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

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 2023 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 full time 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.


Module Credits Notes
Old Testament 16 Compulsory
New Testament 16 Compulsory
Theology 16 Compulsory
Ethics 16 Elective
Church History 16 Elective
Missions 16 Elective
Pastoral Counselling & Ministry 16 Elective
Total – Course work 80 Two electives required
Research Methodology 8 Compulsory
Research Proposal 8 Compulsory
Specialist Reading 8 Compulsory
Mini-dissertation 16 Compulsory
Total 120

This is a three-year, unaccredited  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, unaccredited 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.

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.

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,[3] Craig Blomberg Denver Seminary,[4] Greg Cook Counselling,[3] George H Guthrie George H. Guthrie. Robert W. Yarbrough Covenant Theological Seminary[5], Randall Lawton 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. Courses and Dates will vary so please check with the registrar at 021 788 4116 for enrolment

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

  1. Your Application form and fee of ZAR 450 (non-refundable)
  2. Certified copy of ID Photo Identity Document or Passport
  3. Certified copy of your School Leaving certificate
  4. 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 Meslane
Katleho graduated in 2010, He is the Children’s pastor at Somlandlela Church, Strand, Cape.

"These two terms in the Christian Leadership Programme have taught me much regarding my faith. My studies have shaped my Christian life as well as my understanding of the Scriptures and ability to handle them correctly. It has been an enriching experience thus far. I encourage my fellow students to persevere in our training as it is preparing us to be faithful servants of the Lord.".

Cohen Julies
Cohen is studying in the Christian leadership Programme at BISA. He leads anindependent church in Sarepta.

"I studied at BI 95-98 .What an awesome experience it was and still enjoying the benefits and fruit of those years. Go see for yourself, you will love it. Blessings!"

Frankquit Jooste
Frankquit graduated in 1998

Viv met Margie Campbell whilst studying at the Bible Institute. They married some time later and this is what he says…” Everything Margie and I do now, every decision we make, is rooted in our worldview that we received at BI.”

Vivian Potgieter
Vivian has been in student ministry since leaving college. He now serves as the Faith Based Youth Pastor at Brackenfell Community Church

"Val and I were given a bit of the 'too heavenly minded to be of earthly use', treatment by some close to us, but the call to study theology was too clear and strong, albeit we were young and idealistic dreamers! We were ready to go to BI, ready to go and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. It was the right decision and it is the finest of colleges''.

Craig Hounsom
Craig graduated four decades ago. He is the Minister of St John’s United Church in KZN.

"BI to me is one big family where you can be yourself and grow in the knowledge of God's word. I matured as a young woman who had just left home for the first time. I was at BI for just a year but that year changed my life. I would not trade my time at BI for anything on earth''.

Caitlin Coetzee
Caitlin graduated in 2011. She teaches at an ECD development school in Cape Town.

"Studying at B.I. made a positive, lasting change in our lives. The teaching gave a strong foundation, and helped to keep us focused and steady in good & hard times whilst serving the Lord. We had happy times and fun with fellow students - even gardening!!

Dawn du Plessis
Dawn graduated in 1964. She is retired (actively) and lives in the UK.

"What an amazing journey I have had at BI. I don’t think I would have made it but for the warm welcome and support I received from students in my year group as well as the many lecturers who helped me sharpen my sword at both ends. All that’s left to say is THANK YOU. I am richer for being at the Bible Institute".

Aldine Marcus
Aldine graduated in 2012