Through dispersed learning, you can live anywhere in the country yet still benefit from studying with us and being part of our communnity.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 0117 968 0254.
Block weeks start at lunchtime 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.
The balance of study and time spent in context is designed to facilitate a high quality rigorous academic programme integrated with contextual engagement.
Community placements help diversify your experiences of mission and ministry, while also helping you engage with people who are different from yourself, think theologically about what ministry looks like in a ‘secular’ context, and think about what role the church might play in partnership with other organisations. Community placements can be completed in a wide variety of contexts, whether in your local area or beyond. As part of this experience, you will engage in theological reflection on pastoral issues that might arise during the placement.
You will use our video conferencing facility or other virtual means to connect with your cohort and tutors. This time offers additional support for learning in context and formation. Students who are local may choose to attend these sessions in person.
We stay in regular contact with our dispersed learners in their context and closely liaise with context supervisors. The college offers support and training for the supervisors who facilitate your engagement in context, and supervisors are aware of your academic modules and assignments in order to help you integrate theory and practice in supervision sessions. Such integration will also be a strong theme of the seminars at college, as our tutors ensure that you relate your studies to your ministry.
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. It normally takes three years to complete a part-time ordination programme as a DL, earning 80 credits a year.
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.
If you have further questions, just get in touch with our admissions team and they’ll be happy to talk with you about the financial implications of your training.