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The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies at Australian Catholic University is a flexible qualification designed to enable students to pursue a mixture of interests or to specialise in particular areas. The course provides students with a means of extending their skills and knowledge in specific streams: Ancient Languages or the Biblical World.
Graduates of the Ancient Languages stream will be able to demonstrate basic skills in the use of biblical or ecclesial languages.
Graduates of the Biblical World stream will be able to interpret biblical texts using insights drawn from historical, cultural, literary, philosophical and theological analyses.
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (Ancient Languages) will be able to demonstrate basic skills in the use of biblical or ecclesial languages.
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (The Biblical World) will, depending on their unit choices, be able to:
- interpret biblical texts using insights drawn from historical, cultural, literary, philosophical and theological analyses;
- give an account of key moments in Christian history and of their import for the church, society and the development of doctrine;
- use a variety of biblical and theological resources to articulate and explain the historical origins, development and interconnections of central Christian doctrines;
- demonstrate basic skills in the use of biblical or ecclesial languages.
Applicants must have completed an Undergraduate degree in any discipline.
Required IELTS Score: IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 for all tests)
Students choose from either the Ancient Languages stream or the Biblical World stream and complete four units.
- Ancient Languages students select any four units from the Ancient Languages stream list below.
- Biblical World students complete the core unit THBS501 Biblical Studies plus three units from the Biblical World stream list below.
To qualify for the award of the Graduate Certificate of Theological Studies students must complete four units.
RPL or Credit may be granted according to ACU policies and applicants are advised to contact the Course Coordinator.
The maximum credit that may be granted on the basis of previously completed qualification(s) of equal level is 50%.
Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.
Who can access it?
- Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
- Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
- Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study
- Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
- Money order
You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
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