Undergraduate Certificate of Theology
On 10 April, the Federal Government announced that undergraduate students will not be charged the 25% loan fee for Fee-help funded units in semester 2, 2020.
If you’re new to theological education, and particularly if you don’t have an undergraduate qualification, then the Undergraduate Certificate of Theology is a great way to dip your toe in the water.
This Certificate will give you an overview of the Bible through the Old and New Testament, showing you the big-picture story of the Bible and giving you the basic skills to better understand and explain it. You’ll also have the opportunity to delve into the History of Christianity.
The Undergraduate Certificate of Theology is a good starting point if you’re not yet sure what the future holds for you or you just want a taste of theological study. It will give you a well-rounded biblical base so you can start exploring which areas of theology interest you most and where God might be wanting to put your skills to work.
To study the Undergraduate Certificate of Theology 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
If English is not your first language, you need to have taken the IELTS test and achieved a 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in each subtest or have 10 years in Australia with English being the language primarily spoken both at home and work.
4 units | 48 credit points | 1 sem FT, up to 2yrs PT | On-campus
Undergraduate Certificate of Theology Course Structure:
1 unit from Biblical Introduction
1 unit from Christian Thought
1 units from either Biblical Introduction, Christian Thought or Languages
1 unit elective
Units available in semester 2, 2020
Old Testament Prophets and Writings – OT002-512
Early New Testament Church – NT002-512
Christianity in History from 1550 to Modern Times – CH002-512
Spiritual Formation for Professional Ministry – PC008-712
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.
This course is FEE-HELP 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:
When you have completed the Undergraduate Certificate of Theology you can continue your studies with the Diploma of Theology. To complete the Diploma of Theology you will need an extra 48 credit points (4 units).
Pastor (Australia and Hong Kong)
“BST equipped me with a sound knowledge of the Bible, but the lecturers also helped me discover that knowledge alone is not enough. We need to take our knowledge out into the world to bring others to God with true humility and a servant heart. I grew so much in my own spiritual life and in my understanding of the Bible, and also learned how to help others grow into spiritual maturity. The Lord was really moulding me during my time at college and that has prepared me so well for my pastoral work now.”
Former missionary (various countries in South America)
“At BST I was formed by the people of God and the word of God. What a privilege it was to get to know the people – staff and students, each with their unique gifts, abilities and idiosyncrasies, but each one a part of my life through the input they had into it. And what a privilege to study and be changed by the word – the strong emphasis on the authority of the Bible helped prepare me to preach it with conviction, affection and dedication; to apply it in defense of my faith when in confrontation; and to stand upon its unfailing promises in times of doubt and difficulty.”