Admissions for September 2020: Frequently Asked Questions

Have admissions stopped for September 2020 in the light of the coronavirus pandemic?
Absolutely not!  We’re still receiving applications for 2020 entry – the closing dates for applying are:
• Monday 11 May 2020 for postgraduate and RPL applications
• Friday 29 May (12 noon) for undergraduate applications
Find out all you need to know about the application and admissions process here.  You’ll see a key thing is to have your sending minister’s reference submitted at the same time as your application to maximise the speed with which we can process your application. 

How are you handling interview days?
We are currently conducting all interviews via zoom, and are continuing to do interviews on the published interview day dates. So when we receive an application, as soon as we are at the stage of inviting you to interview, we will invite you to one of the interview dates that you can make, or if you can't make any of the published dates, we will be glad to arrange an interview at an alternative mutually convenient time.  

I’m a potential ordinand yet to go to BAP.  What should I do about applying to college?
Ministry Division have changed the way they are conducting BAPs to ensure that candidates can still be assessed with a view to starting training in September 2020.  If you have a BAP date after our closing date for applying, please do contact us in the Admissions Office to let us know your situation so we can discuss with you the best way through the application process with us. 

How can I find out more about Oak Hill if I can’t visit the college at the present time?
You can find out a lot without visiting us:
• watch our virtual Open Morning here
• read about the programmes in more detail here
• read about ‘Life at Oak Hill’ and watch our student videos here
• if you’re asking the question ‘why Oak Hill?’ watch our video here
• if you have any questions please contact the Admissions Office via the form here; we will also be glad to arrange an online conversation with you.  

What will college life and study look like at Oak Hill in September 2020?
As the government starts to set out the roadmap for unlocking the economy and easing lockdown, we are conscious that it is not clear at this stage what life will be like in September.  However, it is becoming increasingly clear that it is very unlikely to be fully normal.  With that in mind we are already actively considering every aspect of college life and how best we might do everything, so that we are both complying with government guidance to minimise risk, and are able to maximise the ways in which we can live and study in community, even if some elements are done ‘virtually’.   

We are currently assessing how best we can make use of the space we have and are developing plans for a variety of aspectsof college life:
- how might we do physical teaching with social distancing given the amount of floor space we have available per student?- how can we embrace use of the extensive grounds we are blessed with?
- how can we develop alternative modes of being in community?
- how can we ensure that any digital provision we may still have to use in September is done in community?

We have in mind not just teaching, but also fellowship groups, tutorials, chapel, study, using the library, praying and socialising together, amongst other things.  We also recognise that some aspects ofcollege life are currently more uncertain for the start of September, particularly the provision of college lunches and the crèche, but we are working through options for these too. 

We will give a further update towards the end of June to give more of an idea as to the shape of the start of the academic year.  And as government guidance changes over the coming months, we are committed to responding appropriately and as quickly as we can as it does. 

We are also working together with applicants to address any funding queries and offer bursary support where there is financial hardship or the coronavirus has impacted funding plans..

I’d like to study from September 2020 but would it be better to defer?
If you’re unsure about this, we would encourage you to still apply for September 2020 entry and proceed as if you’re planning to start training in September.  Then if, as the coronavirus situation unfolds, you think you would prefer to defer to September 2021 entry, do let us know so that we can discuss it with you.   It is possible to defer once you’ve been offered a place, but you don’t have to make that decision now.  As we’re sure you can appreciate, it is much easier for you to withdraw from the application process at any stage than for us to get you into or back into the process at a later date.  

What about accommodation – I’m married and concerned about getting on site accommodation.
Please see the details about accommodation and the process here - you can find the full information on the ‘applying’ tab, in the ‘documents’ box. You will see that there are two phases of accommodation allocation for married students – phase 1 and phase 2. The closing date for being considered in the phase 1 allocations is Monday 30 March – to apply for accommodation you need to have accepted an offer of a place to study.   To be considered in phase 2, the sooner an application to study here is submitted, the sooner an offer of a place can be made and accepted, and an accommodation application can be made.  That will give you the best (although not guaranteed) chance of being allocated on site accommodation.   

Will coronavirus impact my ability to fundraise and stop my being able to study?
You can find information here on the ‘applying’ tab, in the ‘documents’ box about how to go about raising money for training.  If you find that some sources of funding are less accessible to you due to coronavirus, you will have the option of applying for an Oak Hill College bursary.  We will gladly discuss this with you at interview.