Part-Time Pathway Programmes and Courses

Students on the Ripon College Cuddesdon Part-Time Pathway usually take one of the programmes offered through Durham University Common Awards - Certificate, Diploma, BA or MA. Programmes can also be tailored to most people's personal circumstances and needs.

Depending on a student's prior qualifications and availability, Part-Time Pathway (Accelerated) students may be able to register for a University of Oxford MTh.

A wide range of modules are available under the Common Awards scheme. At Cuddesdon they are grouped, so as to provide a rich and rounded curriculum, into the following three areas: (1) Biblical Studies, (2) Doctrine, History, Liturgy and Ethics, and (3) Pastoral Studies. 

As with all Church of England training for Christian ministry and mission, admission onto one of these programmes will depend on prior qualifications (including the prior formal study of theology) and age at the start of training. It is possible to make a claim for Accredited Prior Learning (APL) on a case by case basis for undergraduate programmes. The credits gained in the successful completion of a Common Award programme will provide a foundation for further study as well.

Teaching and Learning

Programmes are delivered through a variety of teaching and learning methods (e.g. lectures, seminars, placements). These are supported by a student's own reading, and may also involve class discussions and activities to complete outside of class.

For learners with specific learning needs (e.g. dyslexia) and for those who are returning to full-time education following a long gap, support is available.

Sample Programme for Three Year Diploma/BA

Tues Eve Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Block 1 Mission and Ministry Christian Ethics NT Studies: General Epistles
Block 2 Introduction to Old Testament Pastoral Care Christology
Block 3 Early and Medieval Church History Introduction to Christian Doctrine Denominational Ministry and Mission
Block 4 Gospels OT Studies: Historical Books, Wisdom and Poetry Soteriology
Block 5

Spirituality and Discipleship: Character Formation

OT Studies: Prophets and Apocrypha Anglican History and Principles
Block 6 Reformation Church History NT Studies: Paul Turnings

Weekends

Autumn 1 Year 1 Induction
  Year 2 Listening in Public and Pastoral Ministry
  Year 3 Global Mission and Theologies
Autumn 2 Year 1 Christian Worship and Preaching
  Year 2 Spirituality and Discipleship: Spiritual Practices
  Year 3 Social Justice and Community Engagement
Autumn 3 Year 1 Developing Theological Reflection
  Year 2 Creation and Creativity
  Year 3 Marriage in Ministry and Mission
Spring  Year 1 Christian Worship and Preaching
  Year 2 Death, Dying and Bereavement
  Year 3 Biblical Interpretation
Summer Year 1 Christian Worship and Preaching
  Year 2 Community Placement Reflection
  Year 3 Preparation for Ministry
  All Elective Workshops
Week Year 1 Christianity and Interfaith Engagement
  Year 2 Sacramental Theology and Ministry: Baptism & Eucharist
  Year 3 Collaborative Leadership