Mixed-Mode Training

Mixed Mode at Wycliffe

Welcome to our pages for ordinands following the Mixed Mode Pathway!

NEWS - January 2018

Pioneering opportunity in a mixed mode context

Mixed mode placement at St Frideswide’s
St Frideswide’s (Sept 2017 USA 15-20) is a historically Anglo-Catholic parish in west Oxford with a complex history. In September 2017, Revd Kate Seagrave was appointed as Mission Priest to the parish. This appointment is a parish partnership between St Aldates (Charismatic Evangelical) St Mary Magdalen’s (Anglo-Catholic) and strongly supported by the Community of St Mary the Virgin (a historic Anglican Convent). As far as we are aware, this is a unique project in the Church of England in that it unites parishes from very difference church traditions together with a major Religious Order in close partnership for a third parish. The vision is that in partnership, St Frideswide could occupy a place on the spectrum of traditions in the Church of England which takes the best of Charismatic Evangelical and Catholic spiritualities and combined with strong, biblical preaching could provide a compelling evangelistic community where people seek and find faith and grow deeper in worship.

St Frideswide’s therefore offers a pioneering mission context as well as a ‘traditional parish’
including traditional liturgical (Common Worship) worship in a broadly Catholic tradition, and
opportunities to expand the corporate worship and spiritual life of the church. There is an
opportunity to experience a model of parish partnership which seeks to renew and revive parishes which have struggled in the past, and work with them to help them find their own distinctive and God-given voice to proclaim the Gospel with confidence. In 2018 we are starting to establish a pattern of services especially for children and young families and we hope in 2019 to be able to start an evening service with a more informal feel. A mixed-mode ordinand would have the opportunity to observe, learn from, participate, and invest in a project which would still very much be in its early stages and would provide very wide ranging experience for further ministry and equipping in both a pioneer and ‘established’ context.

The expectation is that an ordinand would form a key part of the team (we are part of a wider joint benefice with a number of SSM and retired clergy colleagues) and would take a proactive role in helping to train, support and encourage congregation members to take substantial roles in their own church (leading small groups, playing their part in enabling and leading corporate worship, growing in evangelistic confidence.) There may also be the opportunity for the ordinand to observe our partner parishes and become familiar with an Anglican religious order.

In addition to her role in the parish, Kate is also working for the Bishop of Oxford to establish a
network of missional prayer communities, one of which, it is hoped, will be based in the parish.
There would therefore also be potential, depending upon the interests of the ordinand, to be
involved with this emerging community.

For more information please contact Kate- kate.seagrave@oxford.anglican.org

We can offer you a truly integrated and stimulating preparation for ministry:

  • Excellent teaching and formation at a college where the teachers are part of Oxford University’s world-class Faculty of Theology and Religion
  • The chance to be part of a worshipping community preparing for gospel ministry
  • A compelling missional context in which to put your learning into operation, right from the start
  • A chance to be part of God’s plan in taking the gospel message forward.

When mixed mode students arrive at the Hall, they sit down with the Mixed Mode Course Director and build an Individual Learning Plan.

Our basic curriculum can be found here. You’ll notice that there are lots of places where you can choose to develop your learning with a ministry focus. This might be developing an initiative in your church or exploring an area in which you have a particular interest. The Mixed Mode course is uniquely tailored with integrate learning in mind whilst retaining the formational emphasis and academic rigour which is the heart of our learning at Wycliffe.

Mixed-Mode FAQs Click to view

We hope you find these pages useful. Please contact us for more information.

Jenni Williams, MM Course Director, 01865 284771

Jon Williams, Context Supervisor, 01865 284771

Course Structure

The Course Director for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theology, Ministry and Mission, Mixed-Mode at Wycliffe Hall is Jenni Williams.

Designed for students who have been approved for ministerial training within the Church of England, this three-year, full-time course culminates in a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theology, Ministry, and Mission, Mixed-Mode from the University of Durham. Although the degree is awarded by Durham, all of the teaching and learning takes place in Oxford. 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. 

Mixed-mode students spend two days a week in college for lectures, seminars, and community life. The other three/four days a week are spent in supervised placements that offer contextual learning. Up to 30% of the student’s credits will come from these supervised placements.  

Full details on the course structure, including paper options and assessment methods, can be found under Wycliffe Hall on the TEI Module Overview webpage on the University of Durham Common Awards website.

Ministerial & Formational Activities

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.  In addition to their weekly supervised placements, students serve one 5-week summer placement.  The placement 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 missions.  

Integrated study weeks provide ordinands with a chance for in-depth study of key topics such as baptism, communion, Islam, and ethics.  Preaching classes are taken throughout the course with supervised preaching engagements during the first year.

For detailed information on the specific ministerial and formational programme for Common Awards ordinands at Wycliffe Hall, please see the Common Awards Handbook and the Ministry and Formation handbook.

Entry Requirements

Ordinands applying for the Common Awards Degree must be recommended for training by the Church of England. 


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.

How to Apply

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