Flexible Learning Modules at Oak Hill: Further information

What are the options for Flexible Learning Modules at Oak Hill?

We’re offering two options: you’re either able to take courses as an attender (attending and listening to lectures - referred to as 'audit'), or as a creditor (where you engage more deeply by also doing assessments).

What’s involved in auditing a module?

If you’re an auditor, you choose to listen to lectures and discussions, and to take part (at the individual lecturer’s discretion and invitation) in classroom discussions and seminars. Readings are normally available to auditors through Oak Hill’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) or in paper format. Auditors do not have automatic access to the Oak Hill library, but can join for a fee.

What’s involved in crediting a module?

Crediting enables you to engage more deeply and consolidate your learning by doing assessments. If you’re 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. Once you’ve successfully completed the module, you also receive nationally recognised, transferable credits. Creditors have automatic access to the Oak Hill library for the duration of the term(s) in which their module runs.

What does it mean to take a module at BA(Hons)-level?

Modules at BA(Hons)-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.

What does it mean to credit a module at Master's-level?

Modules at Master's-level are taught in the expectation that you already have experience of theological study at BA Honours level. These modules are only available for creditors, and you’ll be expected to engage in discussion, give seminar presentations, and write essays at the appropriate academic level.

What is alumni auditing or crediting?

This is the same as auditing and crediting as above, but is normally for those who have previously completed an award at Oak Hill College. The price for auditing any particular module via the VLE is the same as for auditing that module.

What is alumni VLE auditing?

This is an option available to our alumni only – normally those who have previously completed an award at Oak Hill College. VLE auditors listen to lecture recordings on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), and access handouts and other materials there.  Recordings are normally posted within 36 hours after the lecture has taken place, which means you can listen to the lectures at your convenience. There may be occasions when, for unforeseen technical issues, a recording may not be available.

How many modules can I take?

You can take up to a maximum of three modules during the 2019/20 academic year, whether you’re auditing or crediting – or doing a mixture of both. Ideally, you might want to apply for all the modules you wish to take at the same time. If you don’t do this, we’ll need to ask you to complete a second application form for any subsequent terms.

Special offer for alumni

If you’re an Oak Hill alumnus, we have a special offer for 2019/20. You can audit one module for free. You may choose a module that is worth up to a maximum of 20 credits.

English language requirements

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 module. If your first language is not English, you’ll be expected to reach, at the point of application to Oak Hill College, a suitable minimum level of English language.

We therefore require all applicants whose first language is not English to take an Academic IELTS test and achieve an overall score of 7.0 or above, with no less than 6.5 in each component. You’ll find details of alternatives here.

Closing dates

Please see below the closing dates for submitting a completed application. If you’re applying for more than one module at the same time, the closing date for your application will be the earliest closing date represented by your choices.

Term 1, Crediting: 1 July 2019
Term 1, Auditing: 16 July 2019

Term 2, Crediting: 18 October 2019
Term 2, Auditing: 28 October 2019

Term 3, Crediting: 27 January 2020
Term 3, Auditing: 3 February 2020

Term dates

Term dates 2019/20

How to apply

If you’d like to take one or more Flexible Learning Modules during 2019/20, please click the apply button to request an application form.

Places are limited, so we recommend that you submit your application as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. Please note that the application form asks for your minister to complete a short reference form, as part of your application.