Student Transfer Arrangements

Information is given here for students who are considering transferring programmes in any one of four distinct circumstances:

  1. Transfer to Trinity College from another institution
  2. Transfer to Trinity College from another theological college operating within Common Awards
  3. Transfer within Trinity College from one programme to another
  4. Transfer from Trinity College to another institution

In each of these circumstances the college has set procedures to facilitate the students’ smooth transfer. For policy regarding fee refunds and compensation for discontinuation of study, please refer to the Student Protection Plan.

1.  Transfer to Trinity College from another institution

Those wishing to apply to Trinity from another institution should refer to our admissions policy and procedures where you will find general information about what you need to know to apply and be admitted to the college. You will also find more specific information about what to do if you have already acquired skills and knowledge that would be duplicated in your intended programme at Trinity and if and how this can be taken into account through the accreditation of prior learning (APL). The maximum credit for APL which can be offered is normally one-third of the standard programme. You will also find links to the governing regulations through the Common Awards Scheme with Durham University under which we operate for all undergraduate awards. Transfers of supervision from a postgraduate research programme at another institution can only be considered where at least two-thirds of the programme will be undertaken at Trinity College.

2.  Transfer to Trinity College from another theological college operating under the Common Awards Scheme

Certain theological education institutions (TEIs) operate under a scheme known as Common Awards, which has been set up under an agreement between the Church of England and Durham University. The participant TEIs can be found listed on the Common Awards website at www.dur.ac.uk/common.awards/teis/. The TEIs offer study opportunities to students wishing to study theology within confessional settings. The scheme is designed to facilitate transfer between participating institutions. Should you be interested in such a transfer you should speak to the academic registrar who will consult with the academic dean to ensure that compatibility between the Trinity programme and that offered in the other TEI can be assured. The normal one-third maximum credit for APL does not apply in such cases.

3.  Transfer within Trinity College from one programme to another

In that Trinity College is a single discipline institution offering undergraduate programmes in Theology, Ministry and Mission, there is not the opportunity to change programmes to another discipline. However, there is both opportunity to follow a number of different pathways through the programmes and to move from one programme to another within the general discipline. The extent of choice of pathway will depend on your planned outcomes and that of your sponsor, where applicable, and this should be discussed in the first instance with your personal tutor or the programme leader. If you wish to change your module choice after registration on the module, you should seek advice from the academic registrar as soon as possible. The opportunity to move from one programme to another, for example from the BA programme to the MA programme, will be determined according to the programme regulations and you should discuss these in the first instance with the academic registrar who will seek advice, as needed, from the programme leader or academic dean. Where a move to a higher degree programme is permitted, an early exit qualification may be awarded.

4.  Transfer from Trinity College to another institution

If you wish to transfer from Trinity to another institution within Common Awards or outside Common Awards, you should discuss this in the first instance with your personal tutor or with the academic registrar. Advice will be taken as appropriate from the academic dean. The college will provide an academic reference, where required. Where the transfer to another institution involves early exit from a programme, early exit qualifications may be awarded or statements of credit issued. In such cases you should speak in the first instance to the academic registrar. Transfer of research programmes to another institution will be subject to the arrangements of that institution. Advice should be sought from the postgraduate research office.

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