The Lord called SATS to equip his servants for more effective ministry (2 Tim. 3:16–17). We develop and deliver our undergraduate programmes with the priority of forming Bible-based, Christ-centred, Spirit-led servants of God as our guiding vision and motivation. We focus on people who are committed to the Lord Jesus Christ, who love and respect the Bible as God’s Word, and who are involved in advancing his kingdom through practical ministry.
If you are such a man or woman, we offer three undergraduate programmes that will enrich your walk with Christ and enhance your service. The Higher Certificate in Christian Life and the Bachelor of Theology programmes focus on the Bible, theology, and ministry, while the Higher Certificate in Christian Counselling and the BTh (with a counselling focus) train lay and pastoral counsellors.
If you would like to discuss your undergraduate studies in more detail please contact our staff for more information about the programmes offered as well as other services that we may render.
To complete your undergraduate studies, you will need to have access to the Internet and a suitable device (e.g. computer; iPad), as you will access all your study materials and submit all your assessments online. MySats is our student learning environment.
Bachelor of Theology
The BTh is the ideal preparation for those called to pastoral ministry or other forms of vocational Christian service. Our BTh contains a strong, balanced focus on Bible, theology, and ministry.
Higher Certificate in Christian Life
The HCCL offers a thorough grounding in the essentials of theological and ministerial training. The programme is suitable for pastors needing foundational theological studies and for elders, deacons, and other men and women serving actively in their churches.
Higher Certificate in Christian Counselling
The HCCC is an outstanding programme for training lay counsellors. It is designed for pastoral counsellors and for lay counsellors serving in the context of churches or parachurch organisations.
We recognise prior learning in all our undergraduate programmes based on prior qualifications and life experience. We assign credits according to the courses available in our curriculum.
Should our B.Th. students wish to continue their studies in a postgraduate programme, they are well prepared to do so. All our programmes are registered by the Department of Higher Education and accredited by the Council on Higher Education. The Bachelor of Theology programme may be taken in English or French.
When the Seminary was founded, instead of the traditional curriculum design, we researched what Christians at both leadership and non-leadership levels need to know and be able to do in their life and ministry. We used this analysis to develop a series of learning outcomes from which we developed the curriculum. In other words, the courses you study all yield essential knowledge and skills.
Since then we have consistently researched the changing landscape of theology and its application. We have come to realise that leaders and pastors need to be kept abreast of changes and their application.
Our aim is to make studying as pleasant as possible for you without compromising standards.
Minimum study requirements: You are required to complete 48 credits of study every 12 months (commencing with date of enrolment).
Rules For Assessment, Credit Accumulation, Progression And Qualification
To pass the course, you must get a minimum mark of 40% for the exam and achieve an overall grade of 50% or above
Credit Accumulation And Qualification
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.
Once you have met all the requirements for your chosen qualification, you will be awarded the qualification.
Advantages Of Studying At SATS
When you enrol at SATS, you meet a team of committed believers who are passionate about serving Jesus by serving you. Our team is creative, innovative, dedicated, and enthusiastic about the way they teach and serve your study needs. When you enrol at SATS, you can expect to
- grow under the teaching of a seminary and a team of lecturers who believe the Bible and love the Lord (Luke 6:40);
- receive a fully-accredited qualification that is respected worldwide;
- love the convenience of instant online access to everything you need for your studies;
- experience a challenging programme that maintains high academic standards;
- enjoy fast, friendly service from academic and administrative staff;
- join a seminary that responds to the needs and inputs of its students;
- interact with peers from all around the world who love Jesus, making new friends in the process;
- learn from a diverse team of highly-qualified academics who love Jesus and the truth;
- grow with a ministry that is innovative in its use of technology;
- benefit from a programme that is simultaneously thoroughly biblical and deeply practical;
- engage with lecturers who are actively engaged in theological research;
- and rest in the knowledge that our staff prays daily for our students.