Distance Learning Programme

Our Distance Learning Programme (DLP) is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training and is at the National Qualifications Framework exit level 7. The DLP mirrors the full-time programme, but can be completed over a longer period of time. We make use of a learning management platform (Canvas) to offer our courses. This programme is suitable for those wanting to enter pastoral ministry, missions or other Christian based ministries. It will equip those who wish to teach and lead others in their walk with Christ, as well as how to effectively share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who do not know him. 

This programme not only equips students for ministry or everyday life, but also prepares them for postgraduate studies, should they wish to further their education in Theology.

What are the entrance requirements?

The entrance requirement for the Bachelor of Theology (DLP) Programme is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a matriculation exemption. For students who completed their NSC prior to 2008, or who are 45 years and older, other rules may apply. Students with foreign secondary school qualifications will be required to obtain an exemption from Universities South Africa (USAF).

What are the Fees for this programme?

Go to our fees page here



I am employed by my church as the Youth Leader leading the youth ministries while I get innumerable experience being discipled by the elders. They also support my studies with Bible Institute of South Africa (BISA) which I have found hugely beneficial.

I love learning and digging into the Word of God, and BISA has enhanced this. I am gaining more and more knowledge being to apply to life and ministry and I am enabled to better handle the Word of Truth. Although I study long distance, at BISA I feel as if I am personally looked after and cared for. God is so good to me and it’s amazing how He is using Beacon Baptist and my distance learning in equipping me to present myself as an approved worker correctly handling the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

May God be praised and glorified, may His Name be known to the ends of the earth!

Nathan Leppert Nathan is from East London where he is the Youth Leader at Beacon Baptist Church.

Like most of us I’m a busy person. As a family man I couldn’t take off several years to study full time, that’s why I looked at the Distance Learning Programme.

I needed flexibility in my studies combined with the personal touch that you would expect as an on campus student. I also needed to know that at the end of my studies I would have something not only practical but valuable in my life and ministry for Christ.

In the DLP I feel that I’m using my time productively in studying the heart of Scripture, not merely theological ideas. Despite learning by correspondence I have experienced a personal element of communication with the DLP coordinators which I’ve really appreciated.

Kenneth Bingham Kenneth is a 2015 Graduate; he is a businessman, married with two children and a leader in his Church.

Hi everyone. This is Hannah Joy Phillips. I follow Christ as my Lord and Saviour. I was a full-time student at BI for two and a half years but am now completing my studies via distance learning. My reason for studying is to deepen my relationship with Jesus and provide a foundation for the rest of my life.

Studying at B.I. is such a joy as there is so much to learn and so many wonderful people you meet along the way. Especially on campus, it is great to interact with people of all different cultures and build relationships that will last way after you graduate.

I have been involved in various children’s ministries over the years, and look forward to growing in my ability to study God’s Word for myself and to share with others. I continue to rely on God’s grace for every day and his guidance for the future he has planned for me. All glory to him for helping me through my studies thus far!

Hannah Phillips Hannah has been recently appointed at BISA to the role of Library Administrative assistant.

Tshepo Mohlabane

I was born and raised in Masiphumelele, Fish Hoek and have lived in this area all my life. I was raised by a single parent and I am the last born of her 4 children.

I grew up in a loving family which upheld Christian values. And like many other teenagers I had big dreams and ambitions. However, most of my ambitions and dreams fell to waste as I, just like many others in my generation were overcome by the adverse township norms and lifestyle.

I dropped out of college aged 19 and temporarily relocated to the rural Free State Province to stay with family. At this age I became convinced of the truth of the gospel, and without hesitation I accepted the Lord Jesus. I stayed there for about 3 years and during this time, I took up an active role in youth leadership and ministry. Unfortunately, due to unemployment and increased poverty in the small town of Theunissen, I decided to come back to Cape Town and revive my ambitions which had seemingly been lost.

Tshepo Mohlabane Tshepo came to BISA to equip himself for Christian ministry notably amongst the youth of his generation. He graduated in November 2023

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take DLP students to complete the BTh?

The DLP and the BTh residential curriculums are identical. While the residential students complete the degree over a period of three years full-time study, the DLP Student will usually do it over a longer period of time. DLP students must determine how many courses they can manage in a semester (a semester is two terms or six months) and we advise students to begin with one or two courses to see how they can best manage their workload.

Depending on the pace of the student it may take between six to eight years, but this is merely a guideline. A student may elect to fast track their course or even finish off their degree by studying one semester full-time on campus.

Do I need to buy text books?

Students will need to buy text books for some of the courses. Many of these books will be used for more than one course over their course of study. BISA will try to provide students with readers and scans of books where copyright is not violated. It is important that students set aside and budget for required reading.

Students will have access to the Logos Remote Research Library which has high quality books, journals and commentaries.

How do I write exams?

Students who live in Cape Town may write their exams at the BISA Campus according to the exam timetable.

For those students who are not able to write at the campus an invigilator will need to invigilate on our behalf. This person would need to be from your church (pastor, elder, secretary). These exams are also written according to the exam timetable.

Who is this programme designed for?
Distance learning exists for those who are not able to come to the Bible Institute’s campus for some or all of their studies.

The DLP is particularly suitable for those already in full-time employment, yet who desire to grow in the knowledge of the Lord and His Word and to serve Him more effectively. The programme is identical to the BTh programme offered on campus, although it will be studied over a period longer than three years. Distance learning means that the student will study off-campus in his/her own time. It is ideal for working men and women who have the tenacity to self-study.

This is an accredited degree course and a mature level of self discipline in studying must be applied by the student.

Does the programme run throughout the year?
The Distance Learning Programme operates on a semester basis in conjunction with the on-campus programme. There are two semesters per year; January to June followed by July to November.
What subjects will I study?
Six fields of biblical study are covered in the courses:

Old Testament,

New Testament,

Biblical Languages,

Systematic Theology,

Applied Theology and

Mission & History.

How many hours do I need to set aside each week for my studies?
  • This will depend on the credit rating of the course that you are taking as well as the number of courses that you are taking simultaneously.
  • For a course with a 2 credit rating you will need to spend at least 6 hours per week,
  • For a course with a 3 credit rating you will need to spend at least 9 hours per week
  • For a course with a 4 credit rating you will need to spend at least 12 hours per week

This is a guideline and will depend on the student. The DLP coordinator will be there to advise you.

How do I submit assignments?

BISA makes use of an online learning management system, BISA Online, and students will submit assignment and quizzes online. Course material will also be posted on BISA Online. Students will need to have access to the internet and a device preferably a laptop or desktop. If for any reason you are not able to submit your assignment on time please contact your lecturer/marker and inform them.

Do I need to attend any courses at the college?

DLP students are not required to attend any courses at the college. If they are able to and would like to, we offer an evening class on a Monday night from 19:00 to 20:45. The courses vary each semester. If you would like further information on these please contact the college. Students will pay the residential fees for an evening class.

Who are my lecturers?

Your lecturers are generally to be found in college, teaching the BTh courses. They have specifically modified the material to enable you to study off campus and achieve a clarity of understanding commensurate with your on-campus peers.

Names and biographies of lecturers and examiners for the BTh contact mode are found here >> STAFF

How do I apply?
Click here >> DLP coordinator to request an application form and instructions re required documents.

Prospective students will need to complete their application forms together with the required documentation as stipulated in the email.

Prospective students will need to be in good standing with their church and be actively involved in their church or a para-church organisation.

Students are required to pay an application fee when they submit their application; this fee is non-refundable.

Download forms:

View the full Distance Learning BTh curriculum:

Contact details


To apply please contact the DLP coordinator – address below
or call us if your would like to arrange a visit to discuss your study needs

email: distance@bisa.org.za
tel: +27 21 7884116