William Booth College

Distance learning

Open Learning

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Explore the Bible and learn more about the Christian Church and its beliefs.

Open Learning correspondence courses are available to anyone over the age of 18. Students can be Christians or enquirers, of any religious persuasion or none.

Our courses offer students the opportunity to:

  • Study the Bible and learn more about God, the Christian faith and Church tradition
  • Gain insight into your own personal faith experience
  • Develop resources for practical ministry

With three different levels of study available - Starter, Foundation and Award - it is not necessary to have studied before in order to apply for one of our courses. Bite size courses are also available.

Each student has a qualified personal tutor who provides support, guidance and encouragement as they progress through their course. The tutor will also grade assignments and give feedback on written work.

Work can be completed at your own pace, over a series of weeks or months, and can be submitted online or via post.

Lessons are available in different fonts, large print and printed on off-white or coloured paper for those who have additional needs. Please let us know what you require when enrolling.

If you need support to cover the cost of any of our courses or need additional information, please contact us.

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Find a course

A selection of courses are available to browse on salvationist.org.uk.

For the full list of courses, download our brochure.

Featured courses

Understanding the Trinity

This bite-sized Open Learning course introduces you to the Christian understanding of God as Trinity.

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Praying the prayer Jesus taught us

This bite-sized Open Learning course introduces you to the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples to say in Luke 11:1–4.

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First steps in the Christian faith

This Open Learning course introduces you to some of the passages in the Bible that can help you to grow in your new relationship with God.

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A personal journey through five psalms of prayer and praise

This Open Learning course is designed to help you grow in the Christian faith through an introductory study of five psalms.

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Old Testament studies on living and growing with God

This Open Learning course introduces five Old Testament characters and explores Psalm 100.

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Learning from the lives of six biblical women

This Open Learning course explores how God cared for six women in the Bible and how they all played a part in his plans for the world.

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Introducing the Old Testament Psalms

This Open Learning course explores the psalms of the Old Testament to prompt reflection on Christian life and support practical ministry. 

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Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels

This Open Learning course explores the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke and encourages reflection on Christian faith, life and service.

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Learning and Development

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