Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
089311E
Location:
  • Ballarat
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2018 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Ballarat (58.50)
  • Brisbane (17/63)
  • Canberra (58.50)
  • Melbourne (63.75)
  • Strathfield (58.50)

Description

This unique double degree provides students with the broad knowledge, skills and flexibility offered by a liberal arts program, but enhanced by a specialised focus on theology and philosophy. Studying theology and philosophy will equip students with an understanding of the foundations of the modern world and Western civilisation, enhancing their ability to critically engage with and respond to the key challenges faced by today's societies, governments and organisations.

Global experience is strongly encouraged, with study abroad opportunities available at the ACU Rome Centre, with one of our partner institutions in Europe or the United States, or in Israel with a study tour.

Students develop the skills necessary to become attentive and careful interpreters of historical and contemporary texts and contexts, and to critically examine complex and confronting issues. Students also enhance their capacity to evaluate and discriminate between multiple viewpoints, and to develop and articulate compelling arguments – both orally and in writing.

Course duration

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Ballarat (Multi-mode)
  • Brisbane (Multi-mode)
  • Canberra (Multi-mode)
  • Melbourne (Multi-mode)
  • Strathfield (Multi-mode)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Students will undertake units at both the Strathfield and North Sydney Campuses.

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4 Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1 THBS100
Introduction to the Bible
THEL103
Christianity Established: From Sect to Society
(Inc: THCT103)
PHIL100
Philosophy: the big questions (PM)
Elective THCP104
Integrated Theological Studies A**
Year 1 - Semester 2 THCT100
What Christians Believe**
THCP105
Prayer and Liturgy**
PHIL104
Introduction to ethics (PM)
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
THCP104
Integrated theological studies A**
(midyear entry only)
Year 2 - Semester 1 THBS209
New Testament letters
(Pre: THBS100)
or
THBS210
The canonical gospels
(Pre: THBS100 
THCT212
Christ, creation and salvation
(Pre: THBS100, THCT100; Inc: THCT200)
or
THCT213
The Triune God
(Pre: THBS100, THCT100; Inc: THCT301)
PHIL224
Ancient Greek philosophy (PM)
(Pre: 10 credit points from 100-level unit in Philosophy)
Elective  
Year 2 - Semester 2 THBS204
Biblical prophets
(Pre: THBS100)
or
THBS205
Narratives of ancient Israel
(Pre: THBS100)
THCT202
Christian symbol, ritual and sacrament**
(Pre: THBS100, THCT100; Inc: THEO228)
or
THCT216
Introduction to moral theology
(Pre: THBS100, THCT100; Inc: THCP203, THCP218)
PHIL202
Justice, authority and human rights (PM)
Elective  
Year 3 - Semester 1 THBS209
New Testament letters
(Pre: THBS100)
or
THBS210
The canonical gospels
(Pre: THBS100 
THCT212
Christ, creation and salvation
(Pre: THBS100, THCT100; Inc: THCT200)
or
THCT213
The Triune God
(Pre: THBS100, THCT100; Inc: THCT301)
PHIL208
God, religion and evil (PM)
(Pre: 10 credit points from 100-level unit in Philosophy)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)**
THCP304
Integrated theological studies B**
(Pre: At least 160cp towards the requirements of the Bachelor of Theology)
Year 3 - Semester 2 THBS204
Biblical prophets
(Pre: THBS100)
or
THBS205
Narratives of ancient Israel
(Pre: THBS100)
THCT202
Christian symbol, ritual and sacrament**
(Pre: THBS100, THCT100; Inc: THEO228)
or
THCT216
Introduction to moral theology
(Pre: THBS100, THCT100; Inc: THCP203, THCP218)
PHIL209
Philosophy, film and the arts (PM)
(Pre: 10 cp from 100-level unit in Philosophy)
Elective  
Year 4 - Semester 1 PHIL320
Ethics and society seminar (PM)
(Pre: One 2nd year level unit in Philosophy)
Elective Elective Elective  
Year 4 - Semester 2 THBS301
The Bible and social justice**
(Pre: At least 60 credit points in each of Biblical Studies and Christian Thought)
or
THCT306
Theology: integration and synthesis**
(Pre: At least 60 credit points in each of Biblical Studies and Christian Thought)
PHIL322
Metaphysics and epistemology seminar (PM)
(Pre: One 2nd year level unit in Philosophy)
Elective   

*Students will also undertake units at the Strathfield Campus.
**This unit is offered annually. All other units are offered on a two-year cycle.
Note: Unit offerings vary across all campuses. Philosophy Major (PM) units are flexible. Students can select from a broad range of philosophy units to complete their major (the listed units are examples of available units).

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Credit Points

320

Exit Point

A student who has completed the requirements prescribed for the Diploma in Theology or the Non-award Certificate in Theology, Diploma n Philosophy or Non-award Certificate in Philosophy, Associate Degree in Theology or Associate Degree in Philosophy may exit from the course with the relevant qualification.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $7380 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12, or equivalent:

Queensland

  • Prerequisites: English (4, SA)

New South Wales

  • Assumed knowledge: Nil

Victoria

  • Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2018

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
Median ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer <5 <5
Median OP to receive an offer <5 <5
Lowest OP to receive an offer <5 <5
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer <5 <5
Median Rank to receive an offer <5 <5
Lowest Rank to receive an offer <5 <5
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
Median ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
Median ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
Median ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer <5 <5
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
0 0.00%
Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 0 0.00%
International students 0 0.00%
All students <5 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/P
Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of OP/Rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted where both OP/Rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum OP/Rank) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/Rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/Rank requirement) 0 0.00%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 6 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/P
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 0 0.00%
International students 0 0.00%
All students <5 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/P
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 0 0.00%
International students <5 N/P
All students 6 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
0 0.00%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) <5 N/P
International students 0 0.00%
All students 8 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

Applying for admission

Ballarat, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Brisbane, Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Canberra, ACT
Apply through UAC
Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Sydney (Strathfield), NSW
Apply through UAC

Direct Applications

You can apply Direct to ACU for selected Bachelor's degrees if you have not already applied through VTAC or UAC.
Please note that you must apply through VTAC or UAC if you are a Year 12 student, or if you're applying for an undergraduate course at more than one institution.

Ballarat

You can apply Direct to ACU for selected Bachelor's degrees if you have not already applied through VTAC or UAC.
Please note that you must apply through VTAC or UAC if you are a Year 12 student, or if you're applying for an undergraduate course at more than one institution.

Melbourne

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

Articulation from another course

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation.

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to a Selection Rank
  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units.

Career paths

Graduates are prepared for careers across a wide variety of professions such as education/teaching (with further study), media and communications, social work, NGO (community-based) work, pastoral work, chaplaincy, ministry and other church-related careers. The highly adaptable critical thinking skills and other attributes possessed by graduates are also suited to a wide variety of administrative and managerial roles across business and other industries.

Pathways to further study

High-achieving students can progress to honours study or a range of postgraduate coursework programs.

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

This unique double degree provides students with the broad knowledge, skills and flexibility offered by a liberal arts program, but enhanced by a specialised focus on theology and philosophy. Studying theology and philosophy will equip students with an understanding of the foundations of the modern world and Western civilisation, enhancing their ability to critically engage with and respond to the key challenges faced by today's societies, governments and organisations.

Global experience is strongly encouraged, with study abroad opportunities available at the ACU Rome Centre, with one of our partner institutions in Europe or the United States, or in Israel with a study tour.

Students develop the skills necessary to become attentive and careful interpreters of historical and contemporary texts and contexts, and to critically examine complex and confronting issues. Students also enhance their capacity to evaluate and discriminate between multiple viewpoints, and to develop and articulate compelling arguments – both orally and in writing.

Course duration

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Brisbane
  • 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020
Melbourne
  • 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020
Strathfield
  • 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020

Students will undertake units at both the Strathfield and North Sydney Campuses.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 25% of the program online.

Credit Points

320

Exit Point

A student who has completed the requirements prescribed for the Diploma in Theology or the Non-award Certificate in Theology, Diploma n Philosophy or Non-award Certificate in Philosophy, Associate Degree in Theology or Associate Degree in Philosophy may exit from the course with the relevant qualification.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4 Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1 THBS100
Introduction to the Bible
THEL103
Christianity Established: From Sect to Society
(Inc: THCT103)
PHIL100
Philosophy: the big questions (PM)
Elective THCP104
Integrated Theological Studies A**
Year 1 - Semester 2 THCT100
What Christians Believe**
THCP105
Prayer and Liturgy**
PHIL104
Introduction to ethics (PM)
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
THCP104
Integrated theological studies A**
(midyear entry only)
Year 2 - Semester 1 THBS209
New Testament letters
(Pre: THBS100)
or
THBS210
The canonical gospels
(Pre: THBS100 
THCT212
Christ, creation and salvation
(Pre: THBS100, THCT100; Inc: THCT200)
or
THCT213
The Triune God
(Pre: THBS100, THCT100; Inc: THCT301)
PHIL224
Ancient Greek philosophy (PM)
(Pre: 10 credit points from 100-level unit in Philosophy)
Elective  
Year 2 - Semester 2 THBS204
Biblical prophets
(Pre: THBS100)
or
THBS205
Narratives of ancient Israel
(Pre: THBS100)
THCT202
Christian symbol, ritual and sacrament**
(Pre: THBS100, THCT100; Inc: THEO228)
or
THCT216
Introduction to moral theology
(Pre: THBS100, THCT100; Inc: THCP203, THCP218)
PHIL202
Justice, authority and human rights (PM)
Elective  
Year 3 - Semester 1 THBS209
New Testament letters
(Pre: THBS100)
or
THBS210
The canonical gospels
(Pre: THBS100 
THCT212
Christ, creation and salvation
(Pre: THBS100, THCT100; Inc: THCT200)
or
THCT213
The Triune God
(Pre: THBS100, THCT100; Inc: THCT301)
PHIL208
God, religion and evil (PM)
(Pre: 10 credit points from 100-level unit in Philosophy)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)**
THCP304
Integrated theological studies B**
(Pre: At least 160cp towards the requirements of the Bachelor of Theology)
Year 3 - Semester 2 THBS204
Biblical prophets
(Pre: THBS100)
or
THBS205
Narratives of ancient Israel
(Pre: THBS100)
THCT202
Christian symbol, ritual and sacrament**
(Pre: THBS100, THCT100; Inc: THEO228)
or
THCT216
Introduction to moral theology
(Pre: THBS100, THCT100; Inc: THCP203, THCP218)
PHIL209
Philosophy, film and the arts (PM)
(Pre: 10 cp from 100-level unit in Philosophy)
Elective  
Year 4 - Semester 1 PHIL320
Ethics and society seminar (PM)
(Pre: One 2nd year level unit in Philosophy)
Elective Elective Elective  
Year 4 - Semester 2 THBS301
The Bible and social justice**
(Pre: At least 60 credit points in each of Biblical Studies and Christian Thought)
or
THCT306
Theology: integration and synthesis**
(Pre: At least 60 credit points in each of Biblical Studies and Christian Thought)
PHIL322
Metaphysics and epistemology seminar (PM)
(Pre: One 2nd year level unit in Philosophy)
Elective   

*Students will also undertake units at the Strathfield Campus.
**This unit is offered annually. All other units are offered on a two-year cycle.
Note: Unit offerings vary across all campuses. Philosophy Major (PM) units are flexible. Students can select from a broad range of philosophy units to complete their major (the listed units are examples of available units).

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $2756.00 (2019)
  • Average first year fee: $22048.00 (2019)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $88192.00 (2019)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

The equivalent of Australian Year 12 Certificate, plus an overall academic IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and speaking tests, and a minimum of 5.5 in listening and reading tests).

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.

International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
NSW & ACT
Apply through UAC
Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Victoria
Apply through VTAC

Career paths

Graduates are prepared for careers across a wide variety of professions such as education/teaching (with further study), media and communications, social work, NGO (community-based) work, pastoral work, chaplaincy, ministry and other church-related careers. The highly adaptable critical thinking skills and other attributes possessed by graduates are also suited to a wide variety of administrative and managerial roles across business and other industries.

Pathways to further study

High-achieving students can progress to honours study or a range of postgraduate coursework programs.

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