Formation and study in a busy life

St Augustines’s one of the leading colleges providing non-residential theological study for people preparing for getting ordained in the UK.  Alongside our ordinands, we also have many other people pursing their interest in studying theology at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Nearly all our students are mature students, returning to study after establishing a career, or perhaps embarking on their first experience of academic study since leaving school.

Every one of our students has multiple commitments outside College life – many of you will have families, and be working full- or part-time, as well as continuing to be involved with your local church. Our theology courses are designed to meet this challenge, and we have decades of experience of helping our students to manage the demands of formation, academic theological study and their other commitments. It is part of our job to support you in meeting the demands of life whilst you study theology with us.

At St Augustine’s, you have the option of full-time or part-time study, with a choice of teaching days at the tranquil abbey at West Malling, evening classes at Trinity House in the heart of Southwark, or a combination of the two.

We also offer an online only option for our taster module in Biblical Studies, and an online course in Biblical Languages.

Whichever you choose, you’ll find that your timetable is structured to allow you to make the most of your study time whilst fitting around your existing commitments.

If you’re studying an academic programme, there are, naturally, assignments to be completed each term, and these do come with deadlines. We understand, though, that sometimes life intervenes, and your tutors will always be happy to discuss things with you, and do what they can to help you manage your commitments. Where possible, if you can’t attend your usual teaching session, we’ll help you to join in with a different class, for example. Our aim is always to make it possible for you to juggle your life and study, and to help you remove any barriers.

Depending on the programme you’re following, you may also attend residential weekends at intervals during the year, and a week-long residential school in Canterbury, once a year.

If your concerns are more around the financial aspect of studying, we may also be able to help. Students accepted for ordination training have their fees paid by their diocese, but if you are thinking about studying theology for your own interests, you will be responsible for paying your own fees. Our bursary fund, the Tattersall Fund, supports students who might otherwise struggle to afford their fees, travel or books. We’re committed to making theology study as accessible as possible. See for more information.

If you have any particular questions or concerns, please do talk to us.

Here one of our tutors, Revd Dr Stephen Laird talks about fitting study around these commitments.

We also welcome families at open events designed to help them understand your programme.

Contact us if you have questions.