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 2 2018 offerings


Introduction to the New Testament

Studying this unit, coordinated by Dr Robert Myles (Lecturer in New Testament, Murdoch University) and Dr Mark Jennings (Continuing Education Coordinator, Wollaston Theological College), you will gain an overview of the diverse texts contained in the New Testament, arising from the early Jesus movement’s experience and theological reflection in the century following the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth. The aim of the unit is to cultivate a deeper understanding of these texts within both ancient and modern contexts and to develop skills in biblical analysis. This will involve exploring the characteristics of major literary genres such as gospels, epistles, and apocalyptic texts.

Venue: St Basil's Anglican Church, 118-130 Somerville Boulevard, Murdoch W.A. (blended and external study modes are available)

Dates and time: 9 May-27 June 2018, Wednesday evenings 6-8pm

Cost: $150 (for credit); $80 (audit)


Introduction to Youth Ministry

In this new unit, coordinated by Mark Davis, Wollaston’s new 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.”

Venue: Holy Trinity Church and Community Centre, Malaga W.A.

Dates and time: 12, 19, and 26 May, Saturdays 9am–12.30pm.

Cost: $120 (for credit); $80 (audit)


This unit introduces some approaches to ethical theory and assists participants to employ elements of that theory, and critical thinking, in understanding complex ethical issues. It is taught by Professor Stephan Millett.

Venue: Wollaston Theological College, 5 Wollaston Road Mt Claremont W.A.

Dates and time: 26 May; 2, and 9 June, Saturdays 9am–12.30pm

Cost: $120 (for credit); $80 (audit)


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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