Study options at The Nazarene
Each academic year – or session is – divided into two semesters: Autumn and Spring.
- Autumn Semester – thirteen weeks, including lectures, study and examination periods.
- Spring Semester – fourteen weeks, including lectures, study and examination periods.
For students on summer placements, the Spring semester will normally be extended to incorporate their placement.
Course units per year
- Undergraduate students will normally complete twelve course units per academic year.
- MA students will complete four taught units and a dissertation during the academic year. (Please note that, at MA level, the academic year is a full eleven months to allow for a dissertation to be written.)
The Nazarene also has two short ‘intensives’: one in January, and one in May. There is also one week in September for the Glasgow and Manchester-based Youth and Community students. This allows full- and part-time students to take a course unit within a one-week intensive period (for undergraduates) or one to two week period (for MA units).
Download the full Academic Calendars for Manchester and Glasgow
Our courses may also be completed by part-time as well as full-time study. The courses’ modular shapes make them accessible to part-time students, who may take fewer course units in a year than full-time students are required to do. There are various ways to study part-time using a combination of Intensive Units, evening classes and full term courses to suit your schedule.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (AP(E)L)
NTC operates within the transfer of credit policies of the University of Manchester. If you’ve completed some studies elsewhere, a maximum of 120 credits can be considered for AP(E)L in a three-year Bachelor’s degree, or a maximum of 60 credits for AP(E)L for an MA. A maximum time limit of 5 years should apply between the original award and any consideration of AP(E)L.
The modular shape of the courses at NTC enables students to transfer from one course to an appropriate place on another if their work merits transfer. At undergraduate level, students can transfer between the BA (Hons) in Theology and the BA (Hons) in Theology (Practical Theology) up to end of the first year of their studies. Transfer in and out of the BA (Hons) in Theology (Youth and Community) is difficult due to the placement requirements, and can only be considered on a case-by-case basis. A transfer to a different course of study would follow a formal process of exit interview and satisfactory placement interview (if applicable). At Postgraduate level, students can transfer to a different MA pathway, subject to the ability to complete any required elements of the new pathway. Students who wish to transfer to another institution would normally meet with the Dean or Registrar as part of an exit interview, who will advise them on any academic or financial implications of transfer, and will support them in the transfer process.
Audit / Credit Classes
NTC welcomes students who simply want to take a course unit or two. These ‘casual students’ don’t have to go through the formality of application and interviews, but can simply register at the start of the semester or click the link above to register for the latest classes available in Manchester and Glasgow.
Click here to email the registrar for our current timetable. Evening classes and day classes can be taken simply for enjoyment’s sake without any commitment to a full college programme. Course units earned could later be transferred into a certificate, diploma, or full degree course.
The classes may also just be audited – that is taken just for learning or interest.
All of our courses use the MOODLE online learning platform to enhance the learning environment and resources available.
Current students can ACCESS MOODLE HERE