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 does not have degree-awarding powers, which is why we work in partnership with the Open University to offer OU-validated Certificate, Diploma and Degree programmes of study as well as offering our own non-validated ANCC Certificate and ANCC Diploma programmes.

These are full-time courses that run on-site at All Nations from September to June/July. Starting from September 2020, the final year of the degree programme is available via flexible delivery (i.e. remote learners may learn with and at the same time as those in the classroom). The College is currently seeking validation so that the first and second year of the programme will also be able to be offered via flexible delivery from September 2021.​
 

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 that run from September to June / July.

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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