For all courses (except OpenWTC: Theology without Walls), there are two 4 to 5 day residential teaching blocks per year where all WTC students, from across the UK and Europe, gather together, usually in early September and early January.
CertHE, BA (Hons) and Graduate Diploma courses
In addition to the two residential blocks, there are twenty teaching evenings, either on a Monday or a Tuesday (depending on the Hub location), between 6pm and 10pm throughout the year. The courses are assessed by the submission of six essays throughout the year.
MA, Flexi-MA courses
In addition to the two residential blocks, the MA is taught on 2 or 3 Teaching Saturdays spread throughout the year. Flexi-MA students are able to access their course content online. The course is assessed by the submission of up to six assignments per year, plus a dissertation (typically in the third year).
Each year students will attend two residential teaching sessions which are in-depth periods where all our students come together for four or five days to focus on the core course teaching. The cost of Residentials, including food and accommodation, is included in the course fees. The Residential sessions are delivered at the University of Wolverhampton’s Telford Campus, where we also use their accommodation facilities.
Residential Dates for 2018/19
- Tuesday 4th September – Saturday 8th September 2018
- Thursday 3rd January – Sunday 6th January 2019
Residential Dates for 2019/20
- Wednesday 4th September – Sunday 8th September 2019
- Monday 6th January – Thursday 9th January 2020
The unique flavour of studying with WTC is largely defined by the experience of studying locally in a worshipping and learning community known as a Hub. Hubs meet on Monday or Tuesday evenings, depending on the location, and are environments in which you can form meaningful relationships with your fellow students, have time and space to discuss the issues arising in the teaching, as well as worshipping together.
In most Hubs we also facilitate a small extra-curricular programme which allows local experts to visit a Hub to deliver a one off session that enables students to develop skills, be introduced to experts in various spheres of influence and to provide another bridge between the academic, the spiritual, and the practical.
Find out more about our Hub Locations here.
A typical Hub evening looks like this:
- 5.45pm – arrive, chat with fellow students
- 6.00pm – worship and ministry time
- 6.30pm – watch a recorded lecture with other students – with time for discussion throughout the session
- 7.30pm – seminar with a faculty member to discuss the week’s teaching and ask questions or a live extra-curricular session from a local practitioner
- 8.30pm – time to pray together with other students, discuss and think over the evening’s teaching
- 9.30pm – 10pm finish
Online & Hub Resources
A rich variety of resources are available on WTC’s virtual learning environment, Moodle, and through the University of Chester’s databases. This includes articles, lecture notes, recorded lectures, and other resources. In addition, each Hub has a library of books that are available to borrow.