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Course Content

The Bachelor of Theology comprises 24 units of study (96 credit points).

The core units in the Bachelor of Theology program are:

  • Old Testament Introduction—8 cps, OT301, OT302
  • New Testament Introduction—8 cps, NT301, NT302
  • Church History—8 cps
  • Theology—12 cps
  • Biblical Exegesis – 12 cps (with a minimum of 4 cps from Old Testament and New Testament each)

In addition students must complete:

  • 8 cps in Languages
  • 8 cps in Old or New Testament exegesis
  • 4 cps in either Theology, Church History, or Philosophy and Ethics
  • 4 cps in Theology, Church History, Philosophy and Ethics, Biblical Studies, Exegesis, or Languages
  • Minimum 12 cps Type A Electives
  • 24 cps in Elective units (Maximum 12 cps of Type B Electives)

Advanced (400) level units may only be taken when the pre-requisite units have been completed or when co-requisite units are taken concurrently. Individual unit syllabi  should be consulted for further information.

No more than 40 cps of foundational level (300 level) units can be counted in a student’s course of study. Biblical Language units (LA0**) are excluded from this requirement.


  • Students may not enrol in more than 20 cps per semester,
  • Greek or Hebrew exegesis units require the completion of the relevant 8 cp of Hebrew or Greek language units,
  • Advanced (400) level units may be taken only when the pre-requisite units have been completed or co-requisite units are taken concurrently.

This is a course of the Australian College of Theology 

Candidates for ministry in the Christian Reformed Churches of Australia (CRCA) or Reformed Church of New Zealand (RCNZ) typically complete the four year double degree. Ministry candidates will arrange their study pathway in close consultation with the Faculty and the deputies of their denomination.

modes of study

Each semester the RTC will offer a range of units that are taught on campus, online, or through a combination of both. Bachelor of Theology students may complete the requirements for their award through any combination of these.

Learn more about our flexible study options

Entrance requirements

The Bachelor of Theology degree is open as a first degree to persons who achieved an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) score of no less than 65 or its local or overseas equivalent. Consideration will be given to other factors such as practical experience, maturity and motivation, and the likelihood of satisfactory completion of the academic requirements of the course.

Except for those candidates who have a tertiary qualification taught in English or have been an Australian resident with English being the language spoken at home for ten or more years, international candidates whose first language is not English will be required to sit an IELTS test. For candidates wishing to enrol in the BTh degrees, an overall IELTS result of 6.5 is required with a minimum of 6.5 in each subtest.

Provisional mature age entry is available for candidates aged 21 or over.

Fees and fee assistance

A schedule of fees can be found here.

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