Where & When
The course office is located on the Warrington campus of the University of Chester but teaching on the course takes place across all six dioceses involved in the course. Modules are taught either on weeknights, at weekends, or at residential schools.
Weeknight sessions are organised in three terms with a half-term break in each. Weeknights begin in early September and continue to the end of May. Sessions are repeated on different days in teaching centres across the region (which means that if you are unable to get to your usual teaching centre, you can go to another centre on another night).
The number of these centres varies from year to year according to student numbers and diocesan and course needs, but there is at least one centre in each diocese. Ordinands and Readers train together at weeknight sessions in years 1 and 2, with ordinands only in year 3 (which usually means using fewer teaching centres). Weeknight sessions usually run from 7.00-9.30pm.
Reader Study Days
For Reader trainees there are six Study Days, a mix of Saturdays and Sundays spread across the year – these are usually held in Warrington for trainees from Blackburn, Chester, Liverpool and Manchester dioceses and at centres in the Isle of Man and the East Midlands. Study days usually run from 9.00am-4.30pm.
For ordinands, there are six Residential Weekends beginning on a Friday evening and ending after lunch on Sunday. Our usual venue for residential weekends is the Wychwood Park Hotel in Crewe, though we do use other venues across the region for retreat weekends.
Ordinands also attend an eight-day residential Summer School in their first and penultimate years of training, usually held at Chester or Liverpool Hope University, and an Easter School in their final year, which is often in a residential centre near Leeds.
We choose venues on a number of criteria, including their accessibility for those with differing needs – click here for our page on accessibility.