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Independent Study


Thank you for your enquiry about studying theology as an independent student here at St John’s. St John’s has a long tradition of training independent students who are exploring God’s call to mission, ministry or church leadership, or who simply want to study to help them develop their understanding of Christian faith and witness.

Independent students can follow one of the undergraduate or postgraduate courses offered through the Midlands Institute for Children, Youth and Mission including the BA in Contextual Ministry and Practical Theology. MCYM courses are eligible for student finance. Others may wish to study on one of our new suite of Common Awards university validated distance learning programmes from level 4 to level 7, or one of the modules on the St John's Awards through the Certificate in Christian Studies

We are recruiting ordinands this academic year for our new evening and weekend, part-time ordination pathway.  

We are continuing to recruit and enrol students for our children and youth ministry, contextual ministry and distance learning programmes and welcome enquiries and applications for those.

If you want to base your training in your own church, we require approval and commitment from your church leaders. We can also explore other possible placement contexts for you if appropriate. We warmly welcome students training for ordination in denominations other than the Church of England.

‘The staff and faculty have always shown a devotion in making my time at St John's a good one, especially with respect for my desire to continue exploring overseas mission. College made this possible within the placements I have undertaken, they showed great flexibility with regards to me being an independent student and this has been a huge blessing.’



'The curriculum and modules reviewed remain valid, current and relevant, allowing students to critically engage with a wide spectrum of issues in Christian theology and mission and their place and practice in contemporary contexts. It also allows staff to bring their research interests and experience to bear upon these issues, adding valuable expertise and insight to the wider community of scholars and practitioners.'


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