Diploma in Theology

This course is currently on teach-out. No new students are being accepted into this course. This information is for existing students only.

1. About Diploma in Theology

Description

The Diploma in Theology is a 1 year fulltime course, Whilst the diploma provides the possibility for some specialisation it does not provide sufficient skill, knowledge or understanding as would be gained by the more rigorous development in the Associate Degree and Degree.

By completing four subjects from the Bachelor of Theology Core, Diploma students will obtain an introduction to the basics of Christian Studies. The course provides opportunity for some specialisation and the student is able to pursue individual areas of interest. Diploma in Theology graduates will obtain foundational knowledge, understanding and skills and the ability to apply these to various contexts.

The Diploma in Theology can comprise the first year of a Bachelor of Theology and also an exit point from the Bachelor of Theology. Diploma in Theology graduates will be equipped to enter into associate or part time church ministry or parachurch positions or to contribute more knowledgably and skilfully as a layperson in church and other vocational contexts.

Course Outcomes

  • Knowledge to study the primary texts of the Christian faith, and be able to describe a range of historical and contemporary positions on those texts.
  • Knowledge of the Christian tradition in one or more of its central and varied forms
  • In-depth knowledge of an aspect of theology
  • Awareness of key themes, debates and methods of the discipline of theology and its sub-disciplines
  • Ability to, identify, analyse, synthesise and act on the ideas and arguments of others.
  • Communication, technical and cognitive skills to analyse, plan, design and evaluate the implications of Christian belief for living
  • Communication skills to communicate theological knowledge, ideas and arguments to audiences using appropriately selected written, oral and visual means
  • Take initiative and personal responsibility for the completion of tasks and the organization and evaluation of team contributions to specified tasks
  • Transfer and apply theological theoretical concepts and/or technical and/or creative skills in a range of situations

Delivery locations

  • Online (Full)
  • Mulgrave (Full)
This course is only available to domestic students (those not requiring a student visa).

Course Structure

The Diploma in Theology is composed of 8 subjects of 6 credit points each completed over 1 year full-time equivalent (48 credit points in total).

Students undertaking this award are required to complete:

The Diploma in Theology is composed of 8 subjects of 6 credit points each completed over 1 year full-time equivalent (96 credit points in total).

  • Core (36 credit points)
  • Electives at “500” (Introductory Level) or ““600” (Intermediate Level) (12 credit points)
  1. Students may not undertake any “700 “ (Advanced Level) subjects.
  2. Students will study no more than 12 credit points of “600” (Intermediate Level) subjects.
  3. Students may study 48 credit points of “500” (Introductory Level) subjects (the entire diploma).
  4. Students may not import more than 24 credit points from other institutions.
  5. No more than 12 credit points of Practicum (PR) in the Diploma in Theology.

Pathways

This course articulates into Eastern College Australia’s Associate Degree in Theology and Eastern College Australia’s Bachelor of Theology.

2. Essential requirements for admission

English Language Requirement

An applicant for studies in this course will be deemed to have sufficient English proficiency if:

  • They were born in one of the following countries and have completed at least one qualification (secondary or tertiary) in one of those countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English
    • American Samoa; Australia; Botswana; Canada; Fiji; Ghana; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; USA; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
  • They were not born in one of the following countries but have completed senior secondary study or at least one year of full-time university study in one of these countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English:
    • American Samoa; Australia; Botswana; Canada; Fiji; Ghana; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; USA; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
  • They have successfully completed a senior secondary qualification, a post secondary Diploma qualification of at least two years, an undergraduate program of three years or more, or a postgraduate program of two years or more FT or more, undertaken in a non-English speaking country provided the study:
    • was completed in an institution which is listed in the International Handbook of Universities, World Higher Education Database, UK Naric Database or AEI NOOSR guides or an institution accredited through one of ICETE’s registered accrediting bodies and is confirmed by the institution as having been conducted and examined solely in the English language.
  • They have attained results as listed in one of the following qualifications:

    Test Minimum Results
    IELTS Academic 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
    TOEFL (Paper based) 550+ Test of Writing English 4
    TOEFL (Internet) 76+ Writing 18
    Pearson Test of English (Academic) 57 No communicative score below 50
    Cambridge English Advanced 54 No less than Borderline in writing

3. Admission Criteria

  • Meet the General Entry Requirements for all courses at Eastern College Australia
  • Satisfactory completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)* or equivalent or
  • Mature Age entry for those who have reached the age of 21

A. Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

ATAR [and selection rank] profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in

(ATAR-based offers only, across all offer rounds) ATAR (Excluding adjustment factors) Selection Rank (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Highest rank to receive an offer * L/N n
75th percentile rank to receive an offer # L/N n
Median rank to receive an offer # L/N n
25th percentile rank to receive an offer # L/N n
Lowest rank to receive an offer * L/N n
Notes:
  • * L/N – indicates low numbers if less than 5 ATAR-based offers made.
  • # N/P – indicates figure is not published if less than 25 ATAR-based offers made.

B. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

C. Applicants with higher education study

D. Applicants with work and life experience

4. How to Apply

You can apply directly to the College via our online application form available at https://apply.eastern.edu.au

5. Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal. Formal learning can include previous study in higher education, vocational education, or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience. Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information about credit and recognition of prior learning please see https://www.eastern.edu.au/admissions/information or call the College on 9790 9200 and speak to the Registrar

Specialisations

Diploma in Theology Core Units Core

Units attached to this course

Unit Code Unit Name
BB502.306 Old Testament Introduction
BB503.306 New Testament Introduction
BB524.306 Introduction to the Bible
BB641.306 Biblical Studies in Old Testament (English)
BB642.306 Biblical Studies in Old Testament (English): The Writings
BB648.306 Biblical Studies in Old Testament (English)
BB64X.306 Biblical Studies in Old Testament (English)
BB652.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (English)
BB654.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (English)
BB655.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (English): Topic Study
BB656.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (English): 2 Corinthians
BB65X.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (English)
BB65X.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (English)
BB672.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (Greek)
BB676.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (Greek): 2 Corinthians
BB680.306 Introduction to Biblical Languages
BB685.306 New Testament Greek 1
BB686.306 New Testament Greek 2
BB691.306 Issues in Biblical Studies
BB752.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (English)
BB754.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (English)
BB756.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (English): 2 Corinthians
BB772.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (Greek)
BB774.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (Greek)
BB776.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (Greek): 2 Corinthians
BB848.406 Biblical Studies in Old Testament (English)
HS502.306 Introduction to Christian History
HS631.306 Reformation Church History
HS632.306 History of the World Christian Movement
HS637.306 Radicals, Reformers and Revolutionaries
LN533.306 Literature, Philosophy and Civilisation
MN557.306 Spiritual Development for Young Adults
MN621.306 Leadership 1
MN623.306 Church Health and Development
MN624.306 Developing Women Leaders
MN631.306 Pastoral Care
MN632.306 Children's Ministry
MN633.306 Chaplaincy in Educational Settings
MN634.306 Chaplaincy Skills
MN638.306 Congregational Worship and Spirituality
MN646.306 Youth Ministry
MN651.306 Strategic Communication
MN691.306 Issues in Ministry
MS611.306 Cultural Anthropology
MS621.306 Biblical Theology of Mission
MS633.306 Issues of Poverty and Justice
MS637.306 Intercultural Life, Work and Field Education
MS691.306 Issues in Mission Studies
PH641.306 Encounters between Philosophy and Theology
PR560.306 Internship 1
PR570.306 Cross-Cultural Experience
PR660.306 Internship 2
PR673.312 Praxis and Internship 1
TH507.306 Foundations for Faith
TH570.306 Living in Christ
TH604.306 Faith, Reason and Justice
TH621.306 Christology
TH622.306 Life and Ministry in the Spirit
TH652.306 Theology of the Trinity
TH671.306 Theology of Everyday Life
TH691.306 Issues in Theological Studies