About Sydney College of Divinity
The Sydney College of Divinity is a leading Christian theological education provider, offering high quality, accredited awards to equip people for effective professional and lay ministry in a rapidly changing environment.
Find out about the courses we offer here.
The Teaching Bodies of the College
- Australian College of Christian Studies (Miranda NSW)
- Australian College of Ministries (NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, TAS, WA)
- Catholic Institute of Sydney (Strathfield NSW)
- Nazarene Theological College (Thornlands QLD)
- NSW College of Clinical Pastoral Education (Jannali NSW)
- St Andrews Greek Orthodox Theological College (Redfern NSW)
- St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College (Arncliffe NSW)
- SCD Korean School of Theology (North Ryde NSW)
commit themselves to sustain a teaching program of excellence in Higher Education, integrating best practice in adult teaching and learning with theological enterprise. They, in their turn, seek to foster self-directed and lifelong learning among their students. This extends to actively encouraging graduates to engage in further study and research, both within the College and in other institutions of higher learning.
To find more information about each of the teaching bodies, here. Make direct contact with these institutions to find out further about enrolment dates, open days and orientations.
Courses at SCD
We offer a range of courses from diplomas to doctorates. The details of all our courses are available here.
A. Applicants with higher education study
Each SCD course has its own particular admission criteria. These can be viewed here.
Students who have completed undergraduate higher education awards would be admitted into the SCD Bachelor program (with possible credit) or the SCD Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma program or the SCD Master of Divinity program. If the undergraduate higher education study has been in a theological related discipline further SCD Master level awards (Master of Arts and Master of Theology) would be possible. Previous study in theological related disciplines would be considered for further credit.
Students who have completed postgraduate higher education awards (not in a Theological discipline) would be admitted into the SCD Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma or Master of Divinity. If the postgraduate award is in a theological discipline then admission into doctoral programs could be possible.
B. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study
Students who have completed Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma awards would be admitted into the SCD Diploma and Bachelor program. If the VET study was in a theological related discipline credit would be granted.
Students who have completed VET Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma award in a theological discipline would be admitted into the SCD Master of Arts.
C. Applicants with work and life experience
Mature age entry into undergraduate courses is available to potential students aged 20 and over.
Professional entry into the Graduate Certificate is available to potential students who have considerable professional senior ministry experience (at least 5 years in a senior leadership role). This is detailed in the SCD Handbook.
D. Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)
Australian Year 12 students
Students completing year 12 with no ATAR are eligible to enrol in the Diploma of Ministry, Diploma of Theology and Diploma of Christian Studies. Year 12 students with an ATAR equal to or greater than 65 can enrol in the Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice, the Bachelor of Ministry and the Bachelor of Theology.
There are no ATAR – related adjustments.
Criteria that may apply in addition to ATAR
There are no further criteria to be considered in addition to ATAR.
Other admission options
Mature age entry is a further option to school leavers. For the student who has reached the age of 20 years admission into the Diploma of Ministry and Diploma of Theology is permitted. For the student who has reached the age of 21 years admission into the Diploma of Christian Studies, Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice, Bachelor of Ministry and Bachelor of Theology are options.
Interstate Year 12
Admission criteria for Interstate year 12 students is the same as for NSW students. The state based university entry score is converted to an ATAR. For a student from Queensland, the OP cut off is 16 or less for admission into the Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice, the Bachelor of Ministry and the Bachelor of Theology.
Finished secondary education more than two years ago
Students with a qualifying ATAR are eligible for admission into undergraduate course up to 5 years after they complete year 12. At this point mature age entry would apply – 20 years old for DipMin, DipTh and 21 years old – DipChSt, AssocDegChThPr, BMin and BTh.
Bridging and enabling course entry
There are no bridging or enabling courses that lead to entry into SCD awards.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are welcome to apply for admission and are treated equally with all other admissions.
Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications
The equivalence of overseas qualifications to Australian qualifications is evaluated with the help of the Government’s Country Education Profiles (CEP). The equivalence is then used to match against the admissions requirements for entry into SCD awards
English language proficiency
If students have undertaken their previous studies in an overseas country, they may have to provide proof of proficiency in English to gain entry into a Sydney College of Divinity award.
Students do not have to provide proof of proficiency in English if they have:
- completed an accredited award in English at one AQF level below the award that they are seeking admission into; or
- have successfully completed senior secondary study in English; or
- have successfully completed at least one year of full-time university study in English in the field of Humanities.
Students must provide proof of proficiency in English if they have undertaken all their qualifications in a language other than English.
Those students who have not completed previous studies in English may demonstrate proficiency in English by completing an IELTS test (or equivalent). The test results required for admission are as follows:
|Diploma of Theology*
Diploma of Ministry
|6.0 or greater overall, with no score less than 5.5 in each band of the test.
Provisional admission may be granted for an overall score of 5.5 with no score less than 5.5 in each band. All course units must be passed in the first 2 semesters of enrolment for the provisional status to be removed. If this requirement is not met the admission is cancelled.
|Diploma of Christian Studies
Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice
Bachelor of Theology
Bachelor of Ministry
|6.5 or greater overall, with no score less than 6.0 in each band of the test.
Provisional admission may be granted for an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 6.0 in each band. All course units must be passed in the first 2 semesters of enrolment for the provisional status to be removed. If this requirement is not met the admission is cancelled.
|BTh (Hons), BMin (Hons) and all Postgraduate Awards||7.0 or greater in all bands of the test.|
How to Apply
Application for admission into SCD undergraduate and postgraduate coursework courses is made directly with the Teaching Bodies of the SCD. The contact detail for each Teaching Body is available on the SCD website. Once an application is received, the Teaching Body processes the application in light of the entry criteria for the award in question and then submits a request for admission to the SCD. This request is then reviewed by the SCD’s Student Support and Administration Committee (SSAC) (meet every month) and on receiving approval the Teaching Body advises the student.
Application for admission into SCD postgraduate research courses is made directly with the SCD. The application is received by the Research Director and admission approval is granted by the SCD Research Committee. The outcome of the application is communicated to the student via the Research Director.
Once a student’s admission has been approved by the SCD SSAC the Registrar of the admitting Teaching Body advises the student of their successful entry (or otherwise) into an SCD course. This is followed by unit registration, for the subject’s the student wants to study, with the Registrar of the
If the student has completed prior study an application for credit can be lodged with the SSAC by the Teaching Body Registrar on behalf of the student. The decision of the SSAC will be communicated to the student by the Registrar of the Teaching Body.
Recognised Prior Learning.
Application for credit for skills and knowledge from work and life experience is available to students. This is made through the Teaching Body and involves the student putting together a portfolio of documents etc that show how the skills and life experience align with units within the student’s course of study. Application forms are available from the Registrar. Approval is granted by the SSAC and communicated to the student via the Registrar of the Teaching Body.
Application for deferral is made directly with the Registrar of the Teaching Body.
Tuition fees are due prior to the commencement of a unit of study. If a student withdraws prior to the Census Date the tuition fees are refunded and no academic penalty incurred. If withdrawal after the Census Date the tuition fees are not refunded and a fail grade is recorded for the unit.
|The following data gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students. It is indicative of all undergraduate students applying to commence semester 1 2018 across all awards and Member Institutions of the Sydney College of Divinity.|
|Applicant background – Undergraduate Applicants||Semester one intake 2018|
|Number of students||Percentage of all students|
|(A) Higher education study||0||0%|
|(includes a bridging or enabling course)|
|(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study||0||0%|
|(C) Work and life experience||32||56.10%|
|(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)|
|(D) Recent secondary education:||<5||3.60%|
|· Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR|
|(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of|
|adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)|
|· Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered||0||0%|
|(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)|
|· Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor||23||40%|
|(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)|
Where to Get Further Information
SCD Website: www.scd.edu.au for further information about the Sydney College of Divinity and its appeals and grievance processes.
QILT Website: www.qilt.edu.au
For further admissions and enrolment advice contact the Academic Registrar