FAQ’s for Prospective Students
1. Are there any information sessions or opportunities to tour the College?
Yes, we have an Information Night that runs in the evening in May and September. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about our courses, see the College including our extensive library facilities, meet some of our lecturers and ask any questions you may have.
2. Can I come into the College and sit in on a lecture so I can get an idea of what it would be like to study at Trinity?
Yes you can. We have an Open Lecture twice a year, usually in May and September, that runs on the first Tuesday evening after Information Night where you are welcome to join us. If you are unable to attend the Open Lecture, we are happy to arrange for you to sit in on another of our first year lectures. Please contact our Registrar to book a lecture.
3. What course should I enrol in?
When considering your suitability for a particular course, we look at the following factors:
- Your purpose of study, and
- Your previous qualifications
If you wish to go into full-time ministry, we recommend our 3-year courses on a full-time basis as they build the necessary foundation to better equip you for efffective full-time ministry.
If you wish to have your study complement an area of ministry in which you currently serve or plan to serve (such as assisting in youth ministry, kids church, bible study or work-place ministry), a 1-year course would be recommended.
Our Diploma and Bachelor of Theology are undergraduate courses for people who have not previously completed a tertiary degree. These courses are available to you even if you do have a prior tertiary degree.
Our Graduate Diploma of Divinity and Master of Divinity courses are aimed at people who have previously completed an undergraduate degree.
4. Can I study the Certificate of Ministry on its own?
The Certificate of Ministry is to be studied alongside our 3-year courses. Only those who are enrolled in a Bachelor of Theology or Master of Divinity, or who have already completed one of those degrees would be considered to enrol in this programme. Full-time students studying 1-year courses have the opportunity to enrol in CM01 and CM02 and to use these units towards a Certificate of Christian Studies.
5. What happens after I submit a prospective student enquiry?
Once you have submitted your enquiry, we will contact you to arrange an initial phone or skype interview with one of our lecturers. This call should only take around 10 minutes and is designed to help work through any questions you may have on our theology and course content. It is also an opportunity for us to determine whether Trinity will be able to help you with your ministry plans and be a good fit.
If the initial interview suggests Trinity would be a good place for you to study, we will send you an Application Form to be completed and returned before the closing date for the relevant semester. On receipt of your documentation we will process your application which includes contacting your referees and pastor. Once this is done we will arrange a final interview for you at the College with two of our Faculty. This interview takes about an hour.
The final stage is that your application will be put forward to the Faculty Meeting (meets fortnightly) for review. You will subsequently be notified of the outcome by email.
6. Is there any help I can get toward paying my tuition fees, like scholarships?
Trinity Theological College does not offer scholarships for tuition fees or accommodation. However if you are studying for course credit and are an Australian Citizen, you may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP. FEE-HELP is a student loan system provided by the Australian Government.
Some students are also eligible for a living allowance through Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance. These are all administered by Centrelink and a conversation with one of their operators is recommended to see if you are eligible.
7. Do I have to pay all my fees upfront or can I pay in instalments?
If you are not receiving FEE-HELP, you can apply to pay your fees by instalments. If you follow this option, you will need to make a down payment for your semester fees by the Friday of the first week of semester and ensure that the full amount owing is settled before the last day of semester.
8. When is the best time to start my course?
We have student intake twice a year. Applications for Semester 1 close by November 9 of the previous year and by June 1 for the Semester 2 intake. It is worth noting however that units offered in Semester 2 build on the foundation of those studied in Semester 1. Therefore we recommend that you consider this carefully before planning a Semester 2 start date.
9. Can I study if I have young children?
Depending on demand, we have an unlicensed crèche currently available one morning per week for babies and pre-school children of students. The crèche is overseen by an employed crèche worker and volunteer. Crèche is available at a set nominal fee per semester or on an ad-hoc fee basis.
10.How many hours would being a student at Trinity take up per week?
As a part-time student we recommend that you set aside one day for each unit you study (including contact hours). Part-time study is for a load of up to 2.5 units. For full-time students it is best to approach study as a full-time job. The full-time load is 3 – 5 units per semester.
11. What does a normal week look like?
Monday is a class free day which enables students and our lecturers a concentrated block of time to read, research, write and prepare for classes. Lectures usually run in blocks of 3 hours with a 30 minute break after 1 ½ hours. The exception to this is the half units TRB31/51 and TRT32/52 which run for 1 ½ hours and LA004A&B which run for one 1 ½ hour session and one 1 hour block each week. As well as lectures, the College week includes Chapel and Community lunch on Tuesdays between 12:30- 2:00, pastoral care groups for 1 hour and Certificate of Ministry classes for 1 ½ hours. Full-time students are expected to attend these community activities each week. Part-time students are welcome to join. Feel free to look at our timetables.
12. What does the normal semester look like?
Each semester is made up of 18-19 weeks.
Semester 1 begins with a week-long orientation and intensive period. This allows for an introduction to the College and a start to language preparation for the semester. Each semester has 13 contact weeks of teaching, 3 weeks study break (for assignment/exam preparation) and 1 ½ weeks writing exams. (Most units have an exam at the end of the semester). In semester 1 you will also join a lecturer on a 1 week Mission. During Mission students and their lecturer assist a church/parachurch organisation or school in a week of evangelism.
See our Academic Calendar for how the whole year comes together.
13. Does Trinity offer evening study?
Yes. We have units on offer each semester that take place on Tuesday evenings. This allows you to complete a Diploma of Theology or Graduate Diploma of Divinity degree part-time whilst continuing in full-time work.
14. Can I do the courses on-line?
At Trinity we believe that effective Christian service takes place when what we know affects our character and informs our actions (head, heart, and hands). We are committed to a learning culture that is marked by reflection on and application of the Scriptures in community. As a result we only offer on-campus study.
15. Do you have accommodation?
We are not a residential college so do not have accommodation facilities at the College. We can assist students to access information on possible share houses or subsidised accommodation on request.
16. What study facilities are there and when can I access them?
We have a spacious and well equipped library with numerous desks or carrels that can be used for study, both during the day and into the evening. For students who do not have a study space at home, we have lockable desks on the mezzanine floor. These are allocated to students on the basis of need.
The library is open for students from 7am to 10pm via security swipe card. It is closed on Sundays and during the Christmas/New Year period
17. Is there wireless access?
Yes. This is available for students both within the library and lecture rooms.
18. Do I need a computer to study?
Yes, you will need access to a computer as handwritten assignment submissions are not accepted.
19. Are there facilities for me to prepare my own lunch/snack at college?
Yes, we have a well equipped kitchen available for students to use. Fridges are available for storing prepared food or ingredients.
20. Do you have showers and lockers?
Yes. Shower facilities are available for use. Students can apply at reception for a locker. Locker preference will be given to students cycling or walking to College.
21. Do you have parking?
We have 4 bays available for students to hire on application each semester underneath Trinity House. Bays are allocated on a needs basis. The College is situated very close to public transport and cycle ways and many of our students opt to use these rather than bringing a car into Leederville. Parking is available along Newcastle Street at the City Council’s street parking fee rates.
22. I am a full-time student and would love my wife/husband to access some study too. Is that possible?
Yes, spouses of full-time students can enrol at Trinity to study for credit at a discounted rate. They also have the option to audit (attendance only) the units for free. Please contact our Registrar for more information.