Taster Module in Biblical Studies

Find out what theological study is all about by undertaking a taster module. Learn alongside full-time students and dive into a varied and engaging exploration of Scripture.

Key info

  • Duration: Autumn term (September to November) 2023

  • Location: Southwark campus, West Malling campus or online
  • Entry requirements: None
  • Cost: £250
  • Find out more: Sign up to a Q&A session


Principal of St Augustine’s Rev Dr Alan Gregory chats about what students can expect from this exciting taster module.

About the course

This module introduces you to the contemporary study of Scripture through the Introduction to Biblical Studies module. Join fellow students in exploring some of the most important issues relating to Christian life and worship.

As part of your studies, you will learn how to use the major critical tools that scholars employ to interpret the Bible, allowing you to better understand the story of modern Biblical criticism.

As well as covering all the traditional theological disciplines, the programme provides opportunities to develop skills in theological reflection. Through your study experience, you’ll be able to develop a faith-based perspective on every aspect of daily life.

You’ll be attending classes and learning alongside full and part-time students and ordinands who are undertaking ordination training.

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

Theology student

Where will I be studying?

You can choose to study this module either in person or online through evening classes, or via in-person teaching days. Classes take place through the autumn term (September to November).

Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Day: Mondays

Location: Southwark campus


  • 2 September, induction session (10-12pm)
  • 4, 11, 18, 25 September
  • 2, 9, 16, 30 October (reading week on the 23th)
  • 6, 13, 20 November

Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Day: Wednesday
Location: Online


  • 2 September, induction session (10-12pm)
  • 6, 13, 20, 27 September
  • 4, 11, 18 October (reading week on the 25)
  • 1, 8, 15, 22 November

Time: 10:30am – 4:00pm
Day: Friday (fortnightly)
Location: West Malling campus


  • 8, 15 & 29 September
  • 13 October
  • Reading week 27 October
  • 3 & 17 November

Are you deciding whether theological study is for you? Rev Dr Simon Stocks explains how this taster module can help you answer the question.

Discover what it’s like to study at St Augustine’s

Come along to one of our open-day style taster events. Meet the staff, chat with fellow students, sit in on classes, and join us in worshipping together.

Frequently asked questions

At St Augustine’s, we believe we should make theological learning as accessible as possible. If you’re intrigued by theological study at university level but joining a full undergraduate programme feels like a big step, the taster module might be for you.

The autumn taster module scheme at St Augustine’s gives you an opportunity to test your appetite and aptitude for academic study without committing to a full programme. It allows you to take a single 20 credit Introduction to Biblical Studies module: part of our undergraduate programme in Theology, Ministry and Mission.

Many of our taster module students decide to enrol fully onto our undergraduate programme (i.e. with university accreditation) after successfully completing this module.

Are you considering ordained or licensed lay ministry? This module can be a great choice, especially if you are not yet on a church-sponsored ministerial programme or are unfamiliar with theological study.

You will be expected to attend either evening classes or teaching days. As part of your studies, you will be expected to complete two assignments.

You should expect to devote at least 10 hours of independent study per week to get the most out of your academic experience.

There is support in place for those who may need help with adjusting to and learning how to engage in academic learning and writing.

There are no academic entry requirements to undertake this taster module.

However, there are some admission criteria in place to ensure you can get the most out of your study experience.

The fee for the taster module is £250, payable before you begin your studies.

Theology books on the shelves St Augustine's Trinity House library

Next steps

Take the next step on your journey into studying theology.

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