Theology - Open Distance Learning
The NWU, Faculty of Theology’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 practising 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 a 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 personal contact facilitation at learning support centres.
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 study 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 correspondence basis with direct contact between the
lecturer and the student through the NWU’s eFundi platform and the whiteboard broadcasts. Study
material is available electronically. Students are responsible to buy prescribed text books.
Examinations are written at NWU examination centres nationwide.
Learning Support Centres
Students who are not enrolled as contact students 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 Masipafirstname.lastname@example.org||012 644 0490|
|2. Cape Town Biblical College (Parow)||Dr Mike de Freitasemail@example.com||021 931 8428|
|3. Docenda (national)||Dr Etienne van Loggerenbergfirstname.lastname@example.org||082 333 5369|
|4. Lede in Christus / Members in Christ (Pretoria)||Pastoor Arnold Venteremail@example.com||071 314 5486|
|5. Taberna Dei (Polokwane)||Pastoor Frikkie van der Merwefirstname.lastname@example.org||015 296 0080|
|6. Bridgeworld College (Nairobi, Kenia)||Ms Vera Nyaunchoemail@example.com||+254 72 746 0086|
|7. IBP (Lisbon, Portugal)||Mrs Annelie Tautefirstname.lastname@example.org||+351 96 937 7801|
|8. Heidelberg Theological Seminary (Pretoria)||Dr Liphadziemail@example.com||012 661 2716|
|9. Crystal Ministries International (Johannesburg)||Ms Nicky Goliathfirstname.lastname@example.org||011 494 1363|
Open Distance Learning studies, are available in both Afrikaans and English.
BTh in Christian Ministry
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.
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.
Email email@example.com or phone 018 299 2667/8/9 for a quote of the
qualification programme you are interested in.
Click here to see the curriculum.
HONS BA in Theology
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 Hons BA 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 Hons
BA in Theology.
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
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 018 299 2667/8/9 for a quote
The Hons BA 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.
Applications close in October of the previous year. A student can also apply in
March to start in the second semester.
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.
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