The Wollaston Certificate in Theology

'Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord'.

 2 Peter 3: 18

Are you …

  • exploring your Christian faith?
  • teaching in an Anglican school?
  • interested in Christian scriptures?
  • keen to study theology but do not have a university degree?
  • aspiring to leadership in an Anglican school or agency?

The Wollaston Certificate in Theology


  • To provide basic theological and scriptural knowledge along with the skills to analyse and articulate that knowledge.
  • To facilitate and nurture pastoral care and religious education in Anglican schools in Western Australia.

The Certificate is an introductory academic course that allows students to explore foundational areas of Christian faith such as Biblical Studies, Doctrine and Church History, as well as offering a range of electives including Ethics and Liturgy. It is taught by academics and practitioners who are teaching, or have taught, at institutions around the world.

The Certificate comprises eight units: four core and four elective units.

Core units:

  • Introduction to Old Testament
  • Introduction to New Testament
  • Introduction to Christian Doctrine
  • Introduction to Church History

Elective units (choose up to four):

  • Liturgy
  • Introduction to Youth Ministry
  • Anglican Studies
  • Faith in Australian Society
  • Critical Thinking
  • Youth and Mission
  • Ethics
  • Spirituality
  • Ecotheology

Other units may be offered on occasions.

Open to all, participants choose their level of commitment, ranging from the completion of all requirements of the eight units, to auditing as many units as desired.

Teachers either employed in the Anglican School sector or seeking employment in the sector are strongly encouraged to complete the Certificate.

Parishes and/or parishioners are encouraged to form study groups and complete units within their parish. We offer flexibility within study options.

Participants who successfully complete all requirements are awarded The Wollaston Certificate in Theology. While the material in this course is taught by academics who are teaching, or have taught, at universities around the world and is intellectually rigorous, the Certificate is a non-accredited course.


Introduction to Church History 
Introduction to Church History, lectured by The Reverend Dr Ric Barrett-Lennard, gives students an overview of the history of the Christian Church from its beginnings to the modern period. We pay particular attention to the early foundational period, as well as to the Church of England and the emergence of Anglicanism.

Tuesday evenings; 20 October – 8 December
Time: 6:00pm–8:00pm (8 sessions)
Venue: St Basil’s Anglican Church, Murdoch-Winthrop
Cost: $150 for credit; $80 for audit

In this elective unit, Dr Nancy Ault traces a brief history of the Christian spiritual tradition. Commencing with the early church, followed by the beginnings of monasticism, students will gain a fuller understanding of the depth of these ancient traditions. Dr Ault will lead students through a number of extant spiritual traditions, including Mendicant orders, Ignatian spirituality, and Carmelite spirituality. There is a particular focus on spirituality in the Anglican tradition, and the unit provides opportunities to practice these spiritual traditions in sessions and in written work which will be available throughout.

Saturday mornings; 31 October – 14 November (3 sessions)
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Venue: Wollaston Theological College, Mt Claremont
Cost: $120 for credit; $80 for audit

All units fully available via external or online study.

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