Access to Theology

ETS is delighted to offer a one year, online, part-time course which provides an accessible and wide-ranging introduction to the essential foundations of a theological education.

With no formal entry requirements, this online course is designed for the following kinds of people:

  • Individuals from a variety of backgrounds who are seeking their first exposure to the world of theological education.
  • Christians who would like to intellectually equip themselves for service in local and international church organisations.
  • Prospective students who wish to gain a relevant entrance qualification to pursue further studies.

The weekly, evening course provides an excellent basis for anyone who wishes to embark on further theological study such as the Bachelor of Theology or Personal Study Plan

Through the Access to Theology Course, students are encouraged to foster:

  • A mind engaged with the truth of the Bible.
  • A heart enlarged with love for God and people.
  • A growing passion for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • A life consecrated to Christian service.

Programme Delivery

This programme is delivered online on Tuesday evenings, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, September – April.

Key Components

The following areas covered by this course:

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Systematic Theology
  • Church History
  • Practical Theology

Distance Learning

This programme is taught exclusively through Distance Learning.
See Distance Learning FAQ for more information on Distance Learning at ETS.

Course Information

For more detail on the course, modules, aims & objectives, lecturers and suggested reading lists please see here.

Play Video

Watch the video above, where Dr Bob Akroyd and Access to Theology graduate Darren Graham explain to prospective students what the Access to Theology course involves.

Further Information

The Admissions Policy for the Access to Theology course can be found here.

There are no entry requirements for the Access to Theology Course. The course does not assume prior knowledge or previous study.

Students should wish to grow in their understanding of God and his word and in their service for God and his people.

Course fees can be found here.

On successful completion of the course, all students will be awarded a Completion of Studies certificate at the Seminary’s Annual Awards Ceremony in May.

Mound Books is the official book supplier for all our ETS reading lists.

Their opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 5pm and books may be ordered by telephone (07863 905900), e-mail ([email protected]), or through their website (

Each book has been heavily discounted and postage is free to any UK address on orders over £15. When ordering through the website, shipping costs for Europe and the rest of the world will appear automatically at the checkout.

Mound Books is situated on the ground floor next to the Seminary Building (beside the cafe)

We will be accepting applications from May 2024 for September 2024 entry.