Open Learning is available to everyone and offers adults of any age and ability the opportunity to explore the Bible and learn more about the Christian Church and its beliefs. Open Learning students can be Christians or enquirers, of any religious persuasion or none.
Open Learning courses encourage students to reflect on and apply what they learn to their own life experience and faith. Some courses also help students to develop practical resources for ministry, while others could be adapted for group study so that students can learn with others.
With three different levels of study available, it is not necessary to have studied before in order to apply for one of our courses. Some adults who have not studied for some time also decide to use Open Learning courses as ‘back to study’ opportunities.
At introductory level, courses include Jesus in the Gospels, How to study the Bible: An introduction for new students and Walking with God: Learning from the lives of five Old Testament characters. These courses are particularly helpful to new Christians or those wanting to learn more about the Christian faith.
Courses at Foundation Level are in the process of being prepared and include Study skills: An introduction for new students and Is this your life?: Old Testament studies on living and growing in relationship with God. Courses at this level aim to build confidence and equip the student for further study.
Award Level courses encourage in-depth study. Each has a set text book and additional reading is also suggested. Assignments vary and include, but are not limited to, writing essays. These courses also encourage students to explore how they can apply what they learn to their own lives. Courses include Old Testament Story, New Testament Studies, Salvation Army History and Listening to God’s Word.
Each student is given a personal tutor who will provide support, guidance and encouragement throughout each course of study. One student says: ‘The course has given me a good insight to my faith. I have learned a great deal about the world, people and God.’
Large Print versions of all courses are available