Admission to the programmes is open to members of the NTA and associate churches aged 18 years old and above. No previous academic qualification is required however prospective student should show a propensity for learning and have a desire to improve their theological knowledge. ITCC acting as an agent of the University of Roehampton will recruit students for their Theological Foundation Degree courses which can lead eventually to a BTh. degree if desired. Students will be screened by an interview subsequent to completing an Application form. The same applies to students who want to pursue the ITCC programme for an Internal Certificate. All successful applications are subsequently seen by the Director of Studies.
Prior to Joining
- should complete the ITCC Application Form or the UCAS Application for the University of Roehampton;
- will be invited to attend a selection interview;
- will be requested to provide references from his / her church leader/s and pertinent others.
Students should commit themselves to attending at least 80% of classroom sessions to ensure successful completion. This is where real learning takes place in encounters, learning about oneself, and learning from each other which are essential aspects of the programme. Students must also be committed to approximately 150 hours student managed learning time i.e. reading, researching and completing assignments for each module.
Acquired Prior Learning (APL) & Acquired Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)
If you are currently in ministry or have pursued theological studies in the past, study exemption may be possible towards the Certificate or the Diploma programmes and will contribute to the level at which you join the Foundation Degree programme at the University of Roehampton.
Modes of Delivery
At ITCC A flexible approach will be adopted to meet the needs of individual students. These include lectures, seminars, presentations, role play, demonstrations, class discussions, assignments, work placement (where indicated), directed reading, casework, videos, case studies, and tutorials. Programmes are participant centred and deliberately designed to enable students to reflect on the contents and to draw more out of it either during group discussions or in their own study time.
Placements provide the opportunity for students to integral knowledge and experience and are integral part of the main courses. Placements allow the students to observe and explore issues such as preaching, leadership, mission, community projects, church administration and adherence to legal requirements.
Modules are assessed by a variety of means which are aimed at assessing academic learning, practical skills and engagement with the material provided, and include:
- Draft essays for all modules but particularly modules 1 and 2 Levels 4 and 5;
- Mini research projects to support learning;
- Journal: The reflective learning journal is the record of the student’s growing self awareness and awareness of others;
- Observed skills practice;
- Essays assess the application of appropriate methodologies and critical skills to the study of religion in general and specific religious texts and practices. Learning outcomes in the areas of knowledge and understanding are generally assessed, while encouraging students in developing analytical and critical skills. Essays also allow the student to reflect at length on a subject, drawing on a range of reading and resources.
- Group and individual presentations are part of the summative classroom assessment process and are an occasion for providing useful feedback to students.
- Examinations are a formal test of knowledge in a specific subject. They help prepare students for work-related situations where functioning knowledge is time-tested.
- Book reviews to test students’ comprehension of literature read.
- Portfolio: The Portfolio, based on the work placement, is a document that catalogues information e.g. vision statement, philosophy, facilities, the ethos and dynamics of the work place, student’s performance as perceived and evaluated by the student and the supervisor, student’s contribution to the work place and use of supervision. It is intended to bring together a variety of academic skills including synthesis and evaluation of theory, collection and analysis of data within an ethical framework, organisation of material and the effective management of time to complete the project on time. Personal reflection to help students assess the impact of their engagement on their personal development.
- Projects that encourage data collection and collating.
Students receive feedback from formative and summative assessments at individual and group tutorials, and at informal individual and group sessions. Summative feedback is recorded on the official feedback sheet of the Institute and returned to students within 4 weeks of the receipt of submitted work.
Support for Students
The Institute of Theology and Christian Counselling provides the following support:
- Module handbooks and module notes are available for each module studied. Module tutors are available by ‘phone or e-mail for support or advice relating to modules. Contact details are given in the module handbooks and notes and on the website. Tutors will provide help and guidance especially in the preparation of the assignments;
- Substantial teaching is done weekly during term times by module tutors;
- Each student is assigned a personal tutor, who normally remains with them throughout the programme. The personal tutor is available for consultation and pastoral care. Peer group support is also encouraged;
- The Director of Studies is available by ‘phone or e-mail and will attend as well as deliver some of the teaching sessions. Contact details are published in module notes, in the programme handbook, the prospectus, and on the ITCC website;
- ITCC has a fairly well -equipped library with the main textbooks for each programme;
- Module guidelines, containing assignment titles and general bibliography are provided for students at the beginning of the academic year or at the start of each module;
- Each tutor will provide a Lecture pack at the beginning of each module. This will contain an overview of the module and some general lecture notes. Copies of key articles will be distributed as part of this pack or throughout the teaching of the module;
- Additional support will also be provided by the work placement supervisors;
- ITCC provide books for sale on site.
Tutors give their service as part of their ministry to the Body of Christ. Fees are therefore heavily subsidised and good value for money. There is a £100.00 registration fee for each programme. This is payable on the submission of an Application Form and is not refundable.
Fees are competitive and good value for money.Fees are payable at the start of each programme, however arrangement can be made for payment to be made on the first session of each module. Students may choose to pay by standing order (details available from the Course Administrator). There is a possibility of fees increasing to meet market needs.
Please ask your Church for financial support should you require it.
Students pursuing the FdA at UoR may be able to apply for Student loans or grants.
Successful students will graduate with the appropriate Award at a local Award Ceremony held in the autumn. Students who have completed a programme will be awarded a “Certificate of successful Completion” others will receive a “Certificate of Attendance”. In order to receive an award all fees must be fully paid.
Gowns for the in-house award ceremony will be hired from Ede & Ravencroft at the current rate and must be paid for in advance of the Ceremony.
Student responsibilities are to:
- Attend regularly;
- Commit to participate and share with each other;
- Read extensively;
- Complete assignments by the required dates;
- Observe confidentiality;
- Pray for understanding and for each other;
- To ask for clarification from tutors as necessary;
- To assist with the provision of a safe learning environment where free expression is encouraged;
- Select two representatives from each programme;
- Pay fees on time.
Quality Assurance has been a priority throughout the life time of ITCC. The programmes are managed by the Management & Curriculum Planning Committee which is chaired by the Director of Studies and meets every 3 months.
Quality Assurance is also monitored through:
- Student feedback through module evaluation sheets, student representatives on the Programme Committee Meeting, and plenary sessions;
- Consultation with external experts and networks within the New Testament Assembly;
- Spot visits from senior members of the New Testament Assembly;
- Quarterly reports to the NTA Trustee Board/Leadership Team;
- Staff development and training;
- Annual Monitoring;
- The UoR Theological Faculty;
- CPCAB/ ACC;
- Collaborative and or Associate partners.
These feed into the revision of modules and programmes, and review of teaching methods and the provision of general resources.
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