Bachelor of Christian Studies

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Please note that the Australian College of Theology (ACT) has completed a curriculum redesign for 2020 courses. As a result, the courses, course structures, coding system and credit point values have changed. These changes are reflected in the details below. For an overview of the changes please view the details on the ACT website at: For any questions related to ACT courses, please contact our Academic Registrar.

The Bachelor of Christian Studies is an ideal award to equip you for a lifetime of serving Jesus in professional and vocational life. It offers you the opportunity to deepen your love of God and his word as you engage in his world. The Bachelor of Christian Studies provides you with a foundation in Biblical and Systematic Theology with the chance to integrate this with external studies in a non-theological field.


  • Introduces students to the sources and content of the Christian story and message, and provides training which emphasises application of this story to life in the world, including professional and vocational life.
  • The course will be based on the disciplines by which knowledge of God is developed and articulated:
    • Bible & Languages (LA, OT, NT, BB) and
    • Christian Thought & History (TH, CH, PE)
  • It will also provide an approach to synthesising this understanding with particular occupational and/or life interests in ‘integrated studies’ (IN).
  • Through elective units students can:
    • Develop foundational understanding in the Bible and Christian Thought & History
    • Develop particular ministry skills in the three areas of the field of Ministry & Practice

    Course Abbreviation BCS
    AQF Level Level 7 Bachelor Degree
    Course Length 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent (up to 6 years)
    Award Requirements 288 credit points, all at Level 5 and above, including 96 credit point advanced standing from a higher education provider in a discipline other than religious studies. Unit studied in religious studies at ACT for this qualification are 192 credit points, and including no more than 96 credit points at Level 5, and including at least 72 credit points at Level 7 or above.
    Admission Requirements ATAR no less than 65 or its equivalent
    Mature age entry is available for candidates 21 years and older
    NESB Requirements IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum 6.5 in each subtest OR 10 years English in country experience

    This is a course of the Australian College of Theology. For more information about this course, view the complete course outline on the ACT website or contact our friendly Academic Registrar.