If an applicant has taken a different English language test, the following are acceptable equivalent alternatives:

Test

Level required

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)/C1 Advanced

Overall score of 185 or above, with at least 176 in each component

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)/C2 Proficiency

Overall score of 200 or above, with at least 176 in each component

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

Overall score of 67 or above, with at least 61 in each component

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based test (IBT)

Overall score of 95 or above, with at least 21 in listening, 22 in speaking and writing, and 23 in reading

Applicants must meet the English Language requirement at the time of submitting their application to Oak Hill and should have been awarded the relevant test result within the two years prior to the start of the programme that they are applying for.

An applicant whose first language is not English will be considered to have satisfied the requirement if they meet all of the following criteria:

1. They have successfully completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree or higher taught and assessed in English in a majority English-speaking country. Qualifications obtained by distance learning cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

2. If the degree was completed more than two years prior to applying to study at Oak Hill, the applicant must provide evidence at application stage of ongoing use of English. This could take the form of living in a majority English-speaking country1 or working in an occupation that requires regular use of English.

3. Throughout the application process, from application form to interview, the applicant must demonstrate English proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

1 Majority English-speaking countries are defined by the British government as follows: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom and USA.

Restrictions: Compulsory for CertHE in Theology (TPS, TCC, TCY)

Assessment: Essay (100%)

Module Tutors: Tim Ward, Various

Part time CertHE students must take BD1.1 in their first year of study regardless of whether that is Year A or Year B.

The module begins with a number of sessions dedicated to an understanding of scripture as the Word of God and the implications of this understanding for how we approach the Bible. Topics include the inspiration of Scripture and other scriptural attributes; the systematic relation of the doctrine of Scripture to other central theological topics; and challenges to the orthodox doctrine of scripture. The module then broadens out to explore other areas of theological study, looking both at the impact of other disciplines on our understanding of scripture, and how our understanding of scripture can inform those disciplines: precise topics may vary year on year but will generally include biblical studies, doctrine and history, homiletics, apologetics and world mission. The assessment for the module comprises an essay on one aspect of the doctrine of scripture: this will be submitted, graded and returned part-way through the term and is intended both to help students understand the subject in greater depth and also to give them formative experience of academic essay writing.

Restrictions: Compulsory for CertHE in Theology (TPS, TCC, TCY)

Assessment: Text of a Presentation to Local Church Members or Other Agreed Group (100%)

Module Tutor: Brad Bitner

We begin by evaluating different approaches to biblical theology with lectures and student seminars responding to the Klink and Lockett reading. Then we explore one particular approach in detail with the help of the Vos reading. We see further how this approach has precedent in the early church on the basis of the Irenaeus reading. And we investigate what a responsible biblical typology might look like with the help of the Hugenberger reading. The remainder of the module applies this composite method, with lectures and discussions, to the various epochs and genres of the Bible as a means to tracing and communicating the progression, continuity and diversity of the one story of redemption climaxing in Jesus Christ. Students choose from a set of biblical-theological themes and submit a written version of a church-based presentation tracing and applying that theme.

Restrictions: Compulsory for CertHE in Theology (TPS, TCC, TCY)

Assessment: Two Written Assignments (30% each); Unseen NT Exam (20%); Take-Home OT Paper (20%)

Module Tutors: Brad Bitner, Eric Ortlund, Matthew Sleeman

Following an introduction to the Old Testament in general and the Pentateuch in particular, the Old Testament portion of the module will survey the background, structure, contents and purpose of the individual books in the Pentateuch as well as Joshua. Among these books, Genesis will serve as a set text. Major themes within the Pentateuch and Joshua and their biblical-theological trajectory will be addressed, and the diverse ways in which the texts under discussion address our contemporary context will be considered. In addition to lectures, students will participate in several seminars, each of which is designed to focus on the interpretation and implications of significant texts.

For the New Testament portion of the module, the programme will inter-mingle discussions of history and hermeneutics with surveys of the Gospels. Lectures will devote particular attention to the relationship between history and theology, the history of the inter-testamental period, the socio-political context of the first century AD and how one might use and evaluate New Testament “criticisms.” Mark’s Gospel will serve as a set text. The module will offer an introduction to the other three Gospels, and it will examine how the Gospels engage with the Old Testament.

With regard to assessment, the essays seek to help students apply the exegetical and theological skills discussed throughout the module through critical reflection on particular texts/issues, in conversation with contemporary scholarship and with application to contemporary settings; the exam (New Testament) and take-home paper (Old Testament) assess the students’ Old Testament seminar discussions, their ability to connect the two Testaments in a Christotelic hermeneutic, as well as content and key issues addressed in lectures which address New Testament as well as Old Testament.

Restrictions: Compulsory for CertHE in Theology (TPS, TCC, TCY)

Assessment: Full Notes for a Talk/Sermon or Notes for a Bible Study Delivered on Placement, plus Written Feedback from the Placement Supervisor (100%)

Module Tutor: Tim Ward

After an opening introduction both to the nature and varieties of word ministry and also to the personal virtues required of the preacher/teacher, the bulk of the module focuses on inculcating exegetical practices and disciplines that lead to faithful and fruitful homiletical outcomes. This is achieved by detailed study of a number of biblical texts from a range of literary genres. The module finishes by teaching and exemplifying good practices for moving from good exegesis to preached/taught messages.

The module is taught in two separate streams: (a) One for those who arrive at college already having received a good measure of training in these areas; (b) One for those who don’t. Both streams will cover the same topic areas, but the latter will move more slowly and will concentrate on fewer texts which are more straightforward. Both streams will be taught very interactively, with a significant amount of small-group work in most sessions. The latter stream will also require students to deliver an ungraded text-outline in a small-group setting led by an experienced practitioner. The practical outcomes to which the teaching content aims to lead are the focus of the assessment, which is a sermon, talk or Bible-study delivered in a ‘live’ situation, normally the student’s placement church.

Restrictions: Compulsory for CertHE in Theology (TPS, TCC, TCY)

Assessment: Delivery of a Talk (100%)

Module Coordinator: Dan Strange

In 2018-19, the Workshops are likely to run in the January/February Reading Weeks and in July.

The teaching structure involves short sections of teaching, often visually illustrated, followed by work in small groups or pairs to practise what has been taught. As the three days progress, students gradually construct a talk on a Bible text of their choice, which is then delivered without notes on the final day; feedback is given straight after each talk by the module facilitators.

Restrictions: Compulsory for CertHE in Theology (TPS, TCC, TCY)

Assessment: Essay (100%)

Module Tutor: Mel Lacy

The module begins by examining the biblical foundations and rationale for ministry amongst children and young people. Having established the biblical foundations, the module then moves on to consider educational theory with the express aim of helping students to identify where secular theories influence practice in the local church. The module concludes with the development of a pedagogical model from the Book of Proverbs. The assignment comprises an essay in which students are required to outline a biblical model of youth ministry.

Restrictions: Compulsory for CertHE in Theology (TPS, TCC, TCY)

Assessment: Doctrine Project (55%); Unseen Exam including Objective Test (45%)

Module Tutor: Matthew Bingham

During lectures, we cover thoroughly the Trinity, Christology and the Spirit, looking at the biblical support for these doctrines, how they relate both to one another and to other doctrines of the Christian faith, and how the doctrines can be applied both to the church and to ourselves as pastors. At the same time, we explore the history of the Church from the first to the eleventh centuries. Through the set reading, students are given an opportunity to read, study and evaluate primary theological texts from key historical moments (for example Athanasius on the Incarnation, or an extract from Calvin’s Institutes); in class, both through lectures and in discussion, we analyse the doctrines presented as well as the associated historical movements and controversies. For the assessment, students are given a doctrine project in which they are asked to prepare a creed and apply it in the context of a local church: this requires them both to know the biblical teaching on a particular doctrine and to form a teaching outline which will apply that doctrine to pastoral ministry. In the exam, students are tested on their knowledge of the doctrines taught (both in lectures and through the set texts) and the historical and theological context. Alongside this, in class and in the assessment, there is a special focus on the Doctrine of God.

Restrictions: Compulsory for CertHE in Theology (TPS, TCC, TCY)

Assessment: Essay or Equivalent Contextualised Assessment (100%)

Module Tutor: Dan Strange

In class, through a mixture of lecture and discussion, we draw out the central tenets of the Christian worldview, and contrast this with the basic contours of other worldviews. Through the assignment, students are given the opportunity to carry out a self-reflective assessment of their own worldview within the theological framework established in class.

Restrictions: Compulsory for CertHE in Theology (TPS, TCC, TCY)

Pre-requisites: DW1.1 (Christian Worldview & Anthropology) or equivalent

Assessment: Assignment around an Apologetic Encounter (100%)

Module Tutor: Dan Strange

The module seeks to build on the foundations laid in DW1.1 (Christian Worldview & Anthropology). Through a mixture of lectures and discussion, we look at a number of different schools of apologetics, including the pre-suppositional apologetic method, and explore some typical objections to the Christian faith. The assessment comprises a fictional engagement with a non-Christian in a practical apologetic setting, and requires students to analyse the worldview encountered, to respond in an appropriate manner, and to provide an analytical commentary on their methodology.

Restrictions: Compulsory for CertHE in Theology (TPS, TCC); Elective for CertHE in Theology (TCY)

Assessment: Continuous Assessment Tests (40%); Unseen Exam (60%)

Module Tutors: David Shaw, Matthew Sleeman

Beginning from no prior knowledge of Greek and a limited understanding of English grammar, classroom learning sessions include a mixture of up-front teaching combined with individual and collaborative learning exercises. These are supported by regular out-of-class exercises and learning, as part of which students are encouraged to form study-buddy partnerships. Other elements of the learning strategy include pre-set translations of portions of the New Testament and cumulative testing (both formal and informal).

MN1.1 Anglican Ministry I 15 credits

Restrictions: Either MN1.1 or MN1.2 normally compulsory for CertHE in Theology (TPS); Elective for CertHE in Theology (TCC, TCY)

Assessment: Written Analysis on a Local Church Leadership Model (40%); Essay (60%); Placement Assignment on Corporate Worship (Pass/Fail)

Module Tutors: Graham Beynon, Mark Burkill, Johnny Juckes

We conduct an overview of biblical leadership looking at positions and roles, including how the gospel shapes Christian leadership. We reflect on the spirituality of the Christian leader. We examine different principles driving aspects of church life and how this relates to church leadership. The biblical principles of corporate worship are introduced, a history and theology of Anglican worship and liturgy are covered (including the occasional offices), and there is discussion on how corporate worship should be led today. The assessment package allows students to write on aspects of the material covered as well as to plan and lead a service of their own in their placement church.

MN1.2 Independent Ministry I 15 credits

Restrictions: Either MN1.1 or MN1.2 normally compulsory for CertHE in Theology (TPS); Elective for CertHE in Theology (TCC, TCY)

Assessment: Written Analysis on a Local Church Leadership Model (40%); Essay (60%); Placement Assignment on Corporate Worship (Pass/Fail)

Module Tutor: Graham Beynon

We conduct an overview of biblical leadership looking at positions and roles, including how the gospel shapes Christian leadership. We reflect on the spirituality of the Christian leader. We examine different principles driving aspects of church life and how this relates to church leadership. The biblical principles of corporate worship are introduced, a history of corporate worship is covered, and there is discussion on how corporate worship should be led today. The assessment package allows students to write on aspects of the material covered as well as to plan and lead a service of their own in their placement church.

Restrictions: Compulsory for CertHE in Theology (TPS)

Assessment: Assessment by Director of College Placements of Placement Supervisor’s Report (Pass/Fail)

Placements Coordinator: Johnny Juckes

For part time students, their weekly church placement (PM1.2, PM1.3 or PM1.4) will normally take place in their home church. A placement will be needed during every year of a part time student’s programme, because a number of assignments will be based in the placement church (e.g. the sermon, talk or Bible study for BW1.1).

Students are encouraged to keep a weekly diary, reflecting regularly on all that they see, experience and participate in at their church placement. They are encouraged to meet regularly with their placement supervisor and to discuss the minister’s regular daily work, their vision for their ministry and how they attempt to build up believers in their church as well as engage in evangelism. Students are expected to preach, lead services and take up any other ministry opportunities offered to them; they are also encouraged to explore different forms of ministry, especially those aspects which they have not experienced before: this can include different theological, ecclesiological, sociological and cultural settings. As well as meeting regularly with the supervisor, it is hoped that they will get involved in specific areas of church ministry, thereby further developing their ability to work collaboratively within a local church ministry team. In terms of assessment, the placement church will serve as the setting for a number of assessment tasks linked to other modules (for example leading a service); satisfactory completion of the placement itself will be determined by the Director of College Placements on the basis of a report from the placement supervisor and associated student reflections/discussions.

Restrictions: Compulsory for CertHE in Theology (TPS, TCC); Elective for CertHE in Theology (TCY)

Assessment: Continuous Assessment Tests (40%); Unseen Exam (60%)

Module Tutors: David Shaw, Matthew Sleeman

Beginning from no prior knowledge of Greek and a limited understanding of English grammar, classroom learning sessions include a mixture of up-front teaching combined with individual and collaborative learning exercises. These are supported by regular out-of-class exercises and learning, as part of which students are encouraged to form study-buddy partnerships. Other elements of the learning strategy include pre-set translations of portions of the New Testament  and cumulative testing (both formal and informal).

Restrictions: Compulsory for CertHE in Theology (TCC); Elective for CertHE in Theology (TPS, TCY)

Assessment: Essay (100%)

Module Tutor: Ray Porter

The module begins with a presentation of the current state of the world church. In subsequent lectures we trace the history of Christianity in Asia, Africa and Latin America; the evangelisation of England and the development of the missionary movement from Europe in the post-Reformation era to the present day. The history of Christian engagement with Islam is studied specifically with an examination of modern missionary approaches to Islam. Throughout the course comparisons with and contrasts from modern mission are highlighted. The assessment is one essay of 2,000 words in which the student will give evidence of an ability to handle historical data and relate it to the theory and praxis of modern mission.

Restrictions: Compulsory for CertHE in Theology (TCC); Elective for CertHE in Theology (TPS, TCY)

Assessment: Report of a Cross-Cultural Engagement (100%)

Module Tutor: David Baldwin

After defining culture and briefly surveying the history of cultural studies, students are introduced to the basic building blocks of culture using Storti’s cultural dimensions. Scenarios are considered in detail in order to concretise the theory and students are encouraged to reflect not only on other cultures but on their own cultural responses. The assessment asks students to think through the cultural dimensions taught in greater depth, reflecting on their own personal experience.

Restrictions: Compulsory for CertHE in Theology (TCC); Elective for CertHE in Theology (TPS, TCY)

Assessment: Essay (100%)

Module Tutor: David Baldwin

After briefly considering the nature of mission, students are encouraged to think about the relationships between missionaries, sending churches and missionary agencies, through taught material, class discussion, web sites and relevant articles. Students are introduced to the work of Rolland Allen at the start of the 20th century and encouraged to view current missiological issues in the context of recent mission history. Missionaries and/or mission leaders in active work are occasionally brought into class to present on a particular topic and to field students' questions. The assessment enables students to study a missiological issue of particular interest or relevance to themselves in greater detail.

Restrictions: Compulsory for CertHE in Theology (TCC)

Assessment: Assessment by the TCC Director of Placement Supervisor’s Report (Pass/Fail)

Placement Coordinator: David Baldwin

For part time students, their weekly church placement (PM1.2, PM1.3 or PM1.4) will normally take place in their home church. A placement will be needed during every year of a part time student’s programme, because a number of assignments will be based in the placement church (e.g. the sermon, talk or Bible study for BW1.1).

Students are encouraged to keep a weekly diary, reflecting regularly on all that they see, experience and participate in at their church placement. They are encouraged to meet regularly with their placement supervisor and to discuss the minister’s regular daily work, their vision for their ministry and how they attempt to build up believers in their church as well as engage in evangelism. Students are expected to preach, lead services and take up any other ministry opportunities offered to them; they are also encouraged to explore different forms of ministry, especially those aspects which they have not experienced before: this can include different theological, ecclesiological, sociological and cultural settings. As well as meeting regularly with the supervisor, it is hoped that they will get involved in specific areas of church ministry, thereby further developing their ability to work collaboratively within a local church ministry team. In terms of assessment, the placement church will serve as the setting for a number of assessment tasks linked to other modules (for example leading a service); satisfactory completion of the placement itself will be determined by the Director of Theology for Crossing Cultures on the basis of a report from the placement supervisor and associated student reflections/discussions.

Restrictions: Compulsory for CertHE in Theology (TCY); Elective for CertHE in Theology (TPS, TCC)

Assessment: Apologetic Talk (40%); Children’s Bible Teaching Lesson with Teacher’s Notes (60%)

Module Tutor: Mel Lacy

The module looks at many different facets of practical children’s and youth ministry including, for example, age appropriate teaching methodology; how to prepare a talk; how to prepare and deliver a bible study; and how to understand the range of resources available to support a biblical children’s and youth ministry. The module also considers carefully the nature and role of evangelism and apologetics in children’s and youth ministry. The assessment package comprises two elements: the first requires the preparation of an apologetic talk suitable for a prescribed setting; the second requires the preparation of a children’s bible-teaching lesson with a talk outline/teacher’s notes.

Restrictions: Compulsory for CertHE in Theology (TCY); Elective for CertHE in Theology (TPS, TCC)

Assessment: Essay (100%)

Module Tutor: Mel Lacy

The course begins with an in-depth study of worldview as a concept, comparing and contrasting the Christian worldview with other prevalent worldviews. We consider how to form a worldview through the nurture and care of children, and also the significance of worldview-building for youth and children’s ministry. We then transition into examining culture as a concept, in particular popular cultural trends and artefacts that impact children and young people. The assessment requires students to engage with a cultural trend and examine both the worldview behind the trend and the impact of that trend on children and adolescents, comparing it with the biblical worldview.

Restrictions: Compulsory for CertHE in Theology (TCY)

Assessment: Assessment by the TCY Director of Placement Supervisor’s Report (Pass/Fail)

Placement Coordinator: Mel Lacy

For part time students, their weekly church placement (PM1.2, PM1.3 or PM1.4) will normally take place in their home church. A placement will be needed during every year of a part time student’s programme, because a number of assignments will be based in the placement church (e.g. the sermon, talk or Bible study for BW1.1).

Students are required to attend their placement church on a weekly basis, to deliver talks and to lead groups and activities. They are encouraged to develop their ministry skills in consultation with their placement supervisor and to reflect on the role and significance afforded to children’s and youth ministry in the context of their church placement. They are encouraged to meet regularly with their supervisor and to be in an accountable relationship; conversely, supervisors are asked to provide regular verbal and written feedback. In terms of assessment, the placement church may serve as the setting for a number of assessment tasks linked to other modules (for example a talk or Bible study); satisfactory completion of the placement itself will be determined by the Director of Youth & Children’s Ministry on the basis of a report from the supervisor and associated student reflections/discussions.

Restrictions: Elective for CertHE and FdA in Theology (TPS, TCC, TCY)

Assessment: Two Written Assignments (100%)

Module Tutor: Kirsty Birkett

This is primarily a reading module. Students will read through the text of Calvin’s Institutes following a given schedule. There will be periodic meetings for discussion, moderated by the tutor. The two written assignments will require students to demonstrate their understanding of the text and relevant secondary sources.

Restrictions: Elective for CertHE in Theology (TPS, TCC, TCY)

Assessment: Written Assignment (100%)

Module Tutor: Kristi Mair

The class meets in seminar style, with initial lectures given by the tutor. Every week there are required readings. Each student is assigned a topic in the history of philosophy and is required to do extra reading in that area, in order to understand the area and its contemporary parallels. The student then presents this account to the class, with discussion and tutor input.

Restrictions: Elective for CertHE and FdA in Theology (TPS, TCC, TCY)

Assessment: Community Survey Project (100%)

Module Tutors: Matthew Sleeman, Dan Strange

The formal teaching element of the module comprises discursive lecture/tutorial sessions in the classroom. Students participate in pre-briefing and ethical clearance activities regarding the Community Survey Project (CSP), planning and arranging the survey with a church in-setting. The assessment for the module comprises the CSP itself, from which feedback is generated within the setting. Generic formative feedback is provided on the CSP when it is marked.

Restrictions: Elective for CertHE and FdA in Theology (TPS, TCC, TCY)

Assessment: Community Survey Project (65%); Elderly Ministries Project (35%)

Module Tutors: Matthew Sleeman, Dan Strange

The formal teaching element of the module comprises discursive lecture/tutorial sessions in the classroom. Students participate in pre-briefing and ethical clearance activities regarding the Community Survey Project (CSP), planning and arranging the survey with a church in-setting. Students also participate in pre-briefing and ethical clearance activities regarding an Elderly Ministries Project (EMP), planning and arranging the project within a placement church. The assessment for the module comprises the CSP itself, from which feedback is generated within the setting, and the EMP. Generic formative feedback is provided on the CSP and EMP when they are marked.

Restrictions: Compulsory for CertHE in Theology (TPS, TCC); Elective for CertHE in Theology (TCY)

Assessment: Continuous Assessment Tests (40%); Unseen Exam (60%)

Module Tutors: David Shaw, Matthew Sleeman

Beginning from no prior knowledge of Greek and a limited understanding of English grammar, classroom learning sessions include a mixture of up-front teaching combined with individual and collaborative learning exercises. These are supported by regular out-of-class exercises and learning, as part of which students are encouraged to form study-buddy partnerships. Other elements of the learning strategy include pre-set translations of portions of the New Testament and cumulative testing (both formal and informal).

Restrictions: Elective for CertHE and FdA in Theology (TPS, TCC, TCY)

Pre-Requisites: GK1.3 (Introduction to New Testament Greek) or equivalent

Assessment: Tests (20%); Exegetical Essay (40%); Unseen Exam(s) (40%)

Module Tutors: Brad Bitner, David Shaw, Matthew Sleeman

We begin by learning -mi verbs (Duff Ch. 20) and testing -mi verbs and principal parts. Then we move to 'reading fast', by translating large sections (c. 20 vv.) of a set Gospel text, with students being asked in class to parse and make exegetical comments on the translated passage. These class sessions are interspersed with syntax sessions based on Wallace's text and New Testament examples. Syntax sessions are complemented as well by lessons on text-criticism and lexical semantics and their relevance to exegesis. We go on to 'reading slowly' by translating smaller passages from a set epistle and learning how to do a flow diagram of a passage. Each student then writes an exegetical essay on one of several set epistolary texts, moving from translation to exegesis and then toward application. Students are examined on their ability to translate unseen narrative and epistolary texts accurately and to apply their knowledge of syntax, text-criticism and lexical semantics.

Restrictions: Elective for CertHE and FdA in Theology (TPS, TCC, TCY)

Assessment: Short Tests (40%); Final Exam (60%)

Module Tutor: Eric Ortlund

Our time will alternate between lecture/explanation of new concepts in each chapter, short group assignments in which new ideas are practiced, and focused reading of the Hebrew Bible together. Weekly vocabulary quizzes with short translations from the homework will be given, as well as three short tests and a final exam. All tests and exams will directly assess vocabulary, grammatical concepts, and translations covered in class or in the homework.

Certificate of Higher Education in Theology

The CertHE Theology provides an excellent grounding in helping you to start to understand the Bible in detail and to apply it to the everyday lives of Christian people. The CertHE Theology is essentially the first year of the Foundation Degree programme, and of the BA(Hons) programme, but may be studied as a stand-alone qualification in its own right.

You will specialise in one of two streams, chosen during your application process:
• Theological & Pastoral Studies (TPS) or
• Theology for Crossing Cultures (TCC)

We are currently teaching out our Theology & Praxis for Children’s & Youth Ministry (TCY) stream, and therefore we are not receiving TCY applications for September 2019.

Essential information
Course name
Certificate of Higher Education in Theology
Mode of study
1 year full time
2 years part time
Total credits
120 credits
Level of learning
Level 4 (Undergraduate)
Location
Oak Hill College, Southgate, London N14 4PS
Fees
2018/19 fees:
Tuition Fees: £8,725 (full time) or £4,468 (part time based on 60 credits)
Middlesex University Registration Fee:  £735 per year
Fees Details
Entry requirements
Applicants are expected to have achieved one of the following criteria to be considered for the programme:

• Passes in two A Levels with at least three passes at GCSEs
• Passes in three A Levels with at least two passes at GCSEs
• Four Scottish Qualifications Authority Highers or Advanced Highers
• Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma or National Extended Diploma, both to be accompanied by at least three passes at GCSEs
• Such other Level 3 qualifications which are deemed by Middlesex University as acceptable in lieu of the above.

If an applicant does not have the above qualifications, s/he may still be considered for the CertHE Theology, provided that the College is satisfied that s/he has the necessary motivation and ability to follow the programme successfully.
English language
requirements
Applicants must also satisfy the College that they have a sufficient command of spoken and written English to meet the demands of the programme. An applicant whose first language is not English will 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.
Alternatives
International students
Please note that Oak Hill College does not have a Tier 4 licence and is therefore unable to sponsor applicants from outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland for a student visa. More information about this can be found on the UK government website:
Government Website
Approved for ordinands
No
Applying
Our closing date for applications is Thursday 30 May 2019, but do ensure you apply in good time as, if you’re concerned about accommodation, there are key dates that you’ll need to meet, as well as other things to make time for in the application process.
How to apply
Programme Information
Streams
Theological & Pastoral Studies
(TPS)

This stream is for those training for church-based work, mainly in the UK – for those training to be pastors, teachers, elders, leaders.

Theology for Crossing
Cultures (TCC)

This stream is for those training specifically for cross-cultural ministry, whether overseas or in the UK.

Theology & Praxis for
Children’s & Youth Ministry
(TCY)

This is for those training for youth and children’s ministry.  However, please note we are not accepting applications for TCY for September 2019 entry.

Mode
Full time

Full time students are expected to be in College five days a week, from Monday to Friday, and are required to attend all classes and fellowship group meetings, and to meet the requirements of their particular pathway as regards placements. Chapel takes place every weekday in the middle of the day and full time students are expected to attend every day. There are no module classes on Wednesdays; on six Wednesdays each academic year, we invite guest speakers in to share their varied ministry experiences with students.  We encourage students to treat being a full time student in the same way as having a full time job.

Part time

Part time students are required to attend all their classes and are expected to attend Chapel on the days that they are in College. (Chapel takes place every weekday in the middle of the day). The compulsory modules for the CertHE are split across two years for part time students. Each year the College will ensure that the required compulsory modules for the relevant half of the programme are offered on a Monday or Tuesday, along with sufficient elective modules for you to complete your programme.

In addition, please note that there may be other aspects of your studies and college life which cannot be timetabled for a Monday or Tuesday which you are required to attend e.g. exams, safeguarding training.  Communication workshops take place over three days and will therefore always require attendance on at least one additional day during the week that the workshop is taken.  Non-compulsory activities such as study skills sessions may also take place on days other than a Monday or Tuesday. The College will endeavour to give as much notice as possible to enable you to make alternative arrangements so that you can attend these activities.

Placements

Placements are a core part of your training, integrating learning and application in real-life ministry situations. The nature of the placements is tailored to your particular specialism.

You will undertake a weekly placement in a local church; this will give you experience of a different church setting in order to develop gifts, learn about other forms of ministry, and to see a different church in action. It is College’s responsibility to allocate placement churches and to ensure that there is appropriate discussion of your needs and the church’s requirements and contributions. Part time students normally have their placement in their home church or the church where they are working. Because the placement church provides the context in which assignments for some of your taught modules are completed, part time students complete the weekly placement throughout the two years of the CertHE.

CertHE students specialising in TCC are not required to do an overseas placement unless they decide to progress beyond the CertHE.

Placements
Learning, teaching and assessment
Pedagogy

Our ultimate aim is not just to impart information but to work towards the transformation of students as they reflect with others on loving Christ more deeply in order to explain him simply. We pursue the enhancement of teaching and learning within the College by fostering:

• habits in the lecturer of reflective, self-critical intentionality and innovation
• an ethos in the classroom of directed, dynamic and active learning
• an ethos amongst the faculty of collegiality, teachability and servant leadership
• an ethos in the College of coherence, excellence and doxology

Study hours and make up of study

Within Higher Education, it is generally understood that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, shared between class time, pre-class reading, private study and assessment.

This means that a 5 credit module = 50 hours of study; a 10 credit module = 100 hours of study. So for the CertHE, 120 credits = 1200 study hours over the course of the programme as a whole.

In-class learning involves lectures, seminars, discussions, worked examples and presentations. Out-of-class study involves reading, reflecting, researching, writing assignments, group projects and revision for exams.

Learning, teaching and assessment

The College aims to provide a learning experience which is demanding and exhilarating, reflecting the highest academic standards as well as excellence in pedagogy. The programmes offer a rich and varied learning experience which encompasses lectures, seminars, language classes, field trips, placements and a range of formative and summative assessments. Through these assessments, the College aims to provide all students with an equal opportunity to demonstrate their achievement of Threshold Learning Outcomes (at module level) and Programme Learning Outcomes. Underlying all of the College’s programmes is a commitment both to information and to transformation, and a belief that the sub-disciplines within Theology are integrated within the framework provided by scripture, which can and does speak into every area of life.

You will be awarded the CertHE Theology once you have attained grade ‘C’ or better in modules worth 120 credits at Level 4 or higher (including all of the compulsory modules).

There is no prior exit point at which you can gain an award. If you decide to exit College at a point before you have attained all the requirements for the CertHE, credits gained may be used towards any future programme under the national Credit Accumulation & Transfer Scheme (CATS).

You may also decide to extend your studies in order to gain a ‘higher’ award than the CertHE and there will be a formal opportunity to discuss this possibility during the Spring Term.

Pathways and modules
Pathway information

You will specialise in one of two streams, chosen during your application process:
  • Theological & Pastoral Studies (TPS) or
  • Theology for Crossing Cultures (TCC)

We are currently teaching out our Theology & Praxis for Children’s & Youth Ministry (TCY) stream and therefore we are not receiving TCY applications for September 2019 entry.

You must take all of:
• 9 compulsory modules (totalling 70 credits) (BD1.1 must be taken in the first year of study regardless of whether a student is full time or part time)
• Additional modules compulsory for the chosen specialism:
  - TPS 35 credits
  - TCC 35 credits
  - TCY 15 credits
• Elective modules, from any specialism, to take the total number of credits studied to 120 credits. Some elective modules may be at Level 5 if desired (indicated by 2.x).
• Weekly church placement and associated reports
• Communication workshop

Elective modules are offered subject to viability (based on class size) and the College reserves the right to withdraw an elective module if there is insufficient interest; not all elective modules are offered every year.

Full time pathway

These are the modules running in 2018-19. For a full list of the elective modules which are potentially available in any given year, please see the Programme Specification.

Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Compulsory for
ALL
Compulsory for
TPS
Compulsory for
TCC
Compulsory for
TCY
Electives
BD1.1 Word of God & Studying Theology
0 credits
BD1.2 Biblical Theology
5 credits
BS1.2 Biblical Studies I
25 credits
DW1.1 Christian Worldview & Anthropology
5 credits
DH1.1 Doctrine & History I
20 credits
CW1.2 Youth & Children’s
Ministry for Everyone
5 credits
BW1.1 Homiletics I
5 credits
DW1.2 Apologetics I
5 credits
BW1.2 Communication Workshop
0 credits
MN1.1 Anglican Ministry I or MN1.2 Independent Ministry I
15 credits
GK1.3 Introduction to New Testament Greek
20 credits
PM1.2 Weekly Church Placement I
0 credits
Plus 15 credits of electives
CW1.3 Introduction to the World Church
5 credits
CW1.4 Cross-Cultural Studies
5 credits
CW1.5 Contemporary Missiology
& Practice
5 credits
GK1.3 Introduction to New Testament Greek
20 credits
PM1.4 Weekly TCC Church Placement I
0 credits
Plus 15 credits of electives
DW1.4 Worldview & Culture
5 credits
BW1.3 Practical Children's &
Youth Ministry I
10 credits
PM1.3 Youth & Children's Ministry Placement I
0 credits
Plus 35 credits of electives
Level 4 (CertHe Level)
Level 5 (FdA Level)
DW1.3 Philosophical Foundations
5 credits
GK2.3 Intermediate Biblical Greek
15 credits
GK1.3 Introduction to New Testament Greek
20 credits
HB2.3 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
15 credits
Plus modules from the other specialisms
DH2.2 Reading Calvin’s Institutes
10 credits
DW2.4 Place & Culture
5 credits
DW2.5 Place, Time & Culture
10 credits
Plus modules from the other specialisms
Part time pathway

Part time students start on either Year A or Year B depending on which academic year they start in. The academic year 2019-20 is Year B meaning that part time students entering in 2019/20 will take Year B compulsory modules in 2019/20.  

These are the modules running in 2018/19. For a full list of the elective modules, which are potentially available in any given year, please see the Programme Specification.

Compulsory for
ALL
Compulsory for
TPS
Compulsory for
TCC
Compulsory for
TCY
Year A (2018-2019)
Year B (2019-2020)
BD1.1 Word of God & Studying Theology

BW1.1 Homiletics I

CW1.2 Youth & Children’s Ministry for Everyone

DH1.1 Doctrine & History I

DW1.1 Christian Worldview & Anthropology

DW1.2 Apologetics I
BD1.1 Word of God & Studying Theology

BD1.2 Biblical Theology

BS1.2 Biblical Studies I
BW1.2 Communication Workshop (may be taken during either Year A or Year B)
Either MN1.1 Anglican Ministry I

Or MN1.2 Independent Ministry I

PM1.2 Weekly Church Placement I
GK1.3 Introduction to New Testament Greek

PM1.2 Weekly Church Placement I
CW1.4 Cross-Cultural Studies

PM1.4 Weekly TCC Church Placement I
CW1.3 Introduction to the World Church

CW1.5 Contemporary Missiology & Practice

GK1.3 Introduction to New Testament Greek

PM1.4 Weekly TCC Church Placement I
BW1.3 Practical Children’s & Youth Ministry I

PM1.3 Youth & Children’s Ministry Placement I
DW1.4 Worldview & Culture

PM1.3 Youth & Children’s Ministry Placement I