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Your studies at Trinity Theological College

STUDENT LIFE

Here at Trinity Theological College, we welcome, teach and support students from a range of denominations, cultures, and countries who, like us, pray that all people might “know the only true God and Jesus Christ.”

Your education will take place in a community of prayer, fellowship, and service with staff and peers. Face-to-face classes, easy access to your lecturers, the library, and study desks will help you reach your academic goals. Once a week we have a crèche available, allowing spouses to attend classes on Wednesdays.

But studying at Trinity is about more than just obtaining an academic qualification.  We seek to foster a loving, worshipful community where we are all spurred on in faith. Free time in the student lounge, weekly community lunches, chapel services, Pastoral Care Groups, and doing missions together give you the opportunity to build life-long relationships and great support networks.

TRINITY WOMEN

Trinity Women invites female staff, spouses, and alumni on a regular basis, giving women the opportunity to form great friendships. Our events give them the platform where they can get support in encouraging each other and their spouses for their future ministry roles.

Trinity Women Enrichment Day is an annual event for women in ministry roles to come together for learning, fellowship, and prayer. Enjoy talks from the Bible, hands-on workshops, and opportunities to connect with like-minded women over coffee and a light lunch.

LOCATION

Trinity Theological College has a purpose-built facility, “Trinity House,” located in Newcastle Street between Loftus and Oxford streets in Leederville, just 5 kilometres from the Perth CBD. Its convenient location makes it easily accessible via public transport, car or bicycle.

You’ll often spot groups of Trinity students in the local cafes, enjoying each other’s company as they unpack some of the powerful stuff they’ve learned in class that morning!

Prepared for Ministry

“During my time studying at Trinity I was struck by the strong Christian convictions of the faculty, which has given me solid grounding for Gospel ministry at my church. Seeing the story of the Bible as one unified whole, centred on the person and work of the Lord Jesus, is foundational to my role teaching and preaching to our young adults and children. A great bonus was training alongside other believers, building friendships and networks that are a support in my ministry.” Josh Van der Kooij (MDiv)

Prepared for Ministry

“During my time studying at Trinity I was struck by the strong Christian convictions of the faculty, which has given me solid grounding for Gospel ministry at my church. Seeing the story of the Bible as one unified whole, centred on the person and work of the Lord Jesus, is foundational to my role teaching and preaching to our young adults and children. A great bonus was training alongside other believers, building friendships and networks that are a support in my ministry.” Josh Van der Kooij (MDiv)

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FINANCIAL MATTERS

When planning your study, we encourage you to carefully consider your finances. Also, ensure you are aware of the Census Date as changes to your units after this date will have an effect on your fees. Important dates are available on our Academic Calendar. Please see the ACT’s Variation of Enrolment policy for more information.

Course Fees

Degree level fees are set on an annual basis by the Australian College of Theology. Government Financial assistance is available to eligible students – see below.

You can now download a copy of the 2023 degree level fees.

Financial Assistance

Government financial assistance is available to eligible students:

FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is a loan scheme offered by the Commonwealth Government to students in private tertiary level education facilities such as the Australian College of Theology. Eligible students can access the funds to cover all or part of their studies in their degree level courses.

To be eligible students need to be:

  • An Australian citizen or
  • A permanent ‘humanitarian’ visa holder

To find out more about eligibility and how this scheme works see the Government’s Study Assist page or request a brochure from Trinity reception.

Centrelink

Students studying full time (3 or more units/semester) degree level courses may be eligible for Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance. Information about eligibility is available from www.humanservices.gov.au

Scholarships and Bursaries

Trinity does not have a program of scholarships or bursaries for students. Any student not able to cover all the costs of studies alone is encouraged to establish a financial support network through their church or Christian friends.

Payment Methods

You can make your payments using any of the following methods:

Internet Banking

PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW BANK DETAILS.

Information you need to set up regular payments to our bank account

  • BSB: 086-006
  • Account Number: 55-991-6706
  • Please clearly label the transfer with following tag:
    • (Family name).(Initial of first name).FEES.(semester).2017
    • e.g. Smith.J.FEES.1.2017
  • Contact our Registrar with the date of your first transfer.

Credit Card

Enter your credit card details on your Payment of Fees Agreement form or pay at Reception.

Cheque or Money Order

Make payable to ‘Trinity Theological College’ and pay at Reception or post to College. Please include a note to indicate that these are for your student fees so they can be receipted correctly.

Cash

Payments can be made at Reception during office hours or prior to class on Tuesday evenings.

If you have any questions about your finances, read the FAQ below or reach out to our Registrar.

FAQ’s for Prospective Students

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.

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 October, 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.

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 effective 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.

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.

What happens after I submit a Prospective Student form?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Can I do courses online?

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.

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.

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.

Is there wireless access?

Yes. This is available for students both within the library and lecture rooms.

Do I need a computer to study?

Yes, you will need access to a computer as handwritten assignment submissions are not accepted.

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.

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.

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.

I am a full-time student and would love my wife/husband to acess 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.

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