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Bachelor of Christian Studies

UNDERGRADUATE
  • 24 Units
  • 3 yrs FT | up to 6 yrs PT
  • 288 Credit Points
  • FEE HELP

Course Description

If you’re looking to get serious about in-depth biblical study, and have a desire to combine it with another discipline then the Bachelor of Christian Studies is exactly what you need.

You will study at least one year full-time equivalent of undergraduate degree-level study in a non-theological field, of which at least 75% must form a coherent area of study (e.g., Psychology, Business, Education etc) at an Australian University, and you may also complete it at the same time as you undertake theological units with us.

The Bachelor of Christian Studies provides flexibility for people who would like to incorporate a Christian perspective in their chosen career.

To study the Bachelor of Christian Studies at BST you will need to have:

  • Completed Year 12 with an ATAR of 65 or above or a minimum OP of 16; or
  • Successful Diploma qualification or above; or
  • Demonstrate academic suitability through an interview and if required, an entrance test

Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to have taken the IELTS test and achieved a 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.5 in each subtest or have 10 years English in-country experience. 

24 units | 288 credit points | 3 yrs FT, up to 6 yrs PT | On-campus

Bachelor of Christian Studies Course Structure:

2 units from Old Testament Introduction

2 units from New Testament Introduction

4 units from Christian Thought (1 from History, 1 from Theology)

2 units from Exegesis

1 unit Independent Study project that relates to the student’s non-theological area of study to the Christian faith

6 elective units 

Units in this course are completed at Level 5 and above, course must include no more than 12 units at Level 5, and including at least 6 units at Level 7 or above. Units codes ending in 512 = Level 5, 612 = Level 6, 712 = Level 7.

Non-Theological Study

You will also need to complete one year equivalent of full-time study at an Australian University in your non-theological area of study: applied as 96cps.

Biblical Introduction

Old Testament introduction
Old Testament Foundations – OT001-512
Old Testament Prophets and Writings – OT002-512

New Testament introduction
Jesus and the Gospels – NT001-512
Early New Testament Church – NT002-512

Christian Thought

History
Christianity in History to 1550 – CH001-512
Christianity in History from 1550 to Modern Times – CH002-512

Theology
The Knowledge of God – TH001-712
The Doctrine of God and the Work of Christ – TH002-712
The Doctrines of Grace and Eschatology – TH003-712
Church, Sacraments and Ministry – TH004-712

Exegesis

Old Testament exegesis (in English or Hebrew)
Pentateuch –  OT008-712/OT009-712
Former Prophets: 1 & 2 Samuel – OT010-712/OT011-712
Exilic Prophecy (Isaiah 40-55) OT014-712
The Psalms OT020-712

New Testament exegesis (in English or Greek)
The Synoptic Gospels: Luke – NT008-712/NT009-712
John’s Gospel – NT016-712/NT017-712
The Pastoral Epistles – NT014-712/NT015-712
Pauline Theology and Romans – NT018-712/NT019-712
Paul and Corinthian Christianity – NT010-712/NT011-712

    Ministry & Practice

    Evangelism and mission
    Mission Perspectives – EM001-512
    Principles of Evangelism –  EM024-512
    Ministry in a Culturally Diverse Context –  EM018-712
    Contextual Asian Ministry – EM031-712
    Cross-Cultural Field Education –  EM040-712

    Pastoral and church-focused ministry

    Pastoral Care – PC002-712
    Spiritual Formation for Professional Ministry – PC008-712
    Preaching I – PC047-712
    Congregational Field Education – PC092-712
    Practical Ministry Field Education – PC094-712

    Languages

    Biblical Hebrew (A) – LA003-612
    Biblical Hebrew (B) – LA004-612
    New Testament Greek (A) –  LA005-612
    New Testament Greek (B) –  LA006-612

    Study Tour

    Israel Study Tour 2020 – BB202-712/812

    Note: Biblical Introduction, Church History and Greek A & B are offered every year, while the other units run on a two-year cycle. Please refer to the college timetable to find out what is being offered each year.

    A full-time study load is 4 units per semester. You can be full-time and study 3 units per semester; it will just take you longer to finish the course. A part-time study load is 1 or 2 units per semester.

    The Associate Degree is what you’ll be awarded if you begin the Bachelor of Theology program but for some reason can’t, or choose not to, complete it.

    As long as you’ve gained 192 credit points (16 units) you can receive the qualification. If at some point in the future you want to continue your studies you may be able to pick up where you left off and those credit points will count towards your Bachelor (this is subject to time constraints, so you will need to speak to our registrar to discuss your options).

    BST Timetable, Calendar and Fees

    This course is FEE-HELP and Centrelink approved.

    What is FEE-HELP?
    FEE-HELP is a loan that helps eligible fee paying students pay their tuition fees.

    For eligibility and more information on FEE-HELP go to:
    https://www.studyassist.gov.au/help-loans/fee-help

    Claudia Palma Vallejos

    Former PA to the Branch Manager of CMS Qld & Northern NSW

    Claudia: BST was a real blessing to me. The friends I made will be a part of my life for a long time, and the staff and faculty were a source of greate support and guidance. The college community really made my learning experience even greater.”