Bachelor of Theology

The Bachelor of Theology (BTh) is designed to prepare you for ministry and leadership within church and community settings.

This course is overseen by Program Director Ps Grant Buchanan.

Course Description

Are you ready to learn more about the transforming power of our God? The BTh integrates a well-developed foundation in Christian Studies with a broad and coherent theoretical and practical knowledge in theology and biblical studies. This includes exploration of the Christian tradition as developed historically and within faith traditions. It also includes engagement in the study of the primary texts of the Christian faith (Old and New Testaments) with reflection on how those texts have been interpreted both historically and in contemporary readings. 

You will also get to hone your skills in communication and problem solving, alongside developing specialist knowledge and expertise in your chosen specialisation, like biblical studies, biblical languages and theology. Theories are applied and professional skills are developed through practical assessments and work-integrated learning.

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Course Structure

The course structure is based on six semesters (each of 12 weeks duration, plus an exam week), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:

  • 11 core subjects
  • 8 specialisation subjects
  • 5 elective subjects

To qualify for award of the degree of Bachelor of Theology a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 240 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects.

For more information see the Student Handbook.

Subjects

Core

1 x BIB 200 level or higher

1 x THE 200 level or higher

Elective

5 subjects (at least 1 at 300 level) taken from an accredited Level 7 course of study offered by AC

Specialisation

Language Specialisation

EXP201 Professional Practice

2 x Old Testament Hebrew

OR

20 x New Testament Greek

AND

2 x BIB/THE/SOC/HIS 200 level or above

3 x BIB/THE/SOC/HIS 300 or above

Christian Studies Specialisation

EXP201 Professional Practice

4 x BIB/THE/SOC/HIS 200 level or above

3 x BIB/THE/SOC/HIS 300 or above

For more details on which subjects you can choose, see the current enrolment guide for this course.

Admissions

Academic

Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)

Applicants admitted on the basis of their recent secondary education must demonstrate the completion of NSW Higher School Certificate with an ATAR of 65 or higher (or the completion of the International Baccalaureate or interstate or overseas equivalent qualification and result) for admission into this course.

Special admission is also available for Year 12 students whose ATAR (or equivalent) falls within 5 points of the published guaranteed ATAR but have done well in subjects relevant to the course of study. These Special Admission Pathways are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Program Director and then tabled for approval by the Admissions Committee

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification will demonstrate the completion of a Certificate III or higher qualification awarded by an authorised institution or registered training organisation (RTO).

The Program Director will conduct a pre-admission interview (either face-to-face or phone or via Zoom) with all applicants seeking entry into the course on the basis of a Certificate III qualification. This interview aims to assess academic suitability and preparedness of the applicant for undergraduate level study.

Applicants with Higher Education Study

Applicants whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a complete or partially complete higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion or partial completion of an AQF Level 5 Higher Education Diploma (or higher) by an authorised institution for admission into this course.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

If you are over the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply for admission into this course on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate.

Language: Overseas students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 (with no score below 6.0 in any of the four skills areas). IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken five years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country or who have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded in English under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.


Study Modes

Delivery Mode: Face-to-Face, Online
Locations: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart
Duration:
3 years full-time/up to 10 years part-time
Intakes:
S1, S2

Fees & Timetable

A complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis programs and courses can be found in our Fees Information section.

For a full list of course dates for new and continuing students, please see our Timetables.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge:

Graduates will:

  • demonstrate a deep knowledge of Christian history, doctrine and tradition.

Skills:

Graduates will demonstrate:

  • skills to analyse and interpret the biblical text, using sound hermeneutical methods, as a core document of the Christian faith with consideration for the contemporary application of the text;
  • skills to consolidate, synthesise and communicate a Christian worldview, with particular emphasis on the role of the gospel in providing an ethical framework for personal living;
  • cognitive and technical skills required for theological reflection, including depth within one of the fields of theological studies or biblical studies;
  • skills in critical thinking and self-directed research, using a range of sources and methods;

Application of Knowledge and Skills:

Graduates will demonstrate:

  • ability to discuss and analyse contemporaneous topics, issues and challenges impacting on Christian ministry and the Pentecostal community and create solutions to these challenges. This includes the ability to apply knowledge and skills to new and diverse contexts;
  • communication skills to present theological knowledge, ideas and arguments to specialist and non-specialist audiences using appropriately selected communication methods.
  • ability to collaborate with the broader community of Christian ministers and community leaders to provide appropriate collegial support;
  • ability to engage in the wider society regarding the role of Christianity in contemporary contexts;
  • self-reflection and evaluation of ministry and leadership performance for the purpose of vocational development.

Alumni Stories

“Studying the Bachelor of Theology at AC has enriched my understanding of God, his kingdom and love for people. The classroom is a place of empowerment and empathy where open communication and thought is welcomed by fellow students and world class lecturers. This wonderful sanctuary has helped me transform my Christian worldview, deepen my understanding of who we are as God's people and renewed my hunger for his influence through us as world changers. It’s one of the safest environments to ask questions and gain understanding from experienced professors, doctors, scholars and lecturers. What I love and enjoy the most is the presence of family, inclusion, a genuine love and help from the staff and the experience of our AC chapel service, providing a place of expression, connection and worship. Here is a place where I may be myself, come as I am and have God through his Holy Spirit do his work in me through the teaching of His living word through AC's gifted lecturers.”

Zoran Radevski,
Bachelor of Theology Graduate,
Board Member & Music Director, Hope East Church Melbourne

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Student Services

For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.

Work-integrated Learning

To qualify for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Theology, a candidate will complete at least 1 subject (10 credit points) of Professional Practice (EXP201). Students are usually required to find their own workplace/ employer/ mentor to be approved by AC. In some cases, a new aspect within a student’s current paid employment may be suitable as a work placement.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the BTh would mostly be found in ordained service within the church, as well as working out their vocations in community and service industries. The BTh also prepares students for postgraduate studies in their area of specialisation. Your graduate employment opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Church pastor
  • Bible Translator
  • Theological Educator
  • Community/NFP/NGO worker
  • Pastoral educator

CRICOS Code

CRICOS Course Code:  080051D