FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the programme dates?
The OCCA Programme
Programme Dates for 2020-2021
Term Starts: 30th September 2020
Term Ends: 11th December 2020
Term Starts: 12th January 2021
Term Ends: 12th March 2021
Term Starts: 20th April 2021
Term Ends: 11th June 2021
How do I apply?
Applications for the OCCA 2021/2022 1 Year Programme will open on Monday 11th January 2021.
For the OCCA Programme, the majority of students will typically be educated to at least bachelor degree level.
What are the application deadlines?
Applications for the 2020-2021 intake are now closed.
Please note that we do not allow deferral of entry into the programme, please only apply if you know you would be able to attend if your application was successful.
In order to be considered for the OCCA Programme please note that we operate three gathered field deadlines:
Friday 15th November 2019 – For interview in early December
Friday 21st February 2020 – For interview in early March
Friday 22nd May 2020 – For interview in early June
Any applications submitted after 22nd May 2020 date cannot be considered for the 2020 academic year.
What are the current training fees and scholarship opportunities?
OCCA Programme 2020-2021:
The full cost for each student to attend OCCA is £35,000. When an applicant is offered a place on the programme they automatically receive a welcome scholarship of £27,500, this reduces the fees for the student to attend the programme to £7,500.
Students can request to be considered for additional scholarships and these are open to students of all nationalities. See the OCCA scholarships page for more information.
Is accommodation provided?
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide accommodation for students. If you are successful in gaining a place at OCCA we will provide you with a suggested list of options. If you are an international student and will be coming with your spouse and/ or family, we recommend contacting the North Oxford Overseas Centre or Commonwealth House.
Students accepted onto the Business Programme will be provided with details on various accommodation options in Oxford, including single rooms at Wycliffe Hall, private B&B options and private long-term rentals.
Please note that all students are responsible for locating and booking their own accommodation for the duration of a programme.
How much does it cost to live in Oxford?
The cost of living will vary depending on your individual needs and preferences. It is important to note that Oxford is one of the most expensive cities in which to live in the UK. The chart below contains estimated figures for general guidance.
|Marital Status||Rent, Utilities and Food (per month)|
|Single Person||£500 – £800|
|Married Couple||£1000 – £1,500|
|Married Couple with Children||£1,500 – £2,000|
Does the OCCA offer any online courses?
Yes, click here to find out more about the RZIM Academy.
We also recommend the RZIM DVD ‘Foundations of Apologetics’ Study Programme. This is a 12-part course supplied on DVD, complete with study guides. The DVDs feature one of the team from RZIM worldwide speaking on a topic of which they have specialist knowledge, for example, Amy Orr-Ewing on the trustworthiness of the scriptures and Ravi Zacharias on God, Evil and Suffering. Each set (1 DVD plus study guide) is available to buy individually and the full list of titles and speakers is on the RZIM Europe website. Alternatively, the full set is available from RZIM USA.
Can I study part-time at the OCCA?
The OCCA 1-Year programme is a full-time programme of study for 9 months. It is not possible to take the programme part-time. The RZIM Academy (see above) is a great option for those looking for a flexible training option.