Tuition

We believe training for ministry and mission should be as accessible as possible. We have always subsidized the cost of study but starting from the year 2022-2023 we’re subsidizing the cost even further in order to open up the feasibility to study on a degree course for as many people as possible (see this blog on how we arrived at this decision). Combined with our online distance option making our full-time and part-time courses more flexible, we are committed to opening our welcoming and accepting learning community to as many people as possible.

Annual Fees 22/23 (subject to inflationary increase)

Study TypePrice

Full-time undergraduate:

£1835 per year with SAAS funding*

Part-time undergraduate:

£600 per module**

Modular Students:***

£500 per module

SAAS Funding Notes:

*The vast majority of our students receive SAAS funding either through being eligible as a Scottish resident and taking a degree for the first time or being eligible as training for ministry as a second degree. If you are not eligible for SAAS you would be responsible for the full fee rate of £3600 per year. Find out more about SAAS here: https://www.saas.gov.uk/full-time/funding-information-undergraduate

**You may be eligible for a part-time fee grant (PTFG) from SAAS but as this is means-tested we cannot guarantee your level of funding. At present, the eligibility criteria states you must earn under £25,000 pa. gross and your level of funding depends on the number of modules you take. If you qualify, the PTFG may fund around half of your fees. Changes in the way the PTFG is applied for means that when applying to the PTFG, you may need to select UWS as the institution – this can be discussed at the time of application. More information can be found on the SAAS website: https://www.saas.gov.uk/part-time/undergraduate-funding

Modular Study Notes:

***Please note that modular students cannot graduate from a course of study and are not eligible for SAAS funding. If you are planning to gain a qualification (certificate, diploma, degree, or honours degree) you will be classed as a part-time student rather than a modular student. Part-time fees will be calculated depending on the number of modules taken per year.

Funding

Our main stream of subsidizing fees is from generous individual donors and individual Baptist churches around Scotland. We do not receive funding directly from any other source such as a denominational body (though ministry candidates may get some additional funding from their denomination). As a ‘private College’ (i.e. not a state-funded University), we do not get full (government) funding. However, as an individual student, presently full-time students get £1765 per year towards fees (part-time students may get a part-time fee grant on application to SAAS). This covers almost half of your overall fees.

There are a number of other options for funding. 

1. If you already have a degree and studying at SBC is a second degree for ministry, then SAAS may cover your fees (or part of them). Their wording is as follows:

“If you are looking to do a second degree in divinity, which leads to a qualification (for example, BA divinity or BA theology), we may be able to pay your tuition fees if you meet the following conditions.
a recognised church or religious body (for example, Christianity, Islam, Judaism) accept you as a ‘bona fide candidate’ for the ministry and
you do not receive more than seven years’ full funding in total at higher education level for both your previous and current course.”
See here for more information and get in contact if you think this might be a option for you. 

2. SAAS via the Student Loans Company (SLC) also allows you to take out a loan for living expenses . You can get around £5000-6000 and some students choose to use this to go towards fees (although as a loan, this is repayable depending on future earnings – see here for info). 

3. SAAS provides some information on other sources of funding and trust funds – we suggest you look through these for any that might apply. 

4. You may already have thought about this – we recommend considering approaching your church or church members to ask for support. Studying theology is often a calling and a lifelong mission – don’t be surprised if people want to invest in your calling!

Registration Fees

The registration fees below take account of this categorisation. Registration fees are charged by the University of the West of Scotland and passed on directly from the Scottish Baptist College to UWS.

YearFull Time FeePart Time Fee
All FT/PT Years£200£150
Modular StudentsN/A First module £40 pm thereafter

Other Costs

Students who undertake the Work-based Learning modules are required to join the Disclosure Scotland PVG scheme (i.e. full-time and part-time students on the BD course at levels 7, 8, and 9 and any modular students). This can result in a one-off cost of £59 or £19 depending on whether a student only requires an upgrade to an existing membership or if they need to join the scheme. Further details will be given upon progressing to this module.