Foundation degree description
Foundation degrees are essentially workplace-based, practical degrees at entry level where formal learning is applied to life skills and experience. They are ideal for those who want to apply what they learn in practical ways. Foundation degrees are designed to meet the needs of those who have little or no previous academic experience but who are keen to learn new ideas and skills. Upon successful completion of the FdA, students have the option to study for a further year to gain a BTh honours degree in Ministerial Theology.
Most students will complete a foundation degree in two years; this is because the work you do in your local church or community counts towards the credits you will need to successfully complete the course.
There are also specially designed study days for evangelists, worship leaders, pastoral assistants, and preachers.
Long and short ministry placements
All students undertake a long ministry placement for the duration of the Foundation degree. This will normally be the student's home church where a local mentor will be appointed. The local mentor will be someone who knows you and your Christian ministry. In addition to your University attendance you will be expected to spend a minimum of eight hours per week term time in your long ministry placement.
Students also have a short ministry placement in another church or ministry context. These are carefully chosen in consultation with the student and the local mentor to ensure a rich and valuable experience.
Teaching takes place on each Tuesday evening from 6.30pm to 9.00pm during term time and on a number of Saturdays from 9.30am to 3.30pm.
The recommended book for the whole programme is Croft, Steven and Roger Walton (2005), Learning for Ministry: Making the Most of Study and Training, London: Church House Publishing.