Study information


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.

Sensory disabilities

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.

Mobility needs

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 Specialist 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, dyscalculia, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Mel is an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA), and supports students with learning difficulties through individually tailored study skills tutorials. She 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. As Disability Advisor, Mel assists all students at Trinity with additional needs to access suitable support and, if appropriate, to apply for funding through Disabled Student Allowance (DSA). To contact Mel, email mel.lucas@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk or call 0117 968 0206.

 

Information for Needs Assessors >

The library

Our library is at the heart of Trinity’s programme of study and preparation for ministry. It holds over 52,000 items, including books, pamphlets, journals, and audio-visual materials. We are also able to access an extensive collection of electronic journals and other learning resources held by the University of Durham.

The library is open to the Trinity community Monday- Friday, from 8.00 am – 6.00 pm and our librarian is available Monday – Friday, 9.00 am – 4.00 pm. Due to the pandemic, the library is currently closed to outside visitors.

Our fees

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 students access UK government-provided student loans of up to £6,000, and we also offer a 50 percent discount for spouses of current students who are studying full time. 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.

Our fees: 2020-2021 >

If you would like to learn more about the loan options available to you through the government, you can select a link below.

Student Finance England

Student Finance Wales

Student Awards Agency Scotland

Student Finance Northern Ireland

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.

International students

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 in which you are interested. 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.

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