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
  • Spirituality
  • Ethics
  • 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.

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.



Introduction to Youth Ministry
In this elective unit, coordinated by Mark Davis, ACYM’s Team Leader, you will experience high quality, practical training that blends elements from Missiology, Practical Theology and Youth Work. The module will explore the difference between Youth Work and Youth Ministry, compare the Incarnational and ‘hit-and-run’ models of delivery, how to start right and finish well, and whether youth ministry should be fun.

Thursday evenings, 13 February – 5 March
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00 pm
Venue: Wollaston Theological College, Mt Claremont, 6010
Cost: $120 for credit, $80 audit

Anglican Studies   
This unit explores the development of Anglican faith and life from Christian origins in Britain/England to the present world-wide Communion. Anglicanism in the Australian context will also be studied, and there may be a focus on Anglican understanding of education. The Warden of Wollaston Theological College, the Reverend Dr Gregory Seach, coordinates this unit.

Thursday evenings, 12 March – 2 April
Time: 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Venue: Wollaston Theological College, Mt Claremont, 6010
Cost: $120 for credit, $80 audit

Transforming Injustice
The Anglican Communion’s fourth ‘mark of mission’ is to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation. This unit taught by the Reverend Chris Bedding, is designed to equip students to contribute to the church’s work of transforming injustice. Students will be introduced to some of the Biblical foundations for the work of transforming injustice, and developing a life of nonviolence, based on the principles of nonviolence practised by Christians throughout history. Case studies and hypothetical situations will be explored, in order to give students the opportunity to apply their learning.

Tuesday evenings, 3,10, 24 and 31 March
Time: 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Venue: St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church, Darlington, 6070
Cost: $120 for credit; $80 audit

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: Application form

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