About the course

The autumn Taster Module scheme at St Augustine’s allows you to take a single 20 credit Introduction to Biblical Studies module from our undergraduate programme in theology, ministry and mission without university accreditation. However, most students on this scheme decide to enrol fully onto our undergraduate programme (i.e. with university accreditation) after successfully completing this module.

This biblical studies course option is often used by people who are considering ordained or licenced ministry, but who are not yet on a church-sponsored ministerial programme and are unfamiliar with theological study. You are expected to undertake several hours of private study per week and to complete normally two assignments per module.

For further details on this module see Revd Dr Alan Gregory talking about the class.

You can choose to study this module either through Evening classes (6:30-9pm):

Mondays at Southwark (*5, 12, 19, 26 September; 3, 10, 17, 31 October – reading week 24 October & 7, 14, 21 November); or

Wednesdays online (*7, 14, 21, 28 September; 5, 12, 19 October – 26 October reading week & 2, 9, 16, 23 November); or

Fortnightly teaching days Fridays at Malling Abbey (16 & 30 September; 14 October – reading week 28 October; 4 & 18 November)

Note: online induction event 3 September (10am -12 exact time tbc)


You will attend either evening classes or teaching days and normally complete two assignments for each module. You will take one module per term.

As well as covering all the traditional theological disciplines, the programme provides opportunities to develop skills in theological reflection able to ground a faith based perspective on every aspect of daily life.

You should expect to devote at least 10 hours of independent study per week.

What will I study?

Introduction to Biblical Studies

This module introduces you to the contemporary study of Scripture. You learn how to use the major critical tools that scholars employ to interpret the Bible. You shall study how these critical techniques have developed and so understand the story of modern biblical criticism. In this way, this module introduces you to the most important issues raised for Christian life and worship by the study of Scripture.

Higher-level modules

For an overview of higher-level modules, visit our Further Undergraduate Study page (Levels 5 and 6) or our Postgraduate Studies page.

Please Contact Us if you would like more information on our biblical studies course.


Studying the Introduction to Biblical Studies module with Simon Stocks opened up a whole new world of scripture understanding. I compared it to being like a sponge put into a warm bath and soaking up the knowledge that now enables me to explain my faith!

Read the rest of Vicki’s story here.
Vicki Independent Student