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.

To register for the BTh, you need to have a school-leaving certificate that grants university access. In South Africa, this is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with four subjects at a rating of 4 (50-59 per cent) or higher. If you have an accredited tertiary qualification, we accept that in lieu of a school-leaving certificate. (If you do not qualify for direct admission to the BTh, you can start with the Higher Certificate in Christian Life.)

The BTh requires you to earn 360 credits, spread across NQF levels 5-7, where firstyear courses are on level 5 and third-year courses on level 7. Since all the courses are 12 credits, you must complete 30 courses to earn your degree. You must earn 120 credits at the exit level; that is, you must do 10 third-year courses.

The courses are divided into compulsory and elective categories. You must do all the compulsory courses and make up the remainder of your curriculum by choosing electives.

Unless otherwise indicated, the pass mark for all assessment tasks is 50 per cent. A distinction is 80 per cent. To pass a course, you must complete all the required assessment tasks, maintain a grade average of 50 per cent or above, and score at least 40 per cent for the examination.

If you have completed prior theological studies, you may apply for exemption from courses that you have covered previously. If this applies to you, you need to apply for exemption and provide evidence to support the exemptions. To apply for exemptions, please contact sharon@sats.edu.za.

BTh First Year

Please note, the first-year curriculum consists of 10 courses, of which 6 courses are compulsory.

These courses are compulsory:

Choose any four courses from the following electives:

If you select the Greek Courses you need to complete both at level 1 and both at level 2

NB. To reap the full benefits of the Biblical Language course, you will need to take all 4 Greek or Hebrew courses.

Minimum study requirements: You are required to complete 48 credits of study every 12 months (commencing with date of enrolment).

BTh Second Year

These courses are compulsory:

Select any four from these:

BTh Third Year

These courses are compulsory:

Select any five from these:

If you would like to take a single course, without enrolling for a whole qualification, you can.

Pay the price of the course and you will be added to the class at the start of the next Term in which it is offered.

Cost of Stand Alone Courses

Kindly note that all fees paid to SATS are non-refundable and that prices are increased annually.

Click here to see the Bachelor of Theology Course Pricing

Kindly note all fees paid to SATS are non-refundable.

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