Undergraduate Certificate in Theology
The Undergraduate Certificate in Theology (CertTh) is an AQF Level 7 award. It qualifies students with foundational knowledge and skills in Christian theology, equipping them for further study, professional upskilling, ministry practice, or lifelong learning.
The Award Summary lists the full program and the academic regulations for students enrolling in 2022. The Undergraduate Certificate in Theology is offered through the individual colleges. Contact the Registrar of the teaching institution for study information, including mode of delivery and timetable, and to make an application for admission. Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian government scheme, assisting students to access a loan to help cover all or part of their tuition fees.
The Undergraduate Certificate in Theology requires the completion of 36 credit points (four units) and takes 6 months full-time or one year part-time of study.
Entry into the Undergraduate Certificate in Theology requires
- Satisfactory completion of Year 12 in the Australian school system, or its equivalent; OR
- Mature Age and Special Entry Admissions for those who have reached the age of 21, with evidence of capacity for successful study at this level.
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 result below 6.0.
The Undergraduate Certificate in Theology requires the completion of 36 credit points (four 9-credit point units) which shall include:
- 9 credit points in Biblical Studies;
- 9 credit points in Systematic Theology;
- 18 credit points in elective units.
All units are taken from the **Schedule 1 of units for the award.
The list of approved units for the Undergraduate Certificate in Theology:
- Choose ONE unit from:
- Choose ONE unit from:
- Choose TWO units from:
- B7110 Introduction to Old Testament (except if B7101 taken in section A)
- B7150 Introduction to New Testament (except if B7101 taken in section A)
- E7100 Sources and Principles of Christian Ethics
- H7100 Introduction to Church History
- H7110 History of the Early Church
- L7101 Introduction to Christian Worship
- P7101 Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry
- S7101 Formation in Spiritual Living
- S7102 Introduction to Christian Spirituality
- T7101 Introduction to Theology
- T7105 Introduction to Christian Doctrines
- W7110 Ancient and Early Medieval Philosophy
- W7112 Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy
Graduates will have introductory biblical and theological knowledge which will serve as a basis for further learning.
Graduates will have cognitive, communication, and technical skills, so that they are able to:
- identify, analyse, and act on information from a range of foundational sources,
- express ideas and perspectives related to the Christian faith.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
Graduates will have the ability to:
- demonstrate an understanding of theological knowledge by applying it in Christian ministry,
- apply appropriate methodology when addressing broader issues in the church,
- demonstrate theological literacy for addressing questions of faith.
A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 18 credit points in the Undergraduate Certificate in Theology.
Credit will be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the Undergraduate Certificate in Theology.
Articulation to other awards
All units satisfactorily completed in the Undergraduate Certificate in Theology may be credited towards a Sydney College of Divinity Diploma, Associate Degree, or Bachelor award, on condition that a completed Undergraduate CertTh will be surrendered prior to graduation in that award.
The Undergraduate Certificate in Theology is not offered to international students.
Domestic students interested in enroling should contact the college delivering the course for information regarding your study, including fees, mode of delivery, and timetable. A domestic student is designated as full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.
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