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 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.

“‘Studying at SBC has helped me to think both broader and deeper in areas that I might not have naturally considered. I believe this has given me a greater understanding of not only my own viewpoints but has also helped me to relate to others people’s viewpoints and made me more open to new ideas.”
Ally Heath, SBC Graduate 2018

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.

Admission Requirements

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.

During my time at SBC I’ve been challenged in numerous ways, all of it for the better. Knowing that God had brought me to SBC I wasn’t really sure what I had gotten myself into, but each class stretched me and helped to develop me and it has given me an amazing start in this journey that I am on with God.

The course was both difficult and thought provoking but I loved it. The support I received from both the staff and students at SBC was above and beyond anything I could have imagined.

I am sad not to be returning in September, but I know that once a student at SBC, you are never forgotten about.

Cindy Pollock

BD(Hons) Graduate, 2012