High School Students
Below you’ll find some information that will help you understand more about applying, studying and enjoying theological studies.
The Difference between Undergraduate and Postgraduate Study
Undergraduate study is suitable for students who have not studied at university or a tertiary college before, and usually leads to the award of a bachelor degree. At St Andrew’s, undergraduate study can lead to the Diploma of Christian Studies or to the Bachelor of Theology. If you are still in or finishing high school, undergraduate study is for you.
Undergraduate study has a minimum entry requirement (currently an ATAR of 72.5). Certain high school subjects in the fields of ancient history, studies of religion, and classical and Modern Greek language may provide helpful preparation for theological studies, but are not compulsory for admission. A good command of the English language is essential.
If you’re interested, postgraduate degrees are intended for students wishing to expand on their undergraduate learning, undertake specialised research, gain an advantage in their career, or make a career or vocational change. You can even apply for postgraduate theological studies after completing a bachelor degree in a non-theological field of study at any recognised university. Theological study can form an important complement to teaching and social work qualifications obtainable from various universities, just to name two examples. Postgraduate coursework study leads to the awards of Graduate Certificate in Arts, Graduate Diploma of Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Theology. Thereafter a student can pursue higher research towards a Doctorate (PhD and ThD).
Interested in a GAP Year?
If you are finishing Year 12 this year, or looking for a new and meaningful path, why not consider applying for a GAP year at St Andrew's.
The GAP year experience incorporates the Diploma of Christian Studies, a fully accredited award (which qualifies for Centrelink assistance and FEE-HELP if you are an Australian Citizen). At the end of your one-year program, your credit points can be carried over into a continuing award at St Andrew's (subject to admissions criteria), or possibly even count as elective credits at university.
Rural NSW and Interstate students are welcome to apply for admission via distance education (online). Boys are encouraged to apply for on-campus residence during their GAP year.
The Application Process
1. You do not need to apply through the University Admissions Centre
2. Please browse the courses listed in this website and download the Handbook
3. Familiarise yourself with important dates for the academic year
4. Contact the Registrar directly to discuss your interest
5. Complete the application for admission form and gather your supporting material
6. Make an appointment to visit the Theological College
Life as a Student of Theology
Depending on the course of study you choose and the way in which you study (full time or part time, residential or non-residential, etc.) there will be opportunities for you to combine your study of theology with liturgical services in the College Chapel, field education, seminars, excursions, pilgrimages, retreats and other recreational activities.