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London School of Theology

Location: North-west of London, within M25 Show on Map

Site: Single site in Northwood

Specialist theological college 

Student Population

Total Students:327
Undergraduates:64%
Postgraduates:36%
FE Students:0%

Undergraduates

Total undergraduates:208
Male:52%
Female:48%
Full Time:76%
Mature on Entry:78%
UK Students:73%

Teaching Staff

18 full-time, 9 part-time + visiting lecturers

Broad study areas

Religious studies, theology 

Freshers

Admission Information:Requires academic qualifications and life skills appropriate to theological studies in a Christian setting. UCAS tariff not used.  
Drop Out Rate:0%
Accommodation:Some first years housed, who want it

Institution

Founded:1943 as the London Bible College; name changed to London School of Theology in 2004.
Site:9-acre site, north-west of London. 
How to get there:Metropolitan line to Northwood; by road off A404 Rickmansworth Road. 

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Doctor, counsellor. 
Amenities:Bookshop on premises; games room, tennis courts, football pitch, gym, music rooms, kitchens, TV lounge. 
Accommodation:100 students (all years) in School accommodation (28% of all students); full-board £4776 per year (£4092 for shared room), term time only. Non-residents pay an amenity fee of £1107 pa (or £672 excluding lunch).

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:50,000 volumes, 200 periodicals, 100 study places. Information provision, £100 pa spent for each student (FTE). Separate IT service, access 24 hours/day. Ratio 1:22 workstations to students. Wireless access and internet in library, plus network points in all student rooms (for students’ own machines). IT support from 2 full-time staff; full induction to library and information services for new students.
Study abroad:Partners in training mission sandwich - run in conjunction with Latin Link in South America.  
Careers:Christian ministry, missionary work, RE teaching, youth and children’s work, Christian counselling and general marketplace.

Money

Living expenses budget:A minimum budget of £8000−£10,000 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended by the School. 
Term-time work:The School allows term-time work for full-time students (but encouraged to discuss this with tutors). Work sometimes available on campus in kitchen, waiting on tables during conferences, maintenance.  
Financial help:Total available £62,345 own funds, 30 students helped. Special help: international students, self-financing students.
University tuition fees:All full-time students pay £5754 pa (£6891 for courses involving music).

Courses

Academic features:

Courses in theology; theology, music & worship; and theology & counselling. Subjects fall into four main categories: biblical studies; theological studies; missiological studies and applied theology (incl placements). Postgraduate programmes, taught and research-based.

Awarding body:

Middlesex University

Main undergraduate awards:

BA

Length of courses:

3 years; 1-2 years (Cert HE, Dip HE)

Main subjects offered:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Counselling
  • Music
  • Religious Studies
  • Theology

Student view

Living

An interdenominational evangelical centre for undergraduate and postgraduate theology. Its academic record is impressive due to both the high standard of teaching and the characteristic dedication of students - the vast majority have a real desire to learn. It's an international community: around 25% of students are international, many studying with English as their second language. Roughly a third of students live on campus - a spacious site in the suburb of Northwood - just 30 mins from central London. Reasonable on-site facilities include a sports pitch, tennis courts, a laundry and a student centre which has TV rooms, gym, kitchen and games room. The college embraces new technology and boasts an outstanding level of hi-tech equipment for student use; all rooms have points for both advanced phone system and high-speed internet connection. Good music facilities form part of the theology, music & worship course. As well as the more traditional theology degrees, theology and counselling is offered to keep up-to-date and equip the church with trained Christian counsellors. Excellent library facilities; well-stocked by the prolific authorship of the LST faculty. Student-faculty relations are excellent; the faculty are friendly and approachable. Confidential pastoral support provided. The college has a warm and friendly atmosphere, with mutual respect and encouragement.

Summary

Housing: Expensive housing area but college has a list of cheap digs. Eats: College meals not bad; most special dietary needs catered for. Several pubs and restaurants in Northwood offer good, reasonably priced food. Nightlife: Not much in immediate vicinity but Watford and Harrow are close at hand, as is London. Sports: LST Tigers is successful college football team. Most sports facilities available locally. Financial help: Independent, so without government support. Tuition fees are high although bursaries available and a fee loan helps.  

Past Students

Os Guinness (author and social critic), Clive Calver (Evangelical Alliance), Terry Virgo (New Frontiers).  

More info?

Enquiries to student president.

Contact

Address:

London School of Theology
Green Lane
Northwood
HA6 2UW
Middlesex

Tel:

01923 456000

Email:

registrar@lst.ac.uk

Website:

www.lst.ac.uk

Student enquiries:

Registrar

Application:

Direct

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