New: Foundation Award programme

Do you live in the Bristol area, and want to learn more about the Bible to deepen your Christian life and enhance your Christian ministry? Validated by Durham University, Trinity’s new Foundation Award can be completed in one or two years of part-time Tuesday evening classes.

Foundation Award students can choose modules from those offered for the 120-credit Certificate programme. It is possible to register for the Foundation Award and to carry those credits towards the Certificate, if you decide you want to continue into further study. This is a more flexible option for those with limited time available. Foundation Award students participate in an induction session and receive some help with study skills.

This course is ideal for those who wish to begin studying theology while continuing in full- or part-time work. Most of our part-time students enrol because they want to explore their Christian faith, deepen their knowledge of God, and better understand how to apply his Word to the world around them, for the sake of their Christian life and practice, and to equip them for ministry.


Foundation and Certificate classes are taught on Tuesday evenings during term time with some teaching at weekends and during whole weeks. We offer all students free and convenient on-site parking. Lectures start at 7.15pm and run until 9.20pm with a coffee break. If you’d like, each week, you can enjoy a supper in the dining hall with fellow part-time students at 6pm, with a short worship service at 6.40pm, before classes begin.


All of our classes for part-time students are taught by the same faculty members who teach our full-time students.


Modules are taught by Trinity College and Bristol Baptist College faculty and include:

  • Introduction to the Bible
  • Methods of Reading the Bible
  • Introduction to Aspects of Pastoral Theology
  • Elements of Ministry and Mission
  • Introduction to Christian Doctrine and History
  • Introduction to Christian Worship
  • Introduction to Christian Ethics
  • Introduction to a New Testament Book (Mark)


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


‘My heart and head are brimming with all I have learned, and I am determined to apply it to my personal devotional time as well as ministry.’

–Part-time student Kally Adderkin-Hall. Read her story here.



Apply now >


If you have any further questions, please contact Jo Norman: or on 0117 968 0253.


(posted July 2017)

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