BA in Theology

Our BA (Hons) in Theology validated by the University of Manchester offers not only academic excellence, but also a range of routes and patterns of study from which you can select to match your needs, interests and circumstances.

You may be a school leaver looking for somewhere to study for your first degree, you may wish to pursue a calling to Christian ministry and mission, you may wish to combine studying theology with working part-time in a church or other employment, or you may be interested in studying theology for your own personal spiritual growth and enrichment. There are two main routes through the BA course, Vocational and Open Option; and two patterns, Full-Time or Part-Time.

The Vocational Route (Church-Based and College-Based).

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

The Open Option Route. 

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 sociology of religion. There is no church placement.

Students may follow this route in either of two patterns:  full-time, attending college for up to four days a week or part-time which is normally one day. 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.

The options are summarized in the table below.

RouteAvailable full-time?Available part-time?
Open OptionYes Yes

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.

Full details of the structure of the course can be found in the BA Programme Specification*

*Please note that admissions to the distance learning mode of study mentioned in this document are suspended.