Academics

Study Options

All our diplomas equip graduates with a deep knowledge of the biblical text, each with their own distinctiveness. Using the options below, students may undertake one, two or three years of full-time study, depending on their needs – from those seeking a gap-year experience that solidifies and deepens their faith and biblical knowledge, to those committed to three years of theological study and applied learning, in preparation for a future in full-time ministry. We also offer individual subjects for study, as a one-off, or as a taste of our diploma programmes.

Programmes Available

Diploma in Christian Studies, NZQA Level 5
120 credits. One year full-time, offered from 2018 and in even-numbered years.
(Part-time study options may be arranged). Approved by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

This programme provides a comprehensive overview of God’s plan, examining both the Old and New Testament texts, the mission of the Church, and relevant practical ministry skills.

Diploma in Biblical Studies, NZQA Level 6
120 credits. One year full-time programme, offered from 2019 and in odd-numbered years.
(Part-time study options may be arranged). *Subject to accreditation by NZQA.
While exploring the New Testament, the Church’s roots, and its core theology, students of this diploma will be challenged to apply their learning to enhance their spiritual growth, leadership ability, and evangelism technique.

The above diplomas replace the previous two-year Diploma of Advanced Biblical Studies. Students already enrolled in the Diploma of Advanced Biblical Studies may complete their diploma, while new enrollments will be for the above programmes.

Diploma in Christian Leadership, NZQA Level 6
120 credits. One year full-time programme, offered from 2019 and every year. *Subject to accreditation by NZQA.
This diploma is offered to students who have graduated from both of the above academic courses (or equivalent study). Designed for students who have a desire to serve in full-time ministry, it aids study-to-service transition using a practical, internship-style program, supported by limited classroom time.

The above diploma replaces the previous Diploma in Christian Ministry.

Individual Subjects and Recognition of Achievement

Not sure if you can sign up to a full diploma programme? No problem. We offer students the option of taking individual subjects from within the Diploma in Christian Studies and Diploma in Biblical Studies programmes. These may be taken for credit or as an audit student. Any credits earned may be applied toward one of our diplomas, and we recognise completion of these subjects with an SPBC Recognition of Achievement Award at our annual graduation ceremony. What’s on offer this quarter?

Recognition of Excellence

To recognise the achievement of students who successfully complete more than the minimum requirements, a notation of “Excellent” will be applied to the diploma certificate of those students who achieve a grade average of ‘A’ or higher. “Merit” will be awarded for a grade average of ‘B+’ or higher.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students transferring to SPBC from other schools of Biblical studies may apply for credit recognition and need to submit their transcript showing subjects taken and grades achieved. Students may request the forms from the Dean of Academics at enrollment.

Educational Pathways

Graduates of SPBC diplomas may apply to some Universities and Private Training Establishments for credit against semester hours or units. Such institutions may include:

  • Otago University, NZ
  • Bethlehem Institute, NZ
  • Laidlaw College, NZ
  • Abilene Christian University, Texas, USA
  • Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma, USA

Many potential employment pathways for graduates exist, including positions in: Christian and church leadership, chaplaincy, missions, non-profit organisations, ministry, and religious education.

More information on recognition of prior learning or potential pathways may be obtained from the Dean of Academics, David Nelson: dnelson@spbc.org.nz.

South Pacific Bible College Accreditation

The South Pacific Bible College is registered as a Private Training Establishment by NZQA, pursuant to the Education Amendment Act 1990. All of our qualifications are accredited by NZQA. Currently we hold a Category 2 rating from NZQA, the second highest rating possible from the New Zealand government, indicating our ability to deliver these qualifications.

Calendar

Admission to the programmes takes place in January with classes beginning in February and finishing early December. This gives 44 weeks of classes interspersed with public holidays and selected break periods.

Classes generally begin at 9:00 am and conclude by 3:45 pm, except on Wednesdays when classes end at 12:15 pm. (Exceptions may apply). Lunch is from 12:15-1:15pm Monday through Friday.

Theology in Action, a time for practical application of course content, is scheduled immediately after lunch on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and immediately after the last class on Wednesdays.

Wednesday afternoons are sometimes scheduled for library research and occasionally classes may be scheduled for the evening.

A quarterly schedule is published to students for planning purposes.

2018 quarter dates and scheduled breaks are as follows:

Quarter 1: 7 February – 13 April
Scheduled Break: 14 April – 29 April

Quarter 2: 30 April – 6 July
Scheduled Break: 7 July – 22 July

Quarter 3: 23 July – 21 September
Scheduled Break: 22 September – 7 October

Quarter 4: 8 October – 7 December
Scheduled Break: 10 December – February 2018

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