Your Options for Studying Theology at BISA

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BISA courses

Bachelor of Theology - 3 years on campus

Bachelor of Theology (Contact Mode)

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

Students will study a range of courses such as Missions, Church History, Biblical Hebrew and Greek, Academic English, Biblical Counselling, Pastoral Ministries, Old and New Testament Studies, Theological Ethics, World Religions and Systematic Theology. To qualify for the BTh programme prospective students are required to have passed Grade 12 with exemption. Certain conditions will apply to 23 three olds who have passed Grade 12 and for those older than 45 years of age (please consult the registrar regarding these conditions).

Each student is required to do an on-going practical training assignment in a local church or Christian ministry during their course.

Successful fulfilment of the practical training assignment is a prerequisite for graduation.

Each student is assigned to a team as part of the training at BISA. Through these outreach teams, students are provided with opportunities to represent the Bible Institute in various locations during the year. Faculty members each lead a team during BISA’s annual ‘Ministry Week’ where the teams work in local churches or further afield, living in the community and engaging in various forms of ministry, including preaching and teaching in a variety of contexts.

Bachelor of Theology Honours - 1 or 2 years

Bachelor of Theology Honours

Thank you for your interest in our BTh Honours programme. It 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.

Email: pwsmuts@bisa.org.za

 

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
Bachelor of Theology - Distance Learning off campus
Bachelor of Theology (distance mode)

The Bible Institute’s Distance Learning Programme (DLP) is offered to those students who are not able to attend full-time classes. This programme is offered online.

The DLP offers a Bachelor of Theology (BTh) accredited by the Council for Higher Education and Training; 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.

Students will study a range of courses such as Missions, Church History, Biblical Hebrew and Greek, Academic English, Biblical Counselling, Pastoral Ministries, Old and New Testament Studies, Theological Ethics, World Religions and Systematic Theology.

To qualify you will need to have a matric (Grade 12) with a Bachelor’s pass or be 45 years or older to qualify for a mature age exemption. We are only able to accept a percentage of those that qualify for a mature age exemption. Special conditions may apply to those over 23 years of age and that 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). The registrar may be contacted to discuss eligibility before submitting an application. If you have a foreign school leaving qualification you will need to have it assessed by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) – 0860 111 673 / customercare@saqa.org.za

Gap Year Christian Foundations - 1 year on campus
Christian Foundations Gap Year

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 prospective students are required to have passed Grade 12.

Each student is required to do an on-going practical training assignment in a local church or Christian ministry during their course.

Successful fulfilment of the practical training assignment is a prerequisite for graduation.

Each student is assigned to a team as part of the training at BISA. Through these outreach teams, students are provided with opportunities to represent the Bible Institute in various locations during the year. Faculty members each lead a team during BISA’s annual ‘Ministry Week’ where the teams work in local churches or further afield, living in the community and engaging in various forms of ministry, including preaching and teaching in a variety of contexts.

This course is not CHE accredited

Christian Leadership Programme - 3 years part time off campus
This is a three-year part-time evenings programme, comprising twelve courses in total, with selected Saturday Seminars, 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.

The CLP is designed to equip church leaders to understand and handle the Scriptures rightly and to serve faithfully and effectively in their leadership roles. Students will be required to attend one class a week either on a Tuesday (Kalk Bay, Strandfontein, Lavender Hill, Montrose Park, Manenberg, Houtbay) or Thursday (Khayelitsha, Samora Machel, Langa, Kayamandi, Mfuleni) evening as well as monthly Saturday seminars presented at various venues. The suitable 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. The CLP is a three-year non-accredited programme.

BISA courses open to the public

Evening Classes - Monday Evenings for 2 terms

BISA Monday Evening classes

These run for one night per week every semester over two terms (ie 12 to 14 weeks tuition), They are open to church workers and members of the public for personal development and a deeper walk with Christ. They are for audit only and are unaccredited. Seniors receive a discounted rate.

Winter School - Annual Programme, duration of 2 weeks

BISA 2-week Winter School

Winter School offers the student in-depth tuition with subjects taught by international academics and researchers in their specific fields. Winter School comprises our Inter-semester Courses with up to three courses running concurrently for ten weekdays annually in June or July. Enrolment is open to church leaders and workers.

Guest speakers have included (click for info) Darrell Bock, Craig Blomberg, Greg Cook, Bill Mounce, George Guthrie and Doug Moo.

These courses are for personal development and a deeper walk with Christ. They are for audit only and are unaccredited.

Should I study at the Bible Institute?

Thank you for your interest in the Bible Institute of South Africa.

Whether you are attracted to our BTh on or off campus, our Christian Leadership part time programme or our Gap-year Christian Foundations programme, our desire for you as a student is the same – To Know Christ and to Make Him Known. With this in mind, BISA has four commitments which pulse through the veins of this institution.

First: BISA is committed to the authority and inspiration of the Bible. The Bible is not just a helpful book sent by God, but is the standard by which we measure all our belief, practice, ministry principles and kingdom usefulness. This is the heartbeat of every lecture, chapel session, prayer meeting, and decision at BISA.

Second: BISA is committed to training men and women for Christian ministry. Students leave our campus to serve as pastors, missionaries, evangelists, lecturers, or just active church members. Every class is a grooming opportunity for servants willing to minister in Christ’s church. We maintain a strong link with the church by encouraging our students to be involved in its various ministries for the duration of their time at the Institute. At BISA, the Ivory Tower of theology meets the streets of Africa.

Third: BISA is dedicated to high academic standards. In our days, educational standards are weakening, curricula are being “dumbed down,” and many institutions hand out almost free qualifications – but not at this college. The rigors of Christian ministry in the real world require men and women who are trained to read and think. Our students get this. (Please note that our one-year Christian Foundation Gap Year Course is less intense academically than the BTh, though well-rounded in its overall scope.)

Fourth: this college is not just an institution; it’s a family. We highly value personal discipleship and mentoring. A godly life is crucial to a sound theological education. BISA takes seriously the words of the Apostle Paul to Timothy, “train yourself in godliness” (1 Timothy 4:7).

If you are as committed to these our ideals as we are, please get in touch with our registrar, Ms Lorna Bucklow, contact us and let’s pray about the Lord’s leading in your ministry career as a student at the Bible Institute of South Africa. You can call on: +27 (0)21 788-4116 to arrange for a coffee visit to the college, we’d love to meet with you.

Dr Karl Peterson

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 ZAR420 (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