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Foundation Year

Christian theology applied.
Our Foundation Year gains you direct access onto either of our BA courses. If you’ve been out of education for some time, or require the necessary qualifications for the BA, this is the course for you.

Course duration
1 year full-time

Location and mode of study

  • Christchurch: placement-based

Plus location of placement

Content of studies:

The Foundation Year is based at our Christchurch Campus, 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.


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

Entry requirements

All courses
To be considered for any Moorlands College course we expect you to have:

  • A clear leading from God;
  • a recommendation from your home or sending church;
  • a reasonable level of spiritual and personal maturity; and
  • some experience of Christian service.

Foundation Year

  • Five GCSE’s (including English) at grade C or above, or equivalent qualifications at
    level 2.

English language requirements

Competency in written and spoken English language will be essential in order to cope with the demands of your course. Therefore, you will be asked to provide us with some evidence that you are sufficiently competent in this area.

The minimum English language criteria for studying the Foundation Year and BA courses are:

  • GCSE in English (Language or Literature) at grade C or above; or
  • an IELTS Academic Certificate with an overall score of 6.0 with at least 6.0 in each of reading and writing; or
  • a nationally-recognised English language-based level 3 award, equivalent to these IELTS scores, from a different testing system.
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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

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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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