Foundation Degree and Bachelor of Art in Theology Mission and Evangelism
The Light College is an official partner of the University of Chester and offers full degrees in Theology, Mission and Evangelism accredited, validated and awarded by the the University of Chester.
These degree courses are open to students wanting to gain not only a recognised degree, but also real experience and understanding of evangelism means in the 21st century. They are unique courses – academically challenging and faith affirming. They combines university lectures with hands-on evangelism experience giving students the knowledge and skills necessary for church jobs, ministerial careers, community work or further academic study at postgraduate level.
At The Light College, students join a vibrant learning community taking part in placements, residential weekends and weekly web sessions designed to broaden the experience of theology and evangelism. We try to be creative with teaching and assessments. Students. will find themselves not only in in classic lectures, but on thought-provoking practicals, conducting field research, organising projects and presenting their ideas to their peers in an enriching and stimulating learning environment.
We believe that evangelism is for everyone and so our students herald from a wide range of contexts and church backgrounds. We have people aged 18 to 80, novices to experienced and gifted thinkers to those who find traditional study challenging.
All students study together and become University of Chester graduates. Both courses combine fun and challenging lectures with input from a range of practitioners, qualified tutors and practising evangelists giving students the knowledge and skills necessary for church work, ministerial careers, community work or further academic study.
The course can be accessed from anywhere across the UK, either full-time or part-time. Every student will have a negotiated placement as an integral part of each year giving them both a taste of new skills and also practical skills on the job. Placements will typically be in the students’ locality and with a church or agreed agency. Current examples are youth work, homeless work, street evangelism, community work, chaplaincies, arts and drama, prison, community work, alpha courses, preaching, festivals to name just a few.
Full-time students can access the course from anywhere in the UK: they can choose to remain at their home church or decide to move to Chester where there is a cluster of full-timers on placement together. Being in a cluster often means that you work on a placement and study with others with an added element of regular discipleship and worship.
Part-time students usually remain in their home location and join the course as distance-learners. For them, finding support, inspiration, encouragement and like-minded people as they study is a key part of the experience. A local placement fits with their pattern of life, either as a regular part-time weekly activity or as a block placement. Many part-time students will be working or doing something alongside the course.
Each year we agree to take a specific number of students on these courses; we are looking for the right people who are willing to learn and grow in their faith, not just do a course.
What do people do after this course?
Graduates on this course have an excellent track record in finding employment in Christian or charity sectors, becoming church leaders or furthering their academic careers in Theology. The Light College has approved avenues for our graduates to complete postgraduate study.
Apply – Open Days or Visit
Every year, we organise open days where prospective students can come and meet some of the team and explore the course. For all applications or to arrange a visit, contact Deri Fabian, our admissions tutor firstname.lastname@example.org
Current fees are significantly lower than the standard University fees. This is made possible by the support of a committed group of people who are convicted about the gospel making sense to people around us and who want the church to equip its evangelists. For 2019 fees contact email@example.com
The Light Project does run a bursary for students who would struggle to meet these fees and this is ‘means-tested’ meaning it will vary according to your income
Both full-time and part-time courses are eligible for student loans. www.studentfinance.direct.gov.uk