Bachelor of Theology
The Bachelor of Theology provides students with the opportunity to integrate knowledge of the Christian faith with essential skills to minister to and lead Christian communities and contribute to the development and transformation of the broader society, as well as develop the values of such leadership.
Students who wish to gain an understanding of the Christian faith and develop their own spirituality will also benefit from this programme. Some graduates might continue after this programme with post-graduate studies.
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Explore the degree programme used by many Southern African churches for preparing men and women for ministry.
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Planning studies on the B.Th programme
As you plan to study on the TEEC B.Th programme we recommend that:
- you start out with a maximum of two courses concurrently if you study part-time, and no more than four full courses if you study full-time;
- you set aside four to six hours of study time per week for each course;
- you explore the extension support options available to you described here;
- you give yourself more study time in the weeks leading up to due dates for assignments, as you may need to carry out practical work done away from your desk.
- full-year courses, 2 courses are semesterised (7000 & 7005)
- print-based study material only (can include textbooks and audio-visual material) -- all materials are included in the course price.
Programme admission requirements for a bachelor's degree are set by legislation.
- As a minimum: hold a valid South African National Senior Certificate with Matric exemption (High School certificate) or equivalent.
- Alternatively successfully complete the TEEC Access Assessment obtaining an appropriate outcome for entrance to this programme.
See all admission options on the Start Studies page.
This programme is designed to:
- provide the knowledge, skills and values you will need to help you do theology in your own context, and in other less familiar contexts;
- help you think more deeply and critically about Scripture, the Church, and a variety of contexts;
- enable you to put into practice – in church and community contexts – what you are learning;
- stimulate and develop your personal spirituality as you learn to incorporate your studies into your life and ministry;
- develop academic disciplines and competencies that will enable you to continue to study beyond this degree, should you wish to do so;
- extend your academic and theological competence more broadly than is possible in a diploma.
Assessments evaluate the outcomes of courses, and contribute to the overall achievement of the programme outcomes.
The Bachelor of Theology programme requires that at least 96 credits be completed at NQF level 5, and that at least 120 credits be completed at NQF level 7, with the balance being completed at NQF levels 6 & 7.
The order in which courses are registered is as follows:
- start with the fundamental course 7000 – available in either the first or the second semester;
- continue with the NQF level 5 Compulsory courses that are pre-requisite for some of the Electives – spread these over at least two years (7002, 7003, 7004);
- complete the remaining Core courses and your selection of Elective courses in any order – but note any pre-requisites, the NQF levels as well as the credit workload;
- attempt course 7001 later in the qualification;
- complete course 7401 only in the last year of the qualification.
To complete this 364 credit Bachelor of Theology degree you must complete (or be credited for) the following courses at the appropriate NQF levels:
- the Fundamental Course (course 7000) – 10 credits;
- all six Core courses (courses 7001, 7002, 7003, 7004, 7005 & 7006) – 126 credits;
- nine Elective courses - with at least two in each of the three academic streams: Working with Sources (courses 71xx), Engaging with the Christian Faith (courses 72xx), and Applying Theology in Ministry (courses 73xx).
At least 96 elective credits MUST be at NQF 7;
- the Compulsory (course 7401 - Integrating Theology and Ministry) in the last year of study – 12 credits, NQF 7.
The College administration will confirm the satisfactory completion of the graduation requirements, and inform graduands in writing of their achievement.
Bachelor of Theology Courses
Course titles and credit values are listed below. See the Handbook linked above for detailed descriptions of each course, including the course outcomes. Please see the Study Path and Graduation requirements given above in order to select appropriate courses.
If your studies are being guided by your church training authorities then please do be in conversation with them concerning your required course selections for this programme.
Fundamental & Core
|7000 Developing Skills for Theological Study **||10||5|
|7002 Engaging with people pastorally and ethically||22||5|
|7003 Growing spiritually, thinking theologically||24||5|
|7004 Interpreting Texts: Bible and other Christian sources||30||5|
|7005 Practicing Christian Leadership and Management **||12||5|
|7006 Facilitating a Christian response to HIV and Aids||12||6|
** Semesterised: these courses can be registered in the first and second semester
|Working with sources||Credits||NQF|
|7103 Working with Old Testament Texts & Contexts 1||24||6|
|7104 Working with Old Testament Texts & Contexts 2||24||7|
|7122 Working with New Testament Texts & Contexts 1||24||6|
|7131 Working with New Testament Texts & Contexts 2||24||7|
|7155 Exploring our Christian Foundations||24||6|
|7156 Exploring Christian growth and change||24||6|
|7157 Exploring our Christian Contemporary Heritage||24||6|
|7158 Exploring our African Christian World||24||7|
|Engaging with the Christian Faith||Credits||NQF|
|7243 Wrestling with our Faith||24||6|
|7276 Journeying in Faith||24||6|
|7261 Living an Ethical Faith||24||6|
|7245 Discovering our Christian World||24||7|
|7281 Working with other Faiths||24||7|
|Applying Theology in Ministry||Credits||NQF|
|7372 Proclaiming our Faith||24||6|
|7373 Celebrating our Faith||24||6|
|7375 Caring in Faith||24||7|
|7377 Teaching the Faith||24||7|
|7378 Reading the Faith through Women’s Eyes||24||7|
|7001 Doing Ministry for a Change||26||7|
|7401 Integrating Theology and Ministry||12||7|
Course 7001 should be attempted towards the end of your study path. This course involves a large project and should not be attempted concurrently with too many other courses
Course 7401 should only be attempted in the final year of study.
Articulation & Progression
The completed TEEC NQF level-7 Bachelor of Theology degree will give entrance to cognate Honours programmes, or cognate Post-Graduate Diplomas. It will articulate with lower cognate programmes at levels 5, 6 & 7 on the NQF. Credit transfer from this programme to a new programme is dependent on the qualification rules of the institution granting credit transfer.
The accredited programmes offered by TEE College are registered on the National Qualifications Framework. Each programme has a qualification type, and as such relates to other programme types on the NQF – either with TEE College or with other appropriate NQF-registered programmes at other institutions.