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When you join our gathered learning mode of study, you join into a vibrant Bristol community rooted in Christ’s Beatitudes. At Trinity, we believe theology is best studied in community together. This holistic experience will help all you learn to impact how you live, lead, and interact with others. So that’s what you’ll be signing up for: becoming rooted in a diverse, lively, messy family of people striving to become Christ-like leaders, encouraging one another to pursue God and his kingdom so that more people can know the joy of relationship with him.

Learn in community and in context

Full-time independent students have the option to be connected with church placement experiences, Tutor Groups (smaller groups of students who meet weekly with a designated Trinity tutor), and times set aside for practicing spiritual disciplines in our wider community. 

An independent student is selected each year to participate in our Student Exec, and Trinity Tutor in New Testament Dr Jamie Davies serves as Tutor for Independent Students. Both the exec rep and tutor act as liaisons to represent our independent students in the college leadership, and are available to hear any concerns, questions, or ideas.

Independent hub

Our independent students also have the option to meet weekly on Friday mornings in an ‘independent hub’ group facilitated by Tutor in New Testament Dr Jamie Davies and Tutor in Christian Doctrine Dr Justin Stratis for encouragement, support, and ongoing book discussions. Recent discussions have included Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Discipleship and The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr.

Programmes of study

These are the academic programmes options available to those studying with us in our full-time gathered learning community. To discuss which programme might best fit you, contact our admissions officer via email at admissions@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk or phone at 0117 968 0254.

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. Those who complete the certificate programme as full-time students will gain the additional benefits of a deeper engagement in the Trinity community.

WHAT IS INVOLVED?

All certificate students complete taught modules totalling 120 credits. Full-time certificate students can choose to join our gathered learning community in Bristol on Tuesday, Thursday, and/or Friday mornings, or to join our dispersed learners, who come to college in block weeks throughout the year for classes. Part-time certificate students can join us for classes on Tuesday nights. Certificate students also participate in an induction week and study skills sessions. Take a look at our sample module list to see some of topics with which you may engage.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED?

At least one A-level or equivalent. Relevant work experience may be considered. Applicants will need to demonstrate their potential to benefit from study at this level. The certificate provides the ideal foundation to theology and, should you be considering the possibility of studying towards an MA in the long term, it best translates into studying at MA level (as long as the mark obtained in the certificate meets Durham’s minimum requirement, and you have a previous degree in any discipline of at least a 2.1).

TIME MANAGEMENT

Full-time study will require about the same amount of work as a full-time job, so you will need to plan your time accordingly.

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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If you are interested in completing the certificate as a full-time student, please contact Alison Branston (admissions@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk or 0117 968 0254). If you would like to complete the certificate as a part-time student, please contact Jo Norman (jo.norman@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk or 0117 968 0253).

 

Diploma

The Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission takes two years to complete when studied full 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 (120 credits in each year of study). Take a look at our sample module list for an idea of the topics with which you may engage.

This programme is available both to our gathered learning community in Bristol (who meet throughout the week for classes) and to our dispersed learners (who come to college in block weeks for classes).

 

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BA

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theology, Ministry and Mission takes three years to complete when studied full 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 sample module list for an idea of the topics with which you may engage.

This programme is available both to our gathered learning community in Bristol (who meet throughout the week for classes) and to our dispersed learners (who come to college in block weeks for classes).

 

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Graduate Diploma

The Graduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission takes one year to complete when studied full time and is accredited by Durham University.

This programme is most suitable for someone who has completed either a diploma or foundation degree in theology and is looking to progress towards the MA. We only offer the Graduate Diploma to students who have completed 240 credits of theology elsewhere. 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 sample module list for an idea of the topics with which you may engage.

 

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Postgraduate Diploma

The Postgraduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission takes one year to complete when studied full 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 sample module list for an idea of the topics with which you may engage.

 

Teaching, learning, and support >

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MA

The Master of Arts in Theology, Ministry and Mission takes one year to complete when studied full 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 to gain 180 credits: 120 through taught modules and 60 through a 15,000-word dissertation. Take a look at our sample module list for an idea of the topics with which you may engage.

 

Teaching, learning, and support >

What assessment methods does Trinity use in this programme? >

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What happens after your programme? >

 

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