Biblical and Intercultural Studies

If you are heading for cross-cultural mission service and have one, two or three years available for training then the Undergraduate Programme is for you. Each year is designed so that one year of study can lead into the next, offering students a unique learning experience, guiding and equipping them as they progress through the course.

Diploma

The validated and non-validated Diploma is a two-year course expanding on the Certificate, that introduces advanced and specialist modules in areas such as region specific studies, other religions and apologetics. Opportunities to go deeper into your Bible also exist, with preliminary Greek as well as further exegesis of a variety of Old and New Testament books. All students on the Diploma programme will be required to complete a three week supervised placement to gain experience in a cross-cultural environment.

All Nations Christian College is approved by the Open University (OU) as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University validated awards. The College offers OU validated Certificate, Diploma and Degree programmes of study as well as offering our own non-validated ANCC Certificate and ANCC Diploma programmes.

When do they run?

These are full-time programmes that run onsite at All Nations from September to June/July and January to December each year. Each year of the programme is also available via flexible delivery (i.e. remote learners may learn with and at the same time as those in the classroom).

OU Undergraduate Option

We offer the 2-year Diploma of Higher Education or the 2- or 3-year BA (Hons) Degree Programme in 'Biblical and Intercultural Studies'. All of these OU-validated undergraduate programmes are full-time courses.

The OU Dip (HE) is a 2-year course expanding on the first year Cert (HE) studies which introduces advanced and specialist modules in areas such as region-specific studies, other religions and apologetics. Opportunities to go deeper into the Bible also exist, with preliminary Greek as well as further exegesis of a variety of Old and New Testament books. All students on the Diploma programme will also be required to fund and complete a supervised placement lasting at least 3 weeks, to gain experience in a cross-cultural environment.
 

ANCC Undergraduate Option

We offer the 2 year ANCC Diploma in Biblical and Intercultural Studies which follows on after the first year Certificate which starts in September. The second year of study can commence in any term. This offers the flexibility of being able to take extended time out between each term.

Students will undertake exactly the same studies as for the OU Diploma, and so will need to fund and complete a supervised placement lasting at least 3 weeks, to gain experience in a cross-cultural environment.

What are the differences between these two options?

Student Loans and Student Visas – are only available with the OU-validated programmes.

Flexibility – the second year of the ANCC programme offers flexible start times and the possibility of extended time out from study. The OU validated programmes start in September only, although study breaks are possible as long as the programme is completed within 5 years of OU registration.

Costs – the ANCC programmes are slightly cheaper, since no OU registration fees are required.

Transferable credits – the OU-validated programmes are internationally recognised qualifications, which means the credits you receive can be put towards a future programme of study elsewhere, i.e. they are transferable. This is not possible with the ANCC programmes, although you will earn an award that will carry the credibility of having been earned at a highly respected mission training college.

Workload – the workload for both Diploma awards is the same, however ANCC Diploma students may feel assignments are less pressurised as they can opt to have their assignments ‘not graded’ in the second year of study.

  • Diploma

    The validated and non-validated Diploma is a two-year course expanding on the Certificate, that introduces advanced and specialist modules in areas such as region specific studies, other religions and apologetics. Opportunities to go deeper into your Bible also exist, with preliminary Greek as well as further exegesis of a variety of Old and New Testament books. All students on the Diploma programme will be required to complete a three week supervised placement to gain experience in a cross-cultural environment.

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