FAQ

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FAQ 2016-11-17T10:27:41+00:00
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How do I apply to study with the Federation? 2015-03-25T11:56:29+00:00

Please refer to our Applications page for information.

What type of visa do I need? 2015-02-27T14:15:56+00:00

If you are a European Economic Area (EEA) national you do not need a visa to study in the UK. If you have permanent residence in, but not citizenship of, a member country of the EU or EEA, you are not an EEA national and will have to apply for a visa. If you are NOT a UK, EU or EEA national you will have to apply for a visa. The type of visa you require depends on your individual circumstance and the type of course you are studying. The UKCISA website provides more information: http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/International-Students/Preparing–planning/Visas-and-immigration/

Are there bursaries or scholarships available? 2015-03-25T11:57:11+00:00

The Federation does not offer bursaries directly to students, but some bursaries are available through the Federation Houses and University of Cambridge. For further information, please see our Fees and Costs page.

Which course should I apply to? 2015-05-11T10:42:32+00:00

Your programme of study will be agreed with the Director of Studies for the House to which you are applying. You will have opportunities to explore and decide on an appropriate pathway according to your previous experience and study. If you have any queries relating to the Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission, or to the Professional Doctorate, please contact the Postgraduate administrator.

How much background reading is expected for each module? 2016-03-15T13:53:42+00:00

The amount of background reading you will do for each module is agreed with the course tutor at the start of the module. For most undergraduate modules there will be reading each week to prepare for lectures and seminars. If your classes are delivered via Adobe Connect, you are expected to do approximately four hours reading and preparation.

The MA modules consist of approximately 24 hours of contact time and 276 hours of student-managed learning, which includes reading and preparation as well as time to complete your assignments.

What happens if circumstances prevent me from handing in work on time? 2015-05-11T10:45:53+00:00

If this happens, you must speak to your Director of Studies as soon as possible. Postgraduate students should consult the central Federation Offices for information on extensions.

As an independent student, will I belong to a community in which I can share ideas, socialise, other than with my classmates? 2015-05-11T10:40:58+00:00

All students enrolled on the Federation’s taught programmes (Certificate, Diploma, Bachelors, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters) are members of a Federation House, where they learn, worship, socialise and interact with their fellow students and tutors in a rich, stimulating and supportive environment. It is not necessary to reside in a House whilst enrolled on your programme; but you can participate in communal dining in Hall, worship, social activities and other Federation-sponsored events.

As a member of a House you can still participate in much of the shared life of the Federation. Federation Worship, the Student Forum and other groups exist to nurture your wellbeing and academic interests. For some courses, there are also online forums for students to share ideas and course inductions where independent students are encouraged to come and meet others.

What is the maximum length of time I can take over my MA/PrD? 2015-05-11T10:41:57+00:00

You may take up to three years to complete the Common Awards full MA. You may take up to 6 years to complete the Professional Doctorate.

Who should I talk to about the best choice of modules to choose in the first instance? 2015-03-06T14:46:05+00:00

You should talk with your Director of Studies about the best choice of modules for your pathway. This is important because if you are training for a specific outcome (as part of ordination training), your academic pathway will need to meet learning outcomes that are formational as well as academic.

Can I transfer my credits from another course of study? 2016-11-17T10:27:41+00:00

Normally, you can transfer your credits from another course of study into a Common Awards course, but there are limitations on how many credits you can transfer. You will need to talk to your Director of Studies and together complete an Accredited Prior Learning Form to establish what can be transferred. It is not possible to transfer credits into the BTh or DTM.

I am not seeking ordination. Can I still study within the Federation? 2015-03-06T14:47:50+00:00

Yes. Many people study alongside those training for diaconal and priestly ministry in order to deepen their understanding of Christian discipleship and to grow in their relationship with God. This learning may also equip people for a variety of different forms of ministry in the church, or it may act as a spur to encourage further reflection about their vocation.

What does the academic year look like? How long is it? 2016-11-17T10:27:41+00:00

In general, the current undergraduate timetable for Cambridge-based teaching consists of two terms of 9 weeks each (Michaelmas and Lent) and one 6-week (Easter) term. Regional teaching terms and individual House timetables often extend beyond these timeframes. For more details on what your academic year would look like, please speak to the Director of Studies at the House to which you are thinking of applying.

Students currently taking the MA study for two semesters of 10 weeks, from October through to December, then January to Easter. Easter term is 5 weeks. Assessments are handed in from semester one in early January and from Semester 2 in May.

My denomination/religion is not represented by any of the Houses. Can I still study within the Federation? 2015-03-25T11:58:54+00:00

Yes. The Federation and its member Institutions welcome applications from all faiths. You can choose a House based on your religious background, or because you want to study with specific tutors or in a specified format (ERMC, for instance, is dedicated to part-time adult learners). If you need advice about which Institution would best suit you, please contact the Federation Office.

Can I study part-time? 2015-03-06T14:47:07+00:00

All of our awards are available for part-time study, with the exception of the BTh, which must be taken on a full-time basis.

What are the provisions for students with learning or physical disabilities? 2015-04-29T14:10:51+00:00

Students with disabilities who are studying for ordination and are sponsored by their churches are eligible for specific support through Ministry Division or their church. Students who are in receipt of the Disabled Students’ Allowance through the Student Loans Company are eligible for support and assistance; more information is available from http://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/products/disabled-students’-allowances/how-to-apply-for-disabled-students’-allowances-(dsas).aspx. Your Director of Studies can provide you with more information and details of what support is available to you.

How do I apply for public funding? 2015-03-25T11:59:28+00:00

If you are an applicant from the UK taking an undergraduate degree for the first time, you are eligible to take out a Tuition Fee Loan repayable after you have left your course of study. Further information is available at on our Fees and Costs page.

What is the Federation, what is a ‘house’, how do I choose? 2015-05-11T10:46:34+00:00

The Federation acts as an “umbrella” organisation, bringing together the teaching and learning of its nine member institutions, or Houses. The Houses are the institutions through which people of different churches, including Anglican, Methodist, Orthodox, Reformed and Roman Catholic, train for various forms of Christian ministry and service. You will receive both academic and pastoral support in your House. Most Houses are very similar to other Cambridge Colleges, in that students live and study here. You can choose a House based on your religious background, or because you want to study with specific tutors or in a specified format (ERMC, for instance, is dedicated to part-time adult learners).

All Federation students (with the exception of students on the Professional Doctorate, MPhil or PhD programmes offered through Anglia Ruskin University) become members of a House. Full-time students can choose to live in accommodation provided by their House; part-time students, whilst members of a House, are not required to live in accommodation. Most part-time students use the House as a base when they are attending classes, dine with fellow students and enjoy the shared sense of community whenever they can.

How can I study at a distance instead of coming to Cambridge? 2016-03-15T14:03:57+00:00

The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies and the Woolf Institute are both able to offer courses conducted entirely via Distance Learning. Within the East Anglia region, the Eastern Region Ministry Course offer their course via a mixture of distance learning and residential weekends.

What will my living costs if I come to Cambridge? 2016-11-17T10:27:41+00:00

As well as course fees, you should take into account the cost of accommodation, meals and personal expenses whilst you are a student. The University of Cambridge suggests that undergraduate students allow £8,150 per year to meet living costs.

Further helpful information can be found at the following pages:
For UK Students
For overseas students, please refer to Appendix 5 of this document.

If you are training towards ordination, you will normally receive funding from your sponsor to cover some or all of your living costs.

If you are applying to be a resident student, the House you wish to join can provide details of availability and prices of accommodation.

What will my course cost? 2015-04-29T14:16:51+00:00

All students are charged Academic Fees, which vary according to your chosen course of study. Some programmes have additional charges and there is an additional fee for House membership. Further information is available on our Fees and Costs page.

If you are training towards ordination, your course costs may be paid by your sponsoring Church or Diocese.

Will the Federation arrange my visa for me? 2015-02-27T14:38:26+00:00

No, you are responsible for arranging your own visa. Once you have been accepted onto your course the Federation will issue you a Letter of Confirmation if you do not require a visa or are enrolling on a short course, or a CAS (Confirmation of Studies) number if you are required to apply for a Tier 4 visa. Please visit http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/International-Students/Immigration-/Making-a–new-Tier-4-application/ for more information on applying for a Tier 4 visa.

Will I belong to a College? 2017-07-10T12:09:01+00:00

Most of the Federation’s students belong to one of its member institutions, called “Houses”. The Federation’s Houses function much the same way as Colleges in the University of Cambridge – they provide academic and pastoral support, libraries and other resources; the majority offer residential accommodation. Most importantly, the Houses provide a stimulating and supportive community where students and tutors learn, worship, socialise and interact with each other as a community. Students studying for Common Awards (Certificate, Diploma, Bachelors, MA, Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma programmes) and students studying for ordination will apply through and join one of the Federation’s Houses. Postgraduate students on the Common Awards programmes who are not sponsored by a church may apply to join their House of choice. Whilst accommodation is available for full-time students, part-time students are not required to live in-House; but all enjoy the many benefits that House membership provides. Students who are studying on the BTh, Tripos, MPhil or PhD programmes with the University of Cambridge will also join a Cambridge College in addition to their House. The Director of Studies in the House through which you are applying will give you more information on this.

Do I have to come to Cambridge for an interview? 2015-02-27T14:42:07+00:00

In general, applicants will be invited to interview in Cambridge at the House to which they have applied. If you live overseas, alternative arrangements such as Skype interviewing, can be explored.

How do I find out more if I want to come for sabbatical research? 2015-02-27T14:43:13+00:00

Several member institutions have a long practice of welcoming researchers on sabbatical leave. Individual websites set out the different opportunities. Now that the Federation is to have its own premises in Westminster Bounds, later in 2015, the intention is for the Federation also to welcome and host visiting scholars there. Enquiries should be made to Professor Simon Lee, Executive Director, sfl31@cam.ac.uk. The Federation is especially interested to hear from researchers into the three themes of Faith in the Public Square, Ecumenism and Inspiring Lives.

What are the validating universities, how do I choose, how do they choose? 2015-05-11T10:48:03+00:00

The Federation’s award-bearing programmes are offered with other universities. The Bachelor of Theology and the Diploma in Theology and Ministry are offered with the University of Cambridge. The Certificate, Diploma, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor, MA, Postgradaute Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma programmes in Theology, Ministry and Mission are validated by Durham University under the Common Awards scheme. The Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology is validated by Anglia Ruskin University.

For applicants applying to undergraduate programmes, the Director of Studies or Admission Tutor in the House to which you are applying will discuss with you which programme will best meet your needs and circumstances. If you apply to the Bachelor or Diploma in Theology for Ministry offered by the University of Cambridge, you must also meet the admissions criteria for Cambridge. The Director of Studies in your preferred House can give advice on this.

You must meet the entry criteria for any programme to which you apply; these are clearly stated on each of the programme pages. If you are applying as an independent postgraduate student (not sponsored by a church), please contact The Federation Office if you need further assistance in making your application.

From outside the European Union, how will I find out about the need for a visa? 2015-02-27T15:01:17+00:00

The UK operates a points-based immigration system, which affects students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, and ties a student’s visa to the higher education institution which he/she will be attending.

Study in the UK normally requires a Tier 4 visa. To apply for a visa you must receive sponsorship from the Cambridge Theological Federation through a ‘confirmation of acceptance for studies’ (CAS) and prove that you have the funds to meet all your tuition fees and living costs (as set by the Home Office).

It is your responsibility to make sure you understand and meet the immigration requirements of the UK, and obtain the correct visa to study at the Cambridge Theological Federation.

If you’re made an offer of a place at the Federation, you’re eligible for a CAS once you meet all the conditions and formally accept it. You can only make your visa application three months ahead of your course start date – therefore, the earliest you might receive your electronic CAS statement is June. You must use this information to complete some of the questions asked in the visa application.

The primary source of information on all matters concerning immigration is the Home Office. Information on whether you require a visa, how to apply, guidance notes and application forms are available on the Home Office website. You must consult this website regularly, as the rules and documentation change frequently.

Occasionally the Federation may request international applicants to attend an interview, for which you may require a visa. The Federation Office will direct you to the appropriate application forms.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has a wealth of current information on their website at http://www.ukcisa.org.uk. The section on preparing and planning for your studies will help you determine whether you need to apply for a visa.