Diploma of Higher Education Theology

Learning, teaching and assessment


Teaching and learning together

Our ultimate aim is not just to impart information but to work towards the transformation of students as they reflect with others on loving Christ more deeply in order to explain him simply. We pursue the enhancement of teaching and learning within the College by fostering:

• habits in the lecturer of reflective, self-critical intentionality and innovation
• an ethos in the classroom of directed, active and hospitable learning
• an ethos amongst the faculty of collegiality, teachability and servant leadership
• an ethos in the College of teachability, servant leadership and worship


Study hours and make up of study

Within Higher Education, it is generally understood that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, shared between class time, pre-class reading, private study and assessment.

This means that a 10 credit module = 100 hours of study. So for the DipHE, 240 credits = 2400 study hours over the course of the programme as a whole.

In-class learning involves lectures, seminars, discussions, worked examples and presentations. Out-of-class study involves reading, reflecting, researching, writing assignments, group projects and revision for exams.


Learning, teaching and assessment

The College aims to provide a learning experience which is demanding and exhilarating, reflecting the highest academic standards as well as excellence in pedagogy. Our programmes have been commended for their commitment to integrating the academic and practical aspects of training for ministry vocations. Additionally, the College has been commended for excellence in teaching biblical languages and biblical studies. Students experience this through a rich and varied learning experience which encompasses lectures, seminars, language classes, field trips, placements and a range of formative and summative assessments. Through these assessments, the College aims to provide all students with an equal opportunity to demonstrate their achievement of Threshold Learning Outcomes (at module level) and Programme Learning Outcomes. Underlying all of the College’s programmes is a commitment both to information and to transformation, and a belief that the sub-disciplines within Theology are integrated within the framework provided by scripture, which can and does speak into every area of life. 

You will be awarded the DipHE Theology once you have attained grade ‘C’ or better in modules worth 240 credits at Level 4+, including all of the compulsory modules. At least 100 of these 240 credits must be at Level 4 and at least 100 must be at Level 5. Where timetabling and successful completion of pre-requisites allow, the remaining 40 credits may be chosen from the selection of option modules available at Levels 4 and 5 (in the CertHE year) and Levels 4, 5 and 6 (in the DipHE year).

A student registered for the DipHE may decide to leave College before the end of their programme. After one year full time or two years part time, given the appropriate modules studied and credit total, a student could exit and be awarded a CertHE Theology. Credits gained beyond this award may be used towards any future programme under the national Credit Accumulation & Transfer Scheme (CATS).

You may also decide to extend your studies in order to gain a ‘higher’ award than the DipHE and there will be a formal opportunity to discuss this possibility during the Spring term.