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Theology and Worship Studies

London School of Theology

UCAS Code: WS05 | Diploma

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GCSE/National 4/National 5

In addition to two A-Levels at grade C or above, applications must also have three different GCSE passes at grade C or above (one GCSE must be English), or equivalent alternatives.

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Full-time | 2024

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2 years | Blended learning (full-time) | 2024

4 years | Blended learning (part-time) | 2024

4 years | Part-time | 2024


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**Theology and Worship Studies is a combined and integrated programme designed to build knowledge and skills in Christian worship. Students will be equipped to reflect on, plan and deliver worship across a broad range of church contexts, from a theologically informed perspective.**

Offered by the Music and Worship department, the Theology and Worship Studies programme is unique in Europe. Key to the programme is the intentional integration of theology and worship studies. Students are offered a wide-ranging curriculum, encompassing training in practical worship ministry, historical studies, fieldwork, and case studies, together with essential theological study.

The programme, offered at Certificate, Diploma and Degree levels, is specifically targeted at those with a keen interest in worship ministry, broadly defined. Applicants might already have some experience, perhaps playing or singing in musical worship, using other artistic forms in worship, or being involved in planning and leading full worship services.

Essential to the programme are music for worship modules, designed to strengthen and consolidate vocal and instrumental skills, specifically for use in the context of musical worship. Designed for those wishing to grow in musical proficiency, and who perhaps have some previous experience of singing and/or playing in worship. Through weekly group classes, students will strengthen their vocal skills and their ability to lead worship using their voice. Students will grow in vocal confidence, technical skill, improvisation, presentation, and worship leadership, all applied across a range of music styles and worshipping traditions. Students will also take instrumental skills, with the option to focus on either keyboard or guitar throughout the three years. Learning will take place in weekly group classes and students will become proficient in providing musical accompaniment for worship on their chosen instrument.

The Theology and Worship Studies programme builds knowledge and practical skills across a broad spectrum of worshipping traditions, styles, and contexts. Students will grow as reflective worship practitioners and scholars and will be equipped for a wide range of careers, including worship leading, church ministry, teaching, and further academic study. A range of stimulating module options caters for individual skills and interests.

Faculty members include leading practitioners and thinkers in worship, theology, and related fields. This wealth of experience, combined with a rigorous approach to the integration of worship studies with theological and biblical insights, promises a challenging, but rewarding and enjoyable programme of study.

**Time Commitment**
Full-time students are expected to commit around 40-50 hours per week to their studies. For students studying on campus, lectures will take place between 9am – 6pm on Mondays to Fridays. This equates to around 12 hours of lectures and 30 hours of personal study time. Students are expected to complete the BA in 3 years.


Core Modules:
Person and Work of Christ, Jesus and the Gospels, Genesis Prophets and God, Spiritual Theology 2, Corporate Worship Studies, Congregational Worship Studies: Theory and Method.

Optional Modules:
Youth and Worship, Multimedia and Multisensory, Rehearsing for Worship, Songwriting, Ethnomusicology, Ensemble Performance, Sequencing and Arranging, Music Philosophy and God, Relational Theology, Sin Grace and Eschatology, Scripture Exegesis and Hermeneutics, Pastoral Care, Old Testament Hebrew 1, New Testament Greek 1a, Preaching.

Music for Worship:
Vocal Studies, Instrumental Skills.

Assessment methods

Because we are seeking a broad range of learning in the programme, assessment takes a variety of forms as appropriate to the topic being studied both for Onsite and Distance Education / Online students: ▪ Essays, which allow a student to develop a line of thought around a set question or topic. ▪ Presentations to a class, which can include written notes of the presentation. ▪ Quizzes and tests, which focus on particular areas of knowledge and understanding and take place in the classroom. ▪ Examinations, which may be ‘unseen’ or ‘seen’ in advance of sitting the paper. These permit a range of material to be assessed, notably in courses which have a strong survey or content focus. These are formally assessed and take place under exam conditions. ▪ Sermon scripts or other teaching material, especially where a module focuses on developing skills in oral communication with others. ▪ Theological reflection on practice, which brings together theory and practice. This can take a journal form or a specific reflection on a particular incident or issue. ▪ Portfolio of material of a variety of kinds, which enables students to engage with wide-ranging assessments. ▪ Level 6 project of a variety of kinds, undertaken by all students, provides the opportunity for you to explore a particular issue in more depth with guidance and supervision provided by an appropriate faculty member. ▪ Musical examinations – These can be in the form of a recital, performance, rehearsal, and other live forms of examination. ▪ Compositions – These consist of musical scores written or on Sibelius, and also Logic arrangement files and audio.

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Extra funding

Raising Theologians Scholarships

Support for Theological Training – Applications are open. Scholarships will only be awarded to students who have been accepted to study at London School of Theology.
London School of Theology offers a range of annual scholarships to students able to demonstrate financial need, exceptional academic ability / potential, or both. London School of Theology also offers bursaries for students in financial need, but these are only available for students once they have commenced their studies with us.
Our Raising Theologians Awards are available at undergraduate and postgraduate level and across all programmes. They include scholarships covering fees and / or accommodation for one or more years.
To apply for a scholarship with London School of Theology you should already have been accepted for a place to study with us.

Am I eligible?
To qualify for an undergraduate financial need-based award, you must fulfil the following criteria:
Have a family income as assessed by Student Finance England at below £35,001
Not be in receipt of a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan from Student Finance England

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