Foundation Award (QDL)

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The Foundation Award is a level 4 introduction to the undergraduate course in theology, ministry and mission.

We know that many potential students have little or no academic background and are looking for a course that is accessible and engaging. In this Award, we ensure that key words and concepts are explained, and no prior theological learning is assumed.

All study material is provided online, so some IT skill is necessary. You will work with your designated personal tutor and have the opportunity to converse with other students via the internet, so it is possible to do this course anywhere in the world at a time and pace that suits you.

On completion students can decide to progress to the Certificate of HE or the Diploma of HE and eventually the BA (Hons). The Award is ideal for those who want to begin to explore Christian theology as an academic subject applied directly to life.

For the Foundation Award you will study three modules. The core modules on Biblical Studies and Ministry and Mission in Context are basic introductions to key Christian beliefs and practices. You will be introduced to scholarly biblical interpretation and experience how texts relate to contemporary life. You will research a community or congregation and reflect on the experience and practice of mission in context. You can then choose a module on Christian Doctrine or Human Development, learning to critically relate modern concepts to the Christian tradition.

Students normally enter the Foundation Award under one of the following categories:

  • At least 1 pass at Advanced level
  • OR 2 passes at Advanced Supplementary level
  • OR Other formal qualifications deemed to be equivalent to the above by the admissions committee

For any other applicant not meeting standard entry requirements:

- Applicants will be asked to produce a piece of theological writing that demonstrates their capacity for working at level 4 of undergraduate study. This may include satisfactory completion of a recognised Access course.

- All such applicants are required to satisfactorily complete a face-to-face interview (either in person or online). They should also supply at least two satisfactory references.

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.

Modular costs for the Foundation Award are charged on a per credit basis. This fee covers your distance tutor, any classes or groups, online materials and the university validation.

Full details are available on the fees part of our website, or our annual fee sheet may be downloaded to your desktop. This includes further guidance on the associated costs of studying theology, along with information on what benefits you may be entitled to as a student.