St. Augustine College of South Africa NPC
INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE BACHELOR OF THEOLOGY (HONOURS) DEGREE STUDENTS
St. Augustine College of South Africa NPC, The Degree of Bachelor of Theology (Hons) is a two-year, part-time programme designed for students who have obtained an undergraduate degree in theology at NQF level 7 and who wish to further their qualifications at postgraduate level and ultimately gain access to further postgraduate study at Master’s level (NQF Level 9).
The course is designed for learners requiring a more specialised and in-depth study of the teachings of the Christian faith within an integrating Catholic intellectual tradition. It will guide learners to deepen their own spirituality and will also furnish them with more specialised skills that are deemed essential for leading a Christian community. The uniqueness of the course lies in its full-contact delivery offered in English in a comprehensive theological programme in which the majority of the intended learners are lay people. It is also of value in offering the academic component required by students preparing for ordained Christian ministry.
St. Augustine College of South Africa NPC, All candidates must do the initial course in Theological Method (HONT401) and the final Research Project (HONT402). A candidate must then choose between two tracks, namely, a systematic or pastoral track. The modules within each track are as follows:
Systematic Track Pastoral Track
History of theological thought (HONT403) Word and worship (HONT406)
Political theology (HONT404) Pastoral counselling (HONT407)
Themes in Christian doctrine (HONT405) Faith formation (HONT408)
The programme is run during one teaching week every three months in Johannesburg.
The dates for 2016 are as follows:
4 – 8 April 2016 Theological method (HONT401)
27 June – 1 July 2016 History of theological thought (HONT403) OR Pastoral counselling (HONT407)
3 – 7 October 2016 Themes in Christian doctrine (HONT405) OR Word and worship (HONT406)
How to apply for admission:
Fill in the attached application form, taking care to read it carefully, and submit it to the Assistant Registrar: Postgraduate Education together with the certified copies of tertiary level qualifications and studies and the academic records (marks obtained) and with the application fee of R440 by 15January 2016.
If a qualification is from a foreign country, an evaluation certificate must be obtained from the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) (Phone 012-431 5000 and email email@example.com ).
All copies of qualifications and academic records (transcripts) must be certified as true copies by a Commissioner of Oaths.
Tuition Fees in 2016: R6 050 per module. R9 075 for the Research Project. 50% of the annual tuition fee must be paid by 15 February 2016. A reduction of 10% will be granted if full payment for the year is made by that date.
Foreign students pay an annual fee as follows:
All countries excluding Africa – R4 840
African countries – R1 210
The application fee of R475 may be deposited into the College account. A photocopy of the deposit slip must then be attached to the application form:
Bank Standard Bank
Branch Northcliff (code 006305)
Account No. 022517928
Proof of identity
St. Augustine College of South Africa NPC, It is necessary for the College to have proof of your identity when you come to register so please be prepared to bring a certified copy of your South African Identity Book with you or, if you are not South African or do not have permanent residence status in South Africa, your passport. Married women are also required to bring certified copies of their marriage certificates, especially if qualifications were obtained under their maiden name.
Unless the College is notified in writing, the name which is on your identity book or passport will be the one which appears on your degree certificate when you graduate.
If your name is in any way different from the name on your academic qualifications (which might happen in the case of a woman who has changed her name on marriage), then a marriage certificate or other formal documentation showing proof of a name change must be presented to the Assistant Registrar.
Address of St Augustine College
Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Chrissie Thorn at the following address should you have any further queries:
St Augustine College of South Africa Postal Address:
53 Ley Road PO Box 44782
Victory Park 2195 LINDEN
Telephone: 011-380 9011 Fax: 011-380 9211
Rules and Syllabuses
Please see attached.
RULES FOR BACHELOR OF THEOLOGY (HONOURS)
These rules should be read in conjunction with the General Rules.
NQF level 8 with 120 credits
(SAQA ID Number: 90625)
HT.1 Length of degree
The curriculum for the degree shall extend over not less than two years of part-time study. During that period a student is required to attend lectures full-time during four one-week modules and undertake a research report in the last module.
A person who wishes to be admitted as a student for the degree shall lodge his or her application in writing with the Registrar, submitting evidence of his or her academic and general qualifications.
HT.3 Eligibility for admission as a student for the degree
Either of the following may be admitted as a student by Senate under such conditions as it may determine if it is satisfied that he or she is qualified and able to undertake the degree:
the holder of a three-year degree in theology with a final-year overall average of 65%
a person who has qualified for admission in terms of the College’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy.
A candidate must choose between the following two tracks. The modules within each track are as follows:
HT.4.1 Systematic Track
HONT401 Theological method
HONT402 Research Project
HONT403 History of theological thought
HONT404 Political theology
HONT405 Themes in Christian doctrine
HT.4.2 Pastoral Track
HONT401 Theological method
HONT402 Research Project
HONT406 Word and worship
HONT407 Pastoral counselling
HONT408 Faith formation
Each module, except for the Research Project which will count 40 credits, is worth 20 credits:
HT.5 Completion of modules and credits
HT.5 (1) A student for the degree shall attend, perform the work of the class and, as Senate determines,
present himself or herself for assessment in the modules prescribed in the rules.
HT.5 (2) In each module, except the module, Research Project (HONT402), a student is required to attend
the classes during the weeks of full-time lectures, to actively participate in the work of the class, and
to complete the formative and summative assessment tasks.
HT.5 (3) In the case of the module, Research Project (HONT402), the student must complete a 10 000-word
research project on a topic approved by the Head of Department. Should a student require additional
time in which to complete the research project, he or she must apply in writing through the
Registrar’s Office for permission.
HT.5 (4) The mark for each module, except the Research Project (HONT402), comprises the following
components made up in the following proportions:
Formative assessment 50% towards the final mark
Summative assessment 50% towards the final mark
(i) The formative component consists of formative assessment task/s and comprises 50% of the overall marks for a module.
(ii)The summative assessment comprises the other 50%. The summative assessment may take the form of an examination or another assessment form depending on the requirements of the module. It must be in a written form which will be externally assessed and is weighted as a minimum of 50% of the final mark.
All details about the methods of assessment, length of assignments or other methods of assessment and due dates, as well as the component or components to be externally assessed, must be included in the course packs handed out to candidates at the start of each module.
HT.5 (5)All assignments must be completed and handed in by the due dates set by the Head of Department.
A candidate may be refused permission to present himself or herself for the normal traditional examination, if there be one, or from submitting the summative assessment assignment if he or she has not completed and submitted all the work prescribed during the quarter in which the module is offered, by the due date. Where no traditional examination for the summative assessment is held a candidate must hand in all work by the due date and must complete and hand in the final assignment for summative assessment by the due date. No extensions beyond that date are permitted. A candidate who fails to submit the work by the due date will fail the module.
HT.5 (6) The pass mark in any module is 50%. A student has to obtain an average of at least 50% for the two
components and, in addition, must obtain a sub-minimum of 40% in the formative and summative assessments.
HT.5 (7) All four modules, count equally towards the final mark for the degree (20 credits per module). The
Research Project counts 40 credits towards the degree.
HT.6 Exemption from modules
Senate may, on written application from a student, exempt such a student from one or two modules on the ground of his or her having obtained credit in an equivalent course or module for a degree or equivalent qualification in another university or equivalent academic institution, on condition that he or she completes the remaining requirements for the diploma at the College.
HT.7 Completion of requirements for degree
In order to qualify for the degree, a student must:
comply with the requirements of Rules HT.4 and HT.5 (1) and (2),
obtain credit for all the modules prescribed for him or her,
complete all the requirements within 30 months of first registration for the degree.
HT.8 Failing and repeating modules18
A student who fails to obtain credit in a module may be permitted by Senate to repeat the module the next time it is offered. Repeating a module means re-registering for the module, repeating all the work for the module, undergoing the required assessments and paying the prescribed tuition fee.
Students who fail more than two modules will be de-registered and will not be offered a degree by the College.
HT. 9 Renewal of registration
Senate may refuse permission for a student to renew his or her registration for the degree if he or she fails to complete the requirements set out in Rules HT.4 and HT.5 or has not completed and passed all five modules (including the module “Research Project” (HONT402) ) within 30 months of continuous part-time registration. If a candidate has been granted formal permission by Senate to break his or her registration for a specific period, that period will be excluded from the two-year period. (See also General Rule G.33).
HT.10 Publication of results and award of degree with distinction
HT.10 (1) The final mark obtained by a student in a qualifying module shall be published as a percentage.
HT.10 (2) The degree may be awarded with distinction to a student who obtains an average of at least 75%
for all five modules.