Academic Requirements

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Vocations: Academic Requirements

Academic Requirements for Ordination Candidates as agreed by the Archbishop on advice from Wollaston Theological College (WTC).

Where a person is invited to be a candidate-in-training, and can commence University study immediately, s/he will need to meet the following academic requirements while completing her/his training:

All students commencing Tertiary Study to undertake an Introductory Course on Reading, Writing, Research for Academic Purposes (e.g. UND’s AL100 Academic Writing, Research and Communication or Murdoch University’s BAR 100 ‘Academic Learning Skills’).

Essential Units

  • At least one year of a Biblical Language (Greek or Hebrew), with the expectation that students will ‘make use of it [the language] in their continuing study’
  • One unit of ‘Introduction to the Study of Religion’ (or equivalent)
  • At least 2 units of Old Testament study (incl. one at 2nd year level or above)
  • At least 3 units of New Testament study (incl. 2 ‘Gospel’ units – one of which may be an ‘Introduction’ level course; and 1 Pauline letter)
  • At least 3 units of Church History (incl. Early Church and Reformation)
  • 5 units of ‘Systematic’ Theology (incl. each of: Christology, Triune God, Ecclesiology, Sacraments and Ministry, Ethics)
  • As well as these University-based subjects, students will complete 3 units of ‘Practical Theology’, as follows:
    • CPE
    • Liturgy and
    • Homiletics (these latter 2 will be taught within the Formation Programme, although may be supplemented in academic study).

Students should consult with the Warden AND the course advisor at the University at which they are enrolled in selecting other courses.

Where a person is invited to be a candidate-in-training, and does not have necessary English language skills, acquiring these will be a pre-requisite for commencing the above. ESL classes shall be taught for or by WTC.

As an introduction to theological study, and to provide practical assistance in the use of English for academic purposes, such candidates may undertake some modules leading towards the Wollaston Certificate in Theology.