BA (Hons) Applied Theology

The BA (Hons) is a practical and Bible-based experience delivered by Moorlands College in partnership with South West Youth Ministries. This course will develop your thinking, sharpen your skills and deepen your character.

Training is delivered in nine one-week blocks per year. Six of these are at SWYM’s base in Torquay and three at Moorlands’ Christchurch Campus. Lecturers are experts in their field and will inspire you by passing on their experience, skills and knowledge so you can take the message of the Gospel to children or young people in the 21st century in engaging and relevant ways.

Carefully chosen placements give hands-on experience of ministry, and provide a context for wider learning and critical reflection on practice. Understanding the links between theory and practice are a key part of this course.

Course Overview

In year 1 (Level 4), all students will gain a broad understanding of youth, children’s, school’s and community work, with each assignment giving the student the opportunity to focus within their chosen area of ministry. In years 2 and 3 (Levels 5 and 6) there will be pathway-specific modules enabling the student to develop critical thinking and practice in their chosen area of ministry. Students will choose one of the following four pathways:

Youth Ministry

Exploring essential concepts of informal education, spiritual development, and developmental theories, students are introduced to the professional study of missional youth work. The various roles of the youth minister are analysed, with consideration given to working with groups, in teams, in church and in partnership with other organisations.

Community & Families

Drawing on Biblical perspectives, the course critically examines all-age communities, how families relate, parenting, issues around divorce and co-habitation, the professional skills required to function effectively as a family worker and, in fact, just about everything to do with working alongside families in the context of their community.

Children & Schools 

The opportunities and challenges of working with children and schools are examined against the background of Christian thinking and government policy. The programme helps you to build theologies of childhood, faith development and education that can underpin effective ministry. 

Missional Leadership

This course prepares the student for professional Christian service, and the interaction between theory and practice is a key feature. Critical reflection on extensive fieldwork elements enables you to develop professionalism in your practice, supported by a well conceived theoretical foundation.


Students will usually study the following modules:

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

  • New Testament 1
  • Old Testament 1
  • Hermeneutics
  • Christian Doctrine 1
  • Contexts of Faith
  • Church and Community
  • Practice 1B
  • New Testament 2
  • Old Testament 2
  • Christian Doctrine 2
  • The Effective Christian Leader
  • Lifespan and Community Development
  • Pathway Module
  • Practice 2B
  • Biblical Theology
  • Frameworks for Applied Theology
  • Pathway Module
  • Practice 3B

PLUS TWO of the following:

  • Management
  • Family Development and Interventions
  • Apologetics
  • Perspectives in Christian Counselling
  • Biblical Background
  • Reformation Texts & the Church Today

Course Dates

The course runs yearly and starts in September.

Course Fees
Annual course fees for 2018/19 are currently £6,885 (Student Finance available for £6,165). Moorlands requires students to pay an additional one-off registration fee of £310 when a place is offered. Please note that annual fees will rise in line with inflation.

Other Details
Having paid the student fee you will receive from your placement:

Pocket money of between £25-40 given each week. In total £1300-£2000 given back to you over the course of the year.

Food and Accommodation will be provided for you in full. This can vary but tends to be either a host family, shared house or flat/annex.

Travel expenses for work, cluster and conferences.

For more information
Please contact SWYM or fill in an interested form.