Bachelor of Divinity: Pathway A
- Entry is open to any adult capable of studying at undergraduate degree level who wishes to develop his or her theological education.
- The course aims to meet the needs of the lay apostolate and the needs of religious communities, however people from all denominations and faiths are most welcome to apply.
The Programme began as B.A. (Divinity) in 1990 and the first students graduated in 1995. Every year since then there have been between twenty and thirty students successfully completing their degrees. Some have gone on to a teaching qualification, others have gone on to Masters degrees, and many have continued in their present walk of life, helping in parish catechesis, or simply becoming more articulate lay members of their local church and more confident and coherent apostles in their place of work.
Students are typically from all walks of life, aged 18–75, married, single, and religious. Some have strong academic backgrounds; others have done little academic work since leaving school. The Programme provides an academic formation specialising in Catholic theology and also develops the religious formation of the students so that they may participate more fully in the life and mission of the Church.
- to provide an academic formation in Catholic theology in order to develop a thorough understanding of Christian doctrine
- to develop a critical sense and academic judgement so as to evaluate different theological positions
- to help those participating to discover and realise their vocation in the Church
- to nourish each person's spiritual life through the enlightenment that comes from revelation.
Courses commence in September consisting of two residential weekends and one residential week per year. Between residential periods students work from home, writing eight essays per year. Academic grades are based on the essays and an examination at the end of each year.
Modules of study are taken on:
- History of Philosophy
- Systematic Philosophy
- Holy Scripture
- Fundamental Theology
- Dogmatic Theology
- Moral Theology
- Spiritual Theology
- Liturgical and Sacramental Theology
- Patrology and the History of the Church
- Canon Law
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