What and how do our students learn?

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When exploring any degree, a regular question is about the subjects that will be studied.  James, our Intensive Campus Tutor, explained “During the three years of the degree programme students will receive facilitated learning sessions covering a Biblical Studies module, a Theology module, and at least one Youth Work specialism module each year. On top of these students will look at Mission History, Mission in a Multicultural Pluralistic Society, and Themes in Culture and Sociology in Year One; Apologetics, and Forming Missional Communities in Year Two; and a Dissertation/Work Project in Year Three.”  You can find a more detailed list here on our website.

Each year will consist of six modules consisting of two assessment pieces to work out the module mark.  The training is highly pragmatic, yet academically stretching as any study at undergraduate degree level should be.

A similar question that frequently pops up is about the way we expect students to study if we don’t have a library on campus. On top of the class time that students spend listening, learning and discussing, James explains that a big part of the course is reliant on self-study. “During their time training with us students will be asked to purchase several books to further their learning within each module. These books will range from general works like McGrath’s Introduction to Christian Theology to more specialised books such as Powell, Mulder and Griffin’s Growing Young.”

Most modules will come with either recommended or required reading and students will also have access to excerpts from some other books that are useful for a given module as well as access to an online library resource called EBSCO. In addition to these, individual facilitators will recommend other books for students who desire to go deeper into subjects for either personal interest or to aid with assessments.

Students will also receive input on other online resources available to help access books, articles, or journals on a given subject.  There is an expectation that students will read and research beyond what is delivered in a classroom situation, to maximise their knowledge and understanding of topics relevant to their current and future ministry.

At first glance, much of this may feel daunting, but students will be fully supported along the way and guided as to what they need to do when.  With such small class sizes and easy access to class facilitators, there is no chance of students getting lost in a system and not being cared for, which gives them every opportunity to thrive and succeed.

James Yielder

James is on the Degree team and is our Formation Tutor for Reign Ministries. James graduated from Moorlands Theological College and worked as an Assistant Youth Minister at Knowle Parish Church near Solihull before joining Reign staff. James brings a passion to encourage students and attention to detail into his role as Formation Director. When not working with Reign, James leads the youth ministry with his wife in Aylesbury.

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