The Associate Degree of Theology introduces students to the sources and content of the Christian story and message, and provides training which emphasises application and articulation of this story and message in the contemporary world.
A course in theology provides a grounding for ministry by establishing a foundation in theological knowledge and reflection.
This course can also be studied part time over a maximum of 6 years.
The Associate Degree of Theology is a two-year full time course (or part-time equivalent). It is not a suitable qualification for the majority of full-time paid ministry roles. However, it would be a good option for people in some associate or part-time roles as members of ministry teams, or Christians who wish to be better equipped to serve in their current church, work, and /or home context.
The Associate Degree of Theology is also available as an exit point after two years / 192 credit points of study in the three year Bachelor of Theology, provided that the appropriate unit requirements have been met.
At QTC, the course structure of the Associate Degree of Theology involves the completion of 192 credit points as follows:
- Four subjects (48 cps) which survey the Old and New Testament documents respectively: OT001-512 & OT002-512, NT001-512 & NT002-512.
- TH025-606, Principles of Systematic Theology, a unit designed to introduce you to the foundations of what we believe (6 cps).
- BB025-506, Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, a unit introducing you to skills for biblical interpretation (6 cps).
- CH006-512, The Reformation (12 cps).
- PE002-612, a unit on Theological Ethics (12 cps).
- Two units focused on interpreting particular books or parts of the Bible, known as exegesis units (e.g. Romans, John, the Pentateuch) (24 cps)
- One unit learning about a major area of Christian doctrine (drawn from TH101-612, TH028-712, TH103-612 and TH027-712) (12 cps).
- Students enrolled in the Associate Degree of Theology also take an additional 24 cps of exegesis units or 24 cps of biblical language units (Greek or Hebrew), plus a further 12 cps of Christian Thought study: Church History, Christian doctrine (systematic theology), or philosophy/ethics/apologetics, areas where QTC has a particularly large number of options to choose from.
- Any remaining credit points within the total of 192 can be used to study electives from any field, drawn from the list of units offered for the BTh or BMin at QTC.
Units in this course are completed at Level 5 and above, including no more than 144cps at Level 5, and including at least 48cps at Level 6 or above.
ATAR: Completion of Year 12 with an ATAR of 65 or above (OP 14 or above); OR
Previous Qualifications: Successful completion of a qualification at AQF Level 5 or above; OR
Demonstrate Academic Suitability for course: Test, Brief Essay, or Interview.
Language Qualifications for NESB: IELTS 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in each subtest OR 10 years in Australia with English being the language primarily spoken both at home and work.
The course is accredited within Australia as an award of the Australian College of Theology, of which QTC is a member institution along with around 20 other colleges nationally. As such, it is a recognised course for the purposes of Fee-Help, Austudy, and Youth Allowance (provided you meet the government’s eligibility requirements).
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