Frequently asked questions, and some answers

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Is distance learning available?
We currently do not offer distance learning. We have courses of varying duration and learning events. Keep in touch for updates by signing up for our newsletter or following us on Twitter or liking us on Facebook

How do I apply?
Just click on our Enquire now section.

How can I fund my course?
Visit the Finance page for full information on fees, student loans, and available bursaries.

Can I visit?
Scottish School of Christian Mission reaches out to new students by means of networking and social media. For example, we take part in conferences and we host events during the year at the sites where we work. Find out about meeting opportunities by signing up for our newsletter or following us on Twitter or liking us on Facebook. We operate an open door policy and individuals may contact the teaching staff by email.

Can overseas students attend?
Current UK legislation does not allow us to provide visas to students from outside the European Union. Applications from people from countries within the EU, or who already have the right to remain in the UK, are very welcome.

What about accommodation?
We do not currently operate an accommodation service, but a simple online search will provide information on the wide variety of student accommodation that is available in Glasgow.

Were you previously International Christian College (ICC)?
Yes, we were. ICC closed in Summer 2015. It then relaunched as Scottish School of Christian Mission. which offers a different approach to training for mission. Unlike ICC it has no formal teaching centre, but instead delivers training in a practical fieldwork setting supported by classroom learning. The formation of Scottish School for Christian Mission was inspired by the heritage of ICC and it has stewardship of the Grogan Library, which was based at ICC and is now at our administrative centre in Parkhead, Glasgow. Read more at New life.

Are you open to people of all faiths or none?
Yes. Students of all ages and from all walks of life can study at Scottish School of Christian Mission. Applications are welcome from any student who offers the potential to meet the aims and objectives of the programme. Some people come straight from school, others after a life of work. Many of our courses have entry requirements, but not all do. If you want to apply but have non-traditional qualifications then please get in contact. In the case of programmes which include a placement component, admission will also depend on whether it is possible to find a placement for the student of the nature required by the programme and appropriate to the individual concerned.

What are your beliefs?
Scottish School of Christian Mission subscribes to the Lausanne Covenant. In addition the college requires all academic staff to sign a Basis of Faith document annually, as follows:
a) The unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the Godhead.
b) The sovereignty of God in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgement.
c) The divine inspiration and infallibility of Holy Scripture as originally given, and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
d) The universal sinfulness and guilt of human nature since the fall, rendering all men and women subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
e) The full deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God; His virgin birth and real and sinless humanity; His death on the cross, bodily resurrection and present reign in heaven and earth.
f) Redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death once for all time of our representative and substitute, Jesus Christ, the only mediator between God and men and women.
g) Justification as God’s act of undeserved mercy, in which sinners are pardoned all their sins, and accepted as righteous in God’s sight, only because of the righteousness of Christ imputed to them, this justification being received by faith alone.
h) The need for the Holy Spirit to make the work of Christ effective to individual sinners, granting them repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ.
i) The indwelling of the Holy Spirit in all those thus regenerated, producing in them an increasing likeness to Christ in character and behaviour, and empowering them for their witness in the world.
j) The one holy universal Church, which is the Body of Christ, and to which all true believers belong.
k) The future personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge all men and women, executing God’s just condemnation on the impenitent and receiving the redeemed to eternal glory.