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BA (Hons) Applied Theology

Christian theology applied.
Our Applied Theology degree has been designed to give you a firm foundation on which to build your life and ministry. It will equip you to serve God in practical and relevant ways in a fast-changing world.

Course duration
3 years full-time

Location and mode of study

  • Christchurch: campus-based or placement-based
  • South West: placement-based
  • Midlands: placement-based

Plus location(s) of placement(s)

Course content:

In year one, you are guided through core modules in theological and biblical studies. You also begin a practice module, building a portfolio of work throughout the year relating to your weekly placement.

In year two, you further your analysis of biblical perspectives as well as continuing the practice module. At this point you begin to specialise more, studying optional modules that suit your particular area of interest and ministry. Additionally, Christchurch campus-based students undertake an intensive five-week block placement within the UK.

In year three, you focus heavily on your professional study modules; alongside a mixture of core study, practice, and optional modules. Christchurch campus-based students undertake a further five-week block placement in the UK or overseas (optional for placement-based students). Your final year helps you integrate all you’ve done, prior to moving out into Christian service.

“Through the lectures and placements, my time at Moorlands College equipped me in more ways than I could have imagined.”
Megan, campus-based student

Assessment and feedback

Assessment tasks include presentations and portfolios to demonstrate your learning, as well as essays and reports. Compulsory modules comprise 100% coursework, whilst some non-compulsory modules involve written exams.


Christchurch campus-based students typically have lectures four days per week in addition to their weekly placement activities. Christchurch placement-based students are taught one full day per week on campus, whilst fully immersed in their placement and attending the campus for three five-day study blocks per year. Students at our South West and Midlands attend a number of study blocks per year in their region, and three to four five-day study blocks at our campus, to complement their ongoing work on placement.

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto this course you need to have the potential to succeed in it and to benefit from it. This is normally demonstrated by:

  • Two A-levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications.
  • GCSE in English (Language or Literature) at grade C or above, or equivalent qualifications at level 2, or an IELTS Academic Certificate with an overall score of 6.0 with at least 6.0 in each of reading and writing or nationally-recognised English language-based level 3 award, equivalent to these IELTS scores, from a different testing system.
  • An appropriate understanding of, commitment to and suitability for the range of vocations for which these studies prepare you.

If you’ve been out of education for some time, or don’t have the regular academic qualifications to enter the BA, you may want to apply to do our Foundation Year, which provides an initial, preparatory year before joining the standard BA studies, or to talk to us about your potential for the Accreditation of Prior Learning.

Term dates for 2019/2020


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Dr Helen Morris

“By developing your understanding of the Bible and the contemporary world, our Applied Theology course will equip you to live out your faith with confidence in whatever sphere of life God calls you to.”
Dr Helen Morris,
BA Course Leader

National Student Survey results

What do our students think of this course? According to the latest National Student Survey…

Student satisfaction
90% agreed with the statement
“Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course”

Employment and accreditation
95% go on to work and/or study

Degree results
15% of students obtained a 1st class degree; 60% of students obtained an upper 2nd class degree

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Student profile:
Daniel Alcock

I always imagined that the other students who applied to Moorlands College were like carpenters that build sets of stairs… always thinking one step ahead. Those other students would seem to know before freshers week exactly where God would be calling them to serve him after graduation. I wasn’t in that situation. My toolkit contained no blueprint of what I was aiming towards after the degree—it had only a prayer:

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)

I had a passion to serve the Lord Jesus, and yet I was unsure how that should be lived out. As a teenager, I was part of the UK Youth Parliament, which provided me the opportunity to debate from the green benches in the House of Commons. As a result, I was keen for my studies to include teaching on preaching, communication, and church leadership (especially since my sending church were unable to offer this). The holistic model of teaching at Moorlands College, facilitated by the structure of the BA in Applied Theology course, frequently provided scenarios within which I was able to put into practice through my church placement.

Looking back, one of the things I most loved about Moorlands is how the staff took time to get to know all students by name. As my course was concluding, those lecturers that knew me as a real person (and not just a number on a spreadsheet) and they all helped me to find a role that was right for me. I now serve as an Assistant Pastor at a church in the north-east of England, regularly preaching and helping lead a congregation of around 200 people.

“One of the things I most loved about Moorlands is how the staff took time to get to know all students by name. As my course was concluding, those lecturers that knew me as a real person (and not just a number on a spreadsheet)”

If you are feeling called to Moorlands College, but feel unsure as to where you will end up, trust the Cornerstone who has promised to build his Church (Matthew 16:18).

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