The BD in Theology with Pastoral Studies invites students to explore issues of Scripture and Christian belief, lived ethics, Christian spirituality, and mission. Students engage with the biblical story, and in a supportive context explore the range and richness of Christian theology and history in order to discover and develop ways of living out strong convictions and an informed faith.
The BD programme at SBC aims to be both informative and formative. This takes place when what is believed is earthed in practice and is shaped and developed in a supportive community context.
For those studying for Baptist ministry, the key competences required by both the Baptist Union of Scotland and the Baptist Union of Great Britain are integrated into the overall learning experience.
“A number of attributes that inform and shape character and attitudes are also embedded in the course.”
The BD programme is cumulative and developmental as indicated below. Participants can, however, exit with awards at the different levels. These levels correspond to the Scottish Qualification and Credit Framework where Level 7 is first year at University, Level 8 second year and so on.
The first year aims to provide a broad foundation in several key disciplines including biblical interpretation, Christian doctrine, church history and areas of practical theology. Students are engaged in interactive learning and supported throughout the first year to ensure they are gaining confidence in these subject areas.
Students continue to add to their knowledge and understanding by engaging with subjects such as Baptist identity (or equivalent studies in another Christian tradition), biblical studies, pastoral theology, preaching, mission and Christianity and culture. Several modules include off campus visits and opportunities to reflect on lived experience. Work Based Learning module enables students to engage with and reflect on service in a specific context.
I am close to completing my final year of the BD programme at the Scottish Baptist College. My experience so far is that I have been challenged by the views of others, staff and students alike.
Moreover, as a consequence of studying the various subjects, I have found myself reflecting over my understanding of my faith and beliefs. Things I had just accepted or assumed have been shored up by learning or rethought.
Ultimately, this college is expanding my academic knowledge base and my theology as I work through what and why I believe what I do, in an environment where I am given space to be me.
Alice McDermottGained the BD degree in 2014 and is now minister at St James Road Baptist Church
On this level, students are encouraged to think more critically and creatively from a number of perspectives.
Students use and develop existing knowledge to explore complex themes and issues. In a fractured world, what does the Sermon on the Mount have to say today? Why does reconciliation lie at the heart of Christian faith and practice? How can we sustain a ministry of caring and leadership, within and beyond the Church? Using the Bible and learning to interpret it responsibly, engaging in theological reflection and work based learning experience, pursuing ethical enquiry and pastoral insight, students are accompanied in a learning process that seeks to be transformative both of them and the wider community.
The Honours year provides the opportunity to integrate learning and increase confidence in exploring, discussing, formulating, defending, and revising arguments. Work Based Learning continues to be a key feature, with students choosing an area of personal development to form the basis of their placement. The dissertation encourages students to explore an area of personal interest through sustained reading, research and writing.
The general entry requirement for the Bachelor of Divinity programme is five Scottish National Qualifications, including three at Higher Level (one of which should be English). Applicants may be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent. Acceptance to this programme is conditional on a satisfactory admissions interview with the Programme Leader, and a reference indicating personal suitability.