Explore non-residential (dispersed) learning

Through dispersed learning, you can live anywhere in the country yet still benefit from studying with us and being part of our communnity.

Studying at Trinity

Our dispersed learners can complete the Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission in two years or the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theology, Ministry and Mission in three years, both accredited by Durham University.

For further information about dispersed learning contact admissions@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk or 0117 968 0254.

Dispersed learning students attend college for six block weeks during the academic year, during which you are fully immersed in the Trinity community, eating, worshipping and studying together, socialising, cementing friendships and having fun. You stay in accommodation on-site, and have your own single study bedroom. All meals are provided while you’re at college to allow you to focus on your studies.

Block weeks start at midday on Monday (although you’re welcome to arrive on Sunday evening), and end at lunchtime on Friday to give you time to travel and to keep Sundays free for your context commitments. Our students find that this timetable fits well around family life – it enables you to spend weekends with your family and attend your usual church without disruption.

The first block week is in September, at the start of the academic year, and is a welcome week with some teaching. There are four other teaching block weeks. The sixth block week in May is a retreat/formation week.

During block weeks, we make time for reflection and build community within our DL cohorts.

If you’re on Instagram, have a look at our DL takeover in our highlights to get a flavour of what block weeks look like.

During the rest of the year your time is organised as follows:
  • Two-and-a-half days in personal study a week, plus half a day via Zoom in seminars with your tutor group.
  • For independent students the rest of the week is free for study or whatever work or ministry you are involved in.
During the weeks between block weeks, students log into a weekly virtual tutor group and seminar.

You will use our video conferencing facility or other virtual means to connect with your cohort and tutors.

Yes! We have recently introduced a part-time DL programme, which still enables you to access all the advantages of the full-time DL programme, complete with block weeks and online sessions. Your chosen course will take a year or so longer than if you were studying full time.

Each year you will come to Trinity for four block weeks which are spaced throughout the year. For the rest of the year you will take part in weekly virtual tutor groups. You will also have online teaching on some Wednesday afternoons.

You can read more about our fees here. We also have several scholarships available – read more about them here.
If you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team and they’ll be happy to talk with you about the financial side of studying at Trinity.
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Nigel, second year DL

With our DL family, we go through everything together. It is a true community where everything is shared, and everyone is loved. I am in no doubt that these friendships will last throughout our ministries as we continue to offer each other support.


Certificate in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Three-year Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Graduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Postgraduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Master of Arts in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Modes of Study

Ordination Training

Theological Study (Independent)


Postgraduate research

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