Studying theology at university takes commitment. It takes time and energy to seriously study any subject and theology is no different; it takes effort and discipline to learn how to get the most out of your Bible; and it’s an investment to train well and earn a quality theological education.

The reason for our fees

Generally faith-based theological education institutions are private colleges meaning they are not fully funded by the Government. Most theological colleges are in the same boat and so we’re not unique in this regard. Even though SBC is validated by the University of the West of Scotland and passes through the same kind of quality assurance as any other university department, our students are not eligible for funding from the Scottish Funding Council. This is why we have to advertise our fees and this is why we have a shortfall between funding available and the cost of providing degree-level theological education.

Our commitment to students

We do our utmost to keep fees low and to make funding available.

  1. We have a low base for student fees compared to other providers as student fees are already subsidized by approximately £1000 when compared to delivery cost.
  2. We can create a payment plan to spread the fees throughout the academic year meaning the monthly amount is more manageable than the overall rate.
  3. We attract a special rate from SAAS (£1765 instead of the usual £1205 for private colleges), so if you’re eligible for SAAS funding then that helps offset some of the fees. SAAS funding is also available for our degree programme even as a second degree if it is being used in pursuit of training for ministry.
  4. You can also access SAAS/SLC loans – yes these are repayable once you graduate and earn over the threshold amount (changes year-by-year but is currently around £25,000) but it can help you spread the cost of studying beyond the duration of your course.
  5. BUS Baptist Ministry candidates on an accreditation route are funded up to 1/3 (approx. £2000)
  6. Furthermore, beginning in September 2021 we’ve committed additional money to our bursary fund – awards of up to £2000 are available for successful applicants to the bursary scheme.

Payment Illustrations

These are illustrations only and based on full-time study* but they might help to visualise budgeting for fees depending on your circumstances.

Overall fees per annum – £6365

Made up of SBC fees per annum £6165 + UWS Registration per annum £200

Funding options (in these illustrations £2000 of SLC loans are considered but the loan amount can be up to £6000 as living costs are taken into account).

Funding illustration A: Full-time student training for BUS ministry, eligible for SAAS and SBC Bursary (no loans)

FundingRemaining from £6365
SAAS – £1765
£4600
SBC Bursary – £2000
£2600
BUS ministry training funding – £2000
£600
Personal funding (e.g. work, church support, savings) – £600

Funding illustration B: Full-time student eligible for SAAS and SBC Bursary (with SLC loans)

FundingRemaining from £6365
SAAS – £1765
£4600
SBC Bursary – £2000
£2600
Repayable SLC Loan – £2000
£600
Personal funding (e.g. work, church support, savings) – £600

Funding Illustration C: Full-time student not eligible for SAAS (with SLC loans)

FundingRemaining from £6365
SBC Bursary – £2000
£4365
Repayable SLC Loan – £2000
£2365
Personal funding (e.g. work, church support, savings) – £2365

In this scenario, the SBC payment plan could spread the payments over 3 installments of approx. £780 or over 8 months of the academic year which works out at approx. £295 per month.

Funding Illustration D: Full-time student eligible only for SAAS (choosing not to take SLC loans)

FundingRemaining from £6365
SAAS – £1765
£4600
Personal funding (e.g. work, church support, savings) – £4600

In this scenario, the SBC payment plan could spread the payments over 3 installments of approx. £1530 or 8 months of the academic year which works out at approx. £575 per month.

*Part-time fee are worked out pro-rata depending on the number of modules being studied. Likewise, there is SAAS funding through a part-time fee grant but again this varies depending on study and circumstances.

SBC Bursary Fund

Our Bursary fund is designed to help those who most need assistance in accessing theological education across Scotland. The bursary contribution is towards full-time fees only (i.e. not for living expenses) but in exceptional circumstances may be considered for part-time students on a full course of study. The bursary will only be offered if other streams of funding have also been considered e.g. SAAS, SLC loans, church and denominational funding. The award of a bursary will be at the discretion of a panel of SBC governors and College bursar after the completion of an application and interview. Further information can be given on application.