For ordinands, the minimum standard required for ordination to the diaconate is the Bachelor of Theology or an equivalent degree. Unlike other students, ordinands must satisfy a set of specific competencies set by the Church in the course of their degree programme. These requirements are usually fulfilled by essay-based assignments, but in some cases students may, with mentor agreement, challenge them through other academic methodologies.
Once the two matrices have been completed, most students will then fulfil the remainder of their degree requirements by undertaking either a dissertation or equivalent extended project. However, some candidates may alternatively opt to offer New Testament Greek, in which case successful completion will lead to the degree of Bachelor of Divinity rather than Bachelor of Theology.
Prescribed requirements – First Matrix
The student selects eighteen assignments, so that at least two are chosen from each block, with the remaining four being freely chosen from the remaining topics.
|Block 1||Block 2||Block 3|
|Genesis 1-11||The Pauline Epistles||History of the Celtic Church before 1066|
|Pentateuch||The Epistle to the Hebrews||History of the Church up to the Council of Chalcedon in 451AD|
|Psalms||The Acts of the Apostles||The Reformation|
|Prophecy during the pre-exilic period||The Book of Revelation||The Oxford Movement|
|Prophecy during and after the period of exile||The Synoptic Gospels||The Thirty-Nine Articles|
|Block 4||Block 5||Block 6||Block 7|
|The Holy Trinity||Healing Ministry||Liturgy||Homiletics|
|The Incarnation and the Atonement||Pastoral Theology||Funeral Ministry||The Nature of Ministry|
|The Gifts of the Spirit||Prophecy in the Modern Age||Pastoral Counselling||Christian sexual morality|
|The Creeds||Anglican Realignment||Hymnology||The Sacraments|
|The Nature of Sin||Youth Ministry||History of Church Music||Ecumenism|
Prescribed requirements – Second Matrix
The learner selects eighteen assignments, so that at least one is chosen from each block, with the remaining ten being freely chosen from the remaining topics. Subjects already taken from the First Matrix may not be duplicated.
|Block 1||Block 2||Block 3||Block 4|
|Genesis 1-11||The Pauline Epistles||History of the Celtic Church before 1066||The Holy Trinity|
|Pentateuch||The Epistle to the Hebrews||History of the Church up to the Council of Chalcedon in 451AD||The Incarnation and the Atonement|
|Psalms||The Acts of the Apostles||The Reformation||The Gifts of the Spirit|
|Prophecy during the pre-exilic period||The Book of Revelation||The Oxford Movement||The Creeds|
|Prophecy during and after the period of exile||The Synoptic Gospels||Theodicy||The Nature of Sin|
|Block 5||Block 6||Block 7||Block 8|
|Healing Ministry||Liturgy||Augustine||History of
the Papacy in the twentieth-century
|Pastoral Theology||Funeral Ministry||The Nature of Ministry||Outline of a particular monastic
|Prophecy in the Modern Age||Pastoral Counselling||Christian sexual morality||Non-Conformism|
|Soteriology||Hymnology||The Sacraments||The Holy Spirit|
|Determinism and Free Will||History of Church Music||Ecumenism||Aquinas|