Mature Students

A non-traditional route into Theological Study

The College is committed to the idea of ‘widening participation’ – to supporting students into study and through study who may not have had every advantage in life – students from every background, every age, all ethnicities.  Part of our strategic vision is to ““develop flexible and accessible approaches to education for all, recruiting widely for a diverse student body.”  You can read our formal commitment to this in our Access and Participation Plan, which is a detailed outline of ways in which we intend to commit resources to this.

So – You might be considering theological study as part of a career change or following early retirement. If so, we appreciate you’ll have a wealth of valuable experience – but not necessarily the latest entry qualifications.

However, if you can demonstrate at least three years relevant experience and/or non-traditional qualifications, you might still be eligible through the non-traditional student admission process. A pass in English Language at GCSE level or its equivalent is normally required for non-traditional student entry.

As evidence of your ability to cope with the demands of the course, we may invite you to complete an entry examination. This would normally be completed at the College, often as part of an entry interview process.

If you would like to speak with someone about the possibility of entry with non-traditional qualifications, or with any questions relating to studying as a mature student, then please email the Admissions Office.