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FAQ’s

Christian theology applied.
We answer some of your more common questions about things like placements, application referees and study timetables.

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Do you offer distance learning courses?
What are your entry requirements?
What fees will I need to pay?
Can I get Student Finance support to help pay for my fees?
Do you offer any bursary funding?
As an overseas student, what do I need to be aware of?
What are the differences between placement-based and campus-based study?
Can I visit the college before applying?
Is there anything I need to hand before I begin the application form?
Who should I have as my referees on my application form?
How do placements work?
What does a typical day look like for a BA student?
What are the term dates?
Can I do part-time work alongside my studies?


Do you offer distance learning courses?
Both of our BA (Hons) courses are available as placement-based options, whilst our MA in Applied Theology involves short study blocks at the Christchurch Campus during the first two years. This provides you with the convenience of being based in a location of your choice, for the majority of the time, and attending college study blocks at regular intervals.

We’ve had students successfully complete these courses whilst based in all sorts of locations, including the Isle of Man, the Shetlands, Cornwall and Northern Ireland.

What we don’t offer are remote-only BA or MA courses, and for good reason. We believe that relational maturity is a crucial part of achieving a balanced, effective and faithfully-biblical education—alongside academic, spiritual and practical growth. This means that all of our courses, in one way or another, bring you together regularly with like-minded Christians—both fellow students, and college staff—to support and stretch you in your studies.

Find out more:
Courses at a glance


What are your entry requirements?
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.

Beyond this, typical entry requirements (including English language requirements) will vary according to the course. You’ll find exact requirements listed towards the bottom of each course page.

Find out more:
Foundation Year
BA (Hons) Applied Theology
BA (Hons) Applied Theology (Youth & Community Work)
MA Applied Theology


What fees will I need to pay?
Current tuition fees and related costs for all Moorlands College courses, locations and modes of study are available to download from our Fees and finances page.

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Fees and finances
Student Finance website


Can I get Student Finance support to help pay for my fees?

Student loans from the UK government are available to eligible students on the full-time BA (Hons) degree programmes (including the Foundation Year, if taken as the first year of a four-year degree), and also to those studying our MA in Applied Theology.

Please note that the loans may not cover the full amount of your fees.

Find out more:
Fees and finances
Student Finance website


Do you offer any bursary funding?

You’ll need to be able to demonstrate that you’re able to fund the course from the beginning of your studies. We do have Student Bursary and Hardship Funds, but these are normally only available to students after their first year of study with us.

Find out more:
Fees and finances


As an overseas student, what do I need to be aware of?
If you’re an EU student, you can apply for either of our BA courses in the normal way, via the undergraduate application form. We’re currently unable to sponsor non-EU students.

We welcome students from any country on to our MA course, although we’re unable to sponsor people for a student Visa. As such, if you already have a legal means of remaining in the UK, you can apply for the course. Students living outside of the UK could attend study blocks on a tourist Visa, should travel to/from our Christchurch Campus be practical.

If in doubt, or for more information, please contact our Admissions department via email at admissions@moorlands.ac.uk


What are the differences between placement-based and campus-based study?
Knowing that God calls every student to an individual ministry, we offer two distinctive modes of study to help provide you with the best possible learning environment: placement-based and campus-based. If you’re not quite sure which is right for you, there’s more info and some guidance on the BA courses: campus- or placement-based? page.

Find out more:
BA courses: campus- or placement-based?
Courses at a glance


Can I visit the college before applying?
Yes, we actively encourage it! We host a number of Open Days every academic year, giving you the opportunity to come along and find out more about our courses, to meet staff and students, and to have a tour of our location. All Open Days include a free lunch, and guests are welcome; please just book in advance here.

Find out more:
Open Days

(If you can’t make an Open Day, you can visit the college informally instead. Please email admissions@moorlands.ac.uk and they will be happy to make an appointment.)


Is there anything I need to hand before I begin the application form?
Yes, although you can save your application form as you progress, and come back to it later, it’s a good idea to have everything you need to hand. If you’re applying for either a BA or the MA course, we’ll ask you for…

  • A passport-style photograph, ready to upload.
  • A list of your previous education and employment details.
  • A written statement (up to 750 words), describing why you’re thinking about Christian training, what major factors have helped you most in your spiritual development and growth, and why you feel Moorlands College is the right place for you.
  • The contact details of three referees, including your home church leader.

Find out more:
Apply for an undergraduate BA course
Apply for the postgraduate MA course


Who should I have as my referees on my application form?
Three references are required from mature Christian adults who know you well. Typically, these are your church leader(s) and mentors who have known you for at least one year, and know something of your background and Christian journey. Your references cannot be from a family member or from current Moorlands College students or staff.


How do placements work?
There are plenty of occasions for BA students to put theory into practice within a variety of Christian organisations and churches. All students (including campus-based) have to complete a certain number of hours on placement, whilst additional opportunities help them to develop their particular areas of interest even further. These include five-week placement opportunities in the second year (anywhere in the UK), and third year (anywhere in the UK or overseas), depending on the course and mode of study chosen.

If you’re applying for the placement-based course, we encourage you to have chosen your placement organisation or church beforehand, wherever possible. If this isn’t practical, we may be able to help arrange one for you, before your course begins, using our network of UK contacts.

Find out more:
BA courses: campus- or placement-based?
College life
Courses at a glance


What does a typical day look like for a BA student?
A typical day varies, depending on whether students are campus-based, placement-based at Christchurch, or placement-based at one of our regional centres. (The Courses at a glance page provides a helpful overview of the key similarities and differences between these study options and locations.)

College days for placement-based students are usually crammed with lectures, to make the most of the available teaching time. Many students thrive on this intensity. ‘Extras’, including prayer and worship sessions, may also be a feature of students’ time together. Placement-based students attending the campus on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays are also encouraged to attend the morning Chapel, which provides a time of corporate worship, prayer, and a sermon from a visiting speaker or a member of staff.

Campus-based students have their teaching spread throughout a typical academic week. There are usually lectures scheduled in for mornings and afternoons, with lunch and short breaks inbetween. Wednesday afternoons are set aside for meeting up (or venturing out) with tutor groups, as well as for work duties. Chapels take place on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings, to which campus-based students are encouraged to attend. They’re valuable times set aside for corporate worship, prayer, and to hear sermons from visiting speakers and staff.


What are the term dates?
Our academic year typically runs from September to June. For term dates relating to each individual course, please download our college calendar below, or contact our Admissions team via admissions@moorlands.ac.uk

Latest College Calendar 2018-19


Can I do part-time work alongside my studies?
It’s usually recommended that your time at college be set aside for dedicated study, without the added pressure of earning an income. However, there are occasions when students who have chosen the placement-based option have continued to work, if their job is of such a nature that it can also serve as their placement organisation (as a part-time assistant pastor or youth worker, for example). Christmas, Easter and Summer holiday periods (approximately five months per year) also offer students the opportunity to work.