Part-time Independent Study at Ridley Hall
In 2016 Ridley began to offer to independent students the possibility of studying part-time. Study takes place within the Cambridge Theological Federation (CTF), of which Ridley is a key member.
- Those who have completed their first year have thoroughly enjoyed their time. What they have appreciated includes
- studying modules that are taught from a committed Christian perspective and that seek to relate Christian tradition and practice to ministry and mission today
- learning from experienced teachers and practitioners who are passionate about their subject and with extensive experience of communicating in a lively way
- learning with students and teachers who come from a wide variety of church backgrounds and traditions
- access to the extensive resources of the Cambridge Theological Federation, both electronic and physical
- studying in the unique environment of Cambridge with its historical buildings and rich cultural heritage
Which courses can I study?
There is a range of possible courses that you can study, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. More details is given under those headings, but all courses are validated by Durham University.
I'm interested - What next?
Have a read through the extra information below and we would be delighted to hear from you. Please complete our part-time study enquiry form and our Admissions Tutor for Part-time Students will get back to you.
Browse the tabs below for more information on the courses, study timetables and costs. If you wish to look at the detailed programme specifications, they are available on the Common Awards website. These provide details of typical admissions requirements.
Undergraduate part-time courses
The most popular course is the Certificate in Theology, Ministry & Mission. The Cert HE is taught at the level of the first year of the degree (Level 4). It is a stand-alone course in its own right, but it is possible to upgrade to a Diploma or a Degree if the student wishes to proceed further.
To complete the award it is necessary to take modules that add up to 120 credits. Most modules are 20 credits, but there are some 10 credit modules as well. Part time study takes place over 2 or 3 years (a minimum of 40 credits and a maximum of 80 credits a year).
There are three ways in which it is possible to take modules
- Cambridge Centre teaching
Ridley is a member of the Cambridge Theological Federation (CTF), through which all the Common Awards courses are taught. In the Michaelmas and the Lent terms the teaching takes place over eight weeks. Modules are usually taught on one morning or afternoon a week over a term. Old and New Testament are an exception in that they take place over both Michaelmas and Lent terms. This mode of teaching is suitable for those within an hour or two drive of Cambridge.
- Block Week Teaching
Some modules are taught over an intensive three days (10 credits) or five days (20 credits). It is usually possible to book a room at Ridley for the five day modules.
- Distance Learning (DL)
It is possible to take some 10 and 20 credit modules purely by Distance Learning. These are taught by ERMC (Eastern Region Ministry Course), which is also part of the CTF. These modules are normally taught one evening a week for ten weeks.
It is possible to mix and match these different modes of delivery. The Distance Learning mode is convenient, but the Block Week and Cambridge Centre teaching allows face to face interaction with lecturers and other students. The Cambridge Centre and Distance Learning modules are taught across the term, while the block week modules are taught in one week intensives. Block weeks also provide an opportunity to enjoy other aspects of Cambridge and access to the excellent libraries in Ridley and the other members of the Cambridge Theological Federation. It is often possible to book a room in Ridley for the block week.