FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How much independent study time will I need to give to the course?
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.
I haven’t written an essay since I was at school / university. What help is available for me?
We have a study skills tutor who provides 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.
Does WTC run any full-time courses?
No. We are committed to developing a model of theological education that encourages people to remain in their own particular context in order that they can stay engaged and outwork their learning in their own life-space.
Can I pick and choose which modules I study?
Not at the moment. All our programmes offer a fixed curriculum.
I do not have a Hub anywhere near me. Can I still study with you?
The Flexi MA is the only programme that we offer which can be completed without being a part of a local Hub. Being part of a learning and worshipping community is an essential component to all our other courses. In addition, a significant proportion of our teaching is delivered within the Hubs. It is therefore imperative that any student who studies with us is able to commit to the Hub component of our courses. We do not offer any distance learning options.
Can I move Hub locations if my circumstances change during the course?
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.
Can I transfer credits to and from WTC?
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.
Does WTC offer ordination training?
WTC does not offer formal ordination training in any specific denomination. However, we do have a number of students testing a call to ordination and those who go on to be ordained are able to use their credits at another institution.
What is Kingdom Theology?
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.
Does WTC offer student bursaries?
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 and we will forward the relevant forms for completion.
Bursary applications will be considered on or around 31 March, 31 May and 31 July. This means that you will not necessarily hear from us about your application until shortly after the next of those dates.
I really want to do the course but I am not sure I can afford it. What do you suggest?
WTC UG students can apply for loans from Student Finance England. (See below ‘Can I apply for a Student Loan?’)
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.
• 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.
Can I apply to Student Finance England for funds?
WTC appears as a ‘Listed Body’ on the Student Finance England website. If you meet the eligibility criteria you may qualify for a Student Loan. (Our courses are 60 credits per year)
Make sure you enter University of Chester as your place of study. WTC Kingdom Theology CertHE, BA, Graduate Certificate, and Graduate Diploma then appear on the drop down menu and can be selected.
If applying for a Student Loan, please be aware of the Administration charge. Chester University make a charge to us for their services and we have admin costs of our own. The total admin charge will be £100, you may want to add this to your loan when applying to Student Finance.