Courses at Ridley

For youth work courses, please see CYM at Ridley Hall Courses.

Deciding on your course...

We will talk through all the options open to you and discuss your particular circumstances one-to-one during your interview day (or by email in the case of international students). So there’s no pressure to decide on a course in advance, but you might want to think through some of the key factors that will influence your choice:

  1. Length of study: If you are training for ordination, the length of your course is set by Ministry Division and depends on your age and level of previous theological study. Contact us for more information or visit our website. Independent (non-ordination) students choose to study from one to three years, depending on their personal situation and source of funding.
  2. Your previous experience of study: We have a course for you whether or not you have A-levels, a degree or previous study of theology. See the ‘At a glance’ table inside the leaflet downloadable below for details on the entrance requirements for each course.
  3. How the courses are assessed: Some courses are assessed primarily by exam, others by essays, and some by a combination of both. See the ‘At a glance’ table inside the leaflet downloadable below for details.
  4. Opportunities to specialise: When you come for interview, we can discuss your hopes for the future and any particular areas of interest which might make one course stand out as ideal for you. If you are thinking about training for Ordained Pioneer Ministry or are interested in exploring a context-based pathway whilst at Ridley, please contact Ridley’s Director of Context-based Training, the Revd Dr Michael Volland on 1237f63e483b3c13f843373f424a451043404c080816393743043739044b4104f81443404c080816393743043739044b410412053714 xvLEtmzBmCv4b161wTfRsCnS6l8DRu9N caesar mjv22@cam.ac.uk.

Training on the contextual pathway gives me opportunities to link my academic learning with the practicalities of ministry. Spending more time in parish, especially behind the scenes, brings to the fore questions which I can then take back into college, whether into biblical studies, doctrine, or ethics classes. Gathering regularly as a contextual learning community means that we can respond through theological reflection while issues are fresh in our minds, and apply the ideas we generate for praxis.

Celebrating communion and eating lunch together with the midweek congregation in Chesterton is really important to me, building community as well as providing opportunities for weekly feedback on our preaching. Overall, I feel this pathway is giving me a more rounded trained, with deep opportunities for academic development as well as practical skills and spiritual development.

Beth Cope (Ordinand, Ridley Hall)

If you are interested in finding out more about a course, or would like to know more about formational training at Ridley, browse the menu or download our course introduction leaflet:


Or download as a pdf - requires the free Adobe Reader


Courses at Ridley

For youth work courses, please see CYM at Ridley Hall Courses.

Deciding on your course...

We will talk through all the options open to you and discuss your particular circumstances one-to-one during your interview day (or by email in the case of international students). So there’s no pressure to decide on a course in advance, but you might want to think through some of the key factors that will influence your choice:

  1. Length of study: If you are training for ordination, the length of your course is set by Ministry Division and depends on your age and level of previous theological study. Contact us for more information or visit our website. Independent (non-ordination) students choose to study from one to three years, depending on their personal situation and source of funding.
  2. Your previous experience of study: We have a course for you whether or not you have A-levels, a degree or previous study of theology. See the ‘At a glance’ table inside the leaflet downloadable below for details on the entrance requirements for each course.
  3. How the courses are assessed: Some courses are assessed primarily by exam, others by essays, and some by a combination of both. See the ‘At a glance’ table inside the leaflet downloadable below for details.
  4. Opportunities to specialise: When you come for interview, we can discuss your hopes for the future and any particular areas of interest which might make one course stand out as ideal for you. If you are thinking about training for Ordained Pioneer Ministry or are interested in exploring a context-based pathway whilst at Ridley, please contact Ridley’s Director of Context-based Training, the Revd Dr Michael Volland on 1237f63e483b3c13f843373f424a451043404c080816393743043739044b4104f81443404c080816393743043739044b410412053714 xvLEtmzBmCv4b161wTfRsCnS6l8DRu9N caesar mjv22@cam.ac.uk.

Training on the contextual pathway gives me opportunities to link my academic learning with the practicalities of ministry. Spending more time in parish, especially behind the scenes, brings to the fore questions which I can then take back into college, whether into biblical studies, doctrine, or ethics classes. Gathering regularly as a contextual learning community means that we can respond through theological reflection while issues are fresh in our minds, and apply the ideas we generate for praxis.

Celebrating communion and eating lunch together with the midweek congregation in Chesterton is really important to me, building community as well as providing opportunities for weekly feedback on our preaching. Overall, I feel this pathway is giving me a more rounded trained, with deep opportunities for academic development as well as practical skills and spiritual development.

Beth Cope (Ordinand, Ridley Hall)

If you are interested in finding out more about a course, or would like to know more about formational training at Ridley, browse the menu or download our course introduction leaflet:


Or download as a pdf - requires the free Adobe Reader