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 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.

There are two main routes through the BA course, Vocational and Open Option; three modes of study, Taught, Distance Learning and Blended; and two patterns, Full-Time and 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 any denomination.

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. Although students normally follow this route in taught mode, attending college for all their classes, they may also follow it in blended mode, which involves taking online units as well as taught classes, provided that the taught classes make up the majority of the credits gained.

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 any of the three modes: taught mode, attending college for up to four days a week full-time (one day a week part-time);  distance learning mode (part-time), which requires no attendance but comparable study hours; or blended mode, which is a mixture of each. Full-time students have three years to complete. Part-time students have up to nine years, though those studying in taught mode will normally complete within six years.

Both routes 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 Distance learning mode of study means that you have more flexibility to set your own pace, and to study whenever and wherever suits you best. Transfer from one route to another, or one mode or pattern of study to another, is often possible, once in your programme.

The options are summarized in the table below.

Route Available full-time? Available part-time? Available in taught form? Available in distance learning form? Available as blended learning?
Vocational x
Open Option

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.

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

Details of individual units of study can be found here: BA Units Level 4BA Units Level 5BA Units Level 6. Not all units are offered in a particular year.