Getting ready to apply


Before submitting an application

We recommend you do a number of things before submitting an application (the information below is in the process of being updated for the next admissions cycle for September 2022 entry, which will open later in the autumn).  

Read ‘Why Oak Hill’ and relevant programme information

Visit 'Why Oak Hill' and decide which programme and mode of study you’re interested in. Check you meet the academic and English language entry requirements for your chosen programme.  

Discuss with your church leadership

On the application form, you’ll be asked whether your church leadership is supportive of you training for ministry. Please ensure that you discuss your application with your church leadership. You might also want to share with them the 'sending minister reference form' (see right-hand panel) so you're both aware of what they need to do and when.

Attend an open morning

We'd love to meet you in person and start to get to know you, and the best way to do that is to come to an Open Morning.  You'll be able to get a much better feel in person for our ethos, student experience and training and you'll have plenty of opportunity to ask your questions.  Visit our open morning page to see the in-person and Zoom options for 2021/22.

Are you applying for postgraduate study or recognition of prior learning?

As part of your application, you’ll be required to submit details of your previous theological education. We will need evidence of your transcript and full content details of each module you have taken – see the guidance notes for completing the application form for full and precise details of what to include. If you don’t have this information, please contact your previous college/university to request it.  If you are unable to provide this information in full at the point of submitting your application, there will be a delay to the process

Read these documents

We have produced a number of helpful documents which we would encourage you to read before submitting an application:


You will need to supply the details of three referees on your application form.

Your sending minister reference needs to be submitted at the same time as your application.  You’ll also need to provide contact details for two additional referees who have known you for at least two years. We will require references from:

   • Your employer or tutor/teacher
   • A personal friend

Please do not give more than one referee from the same church (unless you are working at the church). We cannot accept references from members of your family.


Submitting an application

When should I submit my application?

  • Our closing date for undergraduate applications is ‍12noon Friday 27 May 2022.
  • If you’re applying for a postgraduate programme or recognition of prior learning, please note the earlier closing date of Friday 6 May 2022 (12noon)
  • For former Oak Hill students applying to top up from the PGDip to the MA, the closing date for applying is Friday 25 March 2022 (12noon).

    Do ensure you apply in good time as, if you’re concerned about accommodation, there are key dates you’ll need to meet. If you’d like to be invited to a specific interview day, please submit your application at least two weeks ahead of that date, bearing in mind that any invitation will be subject to the availability of places for the day.

Anglican ordinands

We normally require you to have the permission of your DDO to look at colleges before submitting an application. If you are unsure as to when to apply in relation to your BAP, or if your BAP is due to take place after our closing date for applications, please do contact us in the Admissions Office to arrange a conversation to discuss the best way to proceed.  If you come for an interview prior to BAP, we wouldn't then ask you to respond to any offer made until after you know the outcome of your BAP.

Sending minister reference

Please download the sending minister reference form which you can find in the right hand panel on this page and give it to your sending minister to complete. Once completed, they are to email it directly to the Admissions Office. To complete the reference form, they will need to refer to the graduate profile and accompanying note, which can also be found in the panel. Please ensure they know when you want to submit your application, so they can ensure they submit their reference at the same time and avoid causing any delay to your application being processed.

Read the guidance notes - any queries?

Before completing the application form, please read the guidance notes in full which you can find in the right hand panel of this page. This will give you an idea of all the information you need to have to hand. You’ll then need to refer to the notes as you complete each section of the form. If you’re in doubt about any aspect of the application form, please contact the Admissions Office. When you’ve completed your form, return it by email to the Admissions Office (please see the guidance notes for the email address).

Application form

Please download the application form from the link below. Complete electronically, save as 'Your name - Oak Hill Application Form' and email it to the Admissions Office. To complete the form, you will need to refer to the graduate profile and accompanying note, which can be found in the right hand panel. Please ensure your sending minister reference form is submitted at the same time as we will not proceed with any application until we have also received your sending minister's reference.


Rev Geoffrey Firth - RAF Chaplain & former student

Preparation for ministry ought to be the best it can be, and Oak Hill is that.”

Revd (Sqn Ldr) Geoffrey Firth

RAF Chaplain & former student