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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 2019
  • 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.

I am committed to life-long learning and passionate about encouraging growth in mind and soul, to enable us to become the full human beings God desires.

Read More… Revd Julie Lunn Lecturer in Practical and Social Theology

Pathway Options

A range of Practical and Social Theology electives and electives from other disciplines to choose after the first year.


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).

Core modules include: Contexts of Mission, Practice-based Learning, Reflective Practice, Spiritual Formation, Practical and Social Theology electives, Biblical Studies and a range of Old and New Testament subjects, Christian Doctrine, Theology and Church History.

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: Course Fees: £7165 per year (full time - see Fees & Funding page for details of other modes).
As a private college, NTC receives no support from government sources. 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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