The College’s purpose is to share in the mission of God in the world through the formation of competent, passionate, spirit-filled and evangelical people for different forms of Christian ministry. We welcome applications from students of all ages, considering life and work experience alongside academic qualifications. A high proportion of our students are returning to education after a number of years. We run a successful Saturday access course (Prepare, Feed, Sustain), which gives students a taste of theological study, and allows progression onto Higher Education programmes. Students often begin HE study at Certificate level and progress to Diploma and BA programmes. Strong pastoral and academic support is provided by college tutors, who meet regularly with students to review progress. We provide study skills support for all students and targeted support for students with specific learning difficulties is also available. Our VLE, Moodle, provides guidance and support for students throughout their programmes. We are continuing to develop our programmes to offer more opportunities for part-time study, placement-based learning and distance learning. We are working in partnership with the Baptist Union of Great Britain and local Baptist Associations and churches and Durham University to develop programmes which widen access to the vocations for which students are being prepared. We are in the early days of gathering and analysing data related to our students’ backgrounds. Once we have sufficient statistics, we will use these to monitor our performance in widening access across a range of indicators.