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BA Contextual Theology

Our undergraduate contextual theology programme is designed to enable you to develop your understanding of Christian faith and theology alongside developing practical, vocational, ministry and church leadership skills in your own church, community or work context. You are encouraged to relate your learning to your own context, to integrate your academic learning with your life and faith experiences, and to develop skills in critical analysis and reflective practice. We believe this is what is needed for effective Christian ministry and mission.

Flexible Study Patterns
You can study theology part-time or full-time, midweek or at weekends, or a combination of these options. Some modules are taught weekly, whilst others are taught in blocks. The courses are modular, so you can choose which modules you take with guidance and help from tutors.

Course Content
Our Level 4 and 5 modules offer all you need to gain a good grounding in Christian theology and so be equipped for ministry and mission. They include exploring what it means to do theology, engagement with the Bible, mission studies, leading worship and preaching, themes in Christian theology, and involvement in practical theology and pastoral care. Our Level 6 modules give opportunities to specialise and follow up particular interests developed during the course of study. More details of the teaching programme offered at each level are available:

Successful completion of our undergraduate programme at different levels leads to the following awards:

  • Certificate of Higher Education in Contextual Theology (Level 4 – 120 credits)
  • Diploma of Higher Education in Contextual Theology (Levels 4 & 5 – 240 credits)
  • BA (Hons) in Contextual Theology (Levels 4, 5 & 6 – 360 credits)

You can also gain a professional ‘Church Related Community Work’ qualification in addition to your academic qualification, by successfully completing a particular set of our ‘Community Work’ modules. This is awarded by the English Standards Board and is a recognised qualification for community-based ministries.

Course Duration
The duration of your degree programme depends on how many modules you complete each year. Normally, the following time-scales apply:

  • Certificate of Higher Education: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.
  • Diploma of Higher Education: 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
  • BA Honours Degree: 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time

It is also possible to transfer between part-time and full-time study at the transition point between each level of your programme.