College-based students study full-time in college, completing the BA in 3 years, together with the ministerial formation programme. Students who already have a degree in theology have the opportunity to combine the ministerial formation programme with an MA in Christian Theology. Students with a good degree in another subject may take the Graduate Diploma plus MA. For the most able students there is the opportunity to progress to to a research degree.
College-based students can benefit fully from the progression of learning and coherence that is built into the course. They also have the opportunity to read widely in subjects that interest them.
Tim Parkman completed three years as a college-based student:
“Being college-based gave me the opportunity to spend a good deal of time reflecting on the topics that were being studied along with fellow students whom I would see daily and create great and deep friendships with.
An important part of the college-based course for me was also the placement that I did with a church in my second and third year. This provided a practical application to all the discussions that had happened in lectures. I had flexibility in how involved I got depending on the essays that needed writing but I still gained a good idea of church life from a minister’s perspective.”
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