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):

  • Anglican Studies
  • Ethics
  • Liturgy
  • Introduction to Youth Ministry
  • Ecotheology
  • Philosophy of Religion

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.

The Wollaston Certificate in Theology Portfolio Program

A Portfolio Program is available for selected students who complete the Certificate. It is designed for students who want to study postgraduate Theology at Murdoch University, but do not satisfy admission requirements. Students may access the Portfolio Program to apply for entry to Murdoch’s highly regarded Graduate Diploma in Theology.

Term 4 2018 offerings


Introduction to Church History

This unit, coordinated 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 emergence of Anglicanism.

The unit can be completed through attendance and completion of assignments, or is available fully online.

Venue: St Basil’s Parish, Murdoch

Day and time: Wednesday evenings: 6–8pm

Dates: 17, 24, and 31 October; 7, 14, 21, and 28 November; 5 December (8 sessions). 

Cost: $150 for credit (completing assignments), or $80 audit


Introduction to Youth Ministry

In this new unit, coordinated by Mark Davis, Wollaston’s Youth and Children’s Missioner (Training), you will experience high quality, practical training blending elements from missiology, practical theology, and youth work. Topics include “What is Youth Ministry?” “Models of Youth Ministry (Community Builder, Advocate or Flawed hero) and “Starting Right to Finish Well.”

The unit can be completed through attendance and completion of assignments, or is available fully online. 

Venue: Holy Trinity Church and Community Centre, Malaga

Day and time: Saturdays 9am–12.30pm

Dates: 20, and 27 October; and 10 November (3 sessions).

Cost: $120 for credit (completing assignments), or $80 audit


This unit, coordinated by the Reverend Dr Evan Pederick, introduces ecotheology as the challenge of thinking theologically about creation and the natural world, and reflecting critically from an environmental perspective on matters of faith including liturgy, Christian ethics and the Church.

The unit can be completed through attendance and completion of assignments, or is available fully online. 

Venue: St Michael and All Angels Parish, Cannington

Day and time: Tuesdays 6–8pm

Dates: 6, 13, 20, and 27 November; 4 December (5 sessions).

All units fully available via external or online study.


Download the Wollaston Certificate in Theology brochure here: WTC Brochure (WCT) web version

Download the application form here: Wollaston Certificate Application form 2018

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