Theology - Open Distance Learning


The North-West University's Unit for Open Distance Learning creates the opportunity for theological education for all. If you are a theological student or wish to become a missionary or youth worker or pastor in any of the reformed, pentecostal or related traditions, or if you are already practicing as a religion professional and want to further your theological education, the Faculty of Theology’s Unit for Open Distance Learning offers you the opportunity without you having to relocate to an NWU Campus.

This is a unique and creative way, in which you yourself determine the place, time and tempo of your learning; you can give new momentum to your career through professional training. Electronic as well as telephonic support is available, with the possibility of personal contact facilitation at learning support centres if desired.


This is unique because

  • It allows you to study full-time while you work.
  • It gives you the opportunity for vocationally directed training that speeds up your career.
  • You can determine your own tempo of learning on the basis of your circumstances.
  • It is affordable.
  • You will receive learning support.

  

 

Methods of Delivery

The NWU’s Unit for Open Distance Learning offers Theology qualifications through two methods:

Open Distance Learning

Students, who due to circumstances, cannot enroll at one of the NWU campuses for a contact 
programme, can enroll for Theology studies through the Unit for Open Distance Learning.

The qualification programme is completed on a self-directed e-learning basis with direct contact between the 
lecturer and the student through the NWU’s eFundi platform. Study material is available electronically. Students
are responsible to buy prescribed textbooks. Examinations are written at NWU examination centres nationwide.

Learning Support Centres

Students who are not enrolled at one of the NWU campuses, but who would like to 
receive additional facilitation, can enroll for studies at the NWU through one of the Learning 
Support Centres. Additional facilitation is provided by NWU-appointed facilitators at the Learning 
Support Centres. Study material is available electronically. Students are responsible to buy 
prescribed text books.

All examination papers are set, assessed and moderated by NWU staff members. Examinations are 
written at NWU examination centres nationwide.

 

List of Learning Support Centres:

1. AGS / AFM (national)      Mrs Sophia Masipa studentservices@afm-ags.org  012 644 0490
2. Cape Town Biblical College (Parow)   Dr Mike de Freitas   ctbiblical@gmail.com 021 931 8428
3. Docenda (national)   Ms Hettie Viljoen hettievi@docenda.org.za 083 628 9508
4. Lede in Christus / Members in Christ (Pretoria) Pastoor Arnold Venter  registrar@lickts.co.za 071 314 5486
5. IBP (Lisbon, Portugal) Mrs Annelie Taute miba.admissao@gmail.com  +351 96 937 7801
6. Heidelberg Theological Seminary Dr Liphadzi   azwifaneli.liphadzi@gmail.com 084 511 6061

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Language Medium

Open Distance Learning studies, are available in both Afrikaans and English.
 

BTh in Christian Ministry


Admission Criteria

The requirement for the BTh qualification is a Senior Certificate that complies with
the minimum statutory matriculation requirements for admission to a bachelor’s
degree and an APS score of 24 or higher.

Duration

The minimum study period for this qualification is three years of study. The
maximum period is five years. In extraordinary cases, students can apply for an
extension of the study period.

Learning Support Centres
If you prefer to enroll via a Learning Support Centre, you will receive contact
facilitation provided by facilitators appointed by the NWU.

Cost
Email puk-studyfees@nwu.ac.za or phone 018 299 2667/8/9 for a quote of the
qualification programme you are interested in.

Curriculum
Click here to see the curriculum.

 

BTh Hons in Theology


Admission Criteria
Admission requirement for this programme is a BTh degree with an average of
at least 60%. Students who have completed a B degree that includes sufficient
theological subjects can apply for BTh Hons in Theology. If a student’s B degree does
not include theological subjects, he/she can enroll for the B-Status in Theology.
After successful completion of the B-Status exam, the student can enroll for
BTh Hons in Theology.

Duration
The minimum study period for this qualification is one year. The maximum period
is three years. In extraordinary cases, students can apply for an extension of the
study period.

Cost
Email puk-studyfees@nwu.ac.za or phone 018 299 2667/8/9 for a quote

Curriculum
The BTh Hons is an advanced degree in Christian Theology, which builds on a
first degree in Theology / Biblical Studies or an equivalent qualification.
Successful completion of the programme provides articulation
possibilities to an MTh in Theology.


Click here to see the curriculum.

 

 

Application

Applications close in October of the previous year. A student can also apply in
March to start in the second semester.

Click here for the Application form.
Click here for the online application.

Registration

Students whose applications were successful, register annually through the Unit
for Open Distance Learning. The process involves payment of the prescribed
registration fee and minimum payable fee, and completing the registration forms,
with the necessary signatures. The registration form must be submitted at the
registration section of the Unit for Open Distance Learning, or at the registration
office of a Learning Support Centre. A proof of registration will be issued to the
student by the Unit for Open Distance Learning.

Call centre & Customer care


Open Distance Learning Unit
Tel: 018 285 5900
Fax: 018 299 4885
E-mail: distancepotch@nwu.ac.za
Web: http://www.nwu.ac.za/
and click on Open Distance Learning link.