Diploma of Christian Studies
Why undertake a Diploma of Christian Studies?
The Diploma of Christian Studies is an introductory course of study that will provide you with the skills to understand the Bible, Christian Thought, and Traditions, and will give you a solid foundation from which to commence your theological studies journey. It will also provide you with skills in self-reflection, synthesizing theological knowledge, and discernment, and will help you to understand other faiths. This knowledge and understanding is extremely important in the multi-cultural society of today where the media is full of complex international relations and the threat of terrorism.
What do I need to gain entry?
One of the following:
- Satisfactory completion of year 12 in the Australian school system or equivalent, with English proficiency;
- Be over the age of 21;
- Have adequate grounds for special entry;
- Meet the English Language requirements for entry to the course. If your previous studies were undertaken in another language you’ll need to complete an IELTS test and have a result of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in all bands of the test.
How long will I be studying for?
1 year full time or up to 3 years part time.
The maximum time allowed for completion of the course is 3 years.
Full time is usually 3 or 4 units per semester, part time is 1 or 2.
How much will it cost?
The fees per unit and indicative annual fees differ between Teaching Bodies. There is a chart available here, but please contact the registrar at the appropriate Teaching Body for further information.
FEE-HELP is available, make sure that you read and understand the information on FEE-HELP here and make sure that you include on your application that you would like to use FEE-HELP.
How will I attend lectures?
Online, face-to-face or a combination of both. This differs depending on the Teaching Body that you decide to study with. Contact the registrar of the applicable Teaching Body for further information.
How do I enrol?
You can access the application form from the website of the Teaching Body with which you would like to study, or contact their registrar to have a chat about the course. You will need to provide some supporting documentation including certified copies (signed by a JP or other authorised person) of:
- 100 points of ID (usually a passport/birth certificate and driver’s licence);
- Transcripts from previous study;
- Change of name documentation and/or the results of an IELTS test if relevant.
The registrar at the Teaching Body you are submitting your application to will let you know if there is anything else that you need to provide.
What do I have to do to make sure I complete my course successfully?
8 units (72 credit points) of level 7100-7399 series units.
These units are broken up into four Disciplines, which are in turn broken up into Sub-Disciplines. These are:
You will need to complete:
- At least one unit in Biblical Studies;
- At least one unit in Theology;
- At least one submajor (4 units) Christian Thought (Biblical Studies, Theology, Humanities in the Christian Tradition) or Christian Practice (Christian Life and Ministry and its subdisciplines);
- At least two other units of your choice from any discipline.
I’ve done previous study in theology, what should I do?
You could be eligible for credit, but this is capped at 6 units depending on the study you’ve completed. Have a chat to the registrar at your chosen Teaching Body about applying for this.
I want to complete more study after my Diploma of Theology what should I do?
This depends on where you want to go in your career, and what your grades have been like throughout your studies. Usually the next step will be the Bachelor of Theology or Bachelor of Ministry. Because the Diploma of Christian Life and Ministry is ‘nested’ within the Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice and the Bachelors degrees in Theology and Ministry your Diploma studies can directly articulate into one of these awards. In order to do so you will have to surrender your Diploma documents and all of your units will then become part of your next degree. Then for students who have achieved a credit average or above throughout their Bachelor level studies it is possible to complete the Bachelor of Theology (Honours), and then if a certain standard is achieved in this and you would like to go deeper into your theological studies you could pursue a Doctoral program. Have a chat with the registrar at your chosen Teaching Body if this is something that you’d like to consider doing.
I’ve think I’ve completed my studies, am I eligible to graduate?
Make sure you have done everything on this checklist:
*Please note that a focus on Pastoral Counselling or Clinical Practice in your degree does not accredit you to be a counsellor. It is designed to give you extra skills in Christian/Pastoral Counselling which will enhance previous or future qualifications in Counselling.