Open Access Theological Studies

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[Please note that we are currently revising this part of the website, and the provision we are able to make for non-validated open access distance learning courses. Please bear with us - we hope to have more information in due course, but will probably not have programmes available until 2021.]

We offer a number of distance learning courses which can be offered in open access mode, that is, on occasional, irregular basis, rather than on a validated basis to achieve a formal academic.

Some study in this way for their own interest, or to be better equipped as Christians, or as a way to investigate and explore their own vocation. Others use the open access learning to test out their capacity for, or interest in, theological study, and therefore use it as a 'taster' in that way.

We know that many potential students have little or no academic background and they are looking for learning that is accessible and engaging.

We currently offer the following courses to be done in distance-learning mode:

  • Using the Bible Today
  • Introduction to Christian Doctrine
  • Foundations for Ministry
  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Ministry

Further modular details available on request - please contact

To apply for the course, please download and complete the following forms:

When completed, please send the relevant parts of the forms to

For further information on applying for Disabled Students' Allowance, and eligibility for it, please see our guidance here.

Fees for our open access non-validated courses are charged on a standard per course basis. This fee covers your distance tutor, any classes or groups, and any online materials.

Full details are available on the fees part of our website, or our annual fee sheet may be downloaded to your desktop.