The following units are available to study in 2021 at Mary Andrews College.


All Diploma-level units are taught at either 100-hour or 150-hour level (indicated below). For more information about how this applies to each Diploma, please click here.

Please note that, from 2020 onwards, all Diploma-level units have been updated and now have new unit codes.

Diploma Units 2021

Bible Units

Old Testament Overview
OT003-512 • 150 hours
Wednesdays – Semester 1
The Old Testament forms the background to the message of Jesus, but often we don’t have a good knowledge of it. In this unit, you will learn about the way the OT came together into its current form, as well as learning about the divisions of the books (Law, Prophets, Writings) and the different literary genres in order to help inform our understanding of the message of the New Testament.

OT053-508 • 100 hours
Thursdays – Semester 2
Unlike the rest of the Bible which offers God’s words to us, the Psalms focus on human words directed to God. They speak of praise, thankfulness, and comfort, but they also speak about lament, loss, and disappointment. In this unit, we will explore how God speaks to us through the Psalms, thinking both theologically and pastorally about the psalms can be applied in our own lives and ministry today

New Testament Overview
NT003-512 • 150 hours
Wednesdays – Semester 2
In this unit, you will learn about the social, historical and cultural world from which the New Testament arose. Study the contents and themes of the gospels, Acts, Romans, Hebrews and Revelation with a view to the way you can incorporate these into your own life and ministry.

NT044-508 • 100 hours
Tuesdays – Semester 1
Spend time studying the instruction contained in John’s incredible letter of Revelation. Through a close examination of the text, you will learn exegesis skills, as well as how to use the letter’s theological insights in your own life and ministry.


Christian Thought and History Units

Theology Overview
TH040-512 • 150 hours
Fridays – Semester 2
How do we know God? What does God reveal about Himself to us through His word? In this unit, you will study the central doctrines of the Christian faith including the trinity, creation and the fall, and grace, as well as considering the ways you can apply these to your own personal life and ministry contexts.

Rise of Christianity: Acts to the Reformation
CH040-512 • 150 hours
Fridays – Semester 1
In this unit, you will get to explore the history of Christianity from the New Testament period to the time of the English Reformation by looking at key historical figures, periods and beliefs. You will reflect on the development of Christianity as the gospel spread throughout the world in spite of opposition, misunderstanding and conflict.


Ministry and Practice Units

Foundations of Pastoral Care
PC013-508 • 100 hours
Tuesdays – Semester 1
Would you like to improve your skills to care for others pastorally? This unit on pastoral care will introduce you to the biblical basis of caring and how to care for people in different stages of life. You will also develop your skills in active listening, encouragement and dealing with conflict.

Applied Pastoral Care
PC014-512 • 150 hours
Mondays – Semester 2
In this unit, you will develop your practical skills in pastoral care. You will learn how to ask helpful questions, listen effectively and employ boundaries. You will also learn how to apply the scriptures to important pastoral issues. (This unit includes a 45hr practical component).

Understanding Grief
PC104-508 • 100 hours
Thursdays – Semester 1
How can we grow in understanding God’s offer of comfort to those who are experiencing grief? This unit will help to raise your awareness of the causes and impact of grief. You will also be introduced to a biblical understanding of grief and how you can best support people in the midst of grieving.

Foundations of  Christian Mentoring
PC112-508 • 100 hours
Tuesdays – Semester 2
Jesus’ final command to his followers was to ‘make disciples’ (Matthew 28:19-20). How do we equip others
for ministry and leadership? What are some of the tools of spiritual formation that we need? This unit will give you the practical skills and knowledge you need to make a tangible difference in the spiritual growth of others.

Certificate Units 2021

Compulsory Units

Skills in Biblical Interpretation (SBI)
Thursdays – Semester 1
Learn practical skills in understanding the biblical text within its original contexts, including the text’s historical, literary, and theological contexts. Having understood the message of a passage in its original context, we will then explore how the message of the text speaks into life in our situation today.

Old Testament (OT)
Thursdays – Semester 1
Capture ‘God’s big picture’ in the Old Testament. As we explore the Old Testament narrative and its themes, we will witness its deep impact for our ministry and everyday life in today’s ever-changing world.

New Testament (NT)
Thursdays – Semester 2
Study the New Testament writings in their original context. Discover their meaning for the Christian believer and for the local church today. Be enriched in your relationship with God and inspired to see how relevant God’s word is to your life and witness today.

Christian Belief (CB)
Thursdays – Semester 2
Gain an introduction to the doctrines of the Christian faith, such as creation, sin, grace. This unit models the importance of letting our beliefs shape our everyday lives and ministries.


Elective Units

Pastoral Care (IPC)
Thursdays – Semester 1
Investigate the biblical basis of caring, and examine issues and skills that will help you to become a more effective member of your church and community. Your ministry to others will never be the same again.

Practical Pastoral Care (IAPC)
Thursdays – Semester 2
Learn how to ask helpful questions, listen effectively and reflect theologically and practically on current pastoral care ministry. Learn about sensitive use of the scriptures and prayer. This unit includes a 17.5hr practical component. Pastoral Care (IPC) is a prerequisite for this unit.

Graduate Certificate Units 2021

Core Unit

Theological Approaches to Wellbeing
Tuesdays  – Semester 2
The unit will expose students to key questions and perspectives related to a Christian understanding of human flourishing and wellbeing. It will enable students to reflect upon approaches to understanding wellbeing within the history of ideas and Christian thought, and to critically assess the contribution of positive psychology from a biblical and theological framework, with a view to application in ministry and professional settings.

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