School of the Announciation - Centre for the New Evanghelism School of the Announciation - Angel Statue
at Buckfast Abbey - Devon


BA (Hons) in Theology, Philosophy, and the New Evangelisation

Five-year, part-time programme in Theology, Philosophy, and the New Evangelisation

The BA (Hons) degree in Theology, Philosophy, and the New Evangelisation offered by the School of the Annunciation (subject to validation by St Mary's University, Twickenham) aims to respond to the great need of our times - the need for a New Evangelisation of our culture at every level. It aims to foster joyful enthusiasm for the mission of transmitting the Christian faith, enabling the gaining of the essential knowledge, understanding, and skills for a creative and reflective participation in the Church's call for this New Evangelisation.

Who is the programme for?

What past students on this course say:

"The quality of the teaching we encountered at the residential made it an experience that was not only highly educational but a real privilege to participate in."

"What comes over so strongly is the genuine passion and enthusiasm, dare I say awe, teachers have for their subject."

"Everything was planned beautifully... Fellowship with students and staff was palpable. Also appreciate the way moodle has been set up in regards to interaction with other students."

The BA (Hons) degree programme is suitable for all those interested in passing on the Faith of the Church as the Good News of Jesus Christ. It is for all adults, and provides an accessible but thorough general foundation programme for parents and catechists. For teachers it provides invaluable ongoing formation. It will deepen the formation of all those in other pastoral services in the parish and wider Church community.

What does the programme cover?

The BA (Hons) degree is an applied programme, covering knowledge and understanding of the Faith, and also providing the opportunity to grow in confidence and skill in the transmission of the Faith in a range of settings.

For the Church, 'evangelisation' means bringing the Good News into every aspect of human life and culture. Attention is therefore given in this BA (Hons) degree programme to formation for giving an initial witness and proclamation of the Faith; formation in basic philosophical concepts and the Deposit of Faith, so as to enable the provision of a systematic and comprehensive catechesis. This degree programme provides formation in philosophy and sacred theology, that deeper appreciation of the mysteries of the Faith, while also examining various aspects of science, religion, and culture, which are relevant for all who wish to work for the New Evangelisation.

Year 1 Modules1

Module 4001. The New Evangelisation and the Craft of Transmission

Module 4002. The Deposit of Faith and the Sources of the Catholic Faith

Module 4003. The Soil for the Seed: Contemporary Culture, Apologetics and the New Evangelisation 


Year 2 Modules

Module 4004. New Evangelisation, Beauty, and the Media

Module 4005. Philosophy, The New Evangelisation and the Search for Happiness

Module 4006. Applying the Principles


Year 3 Modules

Module 5001. Salvation History: The Old Testament and the Gospels

Module 5002. St Paul, the Early Church, and Mary

Module 5003. Metaphysics and Epistemology

Module 5004. Christ and Divine Grace


Year 4 Modules

Module 5005. The Blessed Trinity and Creation

Module 5006. Philosophy, Science, and Religion in Today's Culture

Module 6001. Church History and the Fathers

Module 6002. The Sacraments and the Holy Eucharist


Year 5 Modules

Module 6003. Catholic Life Ethics and Contemporary Culture

Module 6004. Research Methods and Reflective Practice Regarding Key Concepts in the New Evangelisation

Module 6005. Dissertation / Project


How do I study on this programme?

You study mainly from home, following prepared materials, and online. You attend two long weekends (residential study periods) each year in the beautiful setting of the Abbey at Buckfast. As well as having the opportunity to spend time with teachers during your stays at the Abbey, you have the support of dedicated personal academic tutors who provide regular guidance and feedback on your work.

How much time will it take?

The BA (Hons) degree programme is normally studied as a five-year, part-time course, requiring approximately 15 hours per week. Sixteen modules are taken, and a 40 Credit dissertation or project is completed. Each module is equivalent to 20 UK credits (10 ECTS).

At what level is the programme offered?

Validating Body

The BA (Hons) degree programme begins at Higher Education Level 4, which comprises the first two years of the five year programme. Level 5 studies are completed during year three and the first half of year four. And Level 6 studies are completed during the latter half of year four and all of year 5. In this way, the BA (Hons) degree in Theology, Philosophy, and the New Evangelisation (subject to validation by St Mary's University, Twickenham) can be completed in 5 years.

When are the residential study periods at Buckfast Abbey?

2018-2019 Academic Year:

The first required residential study period will take place 27-30 September 2018.

The second required residential study period will take place in March 2019 at a date to be confirmed.

There is still time to apply for the 2018-2019 academic year.

What is the cost?

Tuition for the 2018-19 academic year is £2900. This includes access to the Veritas online learning system, instruction from the faculty and tutors of SotA, as well as full room and board during the residential periods of study twice a year. (The cost of travel to and from Buckfast Abbey is not included.)

How can I apply?

You can download an application form here.

Please contact us by phone 01364 645660 or email We will be happy to deal with any enquiries you have.

1. Module - one of the units which make up the complete programme, for example Metaphysics (referred to as a course in US terminology).