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Foundation Year

Christian theology applied.
If you want the training our BA programmes offer, but don't have the necessary academic qualifications, or have been out of education for some time, this is the programme for you.

Course duration
1 year full-time

Location and mode of study

  • Christchurch Campus: placement-based
  • Midlands Regional Centre: placement-based

Plus location of placement

Content of studies:

The Foundation Year is based at our Christchurch Campus and also at our Midlands Regional Centre in Birmingham, and is designed to effectively prepare you for entry onto either the BA (Hons) Applied Theology or BA (Hons) Applied Theology (Youth and Community Work) degree. We equip you with a basic biblical and theological understanding and provide an introduction to Christian ministry.

Your own personal and spiritual development is central to the Foundation Year, and the development of effective academic study skills is integral to all that is taught. You’re also encouraged to regularly reflect on your learning in the context of your existing placement—which may typically be a church or Christian organisation.

The Foundation Year comprises six modules: Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, Personal and Spiritual Development, Ministry, Study Skills, and Placement and Portfolio.

Assessment and feedback

You compile a portfolio of work throughout the year, as a record of engagement in placement activities. In addition, you will complete assignments, including written essays and presentations.


Christchurch Campus:

Two days per week are spent in college during term time, at the Christchurch Campus, and three days are spent in your placement organisation. As a Moorlands College student, you play a full and vital part in the college community—with the opportunity to use on-site accommodation on Mondays and Tuesdays; attend our Chapel services; share meals with other students; and be part of a tutor group.

“Without A-levels, Moorlands College’s Foundation Year gave me the interest and opportunity to study on the degree.”
Callum, campus-based BA student

Midlands Regional Centre:

The Foundation Year at the Midlands Regional Centre is delivered over six block weeks at the Centre and the rest of the time you will be serving in a placement, which can be your church or a Christian organisation.

Lectures, seminars and workshops will be interactive and take into account different learning styles.

The 2019/20 dates for the Midlands block weeks are:

Induction and Study Block 1 > Sunday 6th October – Saturday 12 October 2019

Study Block 2 > Monday 25th November – Friday 29th November 2019

Study Block 3 > Monday 13th January – Friday 17th January 2020

Study Block 4 > Monday 10th February – Friday 14th February 2020

Study Block 5 > Monday 20th April – Friday 24th April 2020

Study Block 6 > Monday 1st June – Friday 5th June 2020

Between block weeks there will be a weekly group Skype call and also individual Skype tutorials to help you stay on track with your studies. Additionally, you’ll have a Placement Supervisor who’ll direct the work in your placement, so there is a lot of support for you throughout the course.


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:

  • Five GCSE’s (including English, see below) at grade C or above, or equivalent qualifications at level 2.
  • GCSE in English (Language or Literature) at grade C or above, or equivalent qualifications at level 2, including 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.
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Ruth Coffey

“‘I can’t do it!’ holds some of us back from unlocking our potential. ‘Yes, you can!’ and ‘We can help!’ are two phrases used to help our students find they can achieve much more than they imagined.”
Ruth Coffey,
Foundation Year Leader

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Courtney Martin

The Foundation Year course was completely invaluable to me, after coming straight from a high-pressured working environment back to full-time education. The theological training and support I received as a Foundation Year student, from both Moorlands College and my placement church, was outstanding and has equipped me practically for working in Christian ministry.

Throughout the Foundation Year, I learnt how to apply theory to practice, in relational and practical ways within my placement setting. I learnt more and more about what it is to really serve Jesus and his Church. I felt positively challenged to push myself in areas of my life I previously hadn’t, specifically in preaching, mentoring and evangelism. Above all, my love and passion to commit and spread the good news of Christ grew, as I was learning and studying his Word in ways I’d never previously experienced.

Before coming to Moorlands, I had only a basic understanding of how to compose an academic essay, as I’d never studied at this level. Initially, I felt quite apprehensive about this side of the course. However, the thoroughness and quality of the teaching enabled me to learn everything required to successfully write (and pass!) all my module assignments. I then progressed onto the first year of the BA (Hons) Applied Theology degree programme.

“Before coming to Moorlands, I had only a basic understanding of how to compose an academic essay… the thoroughness and quality of the teaching enabled me to learn everything required to successfully write (and pass!) all my module assignments.”

The transition to the degree was much easier having done the Foundation Year and it positively prepared me for the academic year ahead. I’m pleased to say I’ve successfully completed the first year of the degree and am now a second-year student! Foundation Year was extremely beneficial. It gave me the strong grounding I needed theologically, spiritually and practically to progress onto the full BA course. Praise be to God!

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