Bachelor of Theology (BTh)
AQF Level 7
||An Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 65, or its equivalent (eg. OP ≤ 16); orMature Age and Special Entry Admissions for those who have reached the age of 21; orarticulation from other Sydney College of Divinity programs.
||3 years full-time or 9 years part-time
||216 credit points (i.e. 24 units).
||Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in all bands of the test. A student can be admitted provisionally into the BTh when they have an IELTS result of 6.0 with no score less than 6.0 in all bands of the test
||Contact the Teaching Body with which you intend to enrol.
||The Registrar of one of the following Teaching Bodies:
- Australian College of Ministries
· Catholic Institute of Sydney
· Nazarene Theological College
· Saint Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
· The Salvation Army Booth College
Graduate Profile and Rationale
The Bachelor of Theology course is a primary undergraduate award that provides a broad and coherent study of theology and related disciplines through a structure of majors and sub-majors. This degree prepares candidates for professional and lay Christian ministry and for further learning beyond the degree.
Not all majors and sub-majors are available at all Teaching Bodies. The sub-disciplines and the majors and sub-majors available are:
||Majors / Submajors
|Christian Life & Ministry
||Christian SpiritualityWorship & LiturgyMissionPastoral CounsellingPastoral TheologyChristian Ethics
||Christian SpiritualityWorship & LiturgyMissionPastoral CounsellingPastoral TheologyChristian EthicsChristian Life & Ministry [Discipline]
|Humanities in the Christian Tradition
||Church HistoryPhilosophyHumanities [Discipline] (major /submajor not to include A units)
Graduates will have:
- a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in Theology, Biblical Studies and one other discipline or area of practice, that will form the basis for independent lifelong learning.
- cognitive and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:
- review, reflect on, and synthesize theological information and identify and provide solutions to complex problems
- think critically and generate and evaluate complex ideas
- demonstrate an understanding of theoretical theological concepts
- communicate theologically-related knowledge, skills and ideas clearly and coherently
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
- the ability to
- demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge by applying it creatively in Christian living and ministry
- make high level, independent judgments in a range of ministry settings
- initiate, plan, and implement activities and projects within a range of ministry settings.
The Bachelor of Theology is offered through individual Teaching Bodies. In light of the units offered students are able to choose their program to suit their interests and needs, all the while fulfilling the requirements of the degree. Details are available from the Teaching Body offering the course.
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Theology may exit with a Diploma of Christian Studies or Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice provided they have met the requirements of the award.
1 Admission to Candidature
- An applicant for admission to candidature for the degree of Bachelor of Theology shall:
- have an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 65, or its equivalent (eg. OP ≤ 16) with English proficiency; or
- have reached the age of 21 and so satisfy the requirements for Mature Age Entry; or
- have adequate grounds for Special Entry; or
- seek to articulate from other Sydney College of Divinity programs.
- A candidate for a Bachelor of Theology shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in fewer than 27 credit points per semester.
- Unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board, no candidate for the Bachelor of Theology may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution unless the candidate is enrolled in an approved joint degree program.
- An applicant whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction may be admitted to the Bachelor of Theology providing they have achieved competency in English by
- achieving an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 6.5 with no score below 6.0 in all bands of the test or
- achieving an IELTS result of 6.0 with no score below 6.0 in all bands of the test providing they pass all course units in the first two semesters of the course.
- Applicants for admission to the Bachelor of Theology apply to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
- The Bachelor of Theology requires the completion of 216 credit points.
- Every program for the award shall include:
- Three sub-major sequences:
- Biblical Studies
- Humanities in the Christian Tradition (or its sub-disciplines) OR Church Life and Ministry (or its sub-disciplines)
- Two of these sub-majors shall be extended to a major
- At least 9 credit points in Church History
- Majors and submajors are available in:
- Biblical Studies.
- Biblical Studies (The BTh Biblical Studies major requires 54 credit points (see details below) plus 9 credit points in A7110 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew, A7120 Introduction to New Testament Greek, or A7130 Introduction to Biblical Languages taken before or concurrently with any post 7100 series Biblical Studies units.)
- Humanities in the Christian Tradition.
- Humanities in the Christian Tradition; Church History; and Philosophy.
- Christian Life & Ministry.
- Christian Life & Ministry; Christian Spirituality; Pastoral Counselling; Worship & Liturgy; Mission; Pastoral Theology; and Christian Ethics.
- A major in a subdiscipline requires 54 credit points from the subdiscipline, with not more than 18 credit points from 7100 series units and at least 9 credit points from 7300 series units. Under certain provisions (see 2.7), up to 36 credit points from 8500 and 9600 series units may be included.
- A major in a discipline requires 54 credit points from the discipline, with at least 27 credit points in one subdiscipline, with not more than 18 credit points from 7100 series units and at least 9 credit points from 7300 series units. Under certain provisions (see 2.7), up to 36 credit points from 8500 and 9600 series units may be included.
- A submajor requires 36 credit points from units assigned to the major including no more than 18 credit points from 7100 series units and with at least one 7200 series unit.
- Candidates who have completed 108 credit points towards the Bachelor of Theology may select up to 36 credit points from the Schedule of 8500 and 9600 series units. Within these units, a candidate can only select up to 18 credit points of 9600 series units provided they have already completed at least a sub-major in that sub-discipline with a Grade Point Average of at least 2.0.
- All course units shall be taken from the Sydney College of Divinity Schedule of Units of Study.
3 Period of Candidature
- The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 3 years full-time and up to 9 years part-time.
- In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions.
4 Leave of Absence
- The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Bachelor of Theology. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.
- The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or be required to complete candidature.
- The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board and consistent with the College’s established guidelines for assessment packages at undergraduate level.
- Academic Board may require students to present themselves for oral examination.
- Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised strictly in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity.
- A candidate may seek credit for a maximum of 144 credit points in the Bachelor of Theology.
7 Saving Clause
- Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.