Our independent students are those Trinity students not currently training for ordination in the Church of England, but seeking theological education for a wide variety of reasons and vocational goals.
At Trinity we offer a first class theological study programme, taught in an accessible way, to students who are not training for ordination. Our independent students join the Trinity community to study theology for a wide range of reasons that include:
Unlike our ordinands, as an independent student, you have the freedom to select many of your own modules, crafting a programme of study that fits your needs and interests. Our theology programmes include the Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Graduate Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma, Master of Arts, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Philosophy. Our MA students have only one compulsory module (Research and Reflection: Resources and Methods) and our undergraduate students are able to select the modules they’d like to complete within required subject areas.
Independent students studying for a Certificate, Diploma or BA as Dispersed or Gathered Learners can choose to follow the Children and Young People (CYP stream). This would particularly suit anyone who plans to be a youth minister or pastor, or who intends to work with young people in some capacity.
Many of your modules would be the same as those of your fellow students, so you would be learning alongside students training for a variety of ministries. You would have the option within these shared modules to focus on issues relating to Children and Young People. In addition, you would do some courses online which are specifically tailored towards Children and Young People; these would be taught in partnership with the Bristol Baptist College as part of their CYP course. We could also work with you and your local church contexts to set up placement experiences to help you gain practical ministerial skills.
If you are eligible for a Relay or Jubilee Scholarship, this will cover the CYP stream.
For more information about what modules you might study as part of the CYP stream or with any other questions, please contact our Academic Vice Principal, Helen Collins, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our independent students, study, live and worship alongside our ordinands and are just as involved in community life.
As an independent dispersed learner, you can pursue full- or part-time independent study at Trinity without leaving your home and current church.
Part-time independent students are able to study theology alongside other work and church commitments.