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Why join us as an undergraduate?

You’ll find 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.

Three distinct BA degree pathways: Theology, Practical Theology, Youth and Community.


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 in your ‘learning account’. These credits can then go towards an award from the College.

Undergraduate Course Options

We offer three distinct BA degree pathways: Theology, Practical Theology, Youth and Community. Each course has a combination of ‘required units’ and ‘elective units’. The ‘required units’ make sure that the core elements are in place. The ‘elective units’ allow you to choose areas of particular interest from the full range of units on offer.

Although all ‘required units’ are available each year, many ‘elective units’ are available on a two-year cycle. The table below lets you see how our three study pathways are normally designed.

The Common Foundations (Required Course elements)

Year One (Certificate Courses) Year Two (Diploma Courses) Year Three (BA Hons)
Biblical Studies Introduction to Biblical Studies, Biblical Backgrounds AND/OR Story of God A range of old and new testament subjects Biblical Studies electives
Theology & Church History Introduction to Theology, Church History Christian Doctrine Christian Holiness, Theology and Church History electives
Practical & Social Theology Spiritual Formation Practical and Social Theology electives
In any area Dissertation

Variations within Pathways

Year One Year Two Year Three
Youth & Community Pathway Preparing for Professional Practice, Youth & Community Placement, Understanding People, Power & Anti-oppressive Practice, Youth & Community Work: Ministry Essentials Youth & Community Work Placement 2, Alternative Placement, Youth & Community Work: Approaches, Informal Education, Supporting People Youth & Community Work Placement 3, Youth & Community Work: Applications, Social Justice, Strategy & Practice
General Theology Pathway Contexts of Mission Early Church, Theology of Mission, Religions in Contemporary Britain Electives in a variety of areas
Practical Theology Pathway Contexts of Mission Evangelism Early Church, Theology of Mission, Practice-based learning (placement), Professional and Reflective Practice, Religions in Contemporary Britain Social Justice AND/OR Ethics, Option: Specialist units for pathways in Mission or Pastoral Work

Course Credits

To graduate, candidates will need to earn a certain number of course credits. For certificate courses, the total is 120 credits. Diplomas require 240 credits and degree courses 360 credits.

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.

Each unit of a course earns credits in one of three subject areas:

Biblical Studies

Within the general area of Biblical Studies course units are offered in specific areas of Old and New Testament, Biblical languages and interpretation.

Christian Theology and Church History

The area of Christian Theology and Church History includes course units in Christian Dogmatics, Philosophical Theology and Church History.

Practical and Social Theology

The area of Practical and Social Theology includes course units in a wide range of ministry subjects as well as course units in the Humanities and Social Sciences, including English Literature, Youth Work, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology and Comparative Religion.

Our full list of undergraduate pathways are listed below – click on any to learn more, along with the number of course credits that each will earn you.

If taken full time, the Diploma courses usually take two years to complete and Certificate courses take one-year full time. Alternatively, all courses can be taken part-time, if that suits your work or family life better.

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