Undergraduate Certificates

The Government has announced the addition of a new Undergraduate Certificate to the AQF which can be taken at level 5, 6, or 7. Undergraduate Certificate is a short award to help meet a need during this COVID19 time to help people study/upskill.

Undergraduate Certificate Programs & Specific Regulations

  • Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Theology

 

UG CertMin Program and Academic Regulations

Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry

AQF Level 5

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, with evidence of capacity for successful study at this level.

Duration

One semester full-time or two semesters part-time.

Mode

Online or on campus delivery

Structure

36 credit points (4 units) from the list of approved units listed in Schedule 1.

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.

Fees and Enrolment

The Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry is delivered at the individual colleges (Member Institutions). Contact the Registrar of the college for fees and enrolment details.

Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry provides students with the opportunity to undertake AQF Level 5 study in practical ministry-oriented disciplines, in order to enhance their prospects of employment in a ministry setting, within a church or para-church context.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry provides opportunity to gain knowledge and skills appropriate for engagement in practical Christian ministry within a limited scope of defined operation. It is specifically aimed to prepare graduates for engagement in one of the following areas:

  • Chaplaincy
  • Intercultural Ministry
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Youth Leadership
  • Church Worship.

Outcomes

Graduates will have:

Knowledge

Introductory biblical and theological knowledge and knowledge of technical concepts and processes involved in a practical area of service as a basis for effective performance and for further learning

Skills

Cognitive, communication, and technical skills in a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able to:

  • identify, analyse, and act on ministry-oriented information from a range of foundational sources
  • express ideas and perspectives related to Christian faith
  • communicate ministry-related knowledge, skills and ideas to others

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

The ability to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of theological knowledge by applying it in Christian ministry
  • perform technical operations within a specific field of Christian ministry, taking personal responsibility for them
  • organise the work of self and others and plan and coordinate the work of teams within well-defined parameters.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry

1   Admission to Candidature
  1.1     An applicant for admission to candidature for an Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry shall:
    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, with evidence of capacity for successful study at this level; OR

1.1.3    have adequate grounds for Special Entry.

  1.2     A candidate for the Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in four units (36 credit points) in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than four units (36 credit points) per semester.
  1.3     No candidate for the Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry 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 Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
  2.1     The Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry requires the completion of 36 credit points (4 units) which shall include:
    2.1.1    9 credit points in Biblical Studies or Systematic Theology;

2.1.2    18 credit points in Christian Life and Ministry which will pertain to one area of practical engagement;

2.1.3    9 credit points chosen from any other units in the Schedule of Units for the award.

3 Period of Candidature
  3.1     The period of candidature for the Undergraduate Certificate shall be one semester full-time or two semesters part-time.
4 Leave of Absence
  4.1     Given the special nature of this award as an intentionally short program, no period of leave of absence is available.
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 18 credit points in the Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry.
  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 Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry.
7 Progress to Further Awards
  7.1     Students who complete the Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry will be eligible to proceed to the SCD Diploma of Ministry or Diploma of Theology with full credit of 36 credit points.
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.

Schedule 1

The list of approved units for the Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry:

  1. Choose ONE unit from:
    • B5010 Introduction to Biblical Studies
    • B5020 Introduction to the Old Testament
    • B5030 Introduction to the New Testament
    • T5005 Introduction to Christian Doctrines
  2. Choose any TWO units from ONE of the following streams:
    • EITHER
      • (i) Chaplaincy
        • C5041 Introduction to Chaplaincy
        • C5046 Basic Pastoral Counselling
        • P5010 Introduction to Pastoral Theology & Ministry
    •  OR
      • (ii) Intercultural Ministry
        • M5060 Reaching Australians/New Zealanders with the Gospel
        • M5085 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Mission
        • M5092 Introduction to Mission
    • OR
      • (iii) Children’s Ministry
        • P5010 Introduction to Pastoral Theology & Ministry
        • P5017 Children’s Ministry
        • P5082 Supervised Ministry 1
    • OR
      • (iv) Youth Leadership
        • P5011 Introduction to Youth Ministry
        • P5015 Developing a Youth Ministry
        • P5082 Supervised Ministry 1
    • OR
      • (v) Church Worship
        • P5028 Basics of Christian Worship
        • P5029 Basics of Pastoral Preaching
        • P5082 Supervised Ministry 1
  3. Choose ONE unit from any other units listed in sections A and B above.

 

UG CertTh Program and Academic Regulations

Undergraduate Certificate in Theology (CertTh)

AQF Level 7

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 21, with evidence of capacity for successful study at this level.

Duration

One semester full-time or two semesters part-time.

Mode

Online or on campus delivery

Structure

36 credit points (4 units), comprising one 9 credit point unit in each of Biblical Studies and Systematic Theology and 18 credit points in elective units, as listed in Schedule 1.

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 result below 6.0.

Fees and Enrolment

The Undergraduate Certificate in Theology is delivered at the individual colleges (Member Institutions). Contact the Registrar of the college for fees and enrolment details.

Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Undergraduate Certificate in Theology is a higher education qualification at AQF level 7. It qualifies students with foundational knowledge and skills in Christian theology, equipping them for further study, professional upskilling, ministry practice, or lifelong learning.

Outcomes

Graduates will have:

Knowledge

Introductory biblical and theological knowledge which will serve as a basis for further learning

Skills

Cognitive, communication, and technical skills, so that they are able to:

    • identify, analyse, and act on information from a range of foundational sources;
    • express ideas and perspectives related to Christian faith

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

The ability to:

    • demonstrate an understanding of theological knowledge by applying it in Christian ministry
    • apply appropriate methodology when addressing broader issues in the church
    • demonstrate theological literacy for addressing questions of faith

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Undergraduate Certificate in Theology

1 Admission to Candidature
  1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the Undergraduate Certificate in Theology shall:
    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 21 and so satisfy the requirements for Mature age entry with evidence of capacity for successful study at this level; or

1.1.3         have adequate grounds for Special Entry.

  1.2     A candidate for the Undergraduate Certificate in Theology shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.
  1.3     No candidate for the Undergraduate Certificate in Theology 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 6.5 with no score below 6.0.
  1.5     Application for enrolment in the Undergraduate Certificate in Theology is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
  2.1     The Undergraduate Certificate in Theology requires the completion of 36 credit points (4 units) which shall include:
  2.1.1    9 credit points in Biblical Studies;

2.1.2    9 credit points in Systematic Theology;

2.1.3    18 credit points chosen from any other units in the Schedule of Units for the award.

3 Period of Candidature
  3.1     The period of candidature for the Undergraduate Certificate shall be one semester full-time or two semesters part-time.
4 Leave of Absence
  4.1     The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the Certificate.
  4.2     A leave of absence cannot be granted beyond the end of 2021, when the accreditation of this course will expire, unless otherwise determined by the regulatory authority.
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 18 credit points in the Undergraduate Certificate in 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 Undergraduate Certificate in Theology.
7 Progress to Further Awards
  7.1     All units satisfactorily completed in the Undergraduate Certificate in Theology may be credited towards an SCD Diploma, Associate Degree or Bachelor award, on condition that a completed CertTh will be surrendered prior to graduation in that award.
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.

Schedule 1

The list of approved units for the Undergraduate Certificate in Theology:

  1. Choose ONE unit from:
    • B7110 Introduction to Biblical Studies
    • B7120 Introduction to Old Testament
    • B7130 Introduction to New Testament
  2. Choose ONE unit from:
    • T7101 Introduction to Theology
    • T7105 Introduction to Christian Doctrines
  3. Choose TWO units from:
    • B7120 Introduction to Old Testament (except if B7110 taken in section A)
    • B7130 Introduction to New Testament (except if B7110 taken in section A)
    • E7100 Sources and Principles of Christian Ethics
    • H7100 Introduction to Church History
    • H7110 History of the Early Church
    • L7100 Introduction to Christian Worship
    • P7110 Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry
    • S7101 Formation for Spiritual Living
    • S7102 Introduction to Christian Spirituality
    • T7101 Introduction to Theology
    • T7105 Introduction to Christian Doctrines
    • W7106 Ancient and medieval Philosophy
    • W7109 Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy
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