GradCertLead Award Summary
Graduate Certificate in Leadership (GradCertLead)
AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate
Entry Requirements : A three year AQF 7 award in the field of philosophy and religious studies (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies).
Duration : 0.5 year (1 semester) full-time, or 1.5 years (3 semesters) part-time.
Mode : Full-time, part-time.
Structure : Four units (36 credit points) including one compulsory unit (9 credit points), one core unit (9 credit points) taken from the list of approved Master of Leadership core units and two elective units (18 credit points).
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 7.0 in all bands of the test.
Graduate Profile and Rationale
The Graduate Certificate in Leadership is designed for those possessing a three-year undergraduate degree in the field of philosophy and religious studies who wish to pursue a further qualification an area of leadership focus as part of their continuing education for ministry.
The Graduate Certificate in Leadership focusses on building leadership capacity for people involved in a wide scope of religious, non-profit, community-focused enterprises. Students may be working for denominationally based organisations in education, welfare, aged care, local church or other ministries requiring specific leadership training for ministry or mission.
Graduates will have added particular knowledge and skills in leadership to their theological education to enhance their work in the religious sector:
Graduates will possess:
- specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of leadership particular to the management and governance of a complex religious, non-profit, ministry enterprise;
- an understanding of the principles of inquiry and methods applicable to leadership theory and their application to real-world ministry practice.
Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in leadership within a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:
- analyse critically, evaluate, and apply information to complete a range of activities associated with leadership in a ministry related context;
- analyse, generate and provide solutions to complex problems to guide the effective governance, management and operations of a religious, non-profit, community organization;
- transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained leadership to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
Graduates will possess the ability to:
- apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, well developed judgment, adaptability, and responsibility as leaders in religious, non-profit, community-focused enterprises;
- plan and execute a research or field-based project in an area of work-based leadership.
Articulation to Other Awards
Students are eligible to articulate to the Graduate Diploma in Leadership on completion of which students are required to surrender their Graduate Certificate.
Academic regulations for the Graduate Certificate in Leadership
1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Leadership shall:
1.1.1 hold a three year AQF 7 award in the field of philosophy and religious studies (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies) from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or
1.1.2 hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award.
1.2 Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.
1.3 In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Certificate in Leadership if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.
1.4 A Candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 cps) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 cps) per semester.
1.5 No candidate for the award 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.
1.6 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 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.
1.7 Application for enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Leadership program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Graduate Certificate in Leadership requires the completion of 36 cps (i.e. 4 units) from 8500 and 9600 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.
2.2 The four units (36 cps) shall include:
– one compulsory unit (9 cps): P8570 Foundations of Christian Leadership
– one core unit (9 cps) taken from the list of approved Master of Leadership core units
– two elective units from the 8500 and 9600 series in the SCD Schedule of Units (18 cps)
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 0.5 year (1 semester) full time and up to 1.5 years (3 semesters) part-time.
3.2 In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.
4 Leave of Absence
4.1 The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Certificate in Leadership. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.
4.2 The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.
5.1 The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines.
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 rigorous.
6 Credit and Recognised Prior Learning
6.1 A candidate may seek credit for previous accredited study and/or Recognised Prior Learning up to a maximum of 18 cos in the Graduate Certificate in Leadership.
6.2 Credit can be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to those of existing SCD units.
6.3 Credit for Recognised Prior Learning can be granted subject to a successful application.
7 Saving Clause
7.1 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.