BISA courses and entry requirements
BISA offers the student several course options below. Some courses (but not all) have strict academic requirements. To discuss your options contact the Registrar +27 21 788 4116
- Bachelor of Theology
- Bachelor of Theology (Honours)
- Christian Leadership Programme
- Gap Year Programme (Christian Foundations)
- Distance learning Programme
- Winter School
- BISA Evening classes
This BTh programme is an accredited 3-year, contact mode degree. BISA is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training until 31 December 2022 as a private higher education institution under the Act. Registration certificate No. 2018/HE08/002. There are two intakes per year, January and July. Students will study on campus in Kalk Bay.
To qualify for the BTh programme students are required to have passed Grade 12 with exemption. Certain conditions will apply to persons 23 yrs and older who have passed Grade 12. A mature age exemption may apply to persons over 45 years of age. Please consult the registrar regarding these conditions.
Our BTh Honours programme is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a National Qualifications Framework Level 8 contact-mode degree programme.
The programme is designed to make the student more conversant with the disciplines of biblical exegesis and theology, with a more specialized knowledge of their major area of study. The course will also prepare the student to enter a Masters’ degree in Theology.
Graduates with a minimum average of 65% in the BTh programme are eligible to apply for entrance into the BTh Honours programme.
The Honours degree programme is primarily a self-study course designed to stimulate independent research and critical reflection culminating in the submission of a compulsory mini-dissertation in a chosen field of study. Each module comprises reading and written assignments, some of which will be presented by students for critical discussion during seminar sessions. The role of the lecturer is primarily to manage the learning process.
The BTh Honours is a one-year fulltime programme, but it may be completed on a part-time basis over 2 years. The cost of the programme in 2022 is R32 000-00 for full-time students. The cost per credit-hour is R300-00 for part-time students.
For more information, contact Dr. Peter Smuts, Dean of Graduate Studies @ BISA.
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This is a three-year part-time evenings programme, designed to train you in academic and practical bible skills. Your lecturers will bring instruction and helpful insights in the Word of God that you will apply in your own ministry in the Church. Students will be required to attend one evening class per week in a venue in Cape Town as well as a monthly Saturday seminar.
The CLP candidate must be a member in good standing at a gospel-preaching church who is engaged in active leadership and displaying joyful submission to the teachings and authority of Scripture. No prior academic qualification is required. The CLP is a non-accredited programme.
This one year on-campus programme enables you to work through essential issues of your faith, offering an evangelical biblical standpoint allowing you to think critically and engage meaningfully with the world around you. You will share accommodation and certain classes with the BTh students. Gap Year students will complete first year courses together with a practical component.
To qualify for the Christian Foundations Gap Year Programme students are required to have passed Grade 12. This course is not CHE accredited.
A Bachelor of Theology may be taken through the BISA Distance Learning Programme (DLP). This is designed for those students who are not able to attend full-time classes. This programme is offered online.
To qualify you will need a matric (Grade 12) with a Bachelor’s pass. Special conditions may apply to those over 23 years of age who have matriculated under the old HG/SG system (prospective students must have passed 2 HG subjects, one of which must be a language, and 3 SG subjects in order to enter a degree programme). If you are 45 years or older you may qualify for a mature age exemption. We are only able to accept a percentage of those that qualify for the mature age exemption.
The BISA Winter School offers two weeks of inter-semester tuition and is held annually in June/July. Winter School is open to church leaders and workers, offering subjects taught by international academics and researchers in their specific fields. Guest speakers have included Darrell Bock Dallas Theological Seminary, Craig Blomberg Denver Seminary, Greg Cook Counselling, George H Guthrie George H. Guthrie. Robert W. Yarbrough Covenant Theological Seminary and Pastor Bill Shields, First Lutheran Church, Princeton Illinois lecture annually in the CLP programme on campus.
There are no prior academic requirements for enrolment. The Winter School courses do not give credits for students who are not registered with BISA for a BTh.
BISA Evening Class Courses run for one night (Monday) per week every semester, They are open to the public for personal development and a deeper walk with Christ.
There are no prior academic requirements for enrolment. The Evening Class courses are unaccredited for those who are not registered with BISA for a BTh.
Theology studies available for all
At the Bible Institute, it is our mission to equip the church to fulfill the Great Commission. For this reason we see it as essential that our courses be as accessible as possible to Christians from many different contexts.
We strongly recommend the benefits of studying full-time. However, in line with global trends in education, it has also been our aim to make theological training available beyond the traditional classroom context through a Distance Learning Programme in order to accommodate students who, because of time commitments or other constraints, might otherwise be hindered from studying.
Your Study Options at BISA
BTh - Bachelor of Theology on campus
BTh - Bachelor of Theology Honours
BTh - Bachelor of Theology via Distance Learning
GAP YEAR Christian Foundations Programme on campus
CLP - Christian Leadership Programme part-time off campus
Winter School annually on campus in June/July
We will ask for these documents in your application process
- Your Application form and fee of ZAR 450 (non-refundable)
- Certified copy of ID Photo Identity Document or Passport
- Certified copy of your School Leaving certificate
- Certified copy of any Tertiary qualifications & transcripts, if applicable
"I find BI to be a community of humble, loving and caring students, together with their lecturers. I come back to BI whenever I can - God is at work there in practical ways".
Katleho graduated in 2010, He is the Children’s pastor at Somlandlela Church, Strand, Cape.