Undergraduate Diplomas

Suitable for those completed Year 12 or equivalent

Diploma in Theology [DipTheol]

CRICOS code 060935M

The Diploma in Theology is a fully accredited award of the University of Divinity. The Diploma consists of eight semester units and can be completed in not less than one year, and not more than three years. The Diploma requires a minimum of two units in Biblical studies (Field B) and a minimum of two units in Christian Thought and History (Field C). Apart from these compulsory units, students are free to select the remaining four units from the wide variety of subjects on offer.

What is this course about?

The Diploma in Theology introduces students to the key theological disciplines of Biblical Studies and Christian Thought and History. This may be extended by further study in those disciplines or by electives in the area of practical ministry studies.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Diploma in Theology will:

  • Have sound foundational skills for the critical study of Christian texts.
  • Have skills to articulate foundational theological and scriptural knowledge and reflection.
  • Have developed clear analytical skills, allowing them to analyse and communicate sound theological arguments.
  • Apply their skills and knowledge to their own and other contexts and traditions.
  • Apply their skills and knowledge to the service of others through practical and relational engagement.

Follow on study

Graduates may proceed to an Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry, an Advanced Diploma in Philosophy, or to the Bachelor of Ministry or Bachelor of Theology.

Course Structure

The Diploma in Theology consists of 120 points (eight standard units) of study, comprising:

  • 30 points of study in Biblical Studies (Field B)
  • 30 points of study in Christian Thought and History (Field C)
  • A further 60 points of study.

Each standard Diploma unit (15 credit points) runs for one semester of 15 weeks, including three weeks set aside for reading and examination, and normally has three class hours in each teaching week. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars and tutorials with class sizes rarely over 30, with many much smaller classes.

Units focused on ministry practice will involve supervised field placements, in which preparation, participation and evaluation of practical work play a key part alongside class work, observation, and reading.

Entry Requirement

The Diplomas are open to students who have completed Year 12, International Baccalaureate or overseas equivalent. Probationary entry is available to mature-age (21 years or over) students without a Year 12 qualification.

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods in Diploma courses range from academic essays, assignments and examination, to journaling, group projects or competency assessment. The MCD University of Divinity Coursework Studies Committee approves all methods to ensure equity in standards.

Duration

The Diploma in Theology can be completed in not less than one year, and not more than three years.

Study Modes

Candidates attend classes on-campus. Subject units are also available online.

Regulations

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Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Care

91561NSW

Registered Training Organisation: Holy Family Services

Stirling Theological College and Churches of Christ Community Care (CCVT) are proud to sponsor this important initiative in local, accredited training in pastoral care and ageing. This course is suited for people interested in pastoral care and ageing, pastoral carers from any faith background, and those working or volunteering in community roles and in aged care.

This is a VET course, which is accredited by Holy Family Services (NSW) and taught in East Melbourne, Victoria.

What is the Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Care?

The Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Care is an accredited and practical course suitable for a wide range of people involved in the care and support of elderly persons.

Who should do a Diploma in Ageing and Pastoral Care?

This course is suited for people interested in pastoral care and ageing, pastoral carers from any faith background, and those working or volunteering in community roles and in aged care. It is appropriate for those who wish to obtain qualifications for employment in the following roles:

  • Chaplains
  • Pastoral carers
  • Pastoral carer coordinators
  • Spiritual carers.

It is also suitable for people working in aged care who have a holistic, person-centred philosophy of care:

  • Registered Nurses.
  • Nurses.
  • Diversional Therapists/Recreation Officers.
  • Clergy or community leaders.
  • Lay persons caring for aged family members.
  • Care outreach coordinators.

Course Structure

There are five modules in the Diploma. Each module is composed of blocks with a total of six days attendance for each module. The blocks are scheduled over an 18-month period. Attendance is required from 9.00am–4.30pm for each of the set days. Between face-to-face sessions, participants will be required to engage with older persons in a workplace or community setting for a minimum of eight hours a month, and complete assessment tasks.

The Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Care consists of five modules:

  • Pastoral and Spiritual Care of the Elderly
  • Pastoral Care and Ageing
  • Pastoral Care and Dementia
  • Pastoral Care in a Palliative Setting
  • Pastoral Care Coordination

The Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Care consists of the following Units of Competency:

  • CHCCSL502A: Apply specialist interpersonal and counseling interview skills.
  • CHCCSL503B: Facilitate the counseling relationship.
  • CHCCSL501A: Work within a structured counseling framework.
  • CHCORG428A: Reflect and improve on own professional practice.
  • HLTHIR403B: Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and workers.
  • CHCCM402E: Establish and monitor a case plan.
  • CHCCS503B: Develop, implement and review services and programs to meet client needs.
  • CHCICS410A: Support relationships with carers and families.
  • CHCCS502B: Maintain legal and ethical work practices.
  • CHCORG525C: Recruit and coordinate volunteers.
  • CHCQM501B: Facilitate an accreditation process.
  • HFSPC1: Facilitate pastoral and spiritual care services for elderly persons.
  • HFSPC2: Provide pastoral care support responsive to the specific needs of elderly persons living with dementia.
  • HFSPC3: Provide pastoral and spiritual care in a palliative setting.

Entry requirements: Units of Competency

  • CHCPAS401B Undertake pastoral work.
  • CHCCS426B Provide care and support relating to grief and loss.

These units can be undertaken as additional units within the Diploma.

The Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Care addresses the following skills, knowledge and attitudes:

Skills:

  • Conduct a pastoral meeting.
  • Engage in effective pastoral relationships.
  • Understand and use appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • Reflect on the practice of pastoral care both within the Christian setting and from a multi faith perspective.
  • Explore issues of meaning arising from human experience.
  • Explore and reflect on own personal experiences to facilitate personal growth.
  • Assess needs, plan, implement and review spiritual and pastoral care plans.
  • Work as a member of a team to meet pastoral and spiritual needs of individuals.
  • Develop and facilitate spiritual activities, prayer and ritual.
  • Communicate with and support those living with dementia.
  • Provide emotional and spiritual support to the dying and their family members.
  • Manage and supervise pastoral care services within in aged or community setting.

 

Knowledge:

  • Philosophy of pastoral and spiritual care within own faith tradition.
  • Philosophy of pastoral and spiritual care in other faith traditions.
  • Pastoral care as a holistic person centred approach to caring.
  • Process of ageing and the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges involved.
  • Challenges of ageing.
  • Understanding of spirituality and its different expressions.
  • Issues of grief and loss related to the ageing process.
  • Dementia and its impact on the individual and carers.
  • Palliative care approach to process of dying and death.
  • Ethical issues and ageing.

 

Attitudes of mind and heart that enable the career to:

  • Be present to the person dealing with the issues of ageing.
  • Discern the spiritual, emotional, psychosocial and ethical issues arising from the experience of ageing.
  • Explore what is meaningful to the human spirit.
  • Ritualise the significant transitions of growing old and dying.

Course Costs

Fees are set for each module and are published at the beginning of each year. Course costs include the folders of resources. Fees are payable by cheque or credit card. Fees for 2015/2016 are $600 per module, and are payable at the beginning of the module. Total cost of the five (5) modules in the Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Care is $3000.

Placement

All participants must have a placement in a setting where they can offer pastoral care to older people for a minimum of eight hours per month for the duration of the course. If you are not placed in a setting where supervision is provided, you may need to fund an external supervisor in addition to the course fees. The Course Coordinator can assist with making these arrangements.

Policies and Procedures

All policies and procedures regarding study with Holy Family Services are found in the Handbook. This is available in hardcopy.

Further information and application forms

Contact Holy Family Services for more information about course content and requirements by clicking here or .

Advance Diploma in Theology and Ministry [AdvDipTheolMin]

CRICOS code 047446D

The Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry is a fully accredited award of the University of Divinity. The Advanced Diploma consists of 16 semester units and can be completed in no less than two years, and no more than six years. The Advanced Diploma includes four foundational units in the following disciplines: Old Testament, New Testament, Church History and Systematic Theology, and two further units in either Biblical Studies and/or Christian Thought and History. Apart from these basic compulsory units, students are free to select the remaining 10 units from the wide variety of units on offer.

At Stirling, all units have been approved for the University of Divinity’s Bachelor of Theology degree. Diploma students wishing to transfer to the degree program will receive full credit for all work successfully completed in these units. Candidates for the Diploma in Theology and the Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry may also apply for credit for work completed at another approved tertiary institution.

What is this course about?

 The Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry builds on the Diploma in Theology by enabling students to deepen their understanding of the key theological disciplines of Biblical Studies and Christian Thought and History and in Ministry. This occurs through further study in those disciplines, and in the area of practical ministry studies.

The Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry consists of 240 points (16 standard units) of study:

  • 15 points of Old Testament
  • 15 points of New Testament
  • 15 points of Church History
  • 15 points of Systematic Theology
  • 30 additional points from Field B (Biblical Studies) and / or Field C (Christian Thought and History
  • a further 150 points of study.

Each standard Diploma unit (15 credit points) runs for one semester of 15 weeks, including three weeks for reading and examination, and normally has three class hours in each teaching week, including tutorials.

Units focused on ministry practice will involve supervised field placements, in which preparation, participation and evaluation of practical work play a key part.

Course learning outcomes

 Graduates of the Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry will:

  • Have significant foundational skills for critical study of Christian texts.
  • Have skills to articulate and reflect upon foundational theological, scriptural knowledge and apply this to ministry practice.
  • Have strong analytical skills allowing them to analyse and communicate sound theological arguments, especially in relation to ministry tasks or worldview perspectives.
  • Apply their skills and knowledge to their own and other contexts and traditions through culturally relevant ministry practices.
  • Apply their skills and knowledge to the service of others through practical engagement and in contexts such as practical support ministries or cultural and philosophical analysis.

Follow on study

Graduates may proceed to the Bachelor of Ministry or Bachelor of Theology.

Entry Requirement

The Diplomas are open to people who have completed Year 12, International Baccalaureate or overseas equivalent.  Probationary entry is available to mature-age (21 years or over) students without a Year 12 qualification.

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods in this course range from academic essays, assignments and examination, to journaling, group projects or competency assessment. The MCD University of Divinity Coursework Studies Committee approves all methods to ensure equity in standards.

Duration

The Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry can be completed in no less than two years, and no more than six years.

Study Modes

Candidates may attend classes on-campus or study units online via ARK or a mix of both.

Regulations

Click here to see the regulations.