Things you need to consider...

There are lots of things to take into consideration when embarking on a new course of study. Here are just a few of the things we suggest you think carefully about before completing your application form. It will be an exciting journey of discovery, and it will be an even better experience when you are fully prepared beforehand!

If you have any questions about these things, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Have you discussed your application with your family and church?

Having support from others is really beneficial when you are studying, especially when it involves some distance learning, as our course does.
If you are a CF member you will need to support of your church and a completed ‘Church Endorsement’ form in order to receive fee-free tuition. This is because we don’t separate students from churches on our course. You will really benefit most if you have their active support from the start.

The full course involves 4 residential weekends per year.

These are an essential part of your course, so you need to make sure that you are able to make appropriate arrangements for caring responsibilities, childcare, pets etc.
Almost all of the costs that you will have to meet relate to these weekends. These are the costs for travel, accommodation and meals (see the Prospectus for details).

Do you need to let us know of any adjustments we need to make for you at these weekends?

If you have a relevant disability, or a temporary mobility difficulty, we may be able to arrange adjustments to make your residential weekends more comfortable.
Do you need a fully adapted / accessible hotel room?
Do you have any food or other allergies or medical conditions that we need to be aware of?
Some students have hired mobility scooters to assist with getting to the centre from the railway station and then to and from the nearby hotel that we use. Is this something you need to think about? We are happy to advise on the local arrangements here in Nottingham.

Have you made arrangements for how you will pay for your course, accommodation and travel?

As you will see in the CIPT Terms & Conditions for payment (attached), it is your responsibility to secure the funds that you will need to take the course. This does not mean that you have to pay it all yourself, but that you have to find the funds from whatever sources you can and then pay them directly to us here in the CIPT.
Payment by instalments is perfectly acceptable, but even then, you will need to be able to account for the funds needed in readiness for the payment deadlines. We are happy to advise about this.
Remember - tuition is actually free for church-endorsed CF members.
However, there are a few registration fees to pay as well as accommodation, meals and travel for the residential weekends (see the Prospectus for details).
Areas and Churches are able to provide some financial assistance, though the amount available varies from place to place. Don’t forget to contact them about this and confirm what amounts will be available for you before the start of your course.
There are some Trusts with whom we have a relationship who may award grants towards the cost of your study, but in this case you need to check their application deadline dates as soon as possible in order to have any grant money in place in advance of starting the course.

  • NB Many Trusts and Charities meet only once or twice per year. We are happy to advise about this.

What version of the course is best for you?

Full course, validated as a Foundation Degree by York St John University, and leading to a YSJU degree award.
Full course, not validated by the university, but validated by the CIPT. In this version, you can decide whether or not to do the assignments for the course.

  • NB There is no difference at all in the course which is taken, in the participation at the residential weekends, in access to the resources, or in the overall learning experience as between those who take the course as validated or not validated by the university. We are happy to advise on the pros and cons of the two versions of taking the course.
  • NB As far as the CF is concerned, either of the above two versions of the course can satisfy the training element of the process leading to accreditation in ministry. The thing to note is that for accreditation purposes, the assignments need to be done, submitted and passed in order to satisfy the CF requirement.

Not the full course, but specific, individual modules that catch your interest. In this case, there are no assignments to do and submit. But this will enable you to deepen your faith and your personal growth and enhance your service to your church and its mission.

How are your IT skills?

The course will require you to use basic IT skills, such as word processing and submitting your assignments electronically, using the internet and sending emails. Do you need to brush up on these skills before the start of the course?
You will need regular access to a computer and the internet. To take part in occasional online seminars you may also need headphones and a webcam. Do you need to make arrangements for getting and learning how to use these?

Do you have any specific learning needs?

Please let us know if you have any specific learning needs such as Dyslexia, as we may be able to assist with technology or other ways to make your participation in the course much easier. We are committed to supporting you, and we are happy to advise about this.