BA (Hons)

The BA (Hons) in Theology is for all those preparing for a lifetime of serving the church. It provides a robust biblical and theological education, giving hands-on experience of what it means for theological rigour to fuel the mission of the church. With options for both campus and blended study, students are immersed in the best evangelical and reformed scholarship and formed personally and spiritually to grow Christ’s church.


Validated by The Open University, our BA (Hons) Theology programme offers the richest possible leadership formation experience. Studying alongside fellow students and with pastorally experienced faculty, you will have a unique opportunity to develop not only your biblical, theological and historical knowledge, but also the wisdom and practical skills you will need for effective ministry. During the programme, you will be able to put your learning into practice through two core placement modules based in church and ministry contexts.

The programme reflects UST’s Evangelical and Reformed distinctives, with an emphasis on studying the bible, church history, systematic theology, and pastoral and preaching theology. Learning biblical languages is optional, but our Greek and Hebrew teaching is highly respected, and we encourage students to take up the challenge. Students on the BA also benefit from weekly pastoral seminars and workshops. Together with core and elective modules these provide students with a strong and comprehensive theology of preaching, pastoring and mission that is vital for understanding and responding to the challenges of ministry in today’s world.

Graduates of the BA programme have gone on to many roles, including serving as pastors, missionaries, evangelists, women’s workers and youth workers. Many have also progressed onto further studies, and a number of students have gone on to plant churches which have been supported by Union Mission.

“Having felt called to mission in South East Asia for a number of years, I arrived at UST thinking I’d learn how to be a missionary. I’ve certainly grown in my understanding and skills for that. But even more, through my studies and my time with students and faculty, I’ve learned to rejoice all the more in God’s goodness, graciousness and love.Tom King, BA graduate and missionary in Thailand

Flexible BA study on-campus and online

We make studying on the BA as accessible as possible so that you can receive theological education wherever you need it. You can choose to study for the whole programme on our residential campus, or you can choose to take the BA through a flexible blend of campus and community-focussed online learning. You have the choice to decide when you want to study on campus or online, giving you the flexibility to fit your studies around existing ministry or work commitments, as well as life and family responsibilities.

Students accessing the BA Flex will complete at least 4 weeks in each academic year on campus if studying full-time, or 2 weeks if studying part-time, giving them the opportunity to strengthen links with peers and faculty which they build when studying at a distance.

In consultation with the Programmes Administrator, you can choose to attend the required number of weeks on-site in one block or spread out across the academic year, to ensure you get the most out of your time on campus, and to fit around your commitments as well as the possibility of further COVID-19 related lockdowns.

Our purpose-built Zoom classrooms mean that those studying via this blended approach can interact in live lectures, seminars and workshops in the same way as those on campus. This approach means students are not isolated, studying by themselves, but learn alongside one another in community - wherever they might happen to be. You will have access to the same resources and support as well as regular interaction with faculty. You will also benefit from the weekly pastoral and personal workshops that our community of students enjoy.

Programme Details and Contents

The BA programme aims to give students a comprehensive grounding in biblical, historical and theological studies that will equip them with the skills for a lifetime of ministry. Using a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, class discussions and placements, our faculty guide students through their studies, exposing them to a range of theological scholarship and beliefs while equipping them with concrete skills for ministry.

The BA programme has deepened my knowledge and skills, but it’s also given me much more than that! It’s given me the ability to think theologically; to listen to God’s word and consider how his message to us shapes how we should love and serve his people in all the circumstances we find ourselves in. The ability to think like that is a gift from the BA that I didn’t expect and which I’m incredibly thankful to God for.” ” Stephen Unwin, BA graduate and PhD candidate

As you progress through the programme, you will deepen your theological understanding and gifts and have opportunities to put them into practice through church-based placements. As the world continually changes, we don’t expect to give students all the answers to all the challenges they may face in ministry. However, we do expect our students to graduate with the ability to consider the issues involved and the tools and wisdom to know how to respond.

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

Admission Requirements

Prospective students should have the equivalent of two ‘A’ levels. Other qualifications and experience which demonstrate an applicant’s suitability may also be acceptable – please get in touch to discuss this with us. Applications should be submitted by 14th August. 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.

Essential Information

  • Full-time completion in 3 years, part-time completion in up to 6 years
  • Can be studied on campus or through a blend of campus and online study
  • Modules may be studied individually rather than as part of a full degree programme. (the Admissions Officer or Programme Leader will be happy to advise)
  • The BA (Hons) corresponds to Levels 4-6 in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.
  • The regular entry point for study is early September of each year.
  • Students exiting the programme early will achieve a Certificate of Higher Education in Theology on successfully attaining 120 credits (60 ECTS) 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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Next Steps

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