Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.


The wisest man who ever lived believed that wisdom and understanding were worthy of the highest price.

While we agree with the truth of these words we have tried to make the Leadership Academy as accessible as possible.

Cost Breakdown:
Tuition only £1,110
Full Board Accommodation £2,620
To spell it out – for less than £15 per day you will receive an en-suite bedroom (with all utilities paid), you will receive 3 meals a day and first class tuition from key leaders. For those considering travelling daily we would point out that your utilities, room and 3 meals are available for approximately £10 per day. This may be the cheapest place to live in the UK!
Total Cost
£3,730 -
The fees may be paid in full at the beginning of the Autumn Term or can be paid in 3 equal instalments payable at the beginning of each term.

Application Process

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements but we do request that those applying are living a committed Christian life and are in good standing and in regular attendance at a local church. We are seeking applicants who have a hunger to grow and are passionate in their desire to serve others.

On a practical note there are no shared rooms as we only have single rooms available. In view of the residential rehab work that takes place in Willoughby House no alcohol or smoking is permitted anywhere on the premises.

Application Form

The first step is to fill in the application form You can DOWNLOAD IT HERE It is essential that you include the names and contact details of two referees, one of which must be your local church leader.

Interview Process

Candidates will be invited for interview and an interview panel will conduct the interviews and decide whether or not it is appropriate to offer candidates a place in the Leadership Academy. The decision of the interview panel will be final.

Daily Schedule

Breakfast is served at 8.00 am and students are expected to undertake some light work duties after breakfast. These are determined on a rota basis and focus on the areas of the building used by the Leadership Academy

At 9.00 am students meet together with Teen Challenge staff and residents for a worship service lasting about 55minutes. Often one of the visiting lecturers will speak at this.

There are teaching sessions each morning from 10.00am – 11.00am and from 11.15am – 12.15pm. These are divided by a short coffee break.

Lunch is served at 12.30pm and a couple of afternoons a week students will have an opportunity to engage with supervised outreach work. For those aspiring to particular areas of ministry there will be opportunity to have greater exposure to these.

The evening meal is served at 5.30pm and most evenings will be free. However, there will be some ministry activities during the evenings and students will have the opportunity to be involved in these. It is expected that some of the evenings and afternoons will be used for the reflective activities that are essential to making the most of what is being taught.

Saturdays are generally free and on Sundays the students will be involved in local church. There will be some weekends during the course of the year when we are engaged with mission activities in other parts of the UK.
  • My time at (TCLA) was one of real development. It was a great season of my life where God did such a work not only in preparing me for ministry but also within my own heart. I have been working for Teen Challenge for the past four years and been promoted to serve as a senior support worker. TCLA is a place where God equips you for the practical reality of serving a generation that has no hope. image Bryan Fisher Senior Support Worker, Willoughby House
  • When I was 18 I went to (TCLA). This was a great experience for me, I learnt what it meant to sacrifice and focus on God. As well as learning more about the Bible and what it means to walk with God, I also learned how to relate to people. From this course I have gone on to do youth work and I am now a youth worker in my local church. I will always be grateful to Teen Challenge for teaching me so much and setting me up in ministry. image Lee Whitmore Youth Worker, Stirchley Elim Church
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