The Foundation Course
While this course does not lead to a formal qualification, it will give you a taste of what degree level study looks like, and help you consider whether you might like to take training further.
The Foundation Course comprises 6 modules spread over two years – for those taking the course while over the first 4 years there was the chance to opt into one of 3 ‘mini-modules’ in May each year: because of the more specialised and interactive nature of these mini-modules, they are not available on-line.
1) Bible overview
2) Bible handling
- Making disciples
4) Reformation Theology
6) Church History
- Preaching (2)
- Walking with Jesus every day
- Life a a movie soundtrack (Reading Scripture in public worship)
The Year3 programme is designed as a ‘supplement’ to the Foundation Course, rather than something integral to it.
Instead of the uniform pattern of a series of modules taught from the front, Year3 comprises 3 different learning contexts.
There is a 7-part module on ‘Wisdom Literature’ which is taught by David Gibson.
There are three ‘study blocks’, each covering some 4 weeks or more, in which course participants are expected to read through material relating to a particular issue. These ‘study blocks’ are brought together in a concluding 90-minute seminar, led by one of the teaching team.
The issues addressed in these ‘study blocks’ are –
- The authority of Holy Scripture
- The integrity of Christian worship
- The priority of persuasive evangelism
3 half-day conferences provided a focal point for the issues addressed in the ‘study blocks’.
The final half-day conference rounds off the whole 3 year programme for participants.