Life at Westcott

At Westcott House we rejoice in knowing and sharing God’s love in inclusive and hopeful community

Independent Students

We welcome inquiries from prospective independent students. Examples of independent students include:

  • Lay people wishing to deepen and enrich their faith by studying theology as part of a worshipping community;
  • Lay and ordained ministers who want to take further study as part of their continuing professional development;
  • Overseas students sponsored for ministry who want to come for a short period of study, subject to visa and immigration requirements.

Westcott House offers support for theological and ministerial study to set all of God’s people free in discipleship, ministry and mission. Teaching is delivered by highly experienced practitioners and tutors drawn from Westcott House’s staff and the wider Cambridge Theological Federation.

There are five typical ways that independent students can access independent study opportunities accredited by either Durham or Cambridge University at Westcott, subject to the admissions criteria and processes of those awards:

  • Certificate in Higher Education (level 4): for lay people looking to develop their personal discipleship or ministry;
  • Diploma of Theology for Ministry: a graduate-entry programme for individuals preparing for or already involved in authorized Christian ministry or service;
  • Graduate Diploma: for lay people without prior theological study but with a good 2.1 degree in another subject, who are looking for a more demanding theology course, or a preparatory, credit-bearing course for the MA in our Postgraduate Study stream;
  • The ‘Top-up’ BA (level 6): for recently licensed ministers who would like to convert their Common Awards Diploma to a full degree;
  • The Postgraduate Diploma and MA: for experienced ordained ministers and others with prior theological study at a commensurate level.

Please see Fees and Maintenance for more information on academic and maintenance costs.

From September 2022 we will also be offering ARU MA and Research degrees in partnership with the Cambridge Theological Federation and accredited by Anglia Ruskin University. Further information about the courses, and how to apply can be found under Courses & Practicalities or by contacting

Enquiries about independent study should be made to the Admissions Tutor on


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Application Form for Independent Students 2021-22 Word Download
Application Form for Independent Students 2021-22 PDF Download


‘I want our students to leave Westcott House with a passion for being in the world as Christ is in the world; for seeking out what God is already doing in the world, so that we might cooperate with God; for living in the knowledge that we will not meet Jesus or draw others to him unless we seek him where he has always told us he will be found: amongst those this world calls the least.’

Dr Elizabeth Phillips Director of Studies, Westcott House