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 Theology, Ministry and Mission. 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 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 and have a broader range of modules to choose from. College- based training is also best for those who wish to study biblical languages beyond a basic level. Short placements in churches and community contexts provide the opportunity to integrate classroom learning with practice.

“I am thankful to God for this unrepeatable experience at the Bristol Baptist College. Three good years full of opportunities and challenges have helped towards my spiritual formation and made me aware of some of the practical bits of ministry. Good conversations, prayer and encouragements have been instrumental. My gratitude goes out to everyone who walked these three years with me.”
Maki Mico, Baptist minister, Cairns Road Baptist Church, Bristol

If you feel called to ministry within the Baptist church specifically, then you may also like to read the Baptist Union’s Introduction to Baptist Ministry document.