Certificate and Diploma in Theological and Pastoral Studies

General Regulations

  • 1. The Board of the Faculty of Theology and Religion shall have the power to grant the following awards to candidates who have satisfied the conditions prescribed in this section and any further conditions which the board may prescribe by regulation:

    • Certificate in Theological and Pastoral Studies

    • Diploma in Theological and Pastoral Studies

  • 2. The examinations for these qualifications shall be under the supervision of the Board of the Faculty of Theology and Religion.

  • 3. Candidates who have been admitted under such conditions as the Board of the Faculty of Theology and Religion shall prescribe, to courses at Blackfriars, Campion Hall, Harris Manchester College, Mansfield College, Regent’s Park College, Ripon College, Cuddesdon, St Benet’s Hall, St Stephen’s House, and Wycliffe Hall may be admitted by the board to the examinations for the above mentioned qualifications, provided that they have paid to the Curators of the University Chest, through their colleges or other institutions, the fees prescribed in the appropriate regulation (see Appendix 1).

  • 4. The supervision of the arrangements for the above mentioned qualifications shall be the responsibility of the Supervisory Committee for the Degree of Bachelor of Theology. The committee shall have such powers and duties in respect of the above mentioned qualifications as may from time to time be prescribed by the Board of the Faculty of Theology and Religion.

  • 5. Part-time students for the above mentioned qualifications shall in each case be required to pursue their course of study for twice the number of terms required of an equivalent full-time student.

  • 6. On successful completion of the Certificate in Theological and Pastoral Studies, candidates may offer the remaining papers necessary to complete the Diploma in Theological and Pastoral Studies.

Special Regulations

Admission Requirements

Candidates will normally be expected to have five GCSE passes at grades A–C, one of which must be in English Language, and two passes at Advanced Level (A2); they will normally be expected to meet University residence requirements. Exemptions from these requirements for mature student candidates or those otherwise qualified may be made at the discretion of the BTh Supervisory Committee. Candidates must demonstrate aptitude and vocation for ministry or other church work. Students who can demonstrate completed and accredited previous academic achievement equivalent to the Certificate in Theological and Pastoral Studies may, at the discretion of the Supervisory Committee for the Bachelor of Theology, be admitted directly to study for the Diploma in Theological and Pastoral Studies.

Course Requirements

Candidates for the Certificate in Theological and Pastoral Studies will take at least four papers at Level 41 from the syllabus as outlined for the Bachelor of Theology, including at least one of A1 and A2.

Candidates who have satisfied the examiners in four papers including A1 or A2 may supplicate for the Certificate or may take at least four further papers at Level 51 from the syllabus as outlined for the Bachelor of Theology, including at least one of C1 and C4.

Candidates for the Certificate or Diploma in Theological and Pastoral Studies may not transfer to the CTh or BTh courses, or to any other University of Oxford degree programme.

Examinations

Examination will take place by continuous assessment within colleges, supervised and moderated by the BTh Supervisory Committee and a Faculty Board moderator on behalf of the Faculty Board. Two summative pieces of work will be assessed for each paper. These will take the form of two essays or, alternatively, one essay plus one project. Essays at Level 4 should not exceed 2,500 words, and essays at Level 5 should not exceed 3,000 words. Guidelines for the project will be published in the course handbook issued by the Faculty of Theology and Religion. In addition to submitting these two moderated pieces of work for each paper, candidates must complete a form, countersigned by a college officer, stating that they have attended the relevant course of instruction and passed the required formative, internally assessed work for that paper.

The Examiners may award the Certificate and the Diploma at the following grades: Distinction, Merit, and Pass.

1 As defined in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (2008)