Flexible Learning at Oak Hill: What options are available?

What are the options for Flexible Learning at Oak Hill?

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

What’s involved in attending a course?

If you’re an attender, 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 attenders through Oak Hill’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) or in paper format. Attenders do not have automatic access to the Oak Hill library, but can join for a fee.

At Oak Hill, ‘attending’ is referred to as ‘auditing’ (in the sense of ‘listening’), and you will encounter this word during the application process and while you’re at the College. These courses are part of our main programme and are referred to as modules.

What’s involved in crediting a course?

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 course. Once you’ve successfully completed the course, 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 course runs.

These courses are part of our main programme and are referred to as modules.

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

Courses 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 course (module) at Master's-level?

Courses 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.