and grow in their faith, not just do a course.  

Glyn Jones

Director, The Light Project

Prospectus 2017

Find out what the course involves


What do people do after this course?

Graduates on this course have an excellent track record in finding employment in Christian or charity sectors, becoming church leaders or furthering their academic careers in Theology. The Light Project College has approved avenues for our graduates to complete a full Bachelor’s Degree with several universities.  ‘ Click here for more info.

Apply – Open Days or Visit

Every year, we organise open days where propsepctive students can come and meet some of the team and explore the course. For all applications or to arrange a visit,  contact Deri Fabian, our admissions tutor


Current fees are significantly lower than the standard University fees. This is made possible by the support of a committed group of people who are adamant that the gospel makes sense to people around us and who want the church to equip its evangelists

The Light Project does run a bursary for students who would struggle to meet these fees and this is ‘means-tested’ meaning it will vary according to your income

Full time: £5995

Part-Time: £2995

Student loans

Both full-time and part-time courses are eligible for student loans.