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Resource Centres for Learning

The United Reformed Church’s engagement in adult learning is shaped by active ecumenical collaboration through relevant partnerships in England, Scotland and Wales.

The URC has three designated Resource Centres for Learning for the whole church, known popularly as Northern College, the Scottish College, and Westminster College who work together for discipleship development.  You may read more here: The work of RCLs (PDF | 203kb).

The teaching staff of the Resource Centres for Learning offer learning opportunities to a wide range of people. They work together with synod and Assembly colleagues to enable effective development and delivery of relevant resources for United Reformed Church congregations.

The three colleges are also responsible for Education for Ministry Phase 1 (pre-ordination or pre-commissioning training) and provide these through a variety of means, including residential study, local tutorials, supervised placements, and supported distance learning.

Access for all

Each Resource Centre for Learning offers learning opportunities for those who are not seeking academic accreditiation. It is possible to attend individual classes or whole courses. Please follow the links below to your chosen RCL where you can find the most up-to-date information about courses and registration.

The colleges

Northern College, Manchester

Northern College offers a range of full-time and part-time study options and would seek to tailor your course to suit individual learning needs and past experience as far as possible.

The Scottish College

The Scottish College gathers people in communities of faith and freedom – to learn and to listen, to speak and to grow. Its programmes prepare individuals to be Ministers of Word and Sacrament, as well as for other forms of service in today’s church.

Westminster College, Cambridge

Westminster College is a Resource Centre for Learning of the United Reformed Church and a member of the Cambridge Theological Federation.



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