Bachelor of Theology

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
029061D
Location:
  • Ballarat
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2020 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Ballarat (58.50)
  • Brisbane (17/65)
  • Canberra (58.50)
  • Melbourne (58.50)
  • Strathfield (58.50)

Domestic students

Description

Framed by the Catholic intellectual tradition, this course introduces students to the richness and breadth of theological scholarship. Students can pursue an in-depth program of study in biblical studies, systematic theology, ministry, liturgy, ancient languages and philosophy. Students can also undertake units in other disciplines, such as in the liberal arts.

Through the community engagement component of this degree, students are offered the opportunity to explore Christian theology in a range of contemporary settings, including Indigenous and international.

Global experience is also encouraged as part of students’ learning, 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 a wide range of adaptable skills, including an enhanced capacity to analyse, critically reflect, evaluate, and to bring ethical perspectives to life and work. Students also develop their communication skills; the capacity to evaluate and discriminate between multiple viewpoints, and to develop and articulate compelling arguments (both orally and in writing).

Course duration

3 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).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 THBS100
Introduction to the Bible*
THEL103
Christianity established: from sect to society*
(Inc: THCT103) Can be credited towards Biblical Studies major/minor.
PHIL100
Philosophy: The Big Questions* or
THCT100 Biblical Hebrew A or
THEL101 New Testament Greek A (Theology specified units) or Elective
Elective
Year 1 - Semester 2 THCT100
What Christians believe*
THCP105
Prayer and liturgy1* OR
Elective
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society*
or PHIL102
Theories of Human Nature
or
PHIL104
Introduction to Ethics
THBS220
Critical approaches to the Bible: interpretation and exegesis (Pre:THBS100)
Year 2 - Semester 1 THBS209
New Testament letters
(Pre:THBS100)
or
THBS210
The canonical gospels
(Pre:THBS100)
THCT212
Jesus the Christ
(Pre: THBS100, THCT100; Inc: THCT200)
or
THCT213
The Triune God
(Pre:THBS100; Inc: THCT301)
THCT301 Theological Thinking and Methods (Pre:THCT100) Elective
Year 2 - Semester 2 THBS205
Narratives of ancient Israel
(Pre:THBS100) or Elective
THCT202
Christian symbol, ritual and sacrament*
(Pre:THBS100, THCT100; Inc: THEO228)
THBS302
Johannine Literature (Pre: THBS100 or THCT307
Church: it’s nature and mission (Pre:THBS100 and THCT100; Inc:THCT205)
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)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre:UNCC100; PHIL102; PHIL104 )* or PHIL320 Ethics, justice and the good society
Elective
Year 3 - Semester 2 THBS205
Narratives of ancient Israel (Pre:THBS100) or Elective
THCP304
Christian community engagement (Pre:UNCC100; THCT100; THBS100 )
THBS303
Biblical prophets
(Pre:THBS100), or
THCT316
Introduction to moral theology
(Pre:THBS100; THCT100; Inc: THCP203 and THCP218 )
Elective

*This unit is offered annually. All other units are offered on a two-year cycle.
Note: Unit offerings vary across all campuses. Electives may be taken in biblical studies, Christian thought, ancient languages, studies of religion, philosophy and the liberal arts.

'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.

  1. If students have completed PHIL100, THEL100 or THEL101 in first semester, they are not required to complete THCP105. If students have not completed PHIL100, THEL100 or THEL101 in first semester, they must enrol in THCP105.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

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

Credit Points

240

Exit Point

A student who has completed the requirements prescribed for the Diploma in Theology or the Certificate in Theology may exit from the course with the relevant qualification.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Ballarat
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Canberra
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $6680 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 level, or equivalent:

New South Wales

  • Assumed knowledge: Nil

Queensland

  • Prerequisites: English (Units 3 & 4, C)

Victoria

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

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

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 2020

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer    
Median ATAR to receive an offer    
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer    
OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer    
Median OP to receive an offer    
Lowest OP to receive an offer    
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer    
Median Rank to receive an offer    
Lowest Rank to receive an offer    
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 2020
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) 0 0.00%
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 2020
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 OP/Rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 0 0.00%
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 <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 2020
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
N/A N/A
Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
N/A N/A
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) N/A N/A
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) N/A N/A
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) N/A N/A
International students N/A N/A
All students N/A 100%
  • N/A – Students not accepted in this category.
Applicant background 2020
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
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 2020
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
0 0
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
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
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
International students 0 0
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.

Further information

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

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

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

  • Most applicants to undergraduate courses at ACU are eligible for adjustment factors – which can help improve your selection rank when applying for a degree. Your location, school or personal circumstances may make you eligible too. Learn more about the full list of available adjustments.

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 to succeed in a wide variety of professions such as chaplaincy, ministry, pastoral work and other church-related careers, teaching (with further study), youth and social work, research, journalism, or work with church-based and international development agencies.

Pathways to further study

An honours degree is available for high-achieving students.

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

International students

Description

Are you interested in the meaning of life? Do you want to explore the big questions of life, the universe and everything in a critical and sustained way? In the Bachelor of Theology you explore the richness of the Christian tradition to address life's big questions. Theology is an integral part of the Catholic intellectual tradition, as faith seeks a critical understanding of its beliefs and values, and addresses the questions posed by the contemporary world. Drawing on the intellectual resources of Christianity you will explore time honoured human questions Is there a God? What can we know of God? What happens when we die? How can I live an authentic life? and bring them into conversation with cutting edge questions and concerns Is religion compatible with science? Why Christianity and not another religion? Does faith make me a better person? At ACU, theology shares with philosophy and related disciplines, a common vision and a collaborative concern for truth, justice, ethical values and the dignity of the human person.

Course duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Brisbane
  • 22-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021 , 21-Feb-2022 , 18-Jul-2022
Melbourne
  • 22-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021 , 21-Feb-2022 , 18-Jul-2022
Strathfield
  • 22-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021 , 21-Feb-2022 , 18-Jul-2022

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 33% of the program online.

Credit Points

240

Exit Point

A student who has completed the requirements prescribed for the Diploma in Theology or the Certificate in Theology 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
Year 1 - Semester 1 THBS100
Introduction to the Bible*
THEL103
Christianity established: from sect to society*
(Inc: THCT103) Can be credited towards Biblical Studies major/minor.
PHIL100
Philosophy: The Big Questions* or
THCT100 Biblical Hebrew A or
THEL101 New Testament Greek A (Theology specified units) or Elective
Elective
Year 1 - Semester 2 THCT100
What Christians believe*
THCP105
Prayer and liturgy1* OR
Elective
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society*
or PHIL102
Theories of Human Nature
or
PHIL104
Introduction to Ethics
THBS220
Critical approaches to the Bible: interpretation and exegesis (Pre:THBS100)
Year 2 - Semester 1 THBS209
New Testament letters
(Pre:THBS100)
or
THBS210
The canonical gospels
(Pre:THBS100)
THCT212
Jesus the Christ
(Pre: THBS100, THCT100; Inc: THCT200)
or
THCT213
The Triune God
(Pre:THBS100; Inc: THCT301)
THCT301 Theological Thinking and Methods (Pre:THCT100) Elective
Year 2 - Semester 2 THBS205
Narratives of ancient Israel
(Pre:THBS100) or Elective
THCT202
Christian symbol, ritual and sacrament*
(Pre:THBS100, THCT100; Inc: THEO228)
THBS302
Johannine Literature (Pre: THBS100 or THCT307
Church: it’s nature and mission (Pre:THBS100 and THCT100; Inc:THCT205)
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)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre:UNCC100; PHIL102; PHIL104 )* or PHIL320 Ethics, justice and the good society
Elective
Year 3 - Semester 2 THBS205
Narratives of ancient Israel (Pre:THBS100) or Elective
THCP304
Christian community engagement (Pre:UNCC100; THCT100; THBS100 )
THBS303
Biblical prophets
(Pre:THBS100), or
THCT316
Introduction to moral theology
(Pre:THBS100; THCT100; Inc: THCP203 and THCP218 )
Elective

*This unit is offered annually. All other units are offered on a two-year cycle.
Note: Unit offerings vary across all campuses. Electives may be taken in biblical studies, Christian thought, ancient languages, studies of religion, philosophy and the liberal arts.

'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.

  1. If students have completed PHIL100, THEL100 or THEL101 in first semester, they are not required to complete THCP105. If students have not completed PHIL100, THEL100 or THEL101 in first semester, they must enrol in THCP105.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $2925.00 (2021)
  • Average first year fee: $23400.00 (2021)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $70200.00 (2021)

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

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Career paths

Graduates are prepared to succeed in a wide variety of professions such as chaplaincy, ministry, pastoral work and other church-related careers, teaching (with further study), youth and social work, research, journalism, or work with church-based and international development agencies.

Pathways to further study

An honours degree is available for high-achieving students.

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