Undergraduate Certificate of Theology

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Course Description

The Undergraduate Certificate of Theology is a great introduction to the Bible and ministry.

Graduates will be equipped to serve in their churches and communities with a more informed approach to ministry and the Bible. If you are wanting to pursue full-time ministry, we encourage you to look into our Bachelor and Masters courses. *Eligibility criteria applies.

Please note that the Undergraduate Certificates are approved for delivery until 30/06/2025. 

Course Details

Duration 6 months full-time
Part-time (maximum 4 years)
Mode On-campus, Online, Mixed-mode**May include intensives, online, on-campus and study tours
Course level Australian Qualifications Framework Level 5
Unit Level Delivered at Levels 5-7
Admission Requirements
  • ATAR: Completion of Year 12 with an ATAR of 65 or above; OR
  • Previous Qualifications: Successful completion of a qualification at AQF Level 5 or above; OR
  • Demonstrate Academic Suitability for course: successful completion of the Ridley Bridging Program or Interview.
  • Language Qualifications for NESB: IELTS 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in each subtest OR 10 years in Australia with English being the language primarily spoken both at home and work.
Graduates may complete further study in Diploma of Theology
Associate Degree of Theology
Bachelor of Theology
Fee-Help Eligible for FEE-HELP and Centrelink allowances
Credit Points 48 credit points total (4 subjects)

Course Structure

The Undergraduate Certificate of Theology requires the completion of four subjects, each worth 12 credit points.

Core Subjects (36 credit points)

Choose one of:

  • OT001-512: Old Testament Foundations; OT002-512: Old Testament Prophets and Writings; or
  • NT001-512: Jesus and the Gospels; NT002-512: The Early New Testament Church; NT003-512: New Testament Overview; or
  • BB002-512: Biblical Theology and Interpretation; or

Choose one subject (12 credit points) from the Christian Thought and History department

Choose one subject (12 credit points) from the Biblical Studies and Languages or Christian Thought and History department.

Elective Study (12 credit points)
1 subject at level 5-7 from any unit field.


This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.

We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which the Ridley College campus is built.
Ridley College is an affiliated college with the Australian College of Theology, CRICOS Provider Code 02650E.
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