Admissions


YOUR COURSE, YOUR TIME, YOUR PACE

Bachelor of Theology
To register for this programme, prospective students require one of the following:

  1. National Senior Certificate as certified by Umalusi, with an achievement rating of 4 (50% – 59%) or better in four recognised NSC 20-credit courses from the designated list in the Minimum Admission Requirements for Higher Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor’s Degree Programmes requiring a National Senior Certificate, Government Gazette, Vol. 482, No. 27961, 18 August 2005. Applicants with different qualifications may only be admitted if they are judged equivalent by the designated equivalence-setting bodies. Alternatively a Higher Certificate or Advanced Certificate in a cognate field will satisfy the minimum requirement.
  2. A tertiary qualification at an accredited institution registered by the Department of Education.
  3. A tertiary qualification at a foreign institution accredited by a recognised accrediting body or by the institution’s national government.

Certified/notarized proof of one of the above requirements should accompany the application form, together with a certified/notarized copy of the student’s Identification Document or valid Passport.

All those who meet these criteria and whose English is of a sufficient standard, are accepted into the programme.

Higher Certificates
To register for any Higher Certificate programme, prospective students require one of the following:

  • National Senior Certificate as certified by Umalusi. Applicants with different qualifications may only be admitted if they are judged equivalent by the designated equivalence-setting bodies.
  • A tertiary qualification at an accredited institution registered by the Department of Education.
  • A tertiary qualification at a foreign institution accredited by a recognised accrediting body or by the institution’s national government.

Certified/notarized proof of one of the above requirements should accompany the application form, together with a certified/notarized copy of the student’s Identification Document or valid Passport.

All those who meet these criteria and whose English is of a sufficient standard, are accepted into the programme.

When you are ready to apply, please register online on the Apply Online page. or complete the Application Form received from the Seminary and mail it together with certified/notarized copies of original Diplomas, Certificates and transcripts to:

The South African Theological Seminary
PO Box 98988,
Sloane Park, 2152
South Africa

These documents can also be sent as email attachments to the following email address: study@sats.edu.za for undergraduate degrees or postgraduate@sats.edu.za for postgraduate degrees.

Please complete the section headed “Recognition of Prior Learning” if you would like your previous study and experience to be considered for credit. A reminder that all our subjects are offered by distance education and NO residence facilities are available.

Assessment
1. Undergraduate Programmes
Unless otherwise indicated, the pass mark for all assessment tasks is 50 per cent and a distinction is 80 per cent or above. For essay assignments, no re-submissions are allowed. If you score below 50 per cent for a particular assignment, the grade you received counts towards your overall grade for the course. To pass the course, you must achieve an overall grade of 50 per cent or above.

2. Postgraduate Programmes
A detailed policy for assessment of the Masters and Doctoral programmes is
available from the Registrar of Postgraduate Studies, on request.

Credit Accumulation and Qualification
Except in the case of the Higher Certificate in Christian Counselling, each undergraduate course is worth 12 credits, which will accrue towards your qualification. When you complete your studies, whether or not you have earned a qualification, you will be issued with a transcript detailing all your courses and the credits you have earned.

You need to accumulate 120 credits to be awarded a qualification at Higher Certificate level and 360 credits for a Bachelor of Theology. The Bachelor of Theology Honours requires 120 credits above a Bachelor’s degree. An additional 180 credits are needed to obtain the Masters degree (i.e., 660 credits in total), and a further 360 credits for the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Progression
Once you have met all the requirements for your chosen qualification, you will be awarded the qualification.

We expect that all our students will conduct all their academic affairs associated with the Seminary in a way which befits Christ’s disciples. Plagiarism, for example, is unacceptable, as is the copying of another student’s work, or making any defamatory remarks about the Seminary or its staff. For the full policy, please refer to the Student Handbook.

Student Registration Contract
Please note that when you sign the Application Form, you agree to abide by the policies of the seminary. Please refer to the Student Handbook for more details.

Student Complaints and Grievances
Should you have reason to query the way in which the assessment of your assignments or examinations has been conducted, or if you wish to lay a complaint against a staff member, or if you have a grievance about any other matter, the procedures for doing so are set out in the Student Handbook.