Nazarene Theological College

BA (Hons) Theology (Practical Theology)

  • Course Title

    BA (Hons) Theology (Practical Theology)
  • Length of Study

    3 Years (Full-Time) 6 Years (Part-Time)
  • Start Date(s)

    September 2023
  • Principal Lecturer

    Revd Julie Lunn
  • Course Accreditation

    University of Manchester

Course Overview

This is a placement-based course (year 2) with full-time and flexible part-time routes available. Full-time study is for three years and up to six years part-time.

Nazarene Theological College is an approved partner of The University of Manchester, delivering programmes developed by Nazarene Theological College, approved by and leading to an award of the University of Manchester.

Teaching and Learning Methods

NTC offers small class sizes, with classes ranging from 5 to 35 students. Most classes run in a weekly format, and are complemented by intensive sessions in January and May. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars and class discussions, oral presentations, group work, individual tutorials, directed reading, placement learning, case studies, individual supervision, and student-led seminars.

Methods of Assessment

We try to include a wide variety of assessment methods throughout our programmes. Types of formative (non-credit bearing) assessment include individual tutorials, on-site visits, group discussions, written and oral feedback on essays. Our Summative (credit-bearing) assessments include research essays, case studies, group projects, individual projects, placement assessment, personal reflections, book reviews, a limited number of module examinations, and a research dissertation.

Employment Outcomes

The BA (Hons) in Theology (Practical Theology) is a programme designed for those pursuing a vocational calling to ministry. It incorporates placement experiences, affirms rigorous academic learning and endeavours to integrate theological reflection alongside praxis, whilst fostering passion, gifting, and spiritual formation. Past graduates have gone into Pastoral Ministry, Chaplaincy, and a wide range of roles in the charity sector.


Students will receive a minimum of 360 (including placement) credits while on this course.

Modules & Placements

Students combine their studies with a practical placement in their second year; a range of placement settings are available (including a consideration of workplace-based placements) from community projects to churches, chaplaincy to night-shelters, missions and compassionate ministries.

The placement is credit-bearing and counts towards the final degree.  Students will do no less than 10 hours a week in their placement, including 2 hours per week to prepare placement-related assessments, reports, administration and tutorials with the Practice Tutor. The placement is spread across the second year of study, usually over 20 weeks (10 weeks in each semester).

Year 1: Required Units (80  Credits)

  • AS4010 Study Skills (non-credit-bearing)
  • BS4130 Story of God
  • BS4110 Introduction to Biblical Studies
  • NT4000 Jesus and the Gospels
  • CH4120 Church History
  • CT4000 Knowing God in Christ
  • CT4160 Faith and Philosophy
  • ST4180 Contexts of Mission
  • PT4130 Spiritual Formation

Year 1: Optional Units (40  Credits)

Select from:

  • ST4180 Understanding People
  • AS4110 Faith and Media
  • ST4190 Contemporary Issues
  • PT4103 Theology and Models of Evangelism
  • ST4170 Power and Anti-Oppressive Practice
  • ST4150 Youth and Community Work Essentials
  • ST4141 Missional Leadership and Disciple-making cultures

(Each unit 10 credits)

Year 2: Required Units (110  Credits)

  • CH5201 Early and Medieval Church or CH5206 Reformation and Modern Church (20 Credits)
  • CT5000 Knowing God as the Spirit
  • CT5001 Knowing God as Triune
  • NT5202 Paul and His Epistles
  • NT5003 Missional Readings of Luke/Acts OR NT5005 Missional Readings of John
  • OT5201 Old Testament Law (students complete 2 of the 3 OT units)
  • OT5202 Prophets (students complete 2 of the 3 OT units)
  • OT5203 Psalms and Wisdom (students complete 2 of the 3 OT units)
  • ST5250 Religions in Contemporary Britain
  • PT5295 Professional and Reflective Practice
  • PT5290 Practice-based learning (20 credit placement)

Year 2: Optional Units (10  Credits)

Select from:

  • CH5304 Wesley Studies
  • CH5305 Wesleyan Tradition
  • NT5301 New Testament Greek
  • NT5302 Greek Texts
  • OT5301 Biblical Hebrew
  • OT5302 Hebrew Texts
  • PT5203 Preaching
  • PT5220 Growing Healthy Churches
  • PT5280 Empowering People
  • PT5310 Christian Leadership
  • PT5330 Marriage and the Family
  • ST5303 Cross Cultural Ministry

(Each unit 10 credits)

Year 3: Required Units (80  Credits)

  • AS6300 Research Methods and Dissertation (30 credits)
  • CT6000 Knowing God: Christian Hope
  • CT6310 Christian Holiness
  • ST6305 Social Justice
  • PT6310 Pastoral Care: Theology and Practice

Year 3: Optional Units (40  Credits)

Select from:

  • BS6301 Hermeneutics
  • BS6130 Studies in Biblical Backgrounds
  • BS6330 Apocalyptic Texts and Communities
  • CH6303 Modern Church and Global Christianity
  • CT6301 Theological Ethics
  • CT6311/2 Contemporary Theology 1 & 2
  • CT6331 Historical Theology
  • CT6340 Trajectories in Wesleyan Theology
  • NT6304 Studies in Romans
  • NT6305 Studies in the Corinthian Correspondence
  • NT6306 Studies in the Gospel of John
  • NT6309 Studies in the General Epistles
  • OT6305 Studies in Hebrew Poetry
  • OT6310 Studies in Torah
  • OT6320 Studies in Isaiah
  • PT6305 New Forms of Church
  • PT6320 Starting Healthy Churches
  • PT6340 Studies in Contemporary Spirituality
  • PT6370 Worship and Sacraments
  • ST6330 Islam in Contemporary Britain

(Some units are 10 credits, others 20 credits)

Entry Requirements

2 A-Levels (or equivalent) or non-traditional entry. Applicants whose first language is not English need to demonstrate their English proficiency. Undergraduate students need a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or its equivalent, overall. Applicants are responsible for arranging to take the appropriate test and for submitting the documentary evidence.

The course involves students undertaking a placement during their second year of study or equivalent for part-time students. Many of the placements include specified contact with children or vulnerable adults; this is known as Regulated Activity. Students will need to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure of criminal records through the DBS. The Placement Manager will contact you with further instructions on how to apply for a DBS before you can begin your placement.

Fees & Funding

Course Fees: £9,250 per year (UK students) / £9,500 per year (non-UK students)
The College is supported by gifts and donations from Churches and from individual donors, and this allows student fees to be set at a competitive rate.

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