Bachelor of Theology (BTh) (OUDCE)

The Bachelor of Theology (BTh) with Oxford University Department of Continuing Education (OUDCE) is a three-year course for Church of England ordinands and independent students which integrates academic learning, practical training, and spiritual formation.  The first year of study concentrates on strong theological foundations, the second year adds breadth and depth by building on those foundations, and the third year gives opportunity for specialisation.  For ordinands, ministerial training is fully integrated throughout the course.
The Bachelor of Theology (BTh) at Wycliffe Hall offers ordinands: 
  • A curriculum shaped by Wycliffe Hall tutors for evangelical ministerial training in the Church of England
  • Consistent emphasis throughout on academic, ministerial, and formational aspects of training
  • All the intellectual rigour and learning resources of the University of Oxford, combined with the pastoral and ministerial insights of Wycliffe tutors
  • Sustained personal interaction with and support from tutors
  • A Christian ethos in the evangelical tradition with the opportunity to participate in formational activities and the life of the worshipping community and access to all that the University of Oxford has to offer as a fully matriculated Oxford University student
This three-year, full-time residential course culminates in a Bachelor of Theology (BTh) from the University of Oxford (OUDCE) and is ideal for those who have been approved for ministerial training within the Church of England.  It is our equivalent of the Common Awards programme, and the fees are exactly the same as the for Common Awards.  Teaching is normally conducted by Wycliffe Hall staff in lectures and small group seminars. There are also opportunities to attend other University lectures, and there may be the chance to have teaching in conjunction with other Theological Colleges.  
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For detailed information about the course structure please contact Jo Wakefield at 

Ordinands are expected to participate in the life of the worshipping community through participation in daily chapel services and a weekly fellowship group led by a Wycliffe tutor.  To gain hands-on ministry experience under the guidance of a mentor, ordinands participate in weekly placements, as well as one 5-week summer placement.  The placements can be at a church or other ministry organisation, and Oxford is well-served with a variety of ministry environments from which to choose - from urban to rural, affluent to socially deprived.  Ordinands also serve in 1-2 university missions.  
Integrated study weeks provide ordinands with a chance for in-depth study of key topics such as Sacraments (baptism and communion), Evangelism, Equality and Diversity, Islam, and Ethics. 
Preaching classes are taken throughout the course with supervised preaching engagements during the first year.

Applicants are expected to have a minimum of 5 GCE passes, of which two should be at ‘A’ level and include GCSE English at grade C or an equivalent qualification.

Accommodation fees can be found on the Wycliffe Hall Accommodation webpage.

In addition, Wycliffe Hall students pay a termly Common Room fee, the amount of which is decided on a yearly basis but usually approximates £50.00.    

Out-of-pocket expenses incurred for travel related to placements and missions will be reimbursed up to a fixed limit.

Ordinands should consult with their sponsoring body regarding arrangements for payment of tuition and other fees.

Church of England Ordinands:  Apply directly to Wycliffe Hall through our online application system.