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Course Commitment

For all validated courses, there are two intensive 4-5 day teaching blocks where all WTC students from across the UK gather together, in early September and early January. Normally, these are residential, but for the academic year 2020 – 2021, both of these teaching blocks will be fully online.

The Residential dates for the 2020-21 academic year are:

    • RESI 1 (Online): Thursday 3rd – Monday 7th September (9am-9.15pm*) and Tuesday 8th – Thursday 10th September (evenings only, 7.30-9.45pm)
      *The day will be split into three sessions, and students will attend two out of the three.
    • RESI 2 (Online): Monday 4th – Thursday 7th January 2021 (full days) and Friday 8th – Sunday 10th January (evenings only) inclusive*.
      *Students will be informed of the detailed timetable for the January Resi before the end of October 2020. It may not extend through to the evening of Sunday 10th January, but please reserve this whole period.

CertHE, BA (Hons) and Graduate Diploma in Kingdom Theology courses

In addition to the two Residential blocks, there are twenty local teaching evenings, either on a Monday or a Tuesday evening (depending on the Hub location), between 6pm and 10pm throughout the year. 

The courses are assessed by the submission of six essays throughout the year.


Graduate Diploma in Church Planting and Leadership

Year 1

In addition to the two Residential blocks, there are twenty teaching evenings, either on a Monday or a Tuesday (depending on the Hub location), between 6pm and 10pm throughout the year. As well as these Hub evenings, there will be an extra teaching event for students in their first year:

    • 23rd and 24th October 2020 in Manchester

Year 2

In addition to the two Residential blocks, the students are only required to attend their Hub for four teaching weeks during Jan/Feb 2021. Students will receive the remainder of their teaching through Mini-Residentials throughout the 2020-21 academic year. The details of these events are:

    • TH6955: 9th & 10th October 2020, at Ivy Church, Manchester.
    • TH6952: 5th & 6th February 2021, at Woodlands Church, Bristol.
    • TH6954: 26th & 27th March 2021, at Revelation Family Church, Chichester.

We plan to hold these events in the locations above. If government guidance re COVID-19 does not permit this, these events will be held online.

The Graduate Diploma in Church Planting & Leadership is assessed by the submission of six essays throughout the year.


Graduate Diploma in Kingdom Theology and Student Ministry

Year 1

In addition to the two Residential blocks, there are twenty teaching evenings, either on a Monday or a Tuesday (depending on the Hub location), between 6pm and 10pm throughout the year. As well as these Hub evenings, there will be a Mini-Residential for students in their first year:

    • 26th and 27th October 2020 in London

We plan to hold this event in London. If government guidance re COVID-19 does not permit, this event will be held online.

The Graduate Diploma in Kingdom Theology and Student Ministry is assessed by a combination of six essays or pieces of coursework.


Flexi Graduate Diploma

Attendance at the intensive teaching blocks (normally the Residential) elements of all Flexi-GradDip students is mandatory – either online or in person (if the events are held in person). This includes the additional Mini-Residentials for the Church Planting and Leadership and Student Ministry Flexi-GradDips.

For the rest of the courses, Flexi-GradDip students will have access to the recorded lectures to listen to at home, and will join the rest of their cohorts on a Tuesday evening for the virtual tutorial element of their courses via Zoom. Incoming Flexi-GradDip students do not have a Hub affiliation.

Flexi  Graduate Certificate

Given that both intensive teaching ‘Residentials’ will be held online during the 2020-2021 academic year, for this academic year only, British citizens based outside the UK can study the first year of the general Graduate Diploma course and gain a University of Chester Graduate Certificate. To complete the two-year Graduate Diploma, students would have to attend in-person Residentials for the academic year 2021-2022.


MA, Flexi-MA courses

In addition to the two Residential blocks, the MA is taught on 3 Teaching Saturdays spread throughout each year. Flexi-MA students are required to attend both Residentials (in September 2020 and January 2021 these will be online). They can access all course content for the teaching Saturdays online.

The course is assessed by the submission of up to six assignments per year, plus a dissertation (typically in the third year).

2020-21 MA Hub Teaching Days

In addition to the residentials, MA students are required to attend 3 Saturday teaching days in their local Hub. The dates for the 2020-21 academic year are shown below.

MA Year 1
    • TH7928 Reading the Old Testament for the Church – 21 November 2020 (10am-4pm)
    • TH7929 Luke-Acts – 27 February 2021 (1-7pm)
    • TH7931 Church History – 6 March 2021 (10am-4pm)

MA Year 2

    • TH7920 God through the Ages – 28 November 2020 (10am – 4pm)
    • TH7926 Faithfully Performing the Biblical Drama: Christian Ethics for Discipleship and Witness – 6 February 2021 (time tbc)
    • TH7930 Paul and the Spirit – 13 March 2021 (1-7pm)

Students who are unable to make the teaching Saturdays at a local Hub may elect to do the Flexi-MA.


Residential Teaching

Course Delivery Part 1:

Each year, all WTC students attend two intensive teaching blocks when all our students come together for four or five days to focus on the core course teaching. Because of social distancing resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, both Residentials for the academic year 2020-2021 will be delivered online.

The timetable for the September 2020 Residential has been amended to suit online delivery on the following dates:

  • RESI 1: Thursday  3rd – Monday 7th September (9am-9.15pm*) and Tuesday 8th – Thursday 10th September (evenings only, 7:30-9:45pm).
    *The Residential days have been split into three sessions: morning, afternoon and evening. Students will be timetabled to attend two of the three sessions. This means that no more than 6 lectures per course will be delivered each day. We recognise that online delivery can be intense, and are planning a varied and accessible programme, with regular scheduled breaks. Our lecturers will also make time for discussion in breakout rooms and Q&A .

Because of the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, the January 2021 residential will also be fully online.. The dates are as follows:

  • RESI 2: Monday 4th – Thursday 7th January 2021 (full days) and Friday 8th – Sunday 10th January (evenings only) inclusive*.
    *Students will be informed of the detailed timetable for the January Resi before the end of October 2020. It may not extend through to the evening of Sunday 10th January, but please reserve this whole period.

Hub Teaching

Course Delivery Part 2:

The unique flavour of studying with WTC is largely defined by the experience of studying locally in a worshipping and learning community known as a Hub. For all courses except the MA and Flexi MA, teaching happens at 20 Hub nights throughout the academic year. Hubs meet on Monday or Tuesday evenings, depending on the location, and are environments in which you can form meaningful relationships with your fellow students, have time and space to discuss the issues arising in the teaching, as well as worshipping together.

In most Hubs we also facilitate an extra-curricular Personal Formation Programme. PFP speakers are local practitioners/experts and their sessions provide an opportunity for students to engage with Christians who are living out their faith in a particular sphere. Topics focus on personal and spiritual formation, leading others, and mission and social action. The programme is designed to contribute to broader personal and spiritual formation, providing a bridge between the academic, the spiritual, and the practical outworking of faith.

Hub communities are still meeting together online to worship and pray together, and to continue providing the learning community support which is an important part of studying with WTC, during the period of coronavirus social distancing/lockdown constraints.

Find out more about our Hub Locations here.

A typical Hub evening looks like this:

  • 5.45 pm – Arrive, chat with fellow students
  • 6.00 pm – Worship and ministry time
  • 6.30 pm – Watch a recorded lecture with other students – with time for discussion throughout the session
  • 7.30 pm – Seminar with a faculty member to discuss the week’s teaching and ask questions or a live extra-curricular session from a local practitioner
  • 8.30 pm – Time to pray together with other students, discuss and think over the evening’s teaching
  • 9.30–10.00 pm – Finish

Currently, Hub Directors are facilitating different forms of worship and prayer online before teaching begins in Hubs. The Hub communities remain a central part of learning with WTC. As soon as government guidance permits, we will revert to physical Hub nights.


Online & Hub Resources

A rich variety of online resources are available on WTC’s virtual learning environment, Moodle, and through the University of Chester’s databases. This includes books, articles, lecture notes, recorded lectures, and other resources. In addition, WTC has a collection of eBooks available to all students and each Hub has a library of books available to borrow. With the current coronavirus-related constraints on accessing Hub libraries, our faculty and WTC Central staff are making additional resources available on Moodle for our students.


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