The BA in Theology is designed for those called to serve churches, missions, schools and the community at large. The programme is academically rigorous and enables you to gain a deeper understanding of Scripture and its relevance to you, to the church and to the world. You can study the Theology modules on-campus or online, or as a ‘blended’ combination. The programme addresses our changing cultural and intellectual climate and how the Christian faith relates incisively, relevantly and practically to society. You will also have the privilege of studying alongside and interacting with students and staff from diverse backgrounds and denominations, which enriches the whole study programme. In addition, you will experience personal spiritual growth through the taught programmes, and also through the community and extracurricular activities organised by the student body. Whether you study on campus in London or remotely online, you will take the same modules, meet the same outcomes, undertake the same assessments, benefit from quality teaching and tutoring provision and graduate with the same degree. All undergraduate Theology students can study the same programme on campus, online or in any blended combination of the two delivery modes. Programme Outline In your first year, you will study three complementary strands of theological thinking: Biblical Studies; Christian History, Doctrine and Theology; and Christian Life, Ministry and Mission. In the second year, two-thirds of modules are compulsory and one-third are optional. In the third year, one-quarter of the content is compulsory. Time Commitment For full-time students it is expected that you will be able to commit around 40 hours per week to your studies. For students studying on campus lectures will take place between 9am – 6pm on Mondays to Fridays. This normally equates to around 12 hours of lectures and 30 hours of personal study time. For students studying online we also recommend a commitment of 40 hours per week to enable you to complete the necessary work. For part-time students it is expected that you will be able to commit around 20 hours per week to your studies. For students studying on campus lectures will take place between 9am – 6pm on Mondays & Tuesdays in Year 1 and Thursdays & Fridays in Year 2. For students studying online we also recommend a commitment of 20 hours per week to enable you to complete the necessary work. Full-time students are expected to complete the BA in 3 years. Part-time students are expected to complete the BA in 6 years.
You will find three broad categories in the curriculum, the first being biblical studies, the second theological studies and the third areas of praxis. At London School of Theology we believe in theological education that is integrative, which means modules are not set in rigid sub-disciplinary tracks, but are in dialogue with each other on a shared matrix reference to the Bible – experience, tradition, reason, and community. It also means that we endeavour to characterise each module through elements of academic knowledge and understanding, spiritual formation and ministerial training. At level 4, you will study three complementary strands of theological thinking: Biblical Studies; Christian History, Doctrine and Theology; and Christian Life, Ministry and Mission. In Levels 5 and 6 you will be able to specialise further, taking optional modules to suit your interests and calling. Biblical Studies The Bible is a rich, complex and exciting book, fundamental to the Christian faith. It is vital for us to grasp how its message relates to those around us. Studies in this area will help you develop a better understanding of the content of the Christian Scriptures and the tools necessary for their interpretation. You will study both Old and New Testaments, concentrating on various books, themes, genres, and explore how the books were understood in their original contexts. You will also study the Bible as the Church’s Message to the contemporary world and explore how its message relates to issues today. You have the option of studying biblical languages, both Hebrew and Greek, to third year level. Biblical Studies modules include: New Testament Survey; Old Testament Survey; Genesis, Prophets and God; Jesus and the Gospels; Key Biblical Texts (Romans); Issues in Biblical Texts (Corinthians); New Testament Greek 1A, 1B & 2; Old Testament Hebrew 1 & 2. Historic and Systematic Theology How did the Church survive in its fledgling beginnings? What motivated the Church to embrace certain doctrines and reject others? Who were the original story writers and leaders of the Christian faith? Why are they important to the life and expression of Church today? The history of how the Christian faith has been lived and worked out is one from which we can learn so much. This area of study will introduce you to the history of the Christian community, its response to changing situations and the development of vital Christian doctrines. Through understanding this heritage in its historical context, you’ll learn what implications it has for our modern context. You will be expected to analyse and reflect on major historical and theological shifts and paradigms, as well as develop your critical skills by engaging with various texts, doctrines and movements. Theology and historical modules include: Introduction to Doctrine; Key Christian Thinkers; Person and Work of Christ; Relational Theology; Sin, Grace and Eschatology; Person and Work of the Holy Spirit. Practical Theology This area of study integrates theology with practical experience to give you the opportunity for personal growth and spiritual development. You will engage with biblical concepts of discipleship, spirituality, and leadership, explore different traditions of Christian spirituality, and look at pastoral aspects of lifestyle, values and relationships. Practical Theology modules include: Spiritual Theology; Practical Placement; Preaching; Pastoral Care; Pastoral Leadership; Innovation in Youthwork; Evangelism.
Core modules are assessed both through coursework and examination. Optional modules vary in assessment method, but depending on the modules chosen, will be through a mixture of coursework and examinations.
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Points of entry
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We welcome applications from people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities on our programmes. LST is proud to have a thriving international body of students living and studying at LST. All non-UK and international students will need to apply for a visa to study at LST. You can apply for a Student visa to study in the UK if you're 16 or over and you meet the following requirements: - You have been offered a place on a course by a licensed student sponsor. LST is a licensed sponsor for all undergraduate programmes. - You have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course. - You can speak, read, write and understand English. As of 1 January 2021, EU students are required to apply for a student visa under the new PBS. Assessment of one's eligibility for a visa will precede an offer of a place. Applicants for whom English is not a first language must ensure that their level of English is sufficient to undertake study at LST. If English is not your first language, you may be requested to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), although this will be discussed prior to an interview. For some international students, studying at our campus is not an option, and so we also offer this course as both blended and online. Do not worry if you are unfamiliar with higher education in England! LST provides support for writing essays in the form of study skills, which all new students are required to attend. Additionally, LST lecturers operate an open-door policy, which together with peer-to-peer support available, ensures that your study experience is a postive one.
Students must demonstrate the ability to undertake an undergraduate programme of this nature successfully. Mature students (aged 21 and over) without these qualifications will be considered individually. If you do not meet the above entry requirements, please contact us at enquiries.lst.ac.uk and we will help you to identify a suitable programme of study.
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Additional entry requirements
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English language requirements
To study in the UK, you will need to take a British Council IELTS test. You can take the IELTS test at any British Council office in your country, or at the British Embassy. We ask that you send us a copy of your certificate when you apply. Your ability to speak English will be assessed during an interview. An IELTS test is compulsory for anyone requiring a student visa. You can find out if your country is exempt at www.gov.uk/student-visa/knowledge-of-english
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London School of Theology offers a range of annual scholarships to students able to demonstrate financial need, exceptional academic ability/potential, or both. London School of Theology also offers bursaries for students in financial need, but these are only available for students once they have commenced their studies with us. Our Raising Theologians Awards are available at undergraduate and postgraduate level and across all programmes. They include scholarships covering fees and/or accommodation for one or more years. To apply for a scholarship with London School of Theology you should already have been accepted for a place to study with us. To qualify for an undergraduate financial need-based award, you must fulfil the following criteria: 1. Have an annual family income as assessed by Student Finance England at below £35,001 2. Not be in receipt of a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan from Student Finance England Additional scholarship are targeted at students most in need. LST will pay additional support for £1000 to students who meet the above criteria and one or more of the following: 1. Students who are carers, care leavers or at risk of becoming homeless 2. Mature students aged 21 or over at the start of their undergraduate course 3. Students in receipt of the Parents Learning Allowance, Childcare Grant, Adult Dependents Grant or increased student maintenance loan from the UK Government as part of their student support package 4. Students in receipt of Disabled Students’ Allowance, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA) Limited other scholarships may be available. Speak to your admissions officer, or visit our website lst.ac.uk/scholarships to find out more.