The Higher Certificate in Christian Life offers a thorough grounding in the essentials of theological and ministerial training. The programme is suitable for pastors needing foundational theological studies and for elders, deacons, and other men and women serving actively in their churches. The three stand-out characteristics of the programme are that it is biblical (you will grow in Bible knowledge), practical (you will grow in ministry skills), and spiritual (you will grow in your walk with Christ).

There are two other reasons why you might register for the HCCL.

  1. If you wish to enrol for the BTh but you do not meet the admission requirements, you can do the Higher Certificate in Christian Life. When you graduate, you can continue with the BTh
  2. If you have a non-theological degree and you wish to enrol for the Bachelors in Theology Honours, you can do the Higher Certificate in Christian Life as a bridge into the Honours.

Do I Qualify?

To register for the Higher Certificate in Christian Life, you need to have a school-leaving certificate. In South Africa, this is a National Senior Certificate (NSC). If you have an accredited tertiary qualification, we accept that in lieu of a school-leaving certificate.

If you do not have a school-leaving certificate, you may be admitted to the HCCL on the basis of RPL. You will be asked to complete the first five courses on probation as stand-alone subjects. If you pass them, demonstrating that the ability to study at this level, you may enrol for the HCCL.

If you complete the Higher Certificate in Christian Life and wish to enrol for the BTh, 60 credits from the HCCL may be transferred to the BTh.

Bachelor of Theology and HCCL Timetable

How Long Does It Take?

The minimum duration is one year, but the average completion time for part-time students is two years. You have a maximum of three years to finish.

Please note: You are required to complete 48 credits every twelve months, commencing with the date of enrolment.

Complete our online application form, or contact us.