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Course Title BA (Hons) in Theology, Ministry and Mission
Awarded by Durham University
Qualification BA (Hons)
Level 6
Credits 360 credits (minimum of 90 credits at Level 6 and maximum of 270 credits at Levels 4 and 5)
Length of course 3 years full-time
4-6 years part-time
Entrance requirements Entry to this course requires students to fulfil the admission criteria stipulated by Durham University, which is normally at least three A-levels (grade E or above) or equivalent.

Graduates in other subjects may enter the BA programme, and students who have completed the Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission successfully may be admitted to the final year of the BA.

In general, up to a maximum of 120 credits (1/3 the total 360) of accredited prior learning (APL) may be granted to students who have evidence of, or can demonstrate (by completing a portfolio of work, for example) learning that fulfils the relevant learning outcomes of the level 4 component of the programme. Students who have completed 120 credits of ministerial theology at level 4 in another institution may be considered for exemption from the first year of the BA programme through APL.

Students for whom English is their second language should have achieved a score of 6.5 in an IELTS examination (with no component under 6.0), or equivalent. Please note that TOEFL results are not accepted by Durham University.

Overview The BA course provides an education in theology, ministry and mission in and for a variety of contexts. Many students prepare for professional ministry and mission within churches, including recognised lay and ordained ministries in the Anglican, Methodist, Baptist and United Reformed churches. The programmes serve institutions representing Anglican, Methodist, United Reformed, Baptist, Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches, as well as being open to students from other denominations.

The course prepares people for lay ministry and mission in the world, including those who wish to be more fully equipped for Christian life and service in the world, or simply more informed about the Christian faith. Some students will be preparing for ministry and mission among children and young people within and beyond ecclesial structures. Typically, students will be preparing for service in third sector and statutory organisations as well as in churches.

The BA aims to offer education that is accessible to students with a wide range of educational backgrounds and professional and personal circumstances: many will be mature students, many will be employed and therefore studying part time, many will be in active ministry, while still others will be pursuing the programme as full time residential students.

Teaching The BA offers a rich variety of subjects taught by a wide range of teachers. Many subjects are team-taught by teachers from across the Cambridge Theological Federation but some draw on the talents of people with expertise from outside the Federation. The course incorporates a variety of modes of learning and teaching, including traditional full-time residential learning, part-time and part-residential learning.
Assessment Summative assessment (coursework for credit) may take the form of essays, portfolios, presentations, independent learning projects and language examinations. In addition, formative assessment (in-course feedback which is unmarked and not for credit) is undertaken during the course of all modules to support student learning. The specific mode of formative assessments varies from module to module.
Suitable for Ordinands in combination with other qualifications
Independent students
More details Cambridge Theological Federation Common Awards Programme Regulations (PDF File)
Durham University Common Awards website