ATHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Jewish Studies

IntroductionEntry CriteriaQualification Content

These are core Jewish qualifications which were developed with input from Jewish schools, colleges and other subject experts.

The qualifications can be taken in the form of subsidiary, standard or extended diplomas and cover a range of topics such as Jewish Philosophy, the Jewish Year, Pentateuch and Contemporary Halacha.

Graded with Pass, Merit and Distinction.
For the progression routes visit our progression routes page.

Delivery Mode
This qualification can be delivered either in the classroom, via distance learning or blended.

Qualification Specification
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Typical Age

This qualification is designed for learners who are typically aged 14 and above.



For those whom English is not their first language we recommend the following standards of proficiency in English language skills or an approved equivalent for this qualification:

  • IELTs 5.5
  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) 162 or above
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 42-49

Learners must complete 5 mandatory units and 3 optional (opt) units to achieve the qualification.

Unit NameUnit AimsCreditsMandatory
PentateuchTo develop a holistic and comprehensive understanding of the Pentateuch and the skills of textual analysis. Learners will explore the relevance of the weekly portion to their lives.15Yes
Contemporary Halacha
To explore the development of Halacha from its sources in the Written Law through to modern application15Yes
The Jewish YearTo study the origins and purpose of key days in the Jewish calendar. To consider the religious practice and spiritual significance of these occasions15Yes
The Development of the Jewish People in the DiasporaTo develop an understanding of the development of the Jewish People in the Diaspora and the emergence of different communities/sects.15Yes
Jewish Philosophy and EthicsTo consider different sources and commentaries to explore fundamental philosophical concepts and apply them to contemporary issues.15Yes

Text Based Pentateuchal Study
To undertake an in-depth study of one of the books of the Pentateuch. Learners will use the Bible to understand G-ds word and will.15Opt
Eretz Israel (The Land of Israel)To explore the covenant between G-d and the Jewish People with regard to Eretz Israel and the relationship between the Land and the People.15Opt
The Five MegilotTo study selected Megilot in order to understand past events and their contemporary application.15Opt
Jewish PrayerLearners will undertake an in-depth study of Jewish prayers in order to understand their deeper meaning and significance.15Opt