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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Diploma in Theology can be completed in not less than one year, and not more than three years.
Candidates attend classes on-campus. Subject units are also available online.
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.
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Registered Training Organisation: Holy Family Services
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. 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.
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
Units of Competency:
- CHCCSL502A: Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills.
- CHCCSL503B: Facilitate the counselling relationship.
- CHCCSL501A: Work within a structured counselling 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.
- 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.
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.
The Advanced Diploma in Counselling prepares students to work in a multi-disciplinary environment and significantly enhances their counselling, professional and spiritual foundations. Students form a vision of the counsellor that reflects both individual and relational work, supportive and intensive therapies, psychological competence and theological congruence. The course requires a consistent commitment to supervision and personal and professional integration.
The Advanced Diploma of Counselling may be completed in one year full time or may be completed part time. Each of the units is delivered either over a year, a semester or half a semester.
All units are offered online with 4 face-to-face seminars a year delivered in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. This course requires completion of 144 points of study. We recommend the following units for a full-time student:
*DZ2860 Theories of Ethical Counselling Integration (18 points)
*DZ2075 Counselling Integration Practicum (18 points)
RQ2930 Academic research and writing (18 points)
DZ2010 Introduction to Psychology (18 points)
Total Core Credit Points: 27
DZ2220S Addictions (18 points)
DZ2484S Group Counselling (9 points)
DZ2774S Spiritual and Religious interventions (9 points)
CT2/3724S Theology of Suffering and Hope (18 points)
DP2/3/9706S Pastoral and Spiritual care in situations of abuse and trauma (18 points)
Total Elective Credit Points: 72
Overall Credit Points: 144
Graduates of the Advanced Diploma in Counselling will:
have well-developed counselling skills to work with clients of low to moderate needs;
have a deep understanding of themselves as counsellors;
apply client spirituality into the counselling experience from an ethical perspective with a critical understanding of Christian worldviews;
apply theological and professional reflection to their practice;
apply the professional practice in counselling with diverse people in a range of contexts.
A person may apply to enrol as a candidate for the Advanced Diploma in Counselling if he or she:
- Has satisfactorily completed an eligible Diploma of Counselling:For the purposes of admission, eligible Advanced Diplomas in Counselling are:
CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling
CHC51712 Diploma of Counselling
10486NAT Diploma of Counselling (Christian)
80883ACT Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian)
80665ACT Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian)
11397ACT Diploma of Christian Counselling and Family Therapy
- Satisfactorily completes an interview with a designated Course Advisor;
- Has the capacity to become an ensured member of a relevant professional body.
Fees for 2020 are $1,704* per standard unit or $16,056 for a year of full-time study (8 units).
FEE-HELP covers all the units in the Advanced Diploma of Counselling with no gaps.
Australian citizens and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP. Applying for FEE-HELP is very simple and is done as part of your application for admission through Stirling and only a tax file number (TFN) is needed. Visit www.studyassist.gov.au for more information.
*Advanced Diploma in Counselling includes the following two units associated with a non-standard fee of $2,916 per unit:
DZ2860S Theories of Ethical Counselling Integration
DZ2075S Counselling Integration Practicum
Fees are subject to change from year to year. For more information about fees, please visit the Fees page.
How to Apply
- Proof of your citizenship this may be a full birth certificate, passport or citizenship certificate.
- Proof of ID ie a driver’s license.
- Transcripts of your previous study, such as a degree or diploma, certificate, VCE or other qualifications.
Follow On Study
The Advanced Diploma in Counselling meets the academic entry requirements for the Bachelor of Counselling. Graduates will need to undertake an entry interview to confirm admission into the Bachelor program.
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.
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.
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.
Follow on study
Graduates may proceed to the Bachelor of Ministry or Bachelor of Theology.
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 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.
The Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry can be completed in no less than two years, and no more than six years.
Candidates may attend classes on-campus or study units online, or a mix of both.
Click here to see the regulations.