Teaching, learning, and support

To enable all students to reach their potential, we provide learning support throughout your time at Trinity. All undergraduate students attend study skills sessions at the start of their programme, and further one-to-one support is also available. All students on undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes are allocated a pastoral group tutor who is available to give support and advice if needed, in addition to weekly tutor group meetings. We also have several chaplains on staff, who are available to be a listening ear and to pray with you about any needs or concerns.

Some of our students have been out of education for a number of years, or have not studied at degree level before. Many do not consider themselves to be particularly academic, and many have additional learning needs. Students who have been assessed as having specific learning or other needs may access further support if this is needed: see below.

For ordinands and independent students on Relay Scholarships who are not quite ready for degree-level study, we have a new 3-year diploma track, which allows the student to study the Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission (normally completed in two years) over three years instead. 

Our Tutor for Academic Inclusion, Howard Worsley (see below), runs study skills clinics and is there to support any students who have economic, cultural or class barriers to study. We also have academic mentors – fellow students who are available to support you in your academic studies.

Disability and Learning Support

Academic Inclusion

We all learn differently

We understand that everyone learns in a different way and aim to support you in your studies, whatever your learning style, experience or academic background. At Trinity, you will learn through a combination of:

  • Classroom lectures (through term time and block weeks)
  • Smaller seminars or discussion groups
  • School of Leadership lectures and discussions
  • Your own time spent reading, studying, and in the completion of required tasks
  • Experiential learning through church placements
  • Experiential learning through community placements
  • Interaction with tutors and fellow students through pastoral groups and in other settings
  • Outside speakers invited to college to preach, teach, and participate in special events and workshops
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"I fundamentally didn't believe I could study at university level - I'd always struggled at school. Thanks to Mel [Trinity's study support tutor] I was diagnosed with dyslexia. I have found it so freeing to discover that I am actually smart and that I can do things, just in a different way. Since then my grades have gone from in the 40s to one that hit 70. I'm engaging more with my lectures and I'm so much more involved - it just makes me happier because I'm enjoying studying."


Certificate in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission

Three-year 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)


Postgraduate research

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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