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Those entering the candidating process are invited by the Methodist Church to register for a Candidates’ Open Day. This provides an opportunity to find out about the Queen’s Foundation, pathways and programmes for initial ministerial training. There is an initial conversation with each student to clarify the process and opportunities. Circuit, District and Connexional selection processes take place and the Allocations Panel (May) directs accepted candidates to either full time or part time training. Students and the Queen’s foundation are notified of the outcome of this by connexional officers at the same time. All candidates are guaranteed an offer of a place of study at the Queen’s Foundation at this stage. To confirm the academic qualification that will be studied the Queen’s Foundation is then sent information relating to applicants’ selection including application and portfolio. The Queen’s Foundation Admissions panel reviews these and requests any required additional information regarding possible academic admission options from the candidate – usually dependent on previous academic history. Candidates are invited to further open days to gather further information about finance, learning support and if applicable check qualification evidence etc. Final decisions on pathways are referred back to the candidate and Connexion as applicable for approval. All confirmed candidates receive an offer confirming academic study programme and other relevant details signed by the Director of Methodist Formation. After accepting a place at this stage all candidates are offered a 14 day cooling off period to withdraw from this contract.
At the induction process prior to the beginning of the course, further registration details will be requested to comply with university and HESA data collection requirements. None of the details requested at this stage will affect the outcome of any offer previously made.