Advanced Diploma of Theology

Course Description

The Advanced Diploma of Theology introduces students, in a systematic manner, to the classical discipline of theology, as a means of preparing men and women for well-informed participation in the life of the church and, if students so choose, for ministry in one or more areas of pastoral practice.

In addition to Bible units, the Advanced Diploma of Theology has an emphasis on Christian Thought units in the areas of Theology, Church History and Philosophy & Ethics (TH, CH, PE). 

See the ACT website for the full list of course learning outcomes.

Entry 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: Test, Brief Essay, 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.


Study Pathway

This course provides a smooth pathway from a one year course into a bachelor degree, should a student wish to articulate.

Career Options

The course provides foundational knowledge and skills appropriate to Christian ministry, but not to the depth required for leaders and teachers in congregations, for which vocations the Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Ministry, the Master of Ministry, and the Master of Divinity have been devised.

Credit Points

12 Units (144 credit points) at AQF level 5 and above, including at least 4 units (48 credit points) at level 6 or above.

Course Duration

Minimum 1.5 years, maximum 8 years.

Study Modes

Units are available both on-campus and online.

Campuses this course is delivered at:

Sydney Campus & Perth Campus

Course Structure

OT/NT Biblical Studies Introductory   24
CH/TH/PE Christian Thought 24*
LA/BB/NT/OT Bible & Languages 48
Any AQF level 5 or above unit    Electives from any field    48

12 units (144 credit points) including *at least 2 units (24 credit points) at level 6 or above.

 This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.