BA (Hons)

The BA (Hons) is our flagship campus-based course for all those preparing for gospel ministry. It provides a robust biblical and theological education at the heart of the Union community, giving hands-on experience of what it means for theological rigour to fuel the mission of the church.


Equipping leaders for all-round ministry

The UST BA (Hons) degree in Theology aims to offer the richest possible leadership formation experience. Studying alongside fellow students and our exceptional faculty, you will have a unique opportunity to develop not only your biblical and theological knowledge, but also the spiritual wisdom and practical skills you will need to serve the church and bless the world.

During the programme, you will study God’s word in depth, master essential Christian doctrines and learn how to understand and assess the views of major theologians down the ages. Learning biblical languages is optional, but our Greek and Hebrew teaching is widely recognised as exceptional, and we would warmly encourage you to take up the challenge!

We offer a wide range of applied modules and formative workshops directly relevant to your future ministry. Our BA (Hons) students graduate with a solid grounding in God’s word and a strong and comprehensive theology of preaching, pastoring and mission.

Essential Information

Programme structure

Union School of Theology is approved by the Open University as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University validated awards.

The BA (Hons) programme has been developed and will be delivered by Union School of Theology. It has been validated through a process of external peer review by the Open University as being of an appropriate standard and quality to lead to the Open University validated award of BA (Honours) in Theology.

The programme reflects UST’s Evangelical and Reformed distinctives, with an emphasis on the Bible (including Biblical languages), Systematic Theology, Church History and using theology in Ministry Practice.

The teaching team includes internationally known teachers such as Mike Reeves, Bob Letham, Cor Bennema, and Ian Shaw.

Year 1

Biblical Studies Theological and Historical Studies Ministerial and Missional Practice


One of:

Greek Grammar

Hebrew Grammar

English Texts: OT & NT

Foundations of Systematic Theology

From Pentecost to the Reformation

Building Ministry Skills

Foundations of Missional Practice

Year 2

Biblical Studies Theological and Historical Studies Ministerial and Missional Practice

Wisdom & Prophets

Gospel Studies

Hebrew Grammar

Greek Grammar

Hebrew Reading I

Greek Reading I

Systematic Theology I

From the Puritans to the Evangelical Revival

Ministry Placement I

Preaching & Communication

Independent Study

Year 3

Biblical Studies Theological and Historical Studies Ministerial and Missional Practice

Pauline Studies

Hebrew Reading I

Hebrew Reading II

Greek Reading I

Greek Reading II

Systematic Theology II

The Church in the Modern World

Ministry Placement II

Pastoral Theology and Ministry


Module Descriptors Overview

The BA (Hons) course corresponds to Levels 4-6 in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, and is completed in three years full-time study.

Prospective students should have the equivalent of two ‘A’ levels. Other qualifications and experience which demonstrate an applicant’s suitability may also be acceptable. The regular entry point for study is early September of each year. Applications should be submitted by 26th June. We will accept applications after this date, however we cannot guarantee that they will be processed in time for the beginning of the academic year.

The BA (Hons) may be taken on a full-time basis over three years or on a part-time basis for up to six years.

Modules may be studied individually rather than as part of a full degree course. The Admissions Officer and/or Programme Leader will be happy to advise.

Students exiting the programme early will achieve a Certificate of Higher Education in Theology on successfully attaining 120(60 ECTS) credits at Level 4, or a Diploma of Higher Education in Theology on successfully attaining 120 credits(60 ECTS) at Level 5.

Regulations for Open University Awards at Union School of Theology

2019-20 BA (Hons) Theology Student Handbook: Union School of Theology - Open University Validated Programme

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This award is validated by The Open University

Next Steps

If you have any questions about this course or the application process, please get in touch.