GradCertThSt Award Summary

Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (GradCertThSt)

AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate
Entry Requirements A three-year AQF 7 award or equivalent in any discipline.
Duration          6 months full-time or 1.5 years part-time
Mode           Full-time, part-time.
Structure 36 credit points (Four units)

The course will be taken with at least 9 credit points (one unit) from the discipline of Biblical Studies and 9 credit points (one unit) from the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology.

The course may be taken with a concentration. This comprises 18 credit points from either the discipline of Biblical Studies or the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology.

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.

Admission

International students intending to study or studying on a student visa cannot enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies.

Domestic students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (GradCertThSt) is offered at:

Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies is designed for those who hold a three-year undergraduate tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline and who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology. Students will be able to critically engage Christian thought and traditions, enhance their professional work and give expression to insights for Christian living.

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies focuses on introducing students to the discipline of Biblical Studies and the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology equipping them with foundational knowledge for further study in these two areas.

Outcomes

Knowledge

Graduates will have:

    • an understanding, within a coherent body of knowledge in Systematic Theology and Biblical Studies serving both as an introduction to the study of theology and its related disciplines and as the basis for independent lifelong learning.

Skills

Graduates will have cognitive and technical skills specifically in Theology and Biblical Studies, so as to be able independently to:

    • review and synthesize theological information and reflect on complex problems,
    • think critically and evaluate complex ideas.
    • research, analyse and communicate theologically related ideas.

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will have the ability to:

    • make high level, independent and theologically informed judgements related to a range of issues pertaining to Christian living and/or ministry.

Articulation to Other Awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies (36 credit points further), on completion of which students are required to surrender their SCD Graduate Certificate. Students are also eligible to enter the Master of Theological Studies program.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies will:
1.1.1 Have qualified for admission to a three-year AQF Level 7 award 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 Theological Studies, 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 will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 27 credit points 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 will normally 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 admission to the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies requires the completion of 36 credit points (4 units).
2.2 All course units will be taken from the Schedule of Units of Study in the 8100 and 9200 series.
2.3 The four units(36 credit points) include:
2.3.1 One foundational unit (9 credit points) in Systematic Theology;
2.3.2 One foundational unit (9 credit points) in Biblical Studies;
2.3.3 Two elective units (18 credit points).
2.4 The course may be taken with or without a concentration. A concentration in the Graduate Certificate comprises 18 credit points in the discipline of Biblical Studies or the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology.
2.5 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a concentration in any discipline or subdiscipline.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the award will normally be 0.5 year full-time (1 semester) 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 Theological Studies. The period of leave will not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the award.
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 Assessment
5.1 The assessment of subject units will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Academic Board may require students 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 18 credit points in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies.
6.1 Credit can only be granted for Bible and Theology units at the graduate level, that is from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.
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.

Schedule

Compulsory Units to attain the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies

  • One foundational unit (9 credit points) in Systematic Theology

AND

  • One foundational unit (9 credit points) in Biblical Studies

Other units

  • A choice of another 18 credit points (two units) from the suite of SCD 8100 or 9200 level units.
  • Students who may wish to complete the GradCertThSt with a concentration need to take a further 9 cps (one unit) from the discipline of Biblical Studies or the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology.

 

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