Explore part-time study


If you want to engage in theological study alongside your current work, church, or family commitments, consider joining us part time.

Some of our part-timers have secular jobs, some are stay-at-home parents, and others are involved in ministry, but all of them are with us because they’re keen to go deeper with their faith and to understand more about God’s Word and how it affects and directs everyday life. If that resonates with you, then we hope you’ll explore joining us.

The main teaching sessions for our part-time programmes are held on Tuesday evenings. However, if you are available during the day, you may also be able to participate in modules scheduled into our full-time programme on Tuesday mornings and afternoons. You can take a look at our timetable to get a clearer picture of how the Trinity week is structured.

Consider also what type of part-time student you’d like to become:

  • Would you like to work toward a Certificate, or simply register for one module at a time, whenever a topic comes up that grabs your interest? For more information about these options, email our part-time admissions team or call 0117 968 0253.
  • Would you like to work toward completing one of our other validated qualifications at an undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate level as a part-time student? For more information about these options, email admissions@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk or call 0117 968 0254.

Take a look at Trinity’s programme options…

 

Certificate in Theology, Ministry and Mission

This programme is validated by Durham University. The Certificate is the equivalent of the first year of a three-year degree course; modules are taught at Level 4.

WHO IS IT FOR?

This course is ideal for those wishing to begin studying theology. With careful time management, it is possible to study alongside a full- or part-time job. The part-time student community consists of a mixture of ages and church backgrounds. A few will be preparing for Anglican Ordination but most will be wanting to explore their Christian faith and deepen their knowledge of God to equip them for their current or future ministry.

WHAT IS INVOLVED?

All students will complete taught modules totalling 120 credits (12 subjects). This can be completed in 2 or 3 years but a minimum of 40 credits must be achieved each year. It is taught on Tuesday evenings during term time with some teaching at weekends and occasional week-long modules. Lectures start at 7.15pm and run until 9.15pm with a coffee break. Students can choose to come for supper at 6pm and also join us for a short service at 6.40pm. It may also be possible to participate in modules in the daytime on Tuesdays.

Modules are taught by Trinity College and Bristol Baptist College faculty and include: Introduction to the Bible: New Testament and Old Testament, Methods of Reading the Bible, Introduction to Aspects of Pastoral Care, Elements of Ministry and Mission in Context, Introduction to Christian Doctrine and History, Christian Ethics, and Mark.

There will be an induction session and some help with study skills.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED?

At least 1 A-level or equivalent. Relevant work experience may be considered. Applicants will need to demonstrate their potential to benefit from study at this level.

TIME MANAGEMENT

We estimate that students need to study for around 8 hours a week in addition to attending lectures. Obviously this will be dependent on an individual’s study style.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO ATTEND CLASSES BUT NOT DO THE ASSESSED COURSE?

The teaching is available to those who wish to attend lectures without the pressure of having to write assignments. Students can choose one or two modules that interest them rather than having to do the whole course.

HOW DO I APPLY?

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Please contact Jo Norman with any questions: j.norman@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk or 0117 968 0253.

 

Diploma

The Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission can take three or four years to complete when studied part time and is accredited by Durham University.

Most Trinity students are over the age of 21; however, if you’re a school leaver who is interested in studying with us then just get in touch with our admissions team who will talk with you about your options. Although most candidates will need to have at least two A levels, or equivalent, greater weight is placed on references, interviews and other evidence of motivation and academic ability.

International students need to have an IELTS (International English Language Test Score) of 6.5 and the English language test must have been taken within the last two years.

The Diploma is assessed at Levels 4 and 5 and you’re required to take enough modules to add up to 240 credits. Take a look at our module list to see the different topics you’ll have a chance to engage with on this programme.

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BA

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theology, Ministry and Mission can take four, five or six years to complete when studied part time and is accredited by Durham University.

Most Trinity students are over the age of 21; however, if you’re a school leaver who is interested in studying with us then just get in touch with our admissions team who will talk with you about your options. Although most candidates will need to have at least three A levels, or equivalent, greater weight is placed on references, interviews and other evidence of motivation and academic ability.

International students need to have an IELTS (International English Language Test Score) of 6.5 and the English language test must have been taken within the last two years.

The BA (Hons) is assessed at Levels 4, 5 and 6 and you’re required to take enough modules to add up to 360 credits (120 credits in each year of study). Take a look at our module list to see the different topics you’ll have a chance to engage with on this programme.

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Graduate Diploma

The Graduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission can take two or three years to complete when studied part time and is accredited by Durham University.

To be able to get on to the programme you’ll need to have a first-class or upper-second degree in an academic discipline (if you already have an Undergraduate degree in Theology, you can do the Postgraduate Diploma or MA.)

International students need to have an IELTS (International English Language Test Score) of 6.5 and the English language test must have been taken within the last two years.

The GradDip is assessed at Levels 5 and 6 and you’re required to take enough modules to add up to 120 credits. Take a look at our module list to see the different topics you’ll have a chance to engage with on this programme.

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Postgraduate Diploma

The Postgraduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission can take two or three  years to complete when studied part time and is accredited by Durham University.

To qualify for entry to the PGDip you need:

> a first-class or upper-second degree in Theology or a closely related discipline
or
> a Graduate Diploma in Theology
or
> a first-class or upper-second degree in a non-theological discipline plus a Certificate in Theology with an overall average of at least 60%

International students need to have an IELTS (International English Language Test Score) of 7 and the English language test must have been taken within the last two years.

The PGDip is assessed at Levels 6 and 7 and you’re required to take enough modules to add up to 120 credits. (If you only complete 60 credits then you can still leave with a Postgraduate Certificate). Take a look at our module list to see the different topics you’ll have a chance to engage with on this programme.

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MA

The Master of Arts in Theology, Ministry and Mission can take two or three years to complete when studied part time and is accredited by Durham University.

To qualify for entry to the MA you need:

> a first-class or upper-second degree in Theology or a closely related discipline
or
> a Graduate Diploma in Theology
or
> a first-class or upper-second degree in a non-theological discipline plus a Certificate in Theology with an overall average of at least 60%

International students need to have an IELTS (International English Language Test Score) of 7 and the English language test must have been taken within the last two years.

The MA is assessed at Levels 6 and 7 and you’re required gain 180 credits: 120 through taught modules and 60 through a 15,000-word dissertation. Take a look at our module list to see the different topics you’ll have a chance to engage with on this programme.

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Find out more about our fees, timetables and other practicalities of studying with us >

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