Theology and Worship Studies is a combined and integrated programme designed to build knowledge and skills in Christian worship. Students will be equipped to reflect on, plan and deliver worship across a broad range of church contexts, from a theologically informed perspective. As part of the suite of programmes provided by the Music and Worship department, the Theology and Worship Studies programme is unique in Europe. Key to the programme is the intentional integration of theology and worship studies. Students are offered a wide-ranging curriculum, encompassing training in practical worship ministry (following a music or worship curation pathway), historical studies, fieldwork, and case studies, together with essential theological study. The programme, offered at Certificate, Diploma and Degree levels, is specifically targeted at those with a keen interest in worship ministry, broadly defined. Applicants might already have some experience, perhaps playing or singing in musical worship, using other artistic forms in worship, or being involved in planning and leading full worship services. The Theology and Worship Studies programme builds knowledge and practical skills across a broad spectrum of worshipping traditions, styles, and contexts. Students will grow as reflective worship practitioners and scholars and will be equipped for a wide range of career pathways, including worship leading, church ministry, teaching, and further academic study. A range of stimulating module options caters for individual skills and interests. Faculty members include leading practitioners and thinkers in worship, theology, and related fields. This wealth of experience, combined with a rigorous approach to the integration of worship studies with theological and biblical insights, promises a challenging, but rewarding and enjoyable programme of study. Pathway Students on the Theology and Worship Studies programme can follow one of two pathways: Music for Worship The Music for Worship pathway is designed to strengthen and consolidate vocal and instrumental skills, specifically for use in the context of musical worship. The pathway is suitable for those wishing to grow in musical proficiency, and who perhaps have some previous experience of singing and/or playing in worship. Through weekly group classes, students will strengthen their vocal skills and their ability to lead worship using their voice. Students will grow in vocal confidence, technical skill, improvisation, presentation, and worship leadership, all applied across a range of music styles and worshipping traditions. Students will also take instrumental skills, with the option to focus on either keyboard or guitar throughout the three years. Learning will take place in weekly group classes and students will become proficient in providing musical accompaniment for worship on their chosen instrument. Worship Curation Students on the Worship Curation pathway will learn how to oversee the worship event in full, moving beyond the confines of musical sets or presiding over liturgy. Drawing on the alternative worship movement, students will work both individually and collaboratively to create dynamic and engaging spaces for encounter with God. Learning will take place through lectures, guided reading, field trips, case studies, and practical worship projects. Time Commitment Full-time students are expected to commit around 40-50 hours per week to their studies. For students studying on campus, lectures will take place between 9am – 6pm on Mondays to Fridays. This equates to around 12 hours of lectures and 30 hours of personal study time.
Core Modules: Introduction to the New Testament, Introduction to the Old Testament, Introduction to Doctrine, Spiritual Theology, History of Music in the Church, Worship Ministry in Practice, History of Christian Worship, Theology of Worship, Corporate Worship Studies, Congregational Worship Studies: Theory and Method, Person and Work of Christ, Jesus and the Gospels, Genesis Prophets and God, Spiritual Theology, Applied Worship Leadership, Case Studies in Congregational Worship, Person and Work of the Holy Spirit, Creativity in Context, Christianity and the Arts, Theology and Worship Studies Project. First Study: Either Music for Worship (Vocal Studies, Instrumental Skills, Ensemble Skills) or Worship Curation (Worship Curation, Ensemble Skills). Optional Modules: Ensemble Performance, Ethnomusicology, Songwriting, Youth and Worship, Multimedia and Multisensory Worship, Relational Theology, Sin, Grace and Eschatology, Scripture, Exegesis and Hermeneutics, Pastoral Care, Old Testament Hebrew 1, New Testament Greek 1a, Preaching, Key New Testament Texts, Pastoral Leadership in the Contemporary Church, Global Theologies, The Modern Church, Purity and Holiness: Ritual in the Old Testament.
Because we are seeking a broad range of learning in the programme, assessment takes a variety of forms as appropriate to the topic being studied both for Onsite and Distance Education / Online students: ▪ Essays, which allow a student to develop a line of thought around a set question or topic. ▪ Presentations to a class, which can include written notes of the presentation. ▪ Quizzes and tests, which focus on particular areas of knowledge and understanding and take place in the classroom. ▪ Examinations, which may be ‘unseen’ or ‘seen’ in advance of sitting the paper. These permit a range of material to be assessed, notably in courses which have a strong survey or content focus. These are formally assessed and take place under exam conditions. ▪ Sermon scripts or other teaching material, especially where a module focuses on developing skills in oral communication with others. ▪ Theological reflection on practice, which brings together theory and practice. This can take a journal form or a specific reflection on a particular incident or issue. ▪ Portfolio of material of a variety of kinds, which enables students to engage with wide-ranging assessments. ▪ Level 6 project of a variety of kinds, undertaken by all students, provides the opportunity for you to explore a particular issue in more depth with guidance and supervision provided by an appropriate faculty member. ▪ Musical examinations – These can be in the form of a recital, performance, rehearsal, and other live forms of examination. ▪ Compositions – These consist of musical scores written or on Sibelius, and also Logic arrangement files and audio.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
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.
Applicants to this programme are expected to demonstrate a keen interest in, and preferably some experience of, worship ministry broadly defined. Applicants might have played an instrument or sung in the band for musical worship, had some involvement using other artistic forms as part of worship, or perhaps been involved in planning and leading full worship services. Applicants will be asked to complete an information profile giving specific details of their worship experience prior to interview. Applicants wishing to follow the Music for Worship pathway will need to demonstrate a good level of musicianship. The ability to read music or play an instrument is not essential, but applicants must be able to sing in tune, keep to a pulse, and show a high level of accuracy in pitch and rhythm tests. Musical aptitude will be assessed through an audition (vocal or instrumental) and aural tests. For international students, a validated audition-recording is acceptable in lieu of an audition on campus. Applicants wishing to follow the Worship Curation pathway are expected to show a keen interest in worship and to have some previous experience in worship planning and/or delivery. We especially welcome applicants who can demonstrate some artistic ability and/or creative flair, with a vision to apply these in the context of worship. The requirements above are in addition to the institutional entry conditions for study at London School of Theology. These require that students must demonstrate the ability to successfully undertake an undergraduate programme of this nature. This will normally mean two A levels plus three different GCSE passes at grade C or above (one GCSE must be English) or equivalent for students under 21. Mature students (aged 21 and over) without these qualifications will be considered individually. If you do not meet any of the above entry requirements, please contact [email protected] who will be happy to discuss your situation informally.
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Additional entry requirements
Applicants to this programme are expected to demonstrate a keen interest in, and preferably some experience of, worship ministry broadly defined. Applicants might have played an instrument or sung in the band for musical worship, had some involvement using other artistic forms as part of worship, or perhaps been involved in planning and leading full worship services. Applicants will be asked to complete an information profile giving specific details of their worship experience prior to interview. Applicants wishing to follow the Music for Worship pathway will need to demonstrate a good level of musicianship. The ability to read music or play an instrument is not essential, but applicants must be able to sing in tune, keep to a pulse, and show a high level of accuracy in pitch and rhythm tests. Musical aptitude will be assessed through an audition (vocal or instrumental) and aural tests. For international students, a validated audition-recording is acceptable in lieu of an audition on campus. Applicants wishing to follow the Worship Curation pathway are expected to show a keen interest in worship and to have some previous experience in worship planning and/or delivery. We especially welcome applicants who can demonstrate some artistic ability and/or creative flair, with a vision to apply these in the context of worship.
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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Raising Theologians Scholarships Support for Theological Training – application now open for 2023 admissions. Scholarships will only be awarded to students who have been accepted to study at London School of Theology. 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. Am I eligible? To qualify for an undergraduate financial need-based award, you must fulfil the following criteria: Have a family income as assessed by Student Finance England at below £35,001 Not be in receipt of a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan from Student Finance England