Theology certificates

at the PTC

 
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About us

The Presbyterian Theological College is a evangelical and reformed college based in Melbourne, Australia. We aim to provide the highest quality biblical and theological education, with the primary purpose of producing pastors and teachers for local churches, along with missionaries, evangelists, youth workers, chaplains and other church leaders and pastoral helpers.

As an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology, we are approved to deliver the Certificate in Theology, and the Academic Studies in Theology Certificate.

 

 

Why study a certificate with us?

A perfect introduction to theological study, the Certificate in Theology and the Academic Studies in Theology Certificate (ASTC) are flexible, low-cost courses which give a deeper knowledge of scripture, and prepare students for tertiary studies in theology. 

Accredited by the ACT, the certificates are available to take online or mixed-delivery (combination of online and on-campus); in English or Cantonese.

 

Adaptable

Study in a way that works for you. Complete your course 100% online at times that suit you, or come to an evening class on campus. 

affordable

$110 per unit for audit

$220 per unit for credit

Full-time credit students are eligible for Centrelink study allowances.

ACHIEVABLE

Learn online with audio, video and pdf notes.

2 short assignments per unit for credit students.

 

accredited

As an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology, we are approved to deliver the Certificate in Theology, and the Academic Studies in Theology Certificate.

 
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"I highly recommend the course to anyone seeking to learn more about the God of the Bible. There's a great mix of theological and ministry subjects, and the essays cement the experience."

Andrew | Prahran

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Course structure

If you're not sure about committing to a full certificate yet, you can sign up for a single unit study, and enrol in a qualification later if you chose.

We recommend the Certificate of Theology to students who wish to develop their biblical knowledge for personal development. 

For those wishing to pursue further theological studies at a tertiary level, the Academic Studies in Theology Certificate (ASTC) provides a more robust academic foundation, and allows for credit towards an undergraduate ACT degree.


Certificate in Theology

6 subjects:

  • 3 x core
  • 3 x electives

Total course cost:

  • Audit - $660
  • Credit - $1320

 

Academic Studies in Theology Certificate (ASTC)

8 subjects:

  • 3 x core

  • 3 x electives
  • 2 x study skills

Total course cost:

  • Audit - $880
  • Credit - $1760

3 core subjects

Old Testament Survey
  • This course gives an overview of the Old Testament.
  • Format: audio lectures, pdfs
  • Assessment: 2 essays (1,500 words each)
  • Lecturer: Rev Dr Jared Hood
  • Academic Dean & OT Lecturer at PTC
New Testament Survey
  • This course gives an overview of the New Testament.
  • Format: audio lectures, video, pdfs
  • Assessment: 2 essays (1,500 words each)
  • Lecturer: Rev Dr Tony Bird
  • NT lecturer at PTC
Christian Belief
  • An introduction to Christian theology, by looking at the Apostles' Creed.
  • Format: audio lectures, pdf notes
  • Assessment: 2 essays (1,500 words each)
  • Lecturer: Rev Dr Douglas Milne
  • Emeritus principal, theology lecturer at PTC
 

Any 3 electives

Christian Political Ideas (on-campus, Semester 1 2018)
  • An overview of politics throughout history, and a study of what the Bible has to say about Christians and politics.
  • Format: 6 x 2 hour lectures on campus
  • Assessment: TBA
  • Lecturer: Mr Simon Kennedy , PhD Candidate and Politics lecturer at PTC
Early Chapters of Genesis
  • With focus on creation, the early chapters of Genesis are looked at.
  • Format: audio lectures, pdf notes
  • Assessment: 2 essays (1,500 words each).
  • Lecturer: Rev Dr Greg Goswell
  • Previous OT lecturer at PTC, current Academic Dean at Christ College
Book of Revelation
  • The book of Revelation is opened up and made understandable.
  • Format: audio lectures, pdf notes
  • Assessment: 2 essays (1,500 words each)
  • Lecturer: Rev Dr Tony Bird
  • NT lecturer at PTC
Church History Survey
  • An overview of Church History by looking at the significant figures.
  • Format: audio lectures, pdf notes
  • Assessment: 2 essays (1,500 words each)
  • Lecturer: Rev Dr John Wilson
  • Polity lecturer at PTC, Moderator of the GAA
Calvin and the Westminster Confession
  • Christian theology in the light of Calvin and the Westminster Confession.
  • Format: audio lectures, pdf notes
  • Assessment: 2 essays (1,500 words each)
  • Lecturer: Rev Dr Douglas Milne
  • Emeritus principal, theology lecturer at PTC
History of Covenant Theology
  • The history of Covenant Theology from the early Church to the modern day.
  • Format: audio lectures, pdf notes
  • Assessment: 2 essays (1,500 words each)
  • Lecturer: Rev Dr Jared Hood
  • Academic Dean & OT Lecturer at PTC
Basics of Biblical Counselling
  • Helping others through counselling. Theory and practice are considered.
  • Format: audio lectures, pdf notes
  • Assessment: 2 essays (1,500 words each)
  • Lecturer: Rev Dr Karl Hood
  • Pastoral care lecturer at PTC
Practical Ethics
  • This course gives an overview of Christian ethics.
  • Format: audio lectures, pdf notes
  • Assessment: 2 essays (1,500 words each)
  • Lecturer: Rev Dr Douglas Milne
  • Emeritus principal, theology lecturer at PTC
Diaconal Service
  • A range of lecturers look at practical service in the Church.
  • Format: audio lectures, video, pdfs
  • Assessment: 2 essays (1,500 words each)
  • Lecturer: Rev Dr John Wilson
  • Polity lecturer at PTC, Moderator of the GAA
 

2 study skills subjects (ASTC only)

+ Introducing study skills
  • This unit is designed to help you develop study skills, and set you up for undertaking further study at a higher level. Topics include knowing what kind of a learner you are and how best to organise your time, how to read methodically, and how to take notes and use them for essay-writing and exam preparation.
  • Format: audio lectures, pdf notes
  • Assessment: variety of short & long assignments
  • Lecturer: Rev Dr Felix Chung - Post-graduate Dean at PTC
+ Developing study skills
  • This unit is intended to increase students’ proficiency for studying at a tertiary level. It covers both broader study skills and specifically theological study skills at a more advanced level.
  • Format: audio lectures, pdf notes
  • Assessment: variety of short & long assignments
  • Lecturer: Rev Bruce Riding
 
 

"Through these courses I've become better equipped to serve Christ's church, and deepened my understanding of the faith. They're a great way to put your 'toe in the water' of theological study."

Ben | South Yarra

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Prerequisites 

Ages 16 or below: ineligible for this course

Ages 16 - 21: completed year 10 or equivalent

Ages 21+ : no prerequisites

 

Time required

1 year full-time

Up to 4 years part-time

 

Important Dates

Semester 2, 2018

Enrolment deadline: 21st September 2018

Assessment due date: 15th November 2018

 

Residency requirements

Available to domestic students only.

Who qualifies as a domestic student?

  • Australian citizens; OR

  • Australian permanent residents; OR
  • Holders of any non-student visa for the duration of their course (eg. humanitarian visa, partner visa)
 

Credits

Certificate in Theology - N/A

ASTC - equivalent to 8 credit points in an undergraduate ACT degree

 
 
 
 

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