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AQF 5 Diploma of Theology

The Diploma of Theology (DipTh) aims to better equip Christians to know, understand and explain the Bible better.

Who is it for?

  • Bible study leaders
  • Youth or children’s group leaders
  • Lay preachers
  • Elders
  • Chaplains

Where will it take me? 

Completion of the Diploma of Theology will enable you to serve effectively through being clear about the Gospel, confident in the Bible, and more aware of what Christian service should look like.

On completion of the Diploma of Theology, eligible students can progress to the second year of the Bachelor of Theology with full credit.

This is a course of the Australian College of Theology. For more detailed information on this course including admission requirements,  see the ACT course overview and ACT Coursework Course Enrolment Policy.



OPEN TO: Domestic
AVAILABILITY: Full-time (FT) or Part-time (PT)
DURATION: 1 year FT or up to 8 years PT
MODE OF STUDY: On Campus – Daytime
STARTING DATE: January or July
COURSE FEES: See our Fees page


Course Structure

For the Diploma of Theology, students need to successfully complete the following AQF level 5 and 6 units:

Old Testament

  • OT001 Old Testament Foundations
  • OT002 Old Testament Prophets and Writings

New Testament

  • NT001 Jesus and the Gospels
  • NT002 The Early New Testament Church

Christianity in History

  • CH001 Christianity in History to 1550
  • CH002 Christianity in History from 1550 *
Ministry and Mission (offered at Level 6)

  • EM008 Cross-Cultural Communication *
  • EM021 Living Faiths *

Set Books (offered at Level 6)

  • NT024 Other Writings 1 Peter & Hebrews (even year) *
  • NT010 Paul and Corinthian Christianity (odd year) *


  • BB002 Introduction To Biblical Theology and Interpretation *
  • TH005 Foundational Christian Beliefs

* Electives

More information about this course can be found on the ACT website.

If you would like to apply, please fill in our Prospective Student Form and our Admissions Officer will contact you.

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