University of Chester

Programme Specification
Applied Theology and Performing Arts BA (Hons) (Single Honours)
2017 - 2018

Bachelor of Arts (Single Honours)

Applied Theology and Performing Arts

Applied Theology and Performing Arts (Regents Theological College)

University of Chester

Regents Theological College

West Malvern Campus

Undergraduate Modular Programme


Classroom / Laboratory,

3 years full time

7 Years

Annual - September


17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Arts and Humanities Theology & Religious Studies

Theology and Religious Studies

Dance, Drama and Performance

University of Chester

Theology and Religious Studies

Tuesday 1st May 2012

  1. To enable students to achieve a degree in Applied Theology and Performing Arts through the study of Biblical Theology, Systematic Theology and Practical Theology which integrate an understanding of the theory and application of modern performance.
  2. To engender an ability to recognise, develop and hone the personal, creative qualities and professional skills required for effective twenty-first century performance within a range of contexts.
  3. To encourage continuous development of academic knowledge and generic skills (such as movement, acting techniques, physical theatre, creative writing and storytelling) in order to continue critically evaluating theological issues in Christian ministry and related employment contexts.
  4. To develop within students an awareness and understanding of the relationship between the beliefs and practices of the Christian Church and the world of the performing arts, in both a historical and a contemporary context.
  5. To engage students in the relationship between theory and practice in the realisation of performance.
  6. To develop transferable skills which will contribute significantly to subsequent and sustained employability within church denominations , para-church organisations and a wider range of careers and professions.
  7. To provide an engaging and challenging programme which will enable students to subsequently study at postgraduate level.

Knowledge and Understanding

Successful students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of
Level 4:
Key concepts of the disciplines of the programme and an ability to evaluate and interpret them. (e.g. TH4165, TH4155)
Key practitioners, practices and/or theories and their cultural and historical contexts. (e.g. TH4166, TH4167)
Key components of the processes by which contemporary performance is created and realised.(e.g. TH4168)
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key biblical texts (e.g. TH4154, TH4155)
Demonstrate knowledge of key current practices , traditions and the historical development of Christian doctrine (e.g. TH4151, TH4150)
Level 5:
Ability to recognise and relate to one another concepts and cultural influences; and evaluate and interpret these with a recognition of their complexity. (e.g. TH5151, TH5152, TH5171)
Ability to recognise the theoretical and cultural contexts that inform performance through a focus on theory and practice.( e.g. TH5152, TH5172, TH5173)
Acquire an ability to recognise and relate key theologians’ ideas and their impacts within their historical, cultural and contemporary contexts. (e.g. TH5154, TH5172, TH5151, TH5152)
Recognise key interlocking Christian doctrines including the spectrum of belief for each. (e.g. TH5172, TH5151, TH5152)
Level 6:
How to apply detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the subject, with reference to advanced scholarship and with an appreciation of uncertainty and ambiguity. (e.g.TH6154, TH6151, TH6169)
How to apply detailed knowledge and critical understanding to practices, concepts and skills from other disciplines to the analysis and creation of performance in a wide variety of contexts.(e.g. TH6162, TH6163, TH6168, TH6165)
Have gained an ability to apply detailed knowledge and critical understanding of practices , concepts and skills from other disciplines to the analysis and implementation of the principles of Christian thought and doctrine , with reference to advanced scholarship and an appreciation of uncertainty and complexity.(e.g. TH6152, TH6155, TH6156, TH6164)



Thinking or Cognitive Skills

Successful students will
Level 4:
demonstrate the use of appropriate methods for their studies such as, philosophical, historical, phenomenological and empirical; and demonstrate the exercise of an open and questioning approach to familiar and new material. (e.g. TH4151, TH4154, TH4155)
Be able to describe and interpret performance texts and production techniques.( e.g. TH4166 ,TH4167, TH4168)
Be able to describe , interpret and evaluate scriptural and non – hieratic texts , demonstrating an ability to creatively and critically employ a range of reading strategies ranging from naive fundamentalist to a developed hermeneutic of suspicion( e.g. TH4155, TH4154, TH4172)

Level 5:
develop their competence in methods such as , philosophical, historical, systematic, dogmatic, phenomenological, empirical and social scientific; and evaluate the appropriateness of different methods.(e.g. TH5154, TH5172)   
Be able to critically evaluate performance texts and production techniques.(e.g.TH5171, TH5172, TH5174, TH5173)
have identified a range of practices relevant to the presentation of arguments to convince an audience of the merits of various religious/ faith points of view. (e.g.TH5154, TH5151, TH5152)
Level 6:
apply a number of complementary methods of study, such as, philosophical, historical, systematic, dogmatic, phenomenological, linguistic, hermeneutical, empirical, speculative, and social scientific; apply these methods to review, consolidate and extend their knowledge and understanding; (e.g. TH6151, TH6154, TH6169)
Be able to acquire skills to synthesise and critically evaluate within cultural frameworks of performance events.(e.g. TH6165, TH6162, TH6163, TH6168) 
Have developed significant complementary critical and analytical skills in developing ideas and constructing cohesive and persuasive arguments , both oral and written and be able to apply these methods to extend knowledge and understanding
Practical Skills (e.g. TH6165) 

Successful students will

Level 4

  • Demonstrate engagement with techniques and approaches to rehearsal and performance. (e.g. TH4168)
  • Be able to participate creatively and fruitfully in the processes of performance through intelligent application of performance skills and theories. (e.g. TH4168)
  • Be able to use the professional skills attained in a wide range of performance related contexts. (e.g. TH4168)

Level 5

  • Display confidence in utilising techniques and approaches to rehearsal and performance. (e.g. TH5173, TH5174)
  • Understand and confidently contribute to the processes of creativity and performance through intelligent application of a range of performance skills and theories. (e.g. TH5173, TH5174)
  • Demonstrate ability in selecting and utilising professional skills attained, in a wide range of performance related contexts. (e.g. TH5173, TH5174)

Level 6

  • Demonstrate confident proficiency in utilising techniques and approaches to rehearsal and performance.(e.g. TH6165, TH6168)
  • Be able to lead others in participating creatively and fruitfully in the processes of performance through intelligent application of performance skills and theories.(e.g. TH6162, TH6165)
  • Demonstrate confident proficiency in selecting and utilising professional skills attained, in a wide range of performance related contexts.(e.g.TH6162, TH6165)









Successful students will have achieved the following key skills and will

  • have the ability to use information and retrieval skills to gather, sift, synthesise and organise material;
  • independently analysed and recognised the application and potential leveraging of matters researched.
  • have acquired the capacity for independent study, be able to manage personal workloads efficiently and effectively, to meet deadlines and negotiate and pursue goals with others.
  • be able to demonstrate influential communication skills to select, manage and present material in a variety of ways to a range of audiences.
  • have a developed ability to manage constructively and effectively creative, personal and interpersonal issues.
  • Have a developed capacity to analyse and assimilate the judgements of others, tutors and peers, in order to identify, articulate and develop/improve personal strengths and weaknesses.

Level 4: communicate accurately and demonstrate appropriate use of primary and secondary sources, with full and accurate references, within a structured and coherent argument. ( e.g. TH4165, TH4155, TH4154)
Level 5: formulate a coherent argument, with appropriate use of data and evidence, and with an awareness of the implications of divergent views; and demonstrate qualities and transferable skills, such as those requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making, necessary for employment (e.g. TH5151, TH5152, TH5172)
Level 6: develop projects and assignments which sustain and evaluate an argument, largely through independent enquiry, and which draw on a range of scholarly resources including research articles and primary sources; resolve problems and make decisions in contexts involving some complexity. (e.g. TH6151, TH6154, TH6169, TH6165)

Level 4

At level 4, all modules are compulsory:

TH4150 Christian Discipleship  (10)                                         

TH4151 Introduction to Christian Doctrine (20)                        

TH4154 Biblical Studies 1 (20)                        

TH4155 Hermeneutics (10)                        

TH4165 Study Skills (10)                        

TH4166 Devised Theatre (20)                        

TH4167 History of Performance and the Church (10)                

TH4168 Acting Techniques 1 (10)                                               

TH4172 Depictions of Jesus in Film ( 10)                                     

Level 5

At level 5, students undertake a total of 100 credits of core modules as follows;

EITHER TH5151 Historical Perspectives in Christianity (20) OR TH5152 Studies in Pentecostal Issues (20)

TH5154 Biblical Studies 2 (20)                        

TH5171 Theatre in the Community (20)              

TH5172 Ethics and Performance (10)         

TH5174 Movement (10)         

TH5168 Creative Writing (10)          

TH5173 Acting Techniques 2 (10)          

Students then take a further 20 credits from the remaining available modules.


Level 6

At level 6 students take 2 compulsory modules amounting to 60 credits from the following:

TH6165 Production from Text (20)

and EITHER (i) TH6154 Dissertation ( Performing Arts) (40) OR (ii) TH6151 Applied Theology Project 3 (40)or iii) TH6169 Performing Arts/Applied Theology Project (40)

If option (i) is taken then three Applied Theology electives from the list below must also be taken. If option ii) is taken then one Theology elective and two Performing Arts electives from the list below must be taken.If option iii) is taken then two Theology electives and one Performing Arts elective must be taken.

Applied Theology electives

TH6152 Christian Leadership ( 20)               

TH6155 Counselling and Pastoral Care (20)  

TH6156 Church and Society (20)                 

TH6157 Christian Apologetics (20)               

TH6158 Hebrew Set Texts (20)               

TH6159 The Psalms (20)                 

TH6160 Genesis (20)                

TH6161 Jesus in the Gospels (20)                

TH6164 Christian Ethics (20)  

TH6166 Greek Set Texts ( 20)

TH6167 Church Planting and Development (20)      


Performing Arts Electives 

TH 6162 Directing (20)            

TH6163 Technical Theatre (20) 

TH6168 Creating Performance ( 20)              


Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
TH4150 4 Christian Discipleship 10 Comp
TH4151 4 Introduction to Christian Doctrine 20 Comp
TH4154 4 Biblical Studies 1 20 Comp
TH4155 4 Hermeneutics 10 Comp
TH4165 4 Study Skills 10 Comp
TH4166 4 Devised Theatre 20 Comp
TH4167 4 History of Performance and the Church 10 Comp
TH4168 4 Acting Techniques 1 10 Comp
TH4172 4 Depictions of Jesus in Film 10 Comp
TH5151 5 Historical Perspectives in Christianity 20 Optional
TH5152 5 Studies in Pentecostal Issues 20 Optional
TH5154 5 Biblical Studies 2 20 Comp
TH5155 5 Evangelism and Apologetics 2 10 Optional
TH5156 5 Greek Set Texts 10 Optional
TH5157 5 Biblical Hebrew 1 10 Optional
TH5158 5 Biblical Hebrew 2 10 Optional
TH5159 5 Pastoral Letters 10 Optional
TH5160 5 Homiletics 10 Optional
TH5161 5 Ministry in the Local Church 10 Optional
TH5162 5 John's Gospel 10 Optional
TH5163 5 Communication in Cross Cultural Perspectives 10 Optional
TH5164 5 Deuteronomy 10 Optional
TH5165 5 Applied Theology Project 2 10 Optional
TH5166 5 The Church's Responsiblity to the Global Poor 10 Optional
TH5167 5 Romans 10 Optional
TH5168 5 Creative Writing 10 Comp
TH5169 5 Islam and the West 10 Optional
TH5170 5 Hebrew Set Texts 10 Optional
TH5171 5 Theatre in the Community 20 Comp
TH5172 5 Ethics and Performance 10 Comp
TH5173 5 Acting Techniques 2 10 Comp
TH5174 5 Movement 10 Comp
TH5175 5 Greek 1 10 Optional
TH5176 5 Greek 2 10 Optional
TH5179 5 Christian Spirituality 10 Optional
TH6151 6 Applied Theology Project 3 40 Optional
TH6152 6 Christian Leadership 20 Optional
TH6154 6 Dissertation (Performing Arts) 40 Optional
TH6155 6 Counselling and Pastoral Care 20 Optional
TH6156 6 Church and Society 20 Optional
TH6157 6 Christian Apologetics 20 Optional
TH6158 6 Hebrew Set Texts 20 Optional
TH6159 6 The Psalms 20 Optional
TH6160 6 Genesis 20 Optional
TH6161 6 Jesus in the Gospels 20 Optional
TH6162 6 Directing 20 Optional
TH6163 6 Technical Theatre 20 Optional
TH6164 6 Christian Ethics 20 Optional
TH6165 6 Production from Text 20 Comp
TH6166 6 Greek Set Texts 20 Optional
TH6167 6 Church Planting and Development 20 Optional
TH6168 6 Creating Performance 20 Optional
TH6169 6 Performing Arts/Applied Theology Project 40 Optional
TH6192 6 Pastoral Care: Theory and Skills 20 N/A

120 credits Certificate of Higher Education in Applied Theology and Performing Arts
240 credits Diploma of Higher Education in Applied Theology and Performing Arts

360 credits BA Honours degree in Applied Theology and Performing Arts

The typical applicant will normally have a minimum of 112 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent (such as BTEC National/OCR Diploma).

Applicants may also typically have:

  • Access to HE Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Irish Highers/Scottish Highers:
  • Open College Units or Open University Credits
  • The Advanced Diploma

This is consistent with the normal entry qualifications for other single honours Humanities programmes across the institution. Applicants will normally be interviewed, and will be expected to demonstrate a subject-related interest

 Mature students without the requisite formal entry qualifications must demonstrate their interest/experience in the subject area and would normally be interviewed at the application stage.  


The programme seeks to comply with the QAA Theology and Biblical Studies Benchmarks and the QAA Drama, Dance and Performance benchmarks, which are as follows:

The design, structure and content of this programme have been informed by the QAA Theology and Religious Studies Benchmark Statement published in 2000 and revised in 2007 and 2014. This benchmark statement details the range of subject knowledge (3.1), the qualities of mind (3.2), and generic skills (3.4) acquired and developed in TRS degree programmes.


In keeping with the statement’s view that a single honours programme in theology and religious studies would usually have ‘a broadly based core’ while allowing for more specialised study in depth of some aspects of the field, the BA Applied Theology & Performing Arts  is founded on core modules such as Introduction to Christian Doctrine (TH4151), Biblical Studies (TH4154), Hermeneutics (TH4155), and Study Skills (TH4165). These core modules provide the basis for more focused modules at levels 5 and 6 which develop and extend studies in practical, contextual and biblical studies (e.g.TH5151, TH5152, TH5154, TH6151, TH6169) ethics (TH6164), biblical languages (e.g. TH5156,TH5157, TH5158,TH5170,TH6158,TH6166).


In keeping with the statement’s expectation that students demonstrate an intelligent engagement with one or more religions during their degree programme, the BA in Applied Theology allows students the opportunity to study faith traditions (e.g. TH5152,  TH5169, TH6167). It also considers the relationship between religion, culture and the church (TH4172, TH6156) and addresses contemporary questions to do with justice (e.g.TH5166). The programme encourages students to critically analyse a range of themes form a number of perspectives and to apply insights from other disciplines to further theological reflection.

The BA Applied Theology& Performing Arts engages students in the reading, analysis and interpretation of texts, developing in students an ability to engage in the close reading of primary and secondary sources (e.g. TH4165, TH4154, TH4155, TH5154, TH5162, TH6161). In keeping with the benchmark statement, the programme encourages students to assess critically and with sensitivity the claims to certainty that arise within theological traditions and to reflect critically on their own positions. Students apply and evaluate a number of methods of study in analysing material (e.g. TH5160, TH6155,TH6164) and are given opportunities to identify their own independent areas of enquiry (e.g. TH6151).

All modules on this programme cultivate empathy, self-discipline and the ability to respond sensitively to diverse views. All modules develop writing skills, with some developing oral presentation skills (e.g. TH4165, TH5160, TH5168).      

Generic skills are developed through the learning ethos of the department and specifically through formative learning methods such as class discussion, group seminar presentations, assignment proposal development, dissertation research and presentations. Self-discipline and self-direction are particularly tested in modules with a fieldwork component that is assessed (for example TH4152, TH5153, TH6150) or with the double module dissertation (TH6151, TH6169).

QAA Drama, Dance and Performance Benchmarks            

The Subject Benchmark Statements for Performing arts are available on the QAA website (

The programme in Applied Theology and Performing Arts provides a teaching and learning experience characterised by three general emphases: theory, practice and performance with increasing levels of complexity at each level. Within this context theory provides historical and modern ideas of performance locating them within an ideological framework for performance in a theological setting, practice the outworking of theory and acquisition of skills within rehearsals and workshops and performance the demonstration of acquired skills before internal and external audiences. This approach is shown in the learning outcomes for each module which correspond to the benchmark statements – threshold (level 4) and focal (levels 5 and 6).

There is a clear progression within the programme from an introduction to theory and practice at level 4 to the application of theory into practice and performance at levels 5 and 6. For example at level 4 Acting Techniques 1 TH4168 students are expected to demonstrate knowledge of key practitioners and practices (DDP 7.9,LO1) and be able to contribute to the creation and/or production of performance through an understanding of appropriate performance vocabularies and techniques (DDP 7.10, LO 3).  Performance within this module take place before an internal audience. At levels 5 and 6 students are expected not only to engage with theory and become versed at applying said theory to practise but the focus shifts towards performance for external audiences (TH5171 and TH6165 and TH6168) thus preparing students for professional work or continuing education upon graduation. The core module TH6165, for example, allows students to demonstrate intelligent engagement with the key components of performance and the processes by which it is created and realised (DDP 7.12, LO 1) and creative and intelligent engagement with a range of texts, dance notations and/or scores, and how transitions from page to stage may be effected (DDP 7.12, LOs 2 and 3)    


All modules in the Applied Theology and Performing Arts degree course aim to develop students through rigorous engagement with interpretive theories of reading, research methodologies, and careful exegesis of texts.  Teaching seeks to engage students through challenging lectures and seminars to realise and critique their own fundamental beliefs, which hitherto will have inevitably remained tacitly accepted as orthodoxy, and therefore true.  Most modules will encourage learning by discussion and debate in a classroom environment, but significant learning will also be planned through directed reading, writing, lectures, audio-video demonstrations, group sketches, seminars, dialogues, quizzes, tutorials and relevant field visits.

The delivery of individual modules within this programme adopts a variety of approaches in order to maximize the student experience and introduce a range of teaching styles appropriate to each specific module content.  

A range of learning and teaching methods are used: lectures, seminars, workshops, rehearsals, group-work activities, individual and group-centred projects, presentations, tutorials, fieldwork/visits to religious communities/performances, and tutor-guided private study.

At level 4, learning is predominantly tutor-designed and guided, and students are supported in developing individual initiative and collaborative enquiry within this framework, which provides groundwork in critical reflection, subject-specific methods, transferable study skills and skills of accurate communication.

At level 5, learning design remains largely tutor-guided with encouragement to work in collaboration with tutors and fellow-students, but with more opportunity for independent learning. There is opportunity for consolidation and development of appropriate study skills and for experiencing a wider range of appropriate methods of study, and opportunity to apply their learning and skills in fieldwork.

At level 6, students develop a greater responsibility for their own learning, both independent and collaborative. There is encouragement to articulate personal engagement and response in the context of respect for views of others; and with appreciation of complexity, ambiguity and uncertainty.

Methods of learning and teaching may include:

·         Formal lectures;

·         Workshop Seminars;

·         Small group and independent exercises;

·         Practical and theoretical workshops, including ‘role plays’;

·         Practical and conceptual problem solving learning;

·         Debates;

·         Quizzes;

·         Comprehension and Prècis tests;

·         Individual and group tutorials;

·         Staff and student led seminars;

·         Community and individual field work;

·         Library and web-based research exercises;

·         Attendance at conferences and special external events;

·         Self-directed learning.

·         Workshops and rehearsals

·         Reflective practice


Range of assessment

Assessment is designed to allow students to demonstrate achievement of the stated learning outcomes of every module they study. Given the constant relationship between practice and theory, students will encounter a range of assessment demands including:

  • Oral examination
  • Formal Research Papers
  • Case Studies
  • Role Plays
  • Reflective Papers
  • Seminar presentations
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Public performance
  • Presentations supported by appropriate media
  • Planning and facilitating workshops for others
  • Short Tests
  • Written Examinations

Formative assessment

Formative assessment in the form of pre-assessment, peer appraisal and self-appraisal is widely employed at Regents. Students are encouraged to work together on many projects collaborating on the most effective study methods for each individual in the group.

Reflection and critical contextual commentary on the student's own practice will be encouraged through ongoing discussion, especially in the Communication Class modules at Levels 4 & 5.  Reflective writing will also be used to further develop students' autonomy as both learners and practitioners.

Formal essay skills will be developed across the whole programme commencing with the first intensive Study Skills mandatory course taught during the early weeks at Level 4.  Many modules provide Mock examination or research papers mid-way through the module.

Patterns of assessment

Modules in the Applied Theology and Performing Arts programme are assessed in line with general academic wisdom which seeks that progressive development for the student should occur between successive levels within the overall programme. The weighting of assessed components within modules places greater emphasis on critical analysis and evaluation of practice as informed by increasing theoretical understanding as the student progresses from Level 4 to Level 6.  Components of assessment in individual modules generally follow the pattern of requiring students to interrogate theoretical concepts against practice, either existing or proposed, together with a credible implementation strategy for the latter. The emphasis is continually on the requirement for the student to demonstrate the applied nature of any principles enunciated.


Upon completion of the honours degree in Applied Theology and Performing Arts a typical honours student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

The concepts and characteristics of Applied Theology and the Performing Arts as an area of academic study being able to:

Understand the current and historical context, nature, role and significance of performance as undertaken by practitioners in a range of milieu.

Examine and appraise performance and theological concepts through analysis of problems faced by a range of performers particularly within theological contexts.

Recognise the importance of effective time management within preparation for performance.

An Applied Theology and Performing Arts graduate will have acquired the ability to:

Apply a range of performance techniques to a diverse array of performance styles.

Use skills of critical evaluation to effectively judge the quality of artistic work both of self and others.

Develop competencies in devising and creating performance material.

Reflect on experiences leading to personal and professional development.

Critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions - to a problem.

Communicate information, ideas, problems, and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:

  • the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility;
  • decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts; and
  • the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further training of a
    professional or equivalent nature.

Students graduating from the Regents Applied Theology and Performing Arts degree programme will be able to work independently, to manage their time effectively, and to access and process information in forms appropriate to particular tasks. In addition they will have acquired a great deal of experience in oral presentations and team dynamics, as part of the practical components of the course; students completing the degree programme should possess the confidence and the ability to function well in professions in which the ability to present oneself and the ability to work well as a member of a group are useful skills.

Modules in the programme offer opportunities for addressing questions of gender, sexuality, race and religious identity. There are no confessional requirements for entry to or success in the programme.


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