Whether you’re engaging with higher education for the first time or returning to it after many years, it can be a challenge to get into (or back into) the patterns and habits of study.
We’ve tried to provide the basic practical information you’ll need to help you get your head around what’s involved in studying with us, but if there’s anything else you want to know just get in touch.
Learning and disability support
We’re committed to supporting students with a range of additional needs. At Trinity, a specialist practitioner, Mel Lucas, can advise and support students throughout their time here. For more information about Mel’s role, see below.
Specific learning difficulties (SpLDs)
Through our Study Support Tutor, we can provide in-house screening for learning difficulties, such as dyslexia and dyspraxia, prior to formal assessment. We also offer one-to-one support for learning strategies. Funds are available through the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) for equipment and learning support.
We’re able to offer tailored support for deaf students with help from Bristol Diocese’s Chaplain to the Deaf Community. Our Disability Advisor will help students with visual difficulties or other additional needs to gain the appropriate assessment of their needs.
Unseen disabilities and medical conditions
These include asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis and back conditions. Our Disability Advisor can help students access help they may be entitled to through the DSA and, where necessary, plan for alternative exam arrangements.
We’re committed to making what reasonable adjustments we can to our infrastructure and processes to help students with mobility difficulties to engage as fully as possible with life and learning at Trinity.
Disability Advisor and Study Support Tutor
Mel is a qualified specialist teacher offering a variety of support for students with specific learning difficulties. She provides screening for dyslexia, dyspraxia, and attention deficit disorder (ADD) and supports students through individual study skills tutorials. She is an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA); she also holds an Irlen Screening Certificate and is able to help students with problems of visual stress and perception. Mel has had a long career in language teaching; she has been an examiner for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and a teacher of deaf children. She can also give help in academic English to those returning to formal education after a lengthy break. As Disability Advisor, Mel assists all students at Trinity with additional needs to access the appropriate support. To contact Mel, email email@example.com or call 0117 968 0206.
Our overseas students add wonderful richness to the Trinity community, bringing diverse experiences of ministry, mission and wider church life.
Trinity’s theology programmes are all validated by either Durham University or the University of Aberdeen. They are at a high academic level, so you’ll need to look carefully at the details of exactly what academic qualifications you need for the programme you’re interested in. We also require you to have an IELTS (International English Language Test Score) of 6.5 if you’re applying for an undergraduate course and an overall IELTS score of 7 if you want to take on postgraduate work. The English language test must have been taken within the last two years.
You’ll also need to be sure that you can fund your time of study in the UK: on average it costs our international students £15,000 per year to cover fees and living expenses.
If you want more general information about the practicalities of studying in the UK, the Home Office website is a helpful place to start, or if you want to know more about studying at Trinity specifically then just get in touch with our admissions team today.
Our library offers 50,000 books, journals and audio-visual materials; we subscribe to 54 current periodicals and have access to many more through the British Library and the Association of British Theological and Philosophical Libraries (ABTAPL).
We’re able to make use of the extensive collection of electronic journals and other learning resources held by both the University of Bristol and Durham University and can also access the library at Bristol Baptist College.
The library is open to the Trinity community seven days a week, 8.00 am – 9.30 pm and our wonderful librarian is available Monday – Friday, 9.00 am – 4.00 pm.
If you’re studying theology on a diocesan course or at another UK college or university, and would like to make use of the Trinity library, just email our librarian about becoming a member. External access to the library is Monday – Friday, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm.
Anyone who wants to study the Bible and their faith more deeply should be able to have that opportunity, so we try to keep our fees as low as possible while keeping the quality of our theological education high.
We do everything we can to help our UK/EU students access UK government-provided student loans, and we also have a fee discount available for student spouses if they’re interested in studying with us – a 50 percent reduction in tuition fees when they register for any of our programmes. Eligible students may access student finance and DSA support. At the moment, we are unfortunately unable to help our US students obtain US federal aid.
We’d be happy to talk further with you about your options if money worries are what’s stopping you from engaging with the Trinity community – just get in touch with our admissions team today.
Student complaints policies
If you would like to make a complaint about an aspect of your programme, a staff member or tutor, or another student, you can find Trinity’s procedures for complaints here.
The documents available below are particularly relevant to those studying or working with us, but are provided here for the benefit of our various partners.
Through Trinity College Bristol’s new dispersed learning track, ordinands have the option to train at Trinity without moving home. 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. Trinity’s dispersed learners […]
Last summer three Trinity students engaged in learning experiences that broadened their understanding of the global church, and what it can mean to be a Christian and to be a vicar. Ordinand Rebecca Heath-Taylor completed a placement in Harare, Zimbabwe with a charity called Cross-Over. Cross-Over aims to meet the educational needs of poor communities […]
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[This post was originally a testimony shared last week by current Trinity student Amy White in chapel with our community of residential students.] There are many testimonies that I could share about God’s faithfulness in my life over the years, but today I want to share with you about how he has been working in […]