Pre-2022 Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies

ⓘ This information is only relevant to students who enrolled in the GradCertThSt award prior to 2022


Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (Pre-2022 GradCertThSt award summary)
AQF Level 8

Entry Requirements A three-year AQF Level 7 award or equivalent in any discipline.
Duration          0.5 year (1 semester) full-time or 1.5 years (3 semesters) part-time
Mode           Full-time, part-time.
Structure 36 credit points (i.e. 4 units).
The course will be taken with at least one unit from the discipline of Theology and one from Biblical Studies.
The course unit may be taken with a concentration. This comprises 18 credit points in a subdiscipline.
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 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 and its associated disciplines, more specifically those of Theology and Biblical Studies. 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 two core theological disciplines (Theology and Biblical Studies) equipping them with foundational knowledge for further study in these two areas.

Outcomes

Graduates will have:

Knowledge

an understanding, within a coherent body of knowledge, of the core disciplines of 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

Cognitive and technical skills specifically in the disciplines of 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

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 (4 further units), 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.

PRE-2022 ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies shall:
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 shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (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 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.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies requires the completion of 4 units.
2.2 All course units shall be taken from the Schedule* of Units of Study in the 8500 and 9600 series.
2.3 The four units shall include:

2.3.1   One foundational unit in Theology

2.3.2   One foundational unit in Biblical Studies

2.3.3   Two elective units

2.4 The course may be taken with or without a concentration. A concentration in the Graduate Certificate comprises 18 credit points in the disciplines of Theology or Biblical Studies.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the certificate 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 Theological Studies. The period of leave shall 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 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 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. Credit can be granted only from Bible and Theology units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are 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 in Theology
AND
One foundational Unit in Biblical Studies

Other units

A choice of another two units from the suite of SCD 8500 or 9600 level units.
Students who may wish to complete the GradCertThSt with a concentration need to take one other unit from the disciplines of Theology or Biblical Studies.


Contact your college registrar or the Academic Registrar at SCD if you have any questions.

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