Mornings at Benedictus will be spent in lectures or in the seminar room, reading and discussing original texts from literature, philosophy and history. Students will have scheduled tutorial meetings to discuss written work or raise further points. Each day there will be a short Latin or Italian language class. Two or three sessions a week will be dedicated to studying readings in theology.
In the afternoons, students will study and discuss art works in the many galleries and museums of London, concentrating on the vast riches of the British Museum, National Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum. We will be attending many of the open concerts and workshops run by the Royal Academy of Music in Marylebone and Royal College of Music in Kensington. Building on the mornings in the classroom these study visits enable students to engage and learn directly from the arts.
Occasionally, a day will be spent out of the college visiting sites in and out of London such as the great cathedral cities of York and Durham, important gardens such as Stowe and Stourhead and innovative art collections such as the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts at UEA in Norwich.
Regularly, students will be set an assessed essay or asked to make a presentation; these will be discussed in tutorial and marked by faculty. There will be termly reports by staff and self-assessment exercises undertaken to monitor the progress of each student.
Each term there will be guest lectures by members of our Academic Advisory Group or other notable scholars, giving students the privilege of hearing world-class academics speak, with the chance to meet and discuss ideas with them.