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|
Spirituality and Discipleship: Character Formation
|OT Studies: Prophets and Apocrypha||Anglican History and Principles|
|Block 6||Reformation Church History||NT Studies: Paul||Turnings|
|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|
|Week||Year 1||Christianity and Interfaith Engagement|
|Year 2||Sacramental Theology and Ministry: Baptism & Eucharist|
|Year 3||Collaborative Leadership|