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

LocationAvondale Campus - Lake Macquarie
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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. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Theology course, graduates will be able to:
  • develop a broad coherent understanding of theological and biblical study including its underlying principles and concepts;
  • understand hermeneutical issues raised by the differences and similarities between contemporary societal contexts and those of biblical times;
  • use appropriate academic skills to critically evaluate and synthesize knowledge and communicate it;
  • apply the academic, cognitive and technical skills necessary for broad understanding of Scripture and theology, and for well-informed exegesis of biblical texts;
  • critically reflect on concepts and ideas in an open manner and demonstrate understanding of how they relate to an Adventist world view;
  • articulate and defend a personal world view informed by Christian values and ethics;
  • communicate biblical, theological and pastoral understandings and apply them in a meaningful and problem-solving manner to diverse audiences;
  • write and edit in a manner that enables clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas;
  • demonstrate the necessary research and analytical skills to analyse and evaluate complex ideas and situations;
  • demonstrate initiative and judgment in professional practice and scholarship;
  • demonstrate a developing personal spirituality that is authentic with self and others, showing a capacity for lifelong learning;
  • demonstrate interpersonal and teamwork skills to collaboration with others.

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 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


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


  • AdSafe certificate of completion for Safer Churches Training.

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


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


Applicants 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.


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
Monday-Thursday, 9.00am-5pm
Friday, 9.00am-12.00noon


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"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.