Explore part-time ordination training

Our part-time training gives you the ability to prepare for leadership in the Church of England alongside other work and ministry commitments.

It normally takes three years to complete a part-time ordination programme. The programme is flexible, so you can work part-time while you study. Students are able to complete diploma-level training through a combination of residential block weeks and weekly virtual teaching and tutor groups.

Want to learn more about flexible ordination training at Trinity? Contact our admissions team or call 0117 968 0254.

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Paul, part-time ordinand

"It is a great blessing to be able to combine part-time ordination training alongside full-time work. Trinity is the ideal place to do this, and we still get to spend time with the full-time students too. My placement church is close to where I live, so I get to work, study and experience new church contexts while living at home."

Studying at Trinity

Those training for ordination with us on a part-time basis work towards a Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission.

The course is accredited by Durham University, and to be able to get on to the programme you’ll need to have at least two A levels or the equivalent. The diploma is assessed at Levels 4 and 5, and you’re required to complete 240 credits. Learn more about our learning and disability support >

Your context church experience is important not just for the hands-on leadership training it gives you, but because it forms the context for your assessed learning.

In most cases, our part-time ordinands remain in their current church, and we will work with you to make sure that you have a supportive environment and good supervision from an experienced church leader.

You will meet regularly with both your supervising vicar and with a Trinity tutor to discuss your context experiences.

Read more about our fees here. The standard Church of England funding for ordinand tuition fees is available for you in the same way as for full-time students, although it’s expected that your living costs will be covered personally. However, you can also get a small allowance from central church funds for books and travel expenses.

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.

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David, part-time ordinand

"I'm so grateful to have been given the opportunity to follow my calling into ordained ministry whilst continuing to run my business. I see my customer-base as my 'mission-field' with so many wonderful opportunities to share God's love on a daily basis."

Programmes

Certificate in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Graduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Postgraduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Master of Arts in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Modes of Study

Ordination Training

Theological Study (Independent)

Programmes

Postgraduate research
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Come and visit us

The best way to find out if we’re the right fit for you is to come and visit us. We have several Open Days and Open Afternoons during the course of a year. If those dates don’t work for you, don’t worry – we can arrange for you to visit another time. We look forward to meeting you!

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