BA in Theology

Our Undergraduate programme at Spurgeon’s College is designed to serve our College’s aim to prepare women and men for mission and ministry in today’s world. The programme offers you the opportunity to explore biblical, historical, theological, and applied subjects in a supportive confessional context that encourages you to develop academic, practical and generic skills as well as Christian character and acts of service.

The Church today faces new challenges and this new degree programme has taken on board the nature of those challenges. It offers a diverse but integrated curriculum which delivers a training programme which is academically credible, relevant to the world today and both accessible and inclusive to the wide range of students who come to study with us.

YOUR STUDY OPTIONS

Which route?

There are three routes available to you:

TitleAward
BA in TheologySINGLE HONOURS degree
BA in Theology with Ministerial FormationHONOURS WITH degree
BA in Theology with ChaplaincyHONOURS WITH degree

The “Honours with” degrees are recognised by the Baptist Union of Great Britain as qualifications which may lead to accredited ministry.

Students may be permitted to transfer from one route to another. The processes are outlined in detail in the Student Transfer Policy. Transfers will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will normally be arranged at a point where a student completes a level of the Degree programme. The usual admission requirements for each route will apply.

All three routes sit within one overall Undergraduate Degree structure. Students on the “Single Honours” route will have the most flexibility in terms of choice of units; students on the “Honours With” routes that lead to professional roles will inevitably have less flexibility.

Which pattern of study?

TitleAvailable Study Patterns
BA in TheologyFull-time
Part-time
Distance Learning

BA in Theology with Ministerial FormationFull-time
Part-time
BA in Theology with ChaplaincyFull-time
Part-time

If you study full-time, it will normally take you 3 years to complete your degree; if you study part-time or on a distance learning basis, you will normally take 6 years to complete your degree.

THE PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Your programme will consist of Core units (which all students take) and Optional units. If you follow the Single Honours programme there is one further unit which you must take at each level (the interdisciplinary unit); if you study on one of the accredited routes (Ministerial Formation and Chaplaincy) there are compulsory units which you must take as part of your professional training.

Core Units

This tables lists the core subjects you will study:  

LEVEL 4
Full-time - year 1
Part-time - years 1&2
Distance Learning - years 1&2
LEVEL 5
Full-time - year 2
Part-time - years 3&4
Distance Learning - years 3&4
LEVEL 6
Full-time - year 3
Part-time - years 5&6
Distance Learning - years 5&6
Theology, Exegesis and Study SkillsDoctrine and the Contemporary ContextDissertation or Short Dissertation
Introduction to the BibleExploring the OTBible, Theology and Spirituality
Christianity: The Story of BeliefExploring the NTEthics and the Story of the Christian Church
Mission, Church and CommunityEvangelism, Apologetics and the Story of the Christian ChurchWorld Religions and Ideologies
Theological Reflection: Learning from Paul as a Reflective Missional LeaderJustice


BA (Hons) in Theology

If you are looking to study for a degree in Theology on completion of your A levels, or as a more mature student, we offer you the advantages of a course in a confessional Christian context which does not assume that you want to prepare for formal Christian ministry of some kind. It allows you to study some of the same biblical, theological, historical, missional, ethical and pastoral topics as vocational students with further options such as philosophy or Theology and the Arts. There is no church placement.

Students may follow this route in either of two patterns:  full-time, attending college for up to three days a week or part-time which is normally one day, or online by distance learning. Full-time students have three years to complete. Part-time students have up to six years to complete.

Studying Theology can help you develop your critical, analytical, interpretative and communication skills, equipping you for many different careers. The part-time options allow you to develop your knowledge and sharpen your skills while continuing in your regular employment or ministry. Studying by distance learning provides a very flexible option for those otherwise engaged during the week.

In addition to the core units above, those on the BA (Hons) in Theology would follow the pattern below.

LEVEL 4
LEVEL 5
LEVEL 6
Compulsory Unit:
The Practice of Faith in a Digital Age
Compulsory Unit:
The Environment
Compulsory Unit:
Disability Theology
Choose two options:Choose two options:Choose one or two options:
Foundational Skills for Missional MinistryDenominational and Ecumenical StudiesEnterprise and Innovation in Mission
Philosophy and Christian Worldviews Church History Specialism: History of Biblical InterpretationNomadic Faith
Faith and PoliticsTheology and The ArtsThe Life and Influence of C.H. Spurgeon
Discerning Your Call in the Mission of GodPlace and ‘Place-Making’ in Missional PracticeLanguage Specialism: Advanced Hebrew
History, Theology and Workplace ChaplaincyLanguage Specialism: Advanced Greek

Making Disciples Within and Beyond the Church
Theology and Science
Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care

BA (Hons) in Theology with Ministerial Formation

The Vocational Route.

This route will give you all the grounding you need for Christian mission and ministry.  It contains units on biblical, theological, historical, missional, ethical and pastoral topics.  A placement in a local church forms part of the training. Those preparing to be ministers accredited by the Baptist Union of Great Britain follow this route, but we welcome students from other denominations.

Students may follow this route full-time over three years or part-time over six years. Full-time students attend college for a minimum of two days per week, with an assessed placement which occupies up to three days per week. The balance between academic study and time in the placement can vary according to a particular student’s needs and situation; some students are church-based, with their placement work taking up approximately half their time, and others are college-based, with their placement work taking up approximately one-sixth of their time. Part-time students attend college for a minimum of one day per week but also need to allow time each week to prepare for lectures and study for their assignments

In addition to the core units above, those on the ministerial formation track would follow the pattern below.

LEVEL 4LEVEL 5LEVEL 6
Interdisciplinary unit:
Practical Training L4
Interdisciplinary unit:
Practical Training L5
Interdisciplinary unit:
Practical Training L6
Effective Christian LeadershipDenominational and Ecumenical StudiesChoose one unit from these two options:
Foundational Skills for Missional MinistryDeveloping Skills for Missional MinistryEnterprise and Innovation in Mission OR Making Disciples Within and
Beyond the Church
AND one of the following:
Language Specialism: Advanced Hebrew
Language Specialism: Advanced Greek
The Life and Influence of C.H. Spurgeon
Theology and Science
Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care

BA (Hons) in Theology with Chaplaincy

The Vocational Route.

This route will give you all the grounding you need for Christian mission and ministry, but in years 2 and 3 allows you to specialise in chaplaincy whilst still training on the ministerial formation route.   It contains units on biblical, theological, historical, missional, ethical and pastoral topics.  A placement in a local church/chapliancy forms part of the training. Those preparing to be ministers accredited by the Baptist Union of Great Britain follow this route, but we welcome students from other denominations.

Students may follow this route full-time over three years or part-time over six years. Full-time students attend college for a minimum of two days per week, with an assessed placement which occupies up to three days per week. The balance between academic study and time in the placement can vary according to a particular student’s needs and situation; some students are church-based, with their placement work taking up approximately half their time, and others are college-based, with their placement work taking up approximately one-sixth of their time. Part-time students attend college for a minimum of one day per week but also need to allow time each week to prepare for lectures and study for their assignments

In addition to the core units above, those on the chaplaincy track would follow the pattern below.

LEVEL 4LEVEL 5LEVEL 6
Interdisciplinary unit:
Practical Training L4
Interdisciplinary unit:
Practical Training L5 (split church and chaplaincy setting)
Interdisciplinary unit:
Practical Training L6
(Chaplaincy setting)
Effective Christian LeadershipDenominational and Ecumenical StudiesChaplaincy and Pastoral Care
Foundational Skills for Missional MinistryDeveloping Skills for Missional MinistryChaplaincy Skills
History, Theology and Workplace Chaplaincy

NB Although options are limited if you follow a “with degree” route, all students are able to choose an additional elective unit each year on an audit basis.

Further information about the “with degree” routes (including how the practical training units work) is available in the Accreditation Handbook.

Those who for any reason cannot complete the whole degree or would prefer to finish their studies earlier may gain a Certificate of Higher Education in Theology after completing one level of study, or a Diploma of Higher Education in Theology after completing two levels of study.

Visit our funding page for more information on funding your course and special bursaries.