Auditing Modules at Redcliffe

Want to study at Redcliffe, but don't feel able to enrol on a validated postgraduate programme or only require one module for your Continuing Professional Development? 

Join one of our taught modules as an auditing student. We call this being an 'Active Participant.'


Many of the modules we teach as part of our validated MA programmes are available to individuals who want to join the teaching sessions, but don't wish to complete the module and assignments for academic credit. The following page should help clarify the criteria and agreements by which we accept Active Participants on our Missiology, Leadership and Member Care modules.

What modules are available for Active Participants?



  • From our MA in Member Care:
  • The Mission Worker as a Person: Building life-skills and interpersonal skills 
  • The Member Care Worker: Equipping Self and Others


What am I committing to as an Active Participant?

The quality of our taught modules is something we value very highly, and as a result we expect Active Participants to take their commitment to the module very seriously. In order to fully participate in the module, Active Participants are committed to:

  • Completing mandatory pre-reading ahead of the taught module
  • Seeking to engage in classroom discussions at the same level as validated students
  • Full participation and attendance at all seminars
  • Completion of required background reading and research during the delivery
  • Being part of the studying cohort from the commencement of the module, up to the end of the taught period(s) of study. 


What entry requirements and criteria must I meet to audit a module?

To guarantee the integrity of the module for validated students, it's important that all Active Participants present are able to make a valuable and active contribution to the learning experience. When you apply to audit a module, you will usually be required to have a short informal interview with the module tutor. Active Participants are accepted based on the following criteria:

  • Connection. The module leader is satisfied that the applicant has a clear enough connection to the subject matter to fully participate in the module.
  • Competence. The module leader is satisfied that the applicant is academically capable of fully engaging with the content and discussion. Module leaders may ask a prospective Active Participant to complete the MA sample assignment if appropriate.
  • Commitment.  The applicant accepts that they are to commit to participating fully in the taught aspect of the module and engaging at the same level as the validated students. This includes completing mandatory pre-reading, and any background reading required during the delivery.


Is there a limit to the number of modules I can be an Active Participant in?

Yes. Individuals are permitted to audit no more than one module per academic year, up to a maximum of two modules in any three-year period. 


How much does it cost to audit a module?

Tuition fees for auditing a postgraduate module are set at £525 for 2020. There may be additional Mode of Delivery fees associated with attending the taught period(s) of study. Please see our course fees page and Fees Terms and Conditions for more information on Mode of Delivery costs.


What does being an Active Participant in a module include and exclude?

When auditing a module that is being delivered for credit to validated students, there are some differences between what Active Participants receive, and what validated students receive.

  • Join the studying cohort from the commencement of the module, for the prereading and taught delivery of the module
  • Attend all seminars, activities and discussion groups as part of the intensive study programme
  • Do not complete assessed presentations, essays and activities
  • Do not receive tutor support after the end of the taught delivery
  • Receive a Redcliffe Certificate to act as proof of attendance at the taught aspect of the module


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