Enrolment Policy – Korean Awards
Last Updated 6 November, 2017
GUIDELINES FOR ADMISSION into SCD COURSES in KOREAN
For undergraduate courses, normal entry is determined on the basis of academic merit measured by satisfactory graduation from High School in Korea at a level that would gain admission to a university, as well as Korean language proficiency.
For post graduate courses, normal entry is determined on the basis of completed accredited undergraduate and/or postgraduate study and GPA depending on the course being considered as well as Korean language proficiency.
This Enrolment Policy is implemented by the Student Support and Administration Committee under these guidelines approved by the SCD Academic Board.
Admission documentation for all applicants.
All candidates for admission to every award (including non-award and cross-institutional), must normally provide the following documentation in addition to their application:
Certified copies of two forms of identification, including photo identification and proof of citizenship. Certification must be undertaken by an authorised person and include that person’s name, position, date, seal of their organization (if available), and the statement “I certify that this is a true copy of the original document sighted by me on this date…” A list of authorised persons can be obtained from the registrar at the SCD or one of the Member Institutions.
All candidates for admission to every award for which prior qualification is necessary (including non-award and cross-institutional), must normally also provide certified copies of the transcripts and/or secondary school results (or equivalent) that are applicable to the application. Certification of these documents must be undertaken in accordance with the guidelines above.
If a transcript is not available a certified copy of the applicant’s testamur may be accepted if accompanied by a statutory declaration detailing the reason/s for the unavailability of the transcript unless otherwise specified by the Student Support and Administration Committee.
Postage of original documents is not necessary, and applicants who choose to post originals do so at their own risk. The SCD and Teaching Bodies accept no responsibility for lost or stolen documentation.
Uncertified colour photocopies of original documentation will not be accepted unless otherwise specified by the Student Support and Administration Committee.
Where there is discrepancy in the names across any and/or all of these documents certified change of name documentation must also be provided. In the case of change of name by marriage this must normally be in the form of the official documentation issued by Births, Deaths, and Marriages, and not the certificate issued at the ceremony unless exceptional circumstances pertain.
Each document must be individually certified. Original documents can be sighted by the registrar/s to whom the application is being submitted, who will then copy, briefly certify (a full certification is not necessary in this instance) including the name of the registrar and date of the certification, and these copies will then be attached to the prospective student’s application.
For overseas applicants residing outside of Australia at the time of application certification must be undertaken in English by one of the following:
- An official at an Australian embassy, high commission, or consulate;
- Another official as specified by the Student Support and Administration Committee.
A certified copy of IELTS results may also be required.
Teaching bodies may have additional admission requirements that are unique to them.
No application for admission will be considered that does not meet the above criteria in the first instance.
The entry requirements for each of the SCD courses in Korean are set out in the following table.
|Course being Entered||Entry Requirements|
|Diploma of Ministry (Korean)
AQF level 5
|Diploma of Christian Studies (Korean)
AQF level 7
|Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice (Korean)
AQF level 7
|Bachelor of Theology (Korean)
AQF level 7
|Bachelor of Theology (Honours)(Korean)
AQF level 8
|Graduate Certificate in Arts (Korean)
AQF level 8
|Graduate Diploma of Arts (Korean)
AQF level 8
|Master of Arts (Korean)
AQF level 9
|Master of Divinity (Korean)
AQF level 9
|Master of Theology (Korean)
AQF level 9
1 Korean Language Proficiency
Adequate Korean language proficiency is:
- Satisfactory graduation from High School in Korea at a level that would gain admission into a Korean university, or
- Successful completion of an award from an accredited Korean University in the Korean language, or
- Have proficiency in the Korean language equivalent to level 5, for entry into Undergraduate programs and level 6 for entry into Postgraduate programs, on the 6 level Yonsei University Korean language Test
2 Special Entry
A student may be admitted to a course on the basis of Special Entry. Such students might be:
- persons who have not yet reached mature age and who did not complete a satisfactory graduation from High School in Korea at a level that would gain admission into a university but has completed a trade certificate or equivalent;
- persons who have been educationally disadvantaged due to:
- socio-economic reasons such as low-family income or poor living conditions;
- language difficulties;
- learning difficulties;
- disrupted schooling;
- physical disability;
- serious family illness;
- excessive family responsibility;
- geographical isolation of home and/or school and lack of support, time or facilities for study at home or school.
- persons who have completed a prescribed program of non-award study (4 units) and passed all units.
All Special Entry admissions are provisional.
- Admission Procedures for Provisional Entry
Admission to any SCD undergraduate course on the basis of Mature Age or Special Entry is a provisional admission, and requires special procedures:
- Students with provisional status shall be required to complete a ‘Qualifying Period’, whilst being permitted to enrol provisionally for the award.
- The ‘Qualifying Period’ may be undertaken full or part-time and the number of years spent in completing it shall be counted towards the maximum term for completion of the award.
- The ‘Qualifying Period’ shall consist of the successful completion of a 1/3 of the units that make up the award.
- The maximum time allowed for the completion of the ‘Qualifying Period’ shall be three years.
- Upon the successful completion of 1/3 of the units that make up the award, the provisional status of enrolment will be lifted.
3 Overseas Students (Students who are entering Australia to study on a student visa. This does not include students who are residing outside of Australia during their course of study)
- The SCD welcomes overseas students but admission to the SCD is governed by the requirements of the Australian Government, the SCD requirements (as set out above).
- Once the overseas student makes application, the student’s academic qualifications are matched against the entry criteria to confirm their potential admission. This is done by the Sydney College of Divinity Registrar of the Korean Program and then approved by the Student Administration Committee of the SCD. Student’s previous academic qualifications are evaluated using the AEI Country Education Profiles (CEP) online data.
- Overseas students may only enrol in full time courses and cannot complete such courses by more than 33.3% distance or online learning. All courses available to overseas students have units available by distance and / or on-line learning.
- All relevant documents must be submitted with the application, as applications which are inadequately documented cannot be considered.
- When enrolling in SCD courses in Korean language:
- students are expected to be proficient in Korean;
- assessment tasks shall be set and examined in that language unless special permission to do otherwise is granted by the Academic Board;
- The information contained in this policy is communicated to the overseas student at the point of initial contact. Hard copy is included in the application package sent to the prospective student prior to them making application.
4 Professional Entry into Graduate Certificate in Arts with a professional concentration
- Students not possessing an undergraduate degree meeting the normal entry requirements may seek provisional admission into a Graduate Certificate in Arts (with a professional concentration) via Professional Entry. Normally the professional experience and expertise of the potential student will align with the professional concentration in the prospective Graduate Certificate in Arts they are seeking to enter thus providing a rationale for approval but not without consideration of the level of experience required as set out in the requirements below.
This entry requires the student to:
- possess a minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in the senior leadership role, consistent with the Typical Progression Pathways outlines below or
- possess a minimum of 8 years relevant work experience in a range of leadership roles from associate leader to senior team leader or
- possess a minimum of 10 years relevant work experience in an associate leader role and be over the age of 30.All applications should be made on the Standard Admissions Form and include a current CV of the student and be supported by testimonials from the applicant’s professional peers, demonstrating recognition of the applicant’s senior leadership capacities and responsibilities. The application is then evaluated by both the Member Institution Registrar and Academic Dean before submitting it to the SSAC, via the Academic Registrar, for approval.
If entry is approved, the student then enrols in a single 8500 (entry) level Graduate Certificate unit – either B85XX or T85XX or another 8500 level unit if the student has completed the equivalent to those introductions – and if this unit is completed successfully at a credit level or above may be granted normal entry into the Graduate Certificate in Arts (with a professional concentration) following an interview with the Dean of Graduate Studies or the College Registrar. The unit completed is part of the student’s Graduate Certificate in Arts program. The remaining three units must all be completed successfully. To progress to the MA all units must be passed and the completed Graduate Certificate in Arts must have a GPA of at least 2.0.
- A completed MA that was entered via a professional entry Graduate Certificate is not a pathway to the MTh.
- Students not studying full-time will normally be required to maintain some concurrent, ongoing involvement in a leadership position.
Typical Progression Pathways: Relevant work experience in a senior leadership role will be determined by the Student Support and Administration Committee (SSAC) of the SCD, and (subject to the above requirements) will include:
- Full-time church or para-church ministry in the senior leadership position.
- Senior leadership experience in non-government, not-for-profit, community-based and related organisations which act to further the social and/or cultural outworkings of the gospel.
- Christian business people who are fulfilling positions of responsibility including team and industry leadership
- Other relevant senior leadership experience consistent with, and deemed by SSAC to be equivalent to, the above
Overseas University Qualifications
The equivalence of Overseas University and Tertiary Institution qualifications is determined by the Student Administration Committee and Research Committee using the AEI Country Education Profile (CEP – NOOSR) on-line data as provided by the Australian Government.
Any Member Institution may impose a quota in a unit that it teaches on its own campus towards a SCD course, or in a course that is taught exclusively on that campus. Such a need, when it arises, would be due to restricted resources: e.g. classroom space, staff workload, avenues for field placement, etc. In such cases selection into the unit or course at a particular Member Institution would be determined on the basis of academic merit. However, students who do not gain entry to a particular Member Institution, would be advised by the Registrar of similar units of study or courses that were available at other SCD Member Institutions where quotas did not apply.
Restrictions on Admission
There are no quotas placed on entry into Postgraduate Research Degree candidature. However, students are only permitted to enrol formally once a thesis topic has been approved and appropriate Supervisors have been found.
The SCD is firmly committed to a strong research culture for both its staff and for its students. Currently there are 6 research awards – BMin(Hons), BTh(Hons), MPhil, DMin, PhD and ThD.
Undergraduate and coursework postgraduate students enroll directly with the SCD Member Institutions using the standard SCD Admission form. Research degree students enroll directly with the SCD using the standard SCD Admission form. Prior to enrolment and before tuition fees are paid, students are informed of their rights and obligations including –
- All changes and proposed changes to their course of study over the duration of their course
- Policies, arrangements and potential eligibility for credit for prior learning
- Policies on tuition protection and refund of charges