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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.

Programme 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)

“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – Romans 12:2, NIV

Programme content

The aim of the Applied Theology degree is to equip you to serve God with integrity and confidence in a range of different settings. Whether you are called to education, business, politics, the arts, the charity sector, the local church, or other vocational spheres, the Applied Theology programme will help you to develop a biblical and theological grounding for your work.

 “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” – Proverbs 4:7, NIV

One of the programme’s main aims is to help you integrate your academic studies with your practical ministry. This is facilitated largely through the Practice module. This module requires you to work in a placement context, using your skills and insight to serve others. The Practice module teaches you to reflect deeply and critically on your practice, helping you to gain wisdom and ability both during and beyond your time at the College. The Practice module runs through the whole programme and constitutes a quarter of your studies each year.

If you choose to study via the placement-based mode of delivery at the Christchurch campus, or in one of the Regional Centres, you will undertake all of your practice hours in a local placement setting.  If you study as a campus-based student, in the second and third year of your studies, in addition to your local placement, you will have the opportunity to undertake a five-week block placement. In the second year, this block placement will take place in the British Isles. In the third year, you will have the opportunity to travel outside the British Isles.

 “A deep understanding of God’s Word is the proper foundation for all ministry.” – Alistair McKitterick, Moorlands College lecturer

In addition to the Practice module, the Applied Theology degree helps you grow through a range of taught modules. Year one provides you with a foundation in biblical studies as you study the Old and New Testament, alongside biblical hermeneutics. In the New Testament module, you will cover the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) and one of Paul’s letters. The focus will be on interpreting these texts in light of their historical and cultural context, whilst paying attention to the authors’ key themes and aims. In the Old Testament module, you will gain a greater understanding of the Old Testament world and a stronger grasp of the Old Testament timeline. In year one, you will also explore key issues for today, such as the role of the Church in God’s mission and an introduction to world religions, alongside looking to the past to learn more about church history and doctrine.

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” – A.W. Tozer

In year two, you will continue to build a strong knowledge of Scripture with further modules in the Old and New Testament. You will deepen your understanding of core Christian convictions, such as the Triune nature of God and the divinity and humanity of Christ. You will develop your ability to integrate theory and practice through exploring different methodologies for reflective practice. At this stage, you can also specialise in areas of interest. For example, you can choose to study preaching and church leadership, working with children and families, or working cross-culturally. You could explore the topic of mission in greater depth or think more deeply about intergenerational ministry and community development. If you are a campus-based student, you can also study biblical languages. In all these modules, your lecturers will help you consider how you can best apply what you learn to your life and ministry. All core study, practice, and optional modules are available to visit on the Undergraduate Module Directory page on our website.

“By developing your understanding of the Bible and the contemporary world, our Applied Theology programme will equip you to live out your faith with confidence in whatever sphere of life God calls you to.” – Dr Helen Morris, Acting Director of Studies and Lecturer in Applied Theology

In the final year, to best equip you for your work and ministry beyond the college, you undertake a professional study module. This module helps you develop key professional skills, such as leading a seminar and researching a topic to teach to others, alongside providing you with a greater knowledge and understanding in the subject area that you choose. You will also think more deeply about Christian leadership and management in a range of different settings and explore the relationship between the Old and New Testaments. You will continue to specialise as you choose from options that include Pastoral Care, Reformation Theology, Biblical Background, Apologetics and Contemporary Culture, and Christian Spirituality. If you are a campus-based student, you can continue your study of biblical languages.

“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 programme 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 2020/2021 (BA in Applied Theology)


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Dr Helen Morris

“By developing your understanding of the Bible and the contemporary world, our Applied Theology programme will equip you to live out your faith with confidence in whatever sphere of life God calls you to.”
Dr Helen Morris,
Acting Director of Studies and Lecturer in Applied Theology

National Student Survey results

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

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

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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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 programme, 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 programme 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 programme 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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