Course Details & Fees

Training programme overview

The first year of our programme runs over eight weekends, involving two training days Saturday and Sunday, 9.30am to 5.30am, in London, with students arranging their own accommodation, and finishes with a 3-day residential retreat in the summer. The second year of the two year programme will also involve eight weekends and a final retreat.

Enrolment

Enrolment for our training programme commencing in October 2015 is now open.  For enrolment forms received before 31 May, an early booking discount of £300 is available. There will be a series of Introductory Days around the country from March 2015.

Venue and dates

Venue and dates for training commencing October 2015 are available here.

Fees in 2015

Our fees are offered on a sliding scale that is income-related. This is a way of making our training more accessible to people with diverse means.

Fees for Year One

A – £3,800 (standard income) or B – £4,300  (medium income) or C – £4,800 (higher income) We ask you to attune to the fee that you can afford to pay, and to let us know what that is. We will not ask you to disclose your income and will leave this decision to your discernment. The lowest of the three figures is the standard fee that we offer. At present our income is derived entirely from student fees. As an educational trust it is our intention and need to run an organisation that is financially sustainable. This is a challenging task for an educational project and all financial gifting is welcome and invited.

Fees for Year Two

As for Year One (with the possibility of an increase no greater than the rate of inflation). Course fees include:

  • All classes
  • Student reference manual, including readings related to the training sessions, given as a CD, and with the option of purchasing a print version
  • Ongoing mentor support throughout the training
  • Upon successful completion of the course graduation as a graduate and Fellow of the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and Foundation, including Graduation Certificate, and ordination as an Interfaith Minister, if mutually agreed between student and seminary.
  • Accommodation (on a shared basis) and meals at the end-of-year retreats in Years 1 and 2

Payment options

Fees may be paid by monthly standing order. Students able to pay all their fees at the start (either for one or both years) will receive a small discount.  Full details on application.

Other costs

  • Enrolment fee of £125
  • Books
  • Travel to retreats
  • Ordination Stoles – usually around £100, should you require one
  • Three spiritual counselling sessions in the first year
  • Three supervision sessions in the second year
  • Recommended ongoing spiritual counselling/ direction/ accompaniment

Post Graduate Training

Post Graduate courses and CPD training is being developed and offered throughout the year.

Funding your training

Professional and Career Development Loans One Spirit Interfaith Foundation is registered as a learning provider with the Professional and Career Development Loans programme (PCDL), administered by the Skills Funding Agency. The aim of a PCDL is to support and encourage students to take responsibility for, and to invest in, their own learning. A PCDL is a commercial bank loan which students can use to help pay for learning related costs. The Government pays the interest on the loan whilst the student is in learning and for one month afterwards. Students must then commence repayments as they would any other commercial loans product. More general information about PCDL can be found on DirectGov: www.direct.gov.uk/adultlearning, or call the PCDL team on 0845 600 7979. Please refer to specific guidance to applying for a PCDL by downloading from the link below. The National Careers Service The National Careers Service offer advice on funding and depending on your personal circumstances can put you in touch with trusts or charities who offer funding for further education.  Call 0800 100 900 (open from 8am to 10pm). Funding Your Training – An Introductory Guide Rev Geraldine Bown has written an introductory guide to funding for your training which you can download from the link below.

First year scholarships

Partial scholarships could be available to first year applicants and the process for applying for scholarship takes place in tandem with the enrolment process. Complete the enrolment form, which you can download from the link on the Enrolment page, and submit to our Administrator, together with your responses to the seven questions from the scholarship application form – available to download from the link below. When you have been accepted onto the training programme, your scholarship request will be considered and if appropriate a scholarship awarded, in the broad range of £50 to £750 – (but typically between £350 and £500).

Bursary Fund

We welcome contributions to our bursary fund and encourage those who can to contribute, so that those who cannot pay the full amount may still undertake the course.  If you would like to make a contribution of this kind, please contact the office on 0333 332 1996 – option 3 for further details. Funding your training OSIF info re PCDL Application for 1st year scholarship