Overview

The Worship Studies Course (WSC) prepares students for conducting worship and lay preaching. It can be a preliminary course for Lay Pastor or Ministerial training.

The Unitarian Studies Course (USC) gives students increasing personal knowledge and understanding of the Unitarian and Free Christian movement.

 

WSC Foundation Step

Prepares students to conduct worship for their own, or neighbouring congregations or fellowships.

 

WSC Intermediate Step

Introduction to the Four Modules of study. Gives more knowledge for inclusion in service content.

USC Intermediate Step

Introduction to the Four Modules of study.

WSC Advanced Step

Further & deeper study from a choice of Eight Modules. Qualifies students to be recommended for recognition as Lay Preachers/Lay Worship Leaders.

USC Advanced Step

Further and deeper study from a choice of Eight Modules.

Lay Pastor or
Ministerial Training

 

Preamble: 

It is recognised that considerable informal education and training of lay people takes place at congregational and district level. These courses are intended to build on that and to provide nationally recognised qualifications.

The Courses are organised in incremental steps. Each step will be delivered by a combination of distance learning, daylong and residential elements. Part of the residential elements will be provided at the Unitarian Association for Lay Ministry (UALM) Annual Conference each year.

Both courses will:

  • Help students to return to learning.
  • Work within a modular structure.
  • Provide evidence that a student is capable and is knowledgeable about Unitarianism.

The WSC Course is a useful preliminary to undertaking Lay Pastor or Ministerial training.

Personal Record of Achievement:

Each student is expected to maintain a portfolio of their work and a record of any additional relevant courses attended throughout the steps, for example, Hucklow Summer School, Unitarian Experience Week, UALM Conference, other relevant conferences, courses or meetings. Such a portfolio will be useful to WSC students applying for Lay Pastor or Ministerial training.

Course Fees

The current fees for the Worship Studies Course and Unitarian Studies Course are as follows. They are reviewed regularly and subject to change. Please contact the Course Administrator for details.

Worship Studies Course

Registration Fee
(not required if student has completed the Foundation Step since 2008)
£5.00
Intermediate Step
4 assignments at £8 each
£32.00
Preaching Assessment Administration Fees
2 Admin Fees at £5 each
£10.00
Intermediate Step Total £47
or £42 if completed the
Foundation Step since 2008

Advanced Step
24 assignments at £8 each
£192.00
Preaching Assessment Administration Fees
6 Admin Fees at £5 each
£30.00
Advanced Step Total £222.00
Total £269.00
or £264.00

Please note Some assessors may charge a fee for their service. This is the responsibility of the student.

Unitarian Studies Course

Registration Fee £5.00
Intermediate Step
4 Essays at £12.50 each
£50.00
Advanced Step
24 Essays at £12.50 per assignment
£300.00
Total £355.00

Cheques made payable to The General Assembly of Unitarian & Free Christian Churches (GAofUFCC)

Internet Banking:
There is an option to pay by internet banking. Please contact the WSC Administrator for details.