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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We recommend that you allow for between 5 and 10 hours personal study time per week on top of the time you will spend in your Hub. Some students are able to give much more time than this and others manage on slightly less.
We have two study skills tutors who provide support and guidance to those students who need it. We include in the first Residential an essay writing session giving practical help and advice for essay writing. Fear of essay writing is very common amongst our new students but everything we do is geared up to ensure that you are able to succeed. Take a look at some testimonies from students who have benifited from the Study Skills resources we offer.
No. We are committed to developing a model of theological education that encourages people to remain in their own contexts where they can stay engaged and outwork their learning while they are studying in their lives, work and church settings.
For the most part no, the curricula are fixed. However, there are a few choices between modules on some courses. Check out the detailed courses tabs to see the details.
Grad Dip students who live more than 1.5 hours travel time from a WTC Hub can study on one of the three Graduate Diploma courses as a Flexi-Grad Dip student. Flexi-Grad Dip students must attend all Residential elements of the course they are studying but will not be part of a WTC Hub. They will access lectures and tutorials between Residentials online.
Flexi-MA students study on our complete MA course. Flexi-MA students must attend the two Residentials (Sept & Jan) but do not attend the Hub-based MA Saturdays.
WTC does not offer any fully distance learning options.
In most instances, yes. If we have a Hub near you and they are running the course that you were on, then it is easy to move.
If you are a Graduate Diploma student and are moving more than 1.5 hours travel time away from a WTC Hub, you might be able to transfer onto the Flexi Grad-Dip model. Please talk to the Dean of UG studies.
If you have already completed some theological study, you may be eligible to apply for APL (Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning). APL means that any prior learning may be considered as credit towards your course. For all instances of APL, please discuss your options with the WTC Registrar.
All WTC courses are validated by the University of Chester so any credits you gain during your studies with WTC are transferable to other HE Institutions.
WTC does not offer formal ordination training in any specific denomination. However, we have church leaders from many independent churches and church networks who study with us. We also have a number of students testing a call to ordination are able to use their credits at another institution.
We offer degrees in ‘Kingdom Theology’ because at the heart of our study is the belief that Jesus came proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. Through his life, death, and resurrection, he has brought the reality of the Kingdom to this world. Our study of theology means engaging with a Kingdom that is powerful and transformational. God’s Kingdom means hope for humanity and the earth in salvation, healing, freedom from oppression, reconciliation in relationships, joy, peace, creativity, and untold blessing. The Kingdom touches all aspects of life, and invites us to reimagine our life, work, and mission.
Yes. We have two small bursary funds – the Principal’s Bursary Fund which is for those who are either ex-offenders and/or ex-addicts, and a General Bursary Fund. Please click here for more details about each fund and the criteria for applications. We are also eligible to select two students to apply for a grant sponsored by the Evangelical Alliance and funded by the Jerusalem Trust. This scheme is particularly geared towards those in their final year of study, intending to work in full-time pastoral ministry and who have special financial needs. Please read the application criteria carefully. If you think you are eligible to apply for any of these funds, please contact us and we will forward the relevant forms for completion.
WTC bursary applications will be considered on or around 30th April, 31st May, 30th June and 31st July. This means that you will not necessarily hear from us about your application until shortly after the next of those dates.
With the exception of students in N Ireland who already have a first degree who do not qualify for student loans, WTC UG students can apply for loans from Student Finance England and N Ireland.
MA students in N Ireland and England can apply for a PG Masters’ Loan from Student Finance England and N Ireland.
Alternatively, there are many creative ways that students find to pay their course fees. Here are just a few ideas:
- Ask your friends and family for support.
- If you are in employment, ask your employer if they would be willing to cover a proportion of your course fees. Many employers are committed to Continuing Professional Development and are happy to help.
- There are a number of grant making trusts which have supported WTC students in the past. The details for some of these can be found here.
- If you are involved in any form of church service, ask your church if they would be willing to help. (They may not be able to support you financially, but may be able to give you an opportunity to talk about your desire to study. We find that this often opens up other avenues of support.)
- Some churches pay a contribution to the cost incurred by members undergoing relevant training, even where they are not currently involved in church service.
- Think of creative ways to raise the money through doing something for sponsorship, i.e. run a marathon or host a sponsored event.
- Apply for a WTC Bursary.
- Crowd funding… There are many options out there!
- And last but by no means least, PRAY. If God wants you to study, he will make a way. Ask him to show you how.
If you meet the eligibility criteria you may qualify for a student loan. Our courses are 60 credits per year. Please note that you will need to state the University of Chester as your place of study when applying for a student loan.
WTC appears as a listed body on the Student Finance England and N Ireland websites: (https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-register-login). On the Student Finance website, make sure you enter University of Chester as your place of study. WTC courses then appear on the drop down menu as: Kingdom Theology (Westminster) with the relevant qualification following (eg Bachelors Degree with Honours/Certificate of Higher Education etc). Students who already hold a first degree in any subject do not qualify for student loans from Student Finance N Ireland. This includes most of our GradDip students. GradDip students in England qualify for loans if they haven’t already had an undergraduate student loan, even if they have a first degree.
If applying for a Student Loan, please be aware of the £100 administration charge (University of Chester makes a charge to us for their services and we have admin costs of our own). You may wish to add this to your loan when applying for Student Finance.
The University of Chester has already confirmed the WTC teaching weeks to Student Finance England / Student Finance Northern Ireland. Student loan applications are made online. Forms do not need to be sent to WTC for student loan applications.
Applications for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)
Both those applying for student loans, and those who have not applied for student loans can apply for DSA. Check on https://www.ucas.com/finance/additional-funding/disabled-students-allowances-dsas to see what disabilities qualify for DSA (These include dyslexia, mental health issues and being deaf). Medical evidence is required to support the DSA application. In Northern Ireland, students who have a first degree already, do not qualify for DSA if they are applying for an undergraduate course (i.e. everything except the MA).
When you receive your fee invoice, there will be an opportunity to make a gift in addition to your fees (either monthly, termly or once a year) towards, or to cover the whole cost of, your course. Where appropriate, Gift Aid will be collected on this gift but not on your fees. Please follow the instructions on your invoice to make this gift payment separately from your fee payment.
Concerned about finance?
Our partners Stewardship may be able to help you to raise your financial support and claim Gift Aid on donations from UK tax payers. You can use this support to pay for your course fees, training resources and general living expenses. We have seen many individuals come out of college debt free, and hundreds of bible college students have benefitted from using this facility. Find out more here.