Bachelor of Theology: 3 Years

The BTh is an integrated programme of theological training designed to prepare people for full-time Word ministry in local churches, overseas mission contexts and various para-church roles.

Students study a set program of subjects designed to introduce them to the major areas of the Bible (OT, NT, Greek and Hebrew language subjects) and how biblical ministry functions in all kinds of real-world contexts with their different social and cultural challenges (Theology, Ethics, Church History and Practical subjects).

Students studying the BTh at QTC follow one of our five pathways for ministry.  The course requirements for the Pathways are as follows: Pastor’s Pathway, Missions Pathway, Women’s Ministry Pathway, Youth and Children’s Ministry Pathway and the General Pathway.

Eligibility and Financial Support:

Applicants are expected to have completed at least Year 12 in an Australian school system, with an OP of 14 or better (or the equivalent interstate or overseas), or, for mature age entry, to be over the age of 21 and to satisfy the Faculty that they are in a position to study at the level of the course.

The BTh is accredited by the Queensland Office of Higher Education and its interstate counterparts as an award of the Australian College of Theology, of which QTC is a member college along with around 20 other colleges nationally.  As such, it is a recognised course for the purposes of FEE-HELP, Austudy or Youth Allowance (provided you meet the government’s eligibility requirements), and for International Students (ACT CRICOS provider number is 02650E). Current fee levels for units in the BTh can be found here.

Course Structure:

The BTh is ideally studied as a full-time course over three years. Students may also study part-time (see below), but may not enjoy some of the benefits of the integrated full-time curriculum as a result.  QTC does not offer the BTh or any of its component subjects by distance as we believe that preparation for ministry occurs best within the context of real Christian community and face-to-face learning.  We do however offer a small number of BTh-level subjects in intensive mode.  All students must complete 96 credit points (i.e. 24 semester subjects) including a common core of subjects.

At QTC full-time students follow an integrated course of study, designed to help them see the connections between different subjects, and between their subjects and ministry in the real world. You can view the course plan for the BTh here:

BTh Course Plan – Starting Even Years (2014, 2016, 2018 etc)

BTh Course Plan – Starting Odd Years (2015, 2017, 2019, etc)

Part-time BTh students at QTC complete the same units as full-time students (as listed in the above Course Plan), and choose their electives from the same options.  Prerequisites apply to some units:

  • To enrol in any of the OT or NT units listed in second or third year in the above course plans, you need to have already completed the First Year OT or NT unit which covers the same part of the Bible (e.g. to enrol in Pentateuch, you must have first completed OT301).  To study any of these units with respect to the Greek or Hebrew Bible, you must also have passed LA003B or LA004B (as appropriate).
  • You must have passed two of the OT and/or NT units listed in first year, plus CH305 or CH324, before you can enrol in TH401, 402, 403 or 404.
  • CH305 or CH324 must be completed before any other Church History units can be taken.
  • Prerequisites also apply to Projects, field work and study tours.

Your next step?

Please contact the QTC Registrar for more details or to apply.

QTC is an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology. The CRICOS code for the ACT’s Bachelor of Theology is 054676J