Why join us as an undergraduate?
Undergraduate courses at NTC can open many doors – to ministry, community work or continued education. In fact, recent graduates have gone on to find roles in some fascinating settings, in the UK and abroad.
At NTC, undergraduate studies are doorways to ministry; doorways to discovery. NTC’s three distinct BA degree pathways offer the chance to step into Youth and Community Work; to explore ministry opportunities in Practical Theology; to build solid foundations in Biblical Studies.
Two-year Diploma courses or one-year Certificate courses in Theology, Youth Ministry, or Urban Ministry provide concentrated study opportunities or a stepping-stone to degree study.
And all these courses can also be taken part-time to fit around your work schedule or your busy family life.
NTC is an approved partner of the University of Manchester, delivering programmes developed by NTC, approved by and leading to an award from the University of Manchester. NTC students are encouraged to make use of the breadth of resources that this world-class, Russell Group university has to offer.
To give you greater flexibility, all of our courses are modular. This means the course can form a qualification in its own right, or it can be used to build credits that can then go towards an award.
As of Autumn 2023, we offer online learning modes for undergraduates. To offer maximum flexibility, we offer some classes online only whilst other classes are offered dual delivery — class is conducted online and on campus simultaneously, meaning all in-person and online students attend class at the same time. Online mode classes are live, synchronous video conference sessions, meaning students attend class as its being taught during its scheduled time, usually afternoon/evening UK time. You can find more information about our modes of study at this link.
Faith Community that Values Dignity and Equality
Being a student at NTC means being a part of a diverse and dedicated learning community. With students from 25+ countries and 20+ denominations, NTC is not just an academic community: it’s also a faith community, and a central part of student life is embedded in worship, whether in regular chapel services, in weekly pastoral care groups, or in the informal spaces in college life where students and faculty meet and talk over a mug of coffee.
As a faith community NTC values dignity and equality and seeking for fairness and social justice. NTC Seeks to promote and partner with organisations that stand for these values. NTC is a member of the Micah Network and also is a signatory to the The Birmingham Declaration.
One Core Course, Three Distinct Pathways
The BA (Hons) in Theology serves as a strong basis for a professional qualification in pastoral ministry, as it covers a substantial portion of the required theoretical foundations. This course offers a broad spectrum of theological coverage, supplemented by elective units, which makes it a valuable foundation for teaching religious education or related subjects. Graduates also acquire a diverse set of transferable skills that are applicable across multiple professions, making a degree in theology highly attractive to potential employers. Previous graduates have established successful careers as pastors, lecturers, school teachers, and in various roles within the charity sector.
You can pursue the BA (Hons) in Theology as its own pathway, but we also offer three distinct BA degree pathways within the main BA (Hons) in Theology for those wishing to gain more specific training: Biblical Studies, Practical Theology, Youth and Community.
Note: Since placement units are currently available only to students located in the UK and Ireland during their course of studies, the Practical Theology and Youth and Community pathways are currently restricted to those who will be resident in the UK and Ireland during their degree.
- The BA (Hons) in Theology (Biblical Studies) contains much of the theoretical foundation for a professional qualification in pastoral ministry or further postgraduate study in the area of biblical studies. Because of its range of elective units which complement its breadth of theological coverage, it is also particularly useful as the foundation for a career in teaching Religious Education or related subjects. Recent graduates have gone on to become pastors, lecturers, school teachers, and workers throughout the charity sector.
- 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. Note: Since placement units are currently available only to students located in the UK and Ireland during their course of studies, the Practical Theology pathway is currently restricted to those who will be resident in the UK and Ireland during their degree.
- The BA (Hons) in Theology (Youth and Community) is a degree-level vocational and professional pathway builds on the student’s prior experiences and equips Christian youth and community workers for a range of ministries. Carefully tailored to deliver a blend of specialist knowledge and skills training, along with opportunities for putting them into practice, students will reflect upon the relationship between theology and youth and community work practice. Note: Since placement units are currently available only to students located in the UK and Ireland during their course of studies, the Youth and Community pathway is currently restricted to those who will be resident in the UK and Ireland during their degree.
➡️ Online and On Campus Modes Details
As of Autumn 2023, Students may choose to take NTC’s BA degree on-campus or online. See below for details specific to the BA degree.
- Required classes for our BA are offered separately as both on-campus classes and online classes. This means that on campus students take required classes in person without online students, and online students take required classes online via a live, online classroom.
- Elective classes are offered as dual-delivery. This means online students and their on campus peers take the class simultaneously, allowing online and on campus NTC students to learn together and from each other.
- On-campus students may take up to one third of their term as online classes as long as at least one on campus unit per term is also taken.
- On-campus students are eligible for both tuition and maintenance loans with Student Finance England, subject to the normal eligibility criteria. Student Finance England maintenance loans are not available to online mode students, but tuition loans are available subject to the normal eligibility criteria. Students on student visas must maintain UKVI attendance requirements.
Note: Placements units are only available to online students based in the UK and Ireland, therefore the Practical Theology and Youth and Community BA pathways are restricted to these students.
➡️ Course Unit Details
Certificate students need 120 credits graduate. Diplomas require 240 credits and degree courses need 360 credits. Exit routes from BA (Hons) at Certificate and Diploma level are usually possible.
Each unit of a course earns credits in one of three subject areas:
- Biblical Studies – Course units in specific areas of Old and New Testament, Biblical languages and interpretation.
- Christian Theology and Church History – Course units in Christian Dogmatics, Philosophical Theology and Church History.
- Practical and Social Theology – Course units in a wide range of ministry subjects as well as in the Humanities and Social Sciences, including English Literature, Youth Work, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology and Comparative Religion.
Learn more about our undergraduate pathways including the number of course credits: