At Bristol Baptist College we offer the following undergraduate courses validated by the University of Bristol, and taught in partnership with Trinity College, Bristol:
Certificate in Theological Studies (one year full-time/two years part-time)
Diploma in Theological Studies (two years full-time/up to four years part-time)
BA or BA (Hons) degree in Theological studies (three years full-time/up to six years part-time)
Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies (one year full-time/two years part-time)
The College's aim is to train Christian leaders of healthy, growing churches. Crucial to this are three themes which permeate the whole of our curriculum. These are:
Discipleship and leadership
Mission and evangelism
Our hope is that for every unit of teaching and learning that our students engage in, they will be able to explain its connection with the Bible, its relevance for discipleship and leadership and how it affects their understanding and practice of mission and evangelism.
The taught units of our curriculum are divided up into subject areas:
Biblical Studies - Biblical Studies, Hermeneutics, Biblical Languages
Church past and present - Church history, Christian doctrine, Christian worship
Discipleship and Leadership - Learning to be a disciple and a discipler of others, pastoral theology, spirituality, ethics
Mission and Evangelism - The history, theology, context and practice of mission and evangelism
Integrated Learning - Integrating theory, practice and the different subject areas through Integrated Learning Weeks, engagement with context, learning journals and placements
Personal study programmes will ensure a balance in all five areas.
Theory and practice
Our training needs to be vocationally professional and academically rigorous. To be effective in preparing students for mission, ministry and leadership, as well as for further study that contributes to evangelical scholarship, theory and practice need to be integrated.
We do this by:
using assessment tasks that draw on experience and practice as well as on academic learning;
offering a range of Integrated Learning Weeks (ILWs) in which a topic of contemporary relevance is investigated in an interdisciplinary way using a problem-centred approach.
engaging regularly in individual and corporate theological reflection, so that this practice of allowing theory and practice to interrogate one another in a way that leads to action becomes a lifelong habit in ministry.
Responsibility for learning
During their course we expect students to become independent learners so that you will have developed the skills and motivation for independent study that enriches ministry and enables them to continue to grow in faith and knowledge. For Level 1 units (usually studied in the first year) there is greater contact time and less preparatory reading allocated to each unit than in Levels 2 and 3, reflecting the increasing independence we expect students to reflect in their pattern of study from one year to the next.
Flexibility and simplicity
Students come to Bristol Baptist College for a variety of reasons and from a variety of professional/vocational backgrounds.
All students follow a core curriculum and a personal programme of study that ensures an appropriate breadth and depth of coverage while offering individual pathways to meet their particular needs and the prior learning with which they come to college.
Whether our students are going on to ministries in the church, within a secular profession or to pursue further research and become theological educators, our conviction is that the academic rigour of our programmes must be of the highest standard. This is one reason why we value our relationship with the University of Bristol through which our awards our validated.
Students under 25 applying for the BA course are expected to have 3 good A level passes. Students over 25 are normally expected to have five passes at GCSE Grade C or above, two of which should also be passed at A-level or equivalent (e.g. BTEC Advanced Diploma, GNVQ Advanced etc.) or a recognised Access qualification. Students may be asked to submit an assignment to support academic ability. Wherever possible prior experiential learning is considered as an alternative to formal qualifications.
Students who do not have appropriate qualifications or experience are admitted to the Certificate in Theology, with the possibility of upgrading to the BA if they do well enough in their studies.
Find out about our Postgraduate Courses