The bachelor’s degree (UNESCO ISCED level 6) is a first professional degree that, in the European education system, generally represents three years of postsecondary undergraduate study (or part-time equivalent) and allows for a broad general grounding in a given subject area.
Entry to a bachelor’s degree programme requires either graduation from secondary education (high school) or its equivalent. The University can in some cases consider learning experiences that have been gained through work as the equivalent to formal completion of secondary education.
The Western Orthodox University offers multiple options to earn a bachelor’s degree. All such options can be completed fully by self-paced distance learning, with no physical attendance required for supervision or assessment.
The bachelor’s degrees offered by the Western Orthodox University include the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), and Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) The degree of Bachelor of Philosophy (B.Phil.) can be earned via submission of a research dissertation. With the exception of the B.Phil., which is awarded as a higher bachelor’s degree and therefore is a pass degree only, bachelor’s degrees are either awarded as a pass degree or with classed honours depending on the academic level achieved by the candidate. However, it is possible for a candidate to follow a designated syllabus leading solely to a pass degree if for whatever reason they do not want to undertake the more demanding classed honours route.
Some students pursuing a course of study towards a bachelor’s degree may opt to break their studies into shorter sections, earning a Certificate of Higher Education in their first year, an associate’s degree in their second year, and then a bachelor’s degree in their third year. Currently this option is offered by the University in the areas of Theology (via the Western Orthodox Academy), Public Worship (via the Epiphany Guild) and Church Music in particular, but it can be made available in other areas as well.
- Bachelor of Philosophy (B.Phil.) (by research)
- Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.)
- Bachelor of Ministry (B.Min.) in Public Worship
- Bachelor of Church Music (B.Ch.Mus.)
- Bachelor of Humanities (B.Hum.)
- Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Creative Writing
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English Literature
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Narrative Studies
The option of a top-up programme is particularly popular at the bachelor’s degree level. Often a candidate will have completed a previous university-level diploma or other professional credential that fulfils a significant proportion of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. In this situation, they need only complete a top-up dissertation or professional project in order to progress to the bachelor’s degree. The scope of the dissertation or project is decided individually in each case, though there are some common equivalencies that are used. For example, where a candidate can show that they have completed two years of postsecondary education, they can go on to earn a bachelor’s degree on submission of a 30,000 word dissertation or equivalent professional project.