The part-time BA(Hons) course offers a comprehensive and engaging study programme, designed for those seeking breadth and depth in their theological understanding. The creative and challenging range of modules on the BA will introduce you to cutting edge practices in mission and ministry, and to the riches of the biblical world and church history. There is also an opportunity for a dissertation in the final year.
The BA takes six years to complete and is an ideal way to study for a degree whilst remaining in work. There are multiple advantages to this. It also enables students to apply their learning in the sphere of influence that God has placed them in, whether that is in Church leadership, in the workplace, or in the home. Studying part-time also means that students will avoid the heavy debts incurred in full-time university education.
If a student needs to exit the BA before completion they will receive a Certificate of Higher Education (after two years) or a Diploma of Higher Education (after four years).
This course is validated by the University of Chester.
Year 1 Modules
TH4936: Exploring the Old Testament - TBC
The Old Testament is a lost world for many Christians. Except for a few passages like Psalm 23 (‘the Lord is my shepherd …’) and a few choice kids stories like Noah’s Ark and David and Goliath, most of its terrain is unfamiliar and sometimes intimidating. This module takes you down the back-country roads, soaring heights, and hidden canyons of the Old Testament to help you experience its rich beauty and power. But in addition to taking that tour, we’ll identify and seek to overcome the barriers between us and the Old Testament’s word from God to us.
TH4929: The New Testament Journey - Dr Stephen Backhouse
Introducing students to the first century world in which Jesus lived, died, was resurrected, and in which the church began, this module inspires and equips students to engage with scripture afresh. Students will be introduced to a variety of perspectives as they delve into the historical, literary and theological world of the New Testament. They will have the opportunity to explore the revelation of God in Jesus Christ, how New Testament writers understood the Kingdom of God, and what this means for the contemporary church.
TH4934: The Drama of Doctrine - Dr Lucy Peppiatt
This module explores questions such as, ‘Where do Christian beliefs come from and how do we decide what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ or true or false? What happened in the early church after the Bible was written? What place does the church have in what we believe and why?’ We explore the foundations of the Christian faith in scripture and the early church, and how those foundations have endured through the ages. Students have the opportunity to reflect on how we describe God, who Jesus is, how the Holy Spirit fits in, and other central beliefs. In addition to this, we have the opportunity to discuss how these beliefs shape our churches, our identity, our mission, and our practices.
TH4957: Theological Foundations for Spiritual Formation - Dr Lucy Peppiatt
This module covers biblical, theological, and historical foundations for spiritual formation and leadership, equipping students with different perspectives on discipleship and models of formation through the ages. The module covers fundamental doctrines of Christian identity through the idea of humanity made in the image of God, as well as discussion on how those ideas shape us as followers of Christ and leaders in any sphere. Students are encouraged to explore models of spiritual formation and leadership in relation to concepts of the kingdom, community, creation care, and the poor and to apply their learning to their own contexts.
Year 2 Modules
TH4933: Spiritual Formation and Leadership II - Rev Chris Pemberton
Following on from Part I in year one, this module develops ideas on how we grow as disciples, ministers, and leaders in all walks of life. From biblical stories and early church writings to contemporary research, students will explore topics such as courageous discipleship, conflict resolution, and the inner life of a leader. The module combines practical wisdom and insight on the Christian life with reflections on the biblical and theological teaching that underpins it.
TH4937: Classics of Early Christian Literature - Dr Steve Watts
According to John’s Gospel, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. This course explores how this incarnational communication resonated across the first centuries of the faith. As it progresses, we shall encounter the profound sayings of holy men and women in the Egyptian desert, the incendiary sermons of philosophers-turned-pastors amid the bustling cities of the late Roman Empire, and the heartfelt letters of the earliest missionaries, in exile for the sake of the Gospel. And as we listen to each voice––whether in the desert, city, or in mission––we will be reminded of the transforming power of the Word and be challenged to hear what it is saying to us today.
TH4935: Faith Seeking Understanding - Dr Jasper Knecht
This module builds on TH4934 (The Drama of Doctrine) taking students deeper in their study of Christian belief and practice. Having begun the study of doctrine in the first year, we are able to examine the central doctrines of the Christian faith in more detail. We will explore questions about how we understand God as Trinity, how we understand what happened on the cross and at the resurrection of Christ, and questions around race, gender, creation care, and the endtimes.
Years 3 & 4 Modules
TH5904: 18th Century British Revivals - Rev Chris Pemberton
Revival is an exhilarating word: it evokes visions of new life, the power of the Spirit, renewal and restoration and the promise of hope. Yet it is a diverse, multifaceted and controversial phenomenon. Against the rich background of revival in North America and elsewhere we trace the landmark changes in both understanding and practice that took place in the 18th century British church, exploring primary documents of sermons preached and papers written. This is not merely a record of the church’s past but a key to understanding contemporary evangelicalism and exploring the possibility of God choosing to work in such a way again.
TH5911: John’s Gospel - Freddy Hedley
This module exposes students to John’s Gospel as a distinct eye-witness tradition of the historical Jesus, and the book’s profound role in shaping the early church. Students will explore the “beloved apostle’s” unique perspective on the life of Christ, the glory of the Cross and his experience of the risen Lord. Special focus will be given to major themes and recurring symbols throughout the Gospel, showing how the Jesus of John’s Gospel addressed the immediate needs of early believers and speaks to pressing challenges in the 21st century church.
TH5914: Spirit and Text: Transformational Hermeneutics - Jo Soper
At WTC, we expect the Holy Spirit to bring life and power to our study of the Scriptures. We expect to be changed as we read, and to tell the message of the gospel in fresh ways as the Spirit re-issues it in every generation. What a privilege! But it’s not always easy to understand the Bible, or to know what it means for us now. This module introduces students to issues of interpretation, including asking how genre, context and culture impact meaning, and how the biblical author, the text itself and the reader collaborate with the Spirit in a way which leads to personal transformation, and transformation in the world.
TH5925: On Being Truly Human - Peter Hartwig
We are, in large part, mysteries to ourselves. We do not know what we are. Even the word “human,” beyond designating a species, needs definition. Christians make this all the more difficult by claiming that one human, Jesus of Nazareth, was the Word and Christ of God. So, Christians have sought clarity on the question: what are we? To address that question, this module introduces students to ‘theological anthropology,’ talk about what it means to be human before God. Working from the present backward, we will follow the centuries-long development of Christian theological anthropology from the modern Charismatic/Pentecostal tradition to the first chapter of the Bible. All the way, we will seek to answer the question, “What does it mean to be truly human?”
TH5917: Christian Dialogue with Other Faiths - Dr Joanna Williamson
The module Dialogue with Other Faiths, invites you into dialogue, draws you into explorations of the deep questions of faith that maybe even you were afraid to ask yourself. It will set you on a journey of exploration and to some extent risk. For dialogue requires some level of vulnerability and openness to new ways of seeing things, to finding Christ in unexpected places. Dialogue stimulates our own understanding of truth and it is a two way encounter. The module will introduce you to some fresh content and it will remind you that you are a part of an ongoing conversations about the meaning of life that stretch to the mists of time. It will help you find an answer to the question: how to live with integrity and hope in the midst of complex, pluralistic world.
TH5920: Book of Isaiah - TBC
Isaiah is sometimes called the 5th Gospel, and for good reason! Isaiah is a book that leads to us to Jesus. But to see how requires that we traverse the varied and rich terrain of this dynamic prophetic book. In this module we will explore the historical background, literary-theological foreground, and the Christological afterlife of Isaiah. Along the way, we will address the prophet’s thundering judgment, captivating visions of glory and salvation, and the reasons that Isaiah’s voice needs to be heard today.
TH5922: Core Communication Skills in the Practice of Preaching - Christina Walker
We’re after Opportunists! People who grab their 20-minute preach by the jugular and wring every last drop of potential out of it for those of us in the pew parched, desperate for words of hope, tenderness, power to inspire and re-fire us. We’ll give you the tools to find your voice, hit your stride, structure your sermon to grasp and hold attention, to encourage encounter with Christ, to enable rumination beyond Sunday, producing a take-away that equips hearers to go-do the Christian life. All this in an intensive, vacuum-packed 3 day practical workshop. Bring soft clothes and a willing spirit.
This module is optional.
TH5924: Lift Up Your Voice: Prophetic Ministry in Scripture, Church and Society - Dr Bob Ekblad
This module will explore biblical, theological, and pastoral dimensions of effective prophetic ministry in church and society. The objective of this course is to develop a Biblical, theological and pastoral understanding of what constitutes effective prophetic ministry in church and society. In particular students will explore social justice and the prophetic, Charismatic perspectives on prophecy, and Apocalyptic-oriented perspectives on the prophetic.
This module is optional.
Years 5 & 6 Modules
TH6936: Christology: Ancient and Modern - Dr Lucy Peppiatt
This module gives students the opportunity to delve into the fascinating questions of ‘Who is Jesus?’ and ‘What does it mean to be saved?’ We explore how the early church wrestled with how to describe Jesus in ways that would be clear and unambiguous in the culture around them. We study some of the developments through history in thinking about Jesus, as well as the biblical perspective on the incarnation, salvation, and the second coming. Students have the chance to think through what all of this means for modern day discipleship, life, and engagement with the world in mission.
TH6939: Research Methods - Ali Blacklee Whittall
Having spent years writing assignments set by your tutors, now’s your chance to set your own assignment as you prepare to do your dissertation. You will be introduced to the range of research possibilities available, and given help in finding a topic that will excite you. You will start to think like a researcher, and look at how to frame a research question, decide on the appropriate research design and methods, and then how to go about it.
TH6941: Peace, Reconciliation and the Politics of Jesus - Dr Roger Mitchell
We are alive at a time when the dominant narrative assumes that the way to peace is only through war, that retribution trumps reconciliation, and politics is mainly about keeping the markets happy. It is time for a new way of looking at things. This module investigates key thinkers and practitioners of peace and reconciliation who have been challenging these mainstream assumptions. It then explores ways in which the politics of Jesus can be recovered as a resource for a new politics of love. The aim of the module is to catalyse new perspectives and create what Oxford professor of theology Graham Ward calls “political disciples”. It’s exciting stuff!
TH6942: The History of Christian Spirituality - Dr Steve Watts
Christian spirituality is not simply a private, contemplative affair; it is a dynamic and creative outworking of Christian belief in culture. Its history is not merely a record of the past, but a powerful testimony of living faith down through the ages. As such, this course is about breathing new life into old bones. We will stand alongside the martyrs Felicitas and Perpetua on the dusty arena floor of ancient Carthage, join Francis of Assisi’s ragtag poor in the hills of medieval Umbria, and hear the heart of William Wilberforce’s insistent calls for liberation in English Parliament. And as we come to learn more about the living faith of our brothers and sisters in Christ, we will seek to learn more about ourselves and the way in which our faith might be lived out in the present.
TH6943: Galatians: Text and Theology - Dr Jason Myers
Division. If there’s any word that describes our current world, sadly, it is one of division. We live in a world divided by race, class, and gender. In many ways, our world reflects the world of the Apostle Paul which is what makes his letter to the Galatians as explosive today as it was in the first century. Paul’s world was marked by the same elements of division and the letter to the Galatians is his project to bring God’s reconciliation to a broken church and broken world. Galatians has been called one of the most revolutionary documents of equality in the ancient world. We’ll examine the major parts of Paul’s discourse in Galatians and see what made this letter so important in the first century and draw out the importance for the church today.
TH6902: Dissertation - various faculty
This is the culminating stage of your BA journey! This module provides you with an opportunity to build on previous study and embark on a major independent research project of your very own choosing. For many students, the dissertation is the highlight of their academic career. One to one supervision on a topic that excites you provides an opportunity to reach your full academic potential.
*WTC reserves the right to change modules as appropriate.
For full course delivery details, please visit the Course Delivery page.
This course is suitable for anyone who wants to go deeper in their faith but is particularly geared towards those who have not previously studied at University level.
With A-levels, 72 UCAS points are normally required. (This is using UCAS’s new Tariff system introduced in September 2017). To calculate your points, please click here for the UCAS Tariff calculator.
For those over 25 or without A-Levels, we will take into account work experience, leadership experience and church involvement.
If English is not your first language, please see the English Language requirements on the Admissions page.
Please don’t be put off if you have not studied before, left school longer ago that you can remember, feel terrified at the thought of writing an essay, or lack of formal qualifications. We will help you assess whether this course is suitable for you. All students have access to the study skills and learning support we provide at this level. In addition, our Hubs provide a supportive and prayerful environment in which you can succeed.
The cost of this course is £3,500 per year, which includes a £350 non-refundable deposit to confirm your place after receiving an offer.
Students should expect prices to increase in years three and five, although, in exceptional circumstances we reserve the right to increase prices to cover our costs at other times.
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