Diploma of Leadership

CRICOS 112549J

About this course

The Diploma of Leadership provides students with the opportunity to undertake AQF Level 5 study in Christian leadership. It is designed for those who have a less formal educational background than those undertaking the BTh or BMin awards, or those who are seeking an award requiring less overall commitment than AQF Level 6 or 7 studies.

The Diploma of Leadership provides students with introductory study designed for Christians seeking a foundation for informed participation in the local church, para-church ministries, and in the wider community. It also provides some opportunity to gain knowledge and skills appropriate for practical Christian leadership, but not of the breadth or depth required for professional ministry. The award requires the completion of course units in Biblical Studies, Theology, and Christian Life and Ministry, with a special focus on Christian leadership. This special focus is achieved by completing a sub-major in designated leadership units 

Course Details

Admission to the Diploma of Leadership requires:

  • Satisfactory completion of Year 10 in the Australian school system, or its equivalent; OR 
  • Adequate grounds for Special Entry AND evidence of capacity for successful study at this level. 


English Proficiency

Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) overall score of at least 6.0 with no subtest below 5.5.

The Diploma of Leadership requires the completion of 72 credit points which shall include:


  • at least 9 credit points in Biblical Studies;
  • at least 9 credit points in Theology;
  • at least 36 credit points from designated leadership units;
  • a further 18 credit points chosen from approved units.


Course units shall normally be taken from SCD units coded within the 5100 series, but may also be taken from the 6100 or 7100-7299 series.


Students enrolled in the Diploma of Leadership may exit with an Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry, or an Undergraduate Certificate in Theology, provided they have met the requirements of the award.


Graduates will have:

  • technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts with introductory knowledge in Biblical Studies, Theology, and Christian Life and Ministry, with a focus on Christian leadership
  • wider experience of practical Christian leadership that will form the basis for further learning. 



Graduates will have emerging cognitive, communication, and technical skills in a Christian leadership-related body of knowledge so that they are able to: 

  • identify, analyse, and act on leadership-oriented information from a range of foundational sources;
  • express ideas and perspectives related to Christian faith;
  • communicate leadership-related knowledge, skills, and ideas to others.


Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will have the emerging ability to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of theological knowledge by applying it in Christian leadership,
  • perform technical operations within Christian leadership that have some complexity, taking personal responsibility for them,
  • organise, with some initiative and judgment, the work of self and others, and contribute to the planning, coordination, and evaluation of the work of teams (within broad but generally well-defined parameters).

A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 36 credit points in the Diploma of Leadership.


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 Diploma of Leadership.


Articulation to other awards

Students who complete the Diploma of Leadership and desire to undertake an AQF 6 or 7 award will receive direct credit to equivalent AQF 6 or 7 units for successfully completed units at the same AQF level, and for Diploma units at AQF 5 completed with a grade of Credit or higher; or subject to additional assessment requirements set by the SCD Student Support and Administration Committee.

The Diploma of Leadership is offered through the individual colleges and an application for enrolment must be made to the Registrar of the teaching institution. The registrar will be able to help you with all information regarding your study, including fees, units, mode of delivery, and timetable.


A domestic student at Sydney College of Divinity 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. SCD offers a wide range of units and students have the option to study one or more units across the colleges delivering SCD awards, whilst enrolled with one college.


International students

International students are subject to the conditions of their Australian student visa and are required to maintain a full-time enrolment of four units (36 credit points) per semester. If you are planning to enrol as an international student, you have the responsibility to ensure that you comply with your visa conditions at all times. Learn more about your responsibilities, rights, and what studying in Australia can offer you. Not all our teaching institutions offer study programs for international students.


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