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Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Course Description

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theology, Ministry and Mission is designed primarily for individuals preparing for or already involved in authorized Christian ministry or service. It is a vocational award offered by the Cambridge Theological Federation in partnership with the University of Durham (Common Awards). The BA is available in either full-time (three years) or part-time (four to six years). The BA course provides an education in theology, ministry and mission in and for a variety of contexts.

Further information about this award is available from the Cambridge Theological Federation.

Entrance Requirements

Entry to this programme requires students to fulfil the admission criteria stipulated by Durham University: at least three A-Levels or equivalent. Graduates in other subjects may enter the BA programme at Level 4. For those who qualify with accredited prior learning, it may be possible to enter the programme at Level 5. The Director of Studies will be able to advise you. Candidates, for whom English is a second language, must have an overall minimum IELTS grade of 6.5.

Teaching and Learning

The BA offers a rich variety of subjects in theology and ministerial practice taught by a wide range of teachers through lectures, classes, and structured asynchronous learning. Many subjects are team-taught by teachers from across the Cambridge Theological Federation, including Westcott House, but some draw on the talents of people with expertise from outside the Federation. The programme is made up of 10 and 20 credit modules across core areas of theology and ministry to a total of 360 credits.


Summative assessment (coursework for credit) may take the form of essays, portfolios, presentations, independent learning projects and language examinations. Formative assessment (in-course feedback which is unmarked and not for credit) is undertaken as well during the course of all modules to support student learning. The specific mode of formative assessments varies from module to module.

Integration with Training for Ministry

In addition to the BA, candidates for licensed ministry are required by the House to participate fully in the formational life of Westcott House, attend Ministry for Life and Short Intensive Courses, and complete contextual training through attachments and placements.