DipTh Program and Academic Regulations

Diploma of Theology (DipTh)

AQF Level 5 Diploma
Entry Requirements – 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 20
Duration 1 year full-time or 3 years part-time
Mode Full-time, part-time
Structure 72 credit points (8 units)
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) score of 6.0 with no result below 5.5

Enrolment

International students cannot enrol in the Diploma of Theology.

Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Diploma of Theology provides students with the opportunity to undertake AQF Level 5 study in theological disciplines. 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 Theology provides students with an introductory study across a range of theological disciplines. It is designed for Christians seeking a foundation for informed participation in the local church, para-church ministries, and the wider community. It also provides some opportunity to gain knowledge and skills appropriate for Christian ministry, but not necessarily of the breadth or depth required for professional ministry. The award requires the completion of course units in Biblical Studies, Theology, Church History, and Christian Life and Ministry.

Outcomes

Knowledge

Graduates will have

    • technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts with introductory knowledge in Biblical Studies, Christian Life and Ministry, Humanities within the Christian Tradition, and Theology
    • wider experience of theology generally that will form the basis for further learning.

Skills

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

    • identify, analyse, synthesise, and act on theological information from a range of foundational sources
    • express ideas and perspectives related to the Christian faith
    • communicate theologically-related knowledge, skills, and ideas to others.

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will have the ability to:

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

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Diploma of Theology

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the Diploma of Theology will:
1.1.1 have satisfactorily completed Year 12 in the Australian school system, or its equivalent; or
1.1.2 have reached the age of 20 and so satisfy the requirements for Mature Age Entry; or
1.1.3 have adequate grounds for Special Entry.
1.2 A candidate for a Diploma of Theology will be designated as full-time or part-time. A 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.
1.3 No candidate for the DipTh may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.
1.4 Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 6.0 with no score below 5.5.
1.5 Application for enrolment in the diploma program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Diploma of Theology requires the completion of 72 credit points (8 units) which will include:
2.1.1 at least 27 credit points in Biblical Studies;
2.1.2 at least 27 credit points in Theology;
2.1.3 at least 9 credit points in Church History;
2.1.4 a further 9 credit points chosen from approved units.
2.2 All course units shall be taken from SCD units coded within the 5100 series.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the Diploma shall normally be 1 year full-time and up to 3 years part-time.
3.2 In certain circumstances, the Student Support and Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions.
4 Leave of Absence
4.1 The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Diploma of Theology. The period of leave will not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the Diploma.
4.2 The period of leave will normally be one semester, after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester, or will be required to complete candidature.
5 Assessment
5.1 The assessment of subject units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines for assessment packages.
5.2 Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.
5.3 Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.
6 Credit
6.1 A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 36 credit points in the Diploma of Theology.
6.2 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 Theology.
7 Progress to Further Awards
7.1 Students who complete the Diploma of Theology and desire to undertake the Bachelor of Ministry or Bachelor of Theology will receive credit awarded to equivalent Bachelor units for Diploma units completed with a grade of Credit or higher; or subject to additional assessment requirements set by the SCD Student Support and Administration Committee.
8 Saving Clause
8.1 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.

 

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