Participants are accepted following an initial interview; these are usually held in July and September. Occasionally, people with relevant background and experience may be admitted straight onto the Second Year. To get more of an idea of what constitutes ‘relevant background and experience’, you can download an Outline of First Year Modules and Expectations.

Assignments and Appraisals

There are regular assignments and appraisals during the course. Entry to subsequent years is through completion of the previous year’s requirements and an end-of-year appraisal. Movement from one year to the next is not automatic; this will be assessed and discussed with you by a member of staff.


Participants are expected to:

  • meet regularly with an Ignatian-trained spiritual director;
  • be committed to attending all sessions. No more than 6 sessions may be missed in a year. If more than three sessions are missed in a term you will be expected to repeat the whole term. There will be an administrative fee for repeating a term.
  • work with your own experience in this ministry within the group;
  • complete assignments and recommended reading, including, in the Third Year:
    • a Spiritual and Psychological Autobiography;
    • an essay on Discernment; and
    • the presentation of an in-depth study of a directee for supervision;
  • make an Ignatian-based, individually guided, residential retreat (normally 6-8 days duration) by the start of the Second Year;
  • make the full Spiritual Exercises, either by the 30-day retreat or by the 19th Annotation, and this must be underway by the beginning of Year 2.
    The taking of the Exercises in three stages over an extended period of time is not recommended but may be acceptable in exceptional circumstances after consultation with the relevant year leader and one of the course directors.
    The course is committed to helping students consider their options for this requirement and can assist with finding a director for the 19th Annotation if necessary.

We recommend that participants gain experience of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or the Enneagram Personality Inventory during the First Year.


Please note: correspondence between a course participant and their tutors may, at the tutors’ discretion, be placed on the participant’s file for future reference.


A Certificate of Completion is presented at the end of the Third Year for those who have completed all the course requirements.