This training takes place within a partnership between the student’s benefice or chaplaincy, the diocese and the college, and students are encouraged to reflect on all the learning that they do in their home context. Diocesan sessions, both on Zoom and in person, will be woven around the course modules to complement the learning and help students apply it to their context as a future lay minister.
No specific educational qualifications are required to enter the course, though students are expected to have the ability to engage with the material and to respond through an appropriate assessment pathway.
The Common Awards Pathway requires the passing of marked assessments in each module, and results in a Higher Education Certificate Award – the equivalent of the first year of a theology degree. Assessments are usually 2500 words, and are a written answer to a question, or a written reflection, or a write up of a project or sermon. College tutors work hard to ensure this is obtainable for all students, and find people surprise themselves on how they rise to the challenge!
The Julian Pathway covers the same learning material, but does not lead to an Award. Assessment is by alternative forms, such as a spoken discussion, or a journal through the module, or some other form. It does not have to be done to academic standards, but still needs to show engagement and learning, and rather than a mark receives comments and a pass or further discussion. There may be some material in a module which is optional for Julian pathway but compulsory for Common Awards, but in the main the learning material and experience is the same. It is possible to begin on the Common Awards Pathway and later change to the Julian Pathway, but not the other way round. For this reason, Sarum College will automatically start people off on the Common Awards Pathway, but are open to a discussion if a student feels this is not right for them.
In the first year students will be asked to give:
• Approximately 12-13 hrs/week – 10hrs/week module material, 1hr tutorial + extras
• One Saturday induction in September
• Three Fri-Sat residentials
• One Fri-Sun Rural Context weekend (for all students)
• Safeguarding training
• Diocesan training through the year
All students will also have embarked on a journey of formation that will see them become the minister God is calling them to be. Their learning and formation will not end when the course is complete - it is a lifelong journey on which God accompanies, guides and encourages each of us
Contact the Team
The Revd Canon Karen Hutchinson
Lay Ministry Development Officer
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