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Flexible Learning modules


On this page we have retained information for those Flexible Learners who are completing modules from 2021/22 and/or taking Summer Intensive modules in July 2022. If you have any queries about any of the information here please contact Rosie Cowan in the Admissions Office. 

Our modules

Please see the sort tabs below for details of the Summer Intensive Flexible Learning modules.

The times listed below are London times i.e. BST for the Summer Intensive modules.

The prices for crediting and auditing Flexible Learning modules in 2021/22 are the same regardless of whether the module is taken in person or via Zoom. 

The price for a module is determined by the credit rating of the module, which relates to the total number of study hours, e.g. 10 credits, 20 credits.

The price to credit includes the Middlesex University Registration Fee.

S‍ee the Essential Information below for more information about the differences between auditing and crediting. 


Key Dates

  Closing date to apply to credit Closing date to apply to audit Start/End dates: Auditors Start/End dates: Creditors
Semester 1 12.00noon Monday 26 July 2021 12.00noon Monday 2 August 2021 10 September 2021

- 17 December 2021

10 September 2021

- 14 January 2022

Semester 2 12.00noon Friday 17 December 2021 12.00noon Tuesday 4 January 2022 31 January 2022

- 20 May 2022

31 January 2022

- 6 June 2022

Summer Intensive 12.00noon Friday 13 May 2022 12.00noon Friday 13 May 2022 4 - 15 July 2022


4 July 2022

- 19 August 2022

See the Academic Calendar for full details about when each teaching period starts and ends, and when there are breaks for reading weeks, exams (for creditors) and holidays.


Essential Information


What's the difference between crediting and auditing a module?

They are both ways of taking a module without working towards a qualification.  The main difference between taking a module for audit and taking one for credit is that those taking a module for credit complete all the assessments associated with the module and receive a mark and feedback at the end.   See the questions below for further details about auditing and crediting.


What’s involved in auditing a module?

  • Auditing a module means that you attend and listen to the lectures and discussions.
  • Normally this means not being able to ask questions or participate in classroom discussions; however, at the individual lecturer's discretion and invitation, you may be able to participate.
  • Out of class readings are almost always available to auditors through Oak Hill’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).  These aren't required for auditors but can help you get the most out of the module.
  • Auditors are not automatically members of the College library, but may join for a fee.  This means they are not able to access the library resources, except those which are available on the VLE.
  • Auditors may not submit any of the assessments for the module.
  • For the Summer Intensive modules, as for other modules, the reading associated with the module is optional for auditors.  The reading will cover the period before, during and after the teaching period.  For a 10 credit module the pre-reading will be approximately 15-20 hours in the two weeks prior to the intensive teaching period.

What’s involved in crediting a module?

  • Crediting a module means you engage more deeply and consolidate your learning by doing assessments.
  • As a creditor, you attend lectures, take part in classroom discussions and seminars, complete all the assessments and receive a mark and feedback at the end of the module.
  • Virtually all the learning materials will be available through Oak Hill’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).  Should any materials be available only in hard copy in the Library, you will be given a library induction. 
  • For the Summer Intensive modules which are all 10 credit modules:
    • The teaching and learning will comprise 4 elements:
      • pre-reading before the module begins- approximately 15-20 hours in the two weeks prior to the start of the intensive teaching period
      • time-tabled classroom-based learning – approximately 20 hours
      • private study during other hours, during the 2-week period – approximately 20 hours
      • assessment preparation time once the teaching period ends – approximately 30-40 hours
    • Overall, across these 4 elements, 10-credit modules assume up to 100 hours of study but, in practice, we try not to reach these limits.
    • The pre-module reading will be provided after you've received details of your Oak Hill email account and have access to the VLE (see below).
    • After the intensive teaching period the deadline for you will need to set aside sufficient time (as above) for completing your assessment(s) by the deadline of 19 August 2022. 
  • Once you’ve successfully completed the module, you also receive nationally recognised, transferable credits.  Provisional module grades will be issued and you will then receive notification of your ratified mark and credits after the relevant Assessment Board: 
    • for Semester 1 modules: January 2022 Board
    • for Semester 2/year-long modules: June 2022 Board
    • for Summer Intensive modules: January 2023 Board. 
  • Both sets of results will be issued to your Oak Hill email address (see question below for further details).
  • The price for crediting includes the relevant Middlesex University registration fee.

Do I need to decide about taking a module in person or via Zoom?

Yes you do. 

Our lecture rooms at College have been set up for in-person and via Zoom attendance.  When you apply you will be asked to specify whether you want to take the module in person at Oak Hill or live via Zoom.  

To enable us to plan effectively for the delivery of modules here at College, and given we don't yet know whether we will continue to be socially distanced in the classroom from September, please note the following:

  • if you select to take a module in person we will confirm nearer the time whether we have space to accommodate you or not.  If we do not have space, you will be able to take the module via Zoom.   If spaces in the room are available but limited, they will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
  • If you select to take a module via Zoom, you are not able later to change your mind and take it in person. 
  • Normally it is not possible to switch mode after application and prior to the start of or during the teaching period for the module.  An exception may be made if you need to switch from in person to Zoom (especially if for Covid-19 reasons).  Please contact the Admissions Office as soon as possible in this scenario. 

Taking a module via Zoom means you join the live class via a Zoom link feeding directly from the class happening at Oak Hill.   This means that whether you are attending in person or via Zoom, you need to be available for the timetabled hours for the module for the whole teaching period.  


What happens if the technology fails?

Every effort will be made to ensure synchronous access, but we cannot guarantee the absence of any technical difficulties. In that event, all necessary content will be provided as soon as it is possible.


What does it mean for a module to have a prerequisite?

A small number of modules have prerequisites i.e. modules that need to be taken before that particular module may be done. For those auditing it is for guidance only.  


What does 'level of study' mean?

'Level of study' gives you an indication of where the module is pitched:

  • Level 4 = CertHE, which is the equivalent of year 1 of an undergraduate degree.
  • Level 5 = DipHE, which is the equivalent of year 2 of a undergraduate degree.
  • Level 6 = BA (Hons)-level.  Modules at this level are taught in the expectation that you already have experience of theological study (normally a Foundation Degree or Diploma of Higher Education).  If you’re taking one of these modules as a creditor, you’ll be expected to engage in discussion, give seminar presentations and write essays at the appropriate academic level. 

How many modules can I take?

‍Flexible Learners may take up to a maximum of two modules across the two semesters, totalling a maximum of 40 credits; plus one module in the Summer Intensive period (whether for audit or credit).

Ideally, you might want to apply for modules you wish to take across the year at the same time, but you can also apply for Semester 2 and Summer Intensive modules nearer the time.  See the relevant closing dates for applications.


Is there an English Language requirement?

Yes, if you want to credit a module, you will need to satisfy the College that you have a sufficient command of spoken and written English to meet the demands of the module. 

This is the same requirement as for entry to the undergraduate programme which means having GCSE English grade C or above/4-9 or the Academic IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 and no less than 6.5 in any particular category. 

For a list of alternatives, and details of how to claim exemption, please see here.


Do I get given an Oak Hill email account?

Yes, all Flexible Learners are given an Oak Hill email account shortly before the module starts.  This enables you to have access to the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where you will find the information you need to know, as well as the VLE site for your chosen module. 

The module VLE site is where you will find the learning materials for the module, and, closer to the start of the module, the Zoom link if you are taking the module via Zoom. 

You will also receive via your Oak Hill email account communication from the module tutor, other College communication including the invoice for your module, and, for those crediting, your provisional and confirmed results.  You will be expected to check this account regularly.

Your email account and access to the VLE will be closed after the module ends on the following dates.  

  • Semester 1 Auditors:  Friday 7 January 2022
  • Semester 2 Auditors: Monday 6 June 2022
  • Summer Intensive Auditors: Friday 29 July 2022
  • Creditors: your account will be closed 2-3 weeks after your official results have been issued following the relevant Assessment Board.  Assessment Boards take place in late January and late June each year.  

When do I pay for my module?

For Semester 1 and Semester 2 modules, invoices will be issued after the second teaching week of the semester that the module starts in.  If you decide to withdraw from the module after the second teaching week, you will be invoiced for the full amount.

For a Summer Intensive module, invoices will be issued on the second day of teaching. If you decide to withdraw from the module after the end of the first day of teaching, you will be invoiced for the full amount. 

Invoices will be sent to your Oak Hill email account plus any other email address you have specified to us.


Alumni Information


1. Oak Hill alumni have the option to audit modules via the VLE

This option is available only to our alumni.

  • VLE auditors listen to/watch lecture recordings on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) after the lecture has taken place i.e. you can listen to the lectures at your convenience.
  • VLE auditors can also access handouts and other materials on the VLE. 
  • Recordings are normally posted within 36 hours after the lecture has taken place. There may be occasions when, for unforeseen technical issues, a recording may not be available.
  • You will be able to access recordings up to 7 January 2021 for Semester 1 modules; 6 June 2022 for Semester 2 modules; 29 July 2022 for Summer Intensive modules. 

Any module open to be audited live via Zoom or in person is also able to be audited via the VLE. 

Please note that the option to audit for alumni is either live via Zoom or by listening to recordings on the VLE and it is normally not possible to mix the two modes.

‍The price to audit via the VLE is the same as to live audit, except:


2. Special offer for Oak Hill alumni

In 2021/22 Oak Hill alumni are able to audit one module, up to a maximum of 20 credits, for free, whether live-audit or VLE audit if you haven't already taken a module for free in the last few years.  The free module may be audited in Semester 1, Semester 2 or in the Summer Session. 

In addition, once you have benefitted from auditing one module for free, any further modules you take either for audit or credit, may be done so for half price.  Which means:

10 credit module: £237.50 to audit; £395 to credit

The price to credit includes the Middlesex University Registration Fee.


Note: Oak Hill alumni normally means those who have previously completed a qualification with Oak Hill College.

Please see the Essential Information above for more details that apply to all Flexible Learners.


Jon Tuckwell - Vicar of Christ Church Cockfosters

I would hugely commend Flexible Learning modules to anyone: church leaders looking to grow yourself, church staff members wanting to make sure you are progressing in your own spiritual walk, but particularly thinking who in your church family would benefit from this?”

Jon Tuckwell

Vicar of Christ Church Cockfosters & former student

Watch the full video here