BTh Award Summary

Bachelor of Theology (BTh)
CRICOS : 063703C

AQF Level 7 Bachelor
Entry Requirements – An Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 65, or its equivalent (eg. OP ≤ 16); or
– Mature Age and Special Entry Admissions for those who have reached the age of 21; or
– articulation from other Sydney College of Divinity programs.
Duration 3 years full-time or 9 years part-time.
Mode Full-time, part-time.
International students on an Australian student visa are required to study full-time.
Structure 216 credit points (24 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 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in all bands of the test.  A student can be admitted provisionally into the BTh when they have an IELTS result of 6.0 with no score less than 6.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

Contact the Registrar of the college with whom you intend to study for enrolment and fee details.

Bachelor of Theology (BTh) is offered at:

Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Bachelor of Theology course is a primary undergraduate award that provides a broad and coherent study of theology and related disciplines. This degree prepares candidates for professional and lay Christian ministry and for further learning beyond the degree.

The course is organised through a structure of majors and sub-majors (see Academic Regulations section 2.1).  Not all majors and sub-majors are available at all Teaching Bodies. However, students may be able to complete a desired major or sub-major by completing units offered at another Teaching Body.

Outcomes

Knowledge

Graduates will have a broad and coherent body of knowledge in Theology, Biblical Studies, and one other discipline or area of practice, that will form the basis for independent lifelong learning.

Skills

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

    • review, reflect on, and synthesize theological information and identify and provide solutions to complex problems;
    • think critically and generate and evaluate complex ideas;
    • demonstrate an understanding of theoretical theological concepts;
    • communicate theologically-related knowledge, skills and ideas clearly and coherently.

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will have the ability to:

    • demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge by applying it creatively in Christian living and ministry;
    • make high level, independent judgments in a range of ministry settings;
    • initiate, plan, and implement activities and projects within a range of ministry settings.

Exit Points

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Theology may exit with a Diploma of Christian Studies or Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice, provided they have met the requirements of the award.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Bachelor of Theology

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Bachelor of Theology shall
1.1.1 have an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 65, or its equivalent (eg. OP ≤ 16) with English proficiency; or
1.1.2 have reached the age of 21 and so satisfy the requirements for Mature Age Entry; or
1.1.3 have adequate grounds for Special Entry; or
1.1.4 seek to articulate from other Sydney College of Divinity programs.
1.2 A candidate for a Bachelor of Theology 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 fewer than 27 credit points per semester.
1.3 No candidate for the Bachelor of Theology may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity, or any other tertiary institution unless the candidate is enrolled in an approved joint degree program, or 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
1.4.1 achieving an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 6.5 with no score below 6.0 in all bands of the test, or
1.4.2 achieving an IELTS result of 6.0 with no score below 6.0 in all bands of the test providing they pass all course units in the first two semesters of the course.
1.5 Application for admission to the Bachelor of Theology is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The discipline, sub-discipline, majors, and sub-majors are:

Discipline Sub-disciplines Majors / Sub-majors
Biblical Studies Biblical Studies
Theology Systematic Theology
Christian Ethics
Worship & Liturgy
Theology (discipline)
Systematic Theology
Christian Ethics
Worship & Liturgy
Humanities in the Christian Tradition Church History
Philosophy 
Humanities in the Christian Tradition (Discipline) (major /sub-major not to include A units)
Church History
Philosophy
Christian Life & Ministry Christian Spirituality
Mission
Pastoral Counselling
Pastoral Theology
Christian Life & Ministry (Discipline)
Christian Spirituality
Mission
Pastoral Counselling
Pastoral Theology
2.2 The Bachelor of Theology requires the completion of 216 credit points which will include:
2.2.1 Three sub-major sequences:
2.2.1.1   Biblical Studies
2.2.1.2   Systematic Theology
2.2.1.3  Humanities in the Christian Tradition (or its subdisciplines) or Christian Life and Ministry (or its subdisciplines), or the sub-disciplines of Christian Ethics (E) or Worship and Liturgy (L)
2.2.2 Two of these sub-majors shall be extended to a major
2.2.3 At least 9 credit points in Church History
2.3 All course units will be taken from the Sydney College of Divinity Schedule of Units of Study.
2.4 Majors and sub-majors are available in:
2.4.1 Biblical Studies
2.4.1.1  Biblical Studies (The BTh Biblical Studies major requires 54 credit points plus 9 credit points in A7112 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew, A7122 Introduction to New Testament Greek, or A7111 Introduction to Biblical Languages taken before or concurrently with any post-7100 series Biblical Studies units.)
2.4.2 Humanities in the Christian Tradition
2.4.2.1   Humanities in the Christian Tradition, Church History, and Philosophy.
2.4.3 Christian Life & Ministry
2.4.3.1  Christian Life & Ministry, Christian Spirituality, Pastoral Counselling, Mission, and Pastoral Theology.
2.4.4 Theology
2.4.4.1  Theology, Systematic Theology, Christian Ethics, and Worship & Liturgy.
2.5 A major in a subdiscipline requires 54 credit points from the subdiscipline, with not more than 18 credit points from 7100 series units. Under certain provisions (see 2.9), up to 36 credit points from 8100 and 9200 series units may be included.
2.6 A major in a discipline requires 54 credit points from the discipline, with at least 27 credit points in one subdiscipline, with not more than 18 credit points from 7100 series units. Under certain provisions (see 2.9), up to 36 credit points from 8100 and 9200 series units may be included.
2.7 A sub-major requires 36 credit points from units assigned to the major including no more than 18 credit points from 7100 series units and with at least one 7200 series unit.
2.8 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a Major/sub-major in any discipline or subdiscipline.
2.9 Candidates who have completed 108 credit points towards the Bachelor of Theology may select up to 36 credit points from the Schedule of 8100 and 9200 series units. Within these units, a candidate can only select up to 18 credit points of 9200 series units, provided they have already completed at least a sub-major in that sub-discipline with a Grade Point Average of at least 2.0.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 3 years full-time and up to 9 years part-time.
3.2 In certain circumstances, the Student 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 Bachelor of Theology. 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 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 for assessment packages at the undergraduate level.
5.2 Academic Board may require students to present themselves for oral examination.
5.3 Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised strictly in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity.
6 Credit
6.1 A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 144 credit points in the Bachelor 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 Bachelor of Theology.
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.

 

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