Certificate in Theology (CertTh) & Academic Studies in Theology Certificate (ASTC)

A perfect introduction to theological study, the Certificate in Theology and 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.

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

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

 

PREREQUISITES

Completion of year 10 or equivalent

 

Available to international students?

No

 

TIME REQUIRED

1 year full-time

Up to 4 years part-time

 

CREDIT

Certificate in Theology - N/A

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

 

ACT course listing

Certificate in Theology

Academic Studies in Theology Certificate

 

Course Structure

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