UNDERGRADUATE STUDY

If you are looking to study for a BA (Hons) in Theology validated by the University of Manchester; or an Award, Certificate or Diploma; Spurgeon’s College not only offers you academic excellence, but also a range of pathways from which you can select to match your needs, interests and circumstances.

Whether you are a school leaver looking to study for your first undergraduate degree; or you wish to combine studying theology with working part-time in a church or other employment; or perhaps you’re interested in studying theology in your own time for your personal spiritual growth and enrichment – whatever your motivation and interests, we can offer you the flexibility to study where and when suits you best. 

For students wishing to respond to God’s call to serve in mission and ministry, our desire at Spurgeon’s College is that you will receive a good grounding in the Christian Scriptures and their implications for Christian faith today. You will also be helped to develop appropriate skills, confidence and personal qualities for engaging in leadership, communication and theological reflection.

HOW YOU CAN STUDY FOR A BA (Hons) IN THEOLOGY AT SPURGEON'S COLLEGE:

Full-time

There are three pathways through the BA course:

1. The general or non-vocational pathway.  If you are looking to study for a degree in Theology on completion of your A levels, we offer you the advantages of a three-year, non-vocational College-based course that is validated by the University of Manchester.  Here you will enjoy the benefits of studying closer to home in a Christian enviroment.  You will also be paying less in fees than at many universities and colleges around the UK.  Our non-vocational BA degree will enhance your understanding of the Bible, the Church, Christian theology and contemporary culture.  We will also help you develop your critical, analytical, interpretative and communication skills, equipping you for many different careers.  The programme has not been set up for ministerial training, but it will prepare you for many different areas of Christian service, whether or not this is in a specifically Christian context.

2. College-based pathway.  This vocational course involves three years of full-time study leading to a BA (Hons) in Theology, validated by the University of Manchester.  It will give you all the grounding you need for mission and ministry.  During the course you attend the College on up to four days a week.  A small placement in a local church also forms part of the training.  The course enables you to learn the biblical languages (Greek and Hebrew) in a relaxed way in a small seminar group - and if you don't like them, you can drop them fairly soon!  This vocational pathway contains modules on biblical, theological, historical, missional, ethical and pastoral issues.

3. Church-based pathway.  This vocational course involves three years of full-time study leading to a BA (Hons) in Theology, validated by the University of Manchester.  It will give you all the grounding you need for mission and ministry.  This course of study provides a perfect combination of theory and practice allowing you to study for three days a week and then gain valuable experience working for three days a week in a church or parachurch context.  This vocational pathway contains modules on biblical, theological, historical, missional, ethical and pastoral issues.

Part-time/Bi-vocational

At Spurgeon's, we can offer you the opportunity to sharpen your skills while continuing in your regular employment or ministry. Because the course is offered one day a week, on Mondays, it is often referred to as the Monday course.  In actual fact, during the last two of the six years we will teach you on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  After these six years you will have completed the BA (Hons) degree validated by the University of Manchester.

Many of our students find they can successfully manage working and studying on our part-time and bi-vocational courses. These students benefit all of us with their range of experiences. They enrich our community and contribute to the practical nature of the courses. This mode of study is also attractive to people who have taken early retirement.

Formal entry qualifications are less important for those wishing to study on these courses. Essentially we are looking for people who can cope with the demands of the course, alongside continued involvement in work, ministry or the life of the local church. In addition to attending College, students on average need to commit around eight hours each week for additional study during term time (October - May).  The course contains largely the same units as the full-time BA course: you will study biblical, theological, historical, missional, ethical and pastoral issues.  Transfer to the full-time course is possible after two and after four years.

Online

Join an international community of students who are enriching their lives and churches by studying online for a certificate, diploma or degree at Spurgeon's College. You set the pace and study whenever and wherever suits you best. If you are unable to commit to full or part-time attendance at College, our distance learning programme still gives you the flexibility and support to study for a Certificate or Degree in Theology.

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