Introduction to the Programme
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 rooted in practice and is shaped and developed in a supportive community context.
Students study at SBC for many different reasons from across many different denominations and backgrounds. We do, however, partner with the Baptist Union of Scotland to provide training for accredited ministry. 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.
There are two ways to study at the Scottish Baptist College – on-campus and online. The first of these, on-campus delivery, is the traditional model where classes take place on-campus at our accrediting university, the University of the West of Scotland in Paisley. Classes take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings between 10am and 12:30pm. As part of our daily rhythm, we gather for coffee and devotions for 30 mins in the middle of the morning. Our commitment to learning communities mean that in-class interactions between students and lecturers are fundamental to learning from each other and therefore, learning together.
The second way to study at SBC is our online delivery. This hybrid model takes the best of the the on-campus experience in the quality of learning community and in access to resources and personnel but combines it with learning in your home context. Online learning for SBC doesn’t look like being left on your own to read books with few interactions and it doesn’t look like watching content pre-recorded or delivered from afar; instead we focus on developing an online learning community with real-time interactions and discussions. We gather together each week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:30pm over Zoom and deliver a similar learning experience as our on-campus classes. So there’s no commute and you can access the course from wherever you are located.
Shape of the Year
Our academic year begins in mid-September and runs to early May. Our terms are 15 weeks long with 12 weeks of classes and post-class assessment periods. Term 1 has 12 weeks of classes with one Reading Week (no classes which usually coincides with the local school October holiday – dependent on Council area) and runs until early December. Term 2 begins in late January or early February with 2 Reading Weeks (one at beginning of March and one at the beginning of April, again to coincide with one week of school Easter holidays) and ends at the beginning of May.
If on a degree course of study, Term 2 also contains a placement-based course as one of your classes.
Download SBC’s Undergraduate Prospectus 21-22 for a full list of modules.
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