Starting at Oak Hill


1. Placement form and programme information

  • From May, we start asking those with an assured place to complete a placement form, and we also provide you with programme information to discuss with your sending minister. 
  • You should expect to receive confirmation of where your placement church is just before the start of the academic year.

2. New student welcome information and email account

  • From late June/early July, we will start giving to those with an assured place details of your Oak Hill student email account. 
  • During the summer, College communication will start going to this email account. 
  • It is also through this account that you will be given access to Acorn, the College's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which is where all the new student welcome information will be available.    

3. Module choices, forms and study space application

  • Upon receiving the new student welcome information, you will be asked to make your module choices for the upcoming academic year, as well as complete other forms (such as medical and emergency contact forms).
  • These need to be returned by Wednesday 7 August 2024 (12 noon). You’ll also be given details about how to apply for a study space.

4. Completing online safeguarding training and DBS check

  • In the weeks prior to starting at Oak Hill, you’ll be required to complete an online safeguarding training module and then provide the certificate of completion when you enrol.
  • You’ll also be asked to complete the first stage of the DBS check process by Wednesday 7 August 2024 (12 noon). 
  • The second stage entails bringing in specific documentation during welcome week.
  • Details of both processes will be included in the new student information we give you.

5. Preparation for your Personal Development Plan

  • Before Welcome Week, you will also be asked to reflect on the Graduate Profile in preparation for drawing up a Personal Development Plan at the start of the academic year. 
  • For full time students this will be with your Tutor; for part time students this will be with your Placement Supervisor. 
  • We’ll give you the appropriate tools to do this in the new student information. 

6. Getting familiar with the Learning Hub

  • Before Welcome Week, you will be given access to the Learning Hub which is part of Acorn, the College's VLE, and you'll be asked to engage in the induction material there so that you're familiar with how it works before teaching starts.

7. Welcome Week and your fellowship group

  • All full time students are placed in a fellowship group. The student leaders of your group will be in contact with you in the summer and will welcome you when you arrive and help you settle in.
  • Welcome Week, which starts with enrolment, is when we formally welcome new full time and part time students to the Oak Hill community and give an orientation to life and study here.