This foundation degree is specifically designed for people who have little or no previous academic experience but who are keen to learn new ideas and skills. There is the option, upon successful completion of the FdA, to study for a further year to gain a BTh honours degree in Ministerial Theology.
All students undertake a long ministry placement for the duration of the Foundation degree. This will normally be at the student's home church where a local mentor will be appointed. Your local mentor will provide support and supervision and they will be someone who knows you and your Christian ministry. Roehampton teaching staff will also visit you in your church.
You will also have a short ministry placement in another church or ministry context, which is carefully chosen in consultation with your local mentor to ensure a rich and valuable experience. 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.
You will join a large Ministerial Theology student body, ranging from foundation level to PhD, and benefit from Roehampton's historical roots as an institution with strong connections to the Church. Chapel is held regularly during term and students are encouraged to attend and participate. All of our ministry students become members of our Whitelands College and benefit from the chaplaincy facilities available there.
Teaching takes place out of working hours giving you the space to manage your other commitments. Staff have a wide range of research interests and expertise, but particular specialisms include African Christianity, Christian Education, Congregational Studies, Ecclesiology, Pentecostalism, New Testament and Transnational Churches.
In your first year, you will develop your understanding of the nature of the Old and New Testament scripture and familiarity with the theory and practice of relating scripture to both the historical and contemporary context. You will also address the question "What is Ministry?" and reflect on your own spiritual journey. Other modules include Navigating Church History and Christian Doctrine.
In your second year, you will begin a ministry placement and continue to develop your ability to observe, describe, analyse and evaluate your own ministry practice. You can develop your understanding of Christian ethics, reflect on how Christians theologise about encounter with other faiths, develop your theology and practice of preaching and explore liturgy and liberty in worship. The Short Ministry Placement puts you in a different ministry context allowing you to experience how other Christian traditions do church.
If you wish to continue into third year, in order to gain a Bachelor of Theology you can investigate the theology and practice of pastoral care, consider how different theologies have developed around the world or learn about the art and science of biblical interpretation - hermeneutics. You can also choose between studying a topic of particular interest to you in-depth as a special essay or undertake a dissertation, where you will produce a sustained piece of theological reflection on an aspect of Christian ministry.