Studying With EBC

Studying With EBC

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From day one, it has been our passion to make good Bible teaching and biblically based training accessible to as many people as possible, convinced that it should not be only available to those who are privileged enough to be able to study full-time and attend a Bible College.    Currently, all our teaching is done online, so wherever you live – either here in UK or, like some of our current students in Canada, America, and elsewhere – you can still study with EBC.  We have been experimenting with virtual classrooms over zoom since before covid lockdowns and have learned how to use them to our advantage.    We believe our approach enables us to offer students an all-round training and equipping for Christian living and ministry, taking advantage of the opportunities afforded by technology while holding on to the need for hands-on experience and in-person mentoring where necessary.

Study GOALS

Many of our students, like Anne, have no desire for an award or qualification, but simply want to get to know God in a deeper way, through a better knowledge and grasp of Scripture, and, as a result, become more Christlike and more useful to him.  Anne enjoys the stimulation of studying various biblical and doctrinal modules in a group, choosing from what is on offer from the College’s curriculum or scheduled programme.

Others, like Ryan, want to work toward one of our academic awards with a view to being equipped to respond to God’s call on his life for some form of Christian ministry.   As work commitments allows, he attends virtual classes, completes assignments and accumulates study credits.   He will also do some mentored placements within his home church, so gaining invaluable practical experience.

Study credits gained can be accumulated towards one of four EBC awards:

Diploma in Applied Theology (240 study credits*)

This is our core course, structured around four theological disciplines – biblical, systematic, historical and practical – all of which are vital for an effective equipping and preparation for ministry.  Students also gain experience, usually in their home church, through mentored placements, so gaining an invaluable hands on preparation for ministry and service.

In order to be enrolled for the Diploma in Applied Theology, students have to complete an application form and have the commendation of their home church who will also be involved in the mentoring of the student during their time at EBC. 

Diploma in Theology (240 study credits*)

This course includes all the theological disciplines of the Applied Theology course but without the required mentored elements. 

Certificate in Biblical Studies (120 study credits*)

This award can be gained by accumulating sufficient study credits across a range of modules.

Certificate in Expository Preaching (120 study credits*)  This course focusses on the subjects necessary for a ministry in preaching and teaching and involves mentored training in the preparation and delivery of sermons.

Study ROUTES

There are two main routes to achieve whatever your goals are in studying with EBC, although you can also combine them if that works for you.

eLearning

This is what used to be called Distance Learning.  Students access course materials from EBC’s online learning hub and submit assignments via email for assessment.   Students work on their own, and at their own speed, and there are no deadlines for submission of assignments.  They can have as much or as little interaction with Lecturers as they wish.  There is a simple registration process and a small, one-off, non-refundable registration fee is payable.

Virtual classrooms

Students attend live classes held over zoom as scheduled.  All classes are recorded so they can be watched again later or, if there is a class you want to join but aren’t available at the scheduled time, you can catch up via the recordings which are available on our online learning hub.  Again, there is a simple registration process and a small, one-off, non-refundable registration fee is payable.

So, whether you want to complete a whole course or just study one subject, WHOEVER you are, WHEREVER you are, EBC can help.   For further information contact us at info@edinburghbiblecollege.co.uk or text 07722 484742

For a comprehensive list of all the subjects taught at EBC, see the detailed curriculum here.   Some of the modules are required for individual awards – see the key at end of the table – but students can choose additional optional modules to reach the required total of study credits. 

Almost all the subjects we teach at EBC can be studied individually, by either eLearning or Virtual Classrooms and study credits* can be accumulated, if desired, towards one of the listed EBC awards.

* Study credits are calculated on the following basis:

  • Each individual unit (or lecture) of a module (or subject) is worth 3 study hours, made up of 1 hour of teaching and 2 hours of personal study.
  • A module made up of 20 units therefore requires 60 study hours.
  • The total number of study hours is divided by 10 to give the study credits for that module; which in this example would be 6

These figures may help you as you plan your study or choose your course depending on how much time you have available.

Study COSTS

eLearning

  • A one-off, non-refundable, registration fee of £20 is required
  • Fees are £15 per study credit
  • A module worth 6 study credits would therefore cost £90
  • Fees are paid on an ‘as you go’ basis using a link from our online learning hub to PayPal
  • A Certificate would cost £1,800 in total and a Diploma £3,600

Audited Virtual Classrooms (when you wish to be part of the class but not submit any assignments)

  • A module worth 3 study credits costs £70
  • A module worth 6 study credits costs £140
  • This generally equates to £7.00 per hour of lecture
  • Fees are required to be paid at the start of the module

Assessed Virtual Classrooms (when you wish to be part of the class and submit course work for assessment to gain study credits)

  • A module worth 3 study credits costs £100
  • A module worth 6 study credits costs £200
  • This generally equates to £10.00 per hour of lecture
  • Fees are paid on an ‘as you go’, module by module, basis and are required to be paid at the start of each module
  • A Certificate would cost £4,000 in total and a Diploma £8,000

Methods of Assessment

At EBC we use a variety of assessment methods, including:

  • essays
  • class Tests
  • reports
  • verbal presentations
  • verbal contribution in class
  • project work
  • book reviews
  • other written tasks

Credits and Written Work:

  • for a 24 credit module, written work of around 6,000 words is required.
  • for a 18 credit module, written work of around 4,500 words is required.
  • for a 12 credit module, written work of around 3,000 words is required.
  • for a 6 credit module, written work of around 1,500 words is required. 
  • for a 3 or 5 credit module, written work of around 1,000 words is required.

If you have any questions about any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact us.   We delight in being flexible enough to tailor make study programmes to suit individual circumstances.