Bachelor of Theology

Course Code4871
CRICOS Code059850D
Course duration /
Study mode

Course duration: Three years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus with distance education available

LocationLake Macquarie
Fee Support

FEE-HELP*

*for eligible students, see www.studyassist.gov.au

About


Avondale's Bachelor of Theology (BTh) gives you the opportunity to study the theological disciplines for either personal interest or as a preparation for postgraduate study and a possible academic career in theology. 

The course covers areas such as biblical studies, biblical languages, theology, and Christian history.

The BTh will prepare you for work in a range of not-for-profit and church organisations as well as government and private organisations. With strong industry contacts and one-on-one support, you are provided the opportunity to be work-ready upon graduation. 


Career Opportunities


While the course does not provide a pathway into the employed ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, it does give students a theological foundation and an opportunity for spiritual development. The BTh also presents a possible pathway into a coursework masters degree.


Admission Criteria


To be eligible for entry into the Bachelor of Theology, you must qualify for admission. General admission is based on your academic background. There are also specific admissions requirements for this course.

GENERAL ADMISSION CRITERIA

General admission requirements are met by any of the following:
  1. Applicants with higher education study
    • Successful completion of at least one (1) semester (typically four (4) subjects) of a higher education degree/diploma; or
    • Successful completion of a bridging or enabling course, or other recognised tertiary preparation course; or
    • Successful completion of the first one (1) or two (2) semesters of the Diploma of General Studies
  2. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study
    • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.
  3. Applicants with work and life experience
  4. Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)
    • ATAR of 63.00*; or
    • OP of 15 or less; or
    • Satisfactory completion of Year 13 with NCEA Level 3 results, identifying University Entrance attainment; or
    • Successful completion of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with a minimum of 24 points; or
    • Overseas secondary qualifications considered equivalent to Australian studies, as stated in the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Courses Policy

    *After adjustment factors have been applied

SPECIFIC ADMISSION CRITERIA

Applicants planning to enrol in CHMN or CHPL coded units must also meet the following criteria:
  • National Police Check (issued within the last six (6) months). Applicants with offences or pending charges may be required to undertake further assessment.
  • Current Working with Children Check for the state in which the student will be located while they undergo study.
  • Signed Acceptance of the Code of Professional Ethics for Avondale Seminary.

For more information, refer to the Ministry Practicum Handbook

POST ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • AdSafe certificate of completion for Safer Churches Training.

For more information, visit the post-admission requirements for theology students.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

Overseas applicants will have their entry qualifications assessed in accordance with the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Courses Policy as well as the International Students Policy

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Applicants whose first language is not English may be required to demonstrate proficiency in English, as stated in the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Courses Policy

Course Structure


Course duration: Three years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus with distance education available for some units
Maximum time to complete: Eight years.

24 units of 6 credit points spread over 3 years of full time study as follows:

  • 3 core units composed of two units of Biblical languages, and one introductory Psychology unit
  • 5 Theological studies units including one at 300 level
  • 5 Biblical studies units including one at 300 level
  • 3 additional Biblical studies units or theology units ( including at least 2 x 300 level units) to complete either a Biblical studies or theological studies major
  • 4 units that compose a minor
  • 4 elective units

The following units should be taken as early as possible in the course:

  • BBNT26110
  • THEO16110

 


To find out more about any of the units listed here, copy the unit code and then search for that unit here.

Accreditation


This course is accredited under Avondale’s self-accrediting authority, within the terms of the Australian Qualifications Framework, and is nationally registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). In 2014 Avondale was granted self-accrediting status by TEQSA.

The course is recognised by the Board of Ministerial and Theological Education of the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Avondale is also a member of the Australia/New Zealand Association of Theological Schools.


Registration and Self-Disclosure


Students who elect to do Church Ministry units must meet requirements for placement including a National Police Check and a Working with Children Check


Where to get further information


Course Enquiries

Student Administration Services

Phone: +61 2 4980 2377
Email: study@avondale.edu.au
Monday-Thursday, 9.00am-5pm
Friday, 9.00am-12.00noon

Student Experience Survey

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching

Fees

FEE-HELP is available for eligible students, see www.studyassist.gov.au


View current information on tuition fees

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for Avondale students. View all scholarship information. http://www.avondale.edu.au/scholarships

Testimonials

"This course has exposed me to a wide range of belief systems and theology, as well as grounding me more firmly in my beliefs. My lecturers and classmates are a constant inspiration. My Avondale experience has left me loving God more and better equipped to serve Him." - Ministry and Theology graduate.