This five-week course helps to prepare those who want to add an understanding of Scripture Engagement issues to their professional skill set, as well as those who plan to work as specialists in this area.

18 November 2024 – 13 December 2024

Application deadline
31 August 2024

Price: £810


The course covers:

  • Barriers to Scripture Engagement
  • Languages in the Plan of God
  • Multilingualism and Scripture Engagement
  • Culture and Worldview
  • Paradigms for Understanding Worldviews
  • Contextualisation
  • Bridges and Barriers
  • Hermeneutics
  • How to Lead Oral Bible studies
  • Practical Digital Publishing including Scripture App Builder and making videos
  • Oral Storying (one-week practical course)


This is an excellent course for those who want an introduction to issues in Scripture Engagement. If you wish to train as a Scripture Engagement worker with Wycliffe/SIL or other partner agency, we recommend the Scripture Engagement pathway of our MA Language, Community and Development. That pathway incorporates this course as a validated module, along with two modules on Language and Culture Learning and Healthy Community Engagement, and Patterns and Approaches in Community Engagement. The latter covers:

  • Postcolonialism
  • Missiology
  • Research methods
  • Desktop publishing (for print and digital materials)
  • Health and community development issues, for example, HIV-AIDS and Trauma Healing
  • Marketing and Distribution principles and approaches
  • Inequalities and disadvantaged groups including refugee and diaspora communities
  • Working with non-majority Christian audiences e.g. Muslims


The course is taught in collaboration with Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International.

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:

  • An Honours degree at 2:2 or above. If your highest level of formal education was taken outside the UK, please see The University of Gloucestershire’s website for detailed information about entry requirements for international students.
  • GCSE in English (Language or Literature) at grade C or above, or equivalent, or an IELTS Academic Certificate with an overall score of 5.5, or equivalent 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 your formal education does not meet these requirements, but you have experience and non-certificated learning to the appropriate level, please get in touch with us to discuss your options.

You will need to show evidence of:

  • Prior learning, including the learning outcomes of the programme that you have achieved, and other relevant qualifications and experience, including evidence of how your studies have remained current.
  • A capacity to benefit from the study of practice, as part of your continuing professional or vocational development.
  • Sufficient academic ability.

Apply now

Please apply using the form below.  We’ll let you know in due course if your application has been accepted.  If your application is successful, we’ll ask you for a £50 non-refundable deposit. Full payment will be requested one month before the start of the course if you’re accepted.


Please note: In order for applications from non-UK/EEA to be processed in time, we request that applications made from countries outside the UK/EEA should be submitted at least 6 weeks before the start of the course (including references sent to the college). This is in order to give sufficient time for a visitor visa application to be processed, and required funds to be released for the commencement of the course.  Assistance with visa application will not be given.