About Perth Bible College

Campus Location
1 College Court, Karrinyup, WA 6018

Information about Open Days
Released in August www.pbc.wa.edu.au/open-day-2017

Important Dates
Academic Calendar released October the following year.

Contact Details
www.pbc.wa.edu.au/college-overview/contact-us

Admission Criteria

All applicants who endeavour to submit an application must meet the general admission requirements. All the candidates must be a Christian, 17 years or older (18 years for International students). Applicants must confess their faith in Christ in accordance with the PBC Statement of Faith, be involved regularly in a local church, demonstrate a desire to be involved in church ministry, demonstrate physical and psychological capacity for studying in a tertiary institution, agree to abide by PBC policies and procedures as outlined pbc.wa.edu.au/student-portal/policies-and-procedures, and agree to abide by the PBC Student Code of Conduct, as outlined https://pbc.wa.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Student-code-of-Conduct.pdf.

Applicants with higher education study

Applicants who have undertaken higher education are selected and accepted if they have obtained acceptable post-secondary qualifications with an overall credit average of 70% or higher, or have achieved a semester average of 70% in the last semester of study.

Perth Bible College currently offers 8 credit points towards a Bachelor of Ministry for a Diploma of Ministry or equivalent. Applicants who have completed an Advanced Diploma or equivalent will be offered up to 16 credit points towards a Bachelor of Ministry.

Recognition of Prior Learning

To obtain recognition of prior learning, applicants must provide documentary evidence of appropriate previous tertiary study and/or relevant practical experience. Such study and/or experience must be in accordance with the objectives of the relevant course and demonstrate how the applicant has achieved relevant outcomes. Each student’s prior qualifications and/or area of experience are considered for credit on a case by case basis by the Dean of Studies in consultation with the Dean of Academics and Research or the Principal. This process helps to maximise the credit offered while maintaining the integrity of qualification outcomes and discipline requirements of the course to which the credit is to be granted.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Applicants who have undertaken VET study are selected and accepted on the grounds of a Cert IV or above in any field of study. To obtain recognition of prior learning, applicants must provide documentary evidence of appropriate previous tertiary study and/or relevant practical experience. Such study and/or experience must be in accordance with the objectives of the relevant course and demonstrate how the applicant has achieved relevant outcomes. Each student’s prior qualifications and/or area of experience are considered for credit on a case by case basis by the Dean of Studies in consultation with the Dean of Academics and Research or the Principal. This process helps to maximise the credit offered while maintaining the integrity of qualification outcomes and discipline requirements of the course to which the credit is to be granted.

Perth Bible College currently offers credit for studies completed through the Jesus Discipleship Movement (JDM) in South Korea. When an applicant has completed a VET Diploma in Christian Ministry and Theology, they will be credited with up to 4 units (12 semester hours) credit towards a Diploma of Ministry. This credit provides an exemption from two of the four New Testament and Old Testament Introductory units in conjunction with an exemption from two electives.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

ATAR variants

Applicants for the Diploma of Ministry course must have completed year 12 or equivalent in the Australian school system, as outlined https://www.pbc.wa.edu.au/undergrad-undergraduate-studies/undergrad-diploma-of-ministry-take-a-year/.

Applicants for the Advanced Diploma of Ministry must have completed year 12 in the Australian school system or equivalent with an ATAR of 50 or equivalent, as outlined https://www.pbc.wa.edu.au/undergrad-undergraduate-studies/undergrad-advanced-diploma-of-ministry/

Applicants for the Bachelor of Ministry must have completed year 12 in the Australian school system or equivalent with an ATAR of 70 or equivalent, as outlined https://www.pbc.wa.edu.au/undergrad-undergraduate-studies/undergrad-bachelor-of-ministry/

Additional Criteria

In addition to ATAR scores, applicants are required to provide a certified copy of their birth certificate, passport or permanent resident visa, 3 recent passport photos, all applicable academic transcripts (certified copies), a page or two detailing how the candidate became a Christian and why they believe they are called into service through PBC, 3 references – 1 from your Pastor/Church Leader and two others.

In conjunction with the above, applicants are also required to confess their faith in Christ in accordance with the PBC Statement of Faith, be involved regularly in a local church, demonstrate a desire to be involved in church ministry, demonstrate physical and psychological capacity for studying at a tertiary institution, agree to abide by PBC policies and procedures and agree to abide by the PBC Student Code of Conduct.

Applicants who do not meet ATAR requirements and intend to apply for the Diploma of Ministry must have other acceptable post-secondary qualifications (e.g. Cert IV or above in any field), qualify for admission as a mature age student by obtaining a satisfactory grade in both the Written English (at least 130) and Multiple Choice (at least 125) sections of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) conducted by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre Inc, or qualify for Provisional Admission in P03 Admission Policy, as outlined www.pbc.wa.edu.au/resources/policies.

Other admission options

Applicants who do not meet ATAR requirements and intend to apply for the Advanced Diploma of Ministry must have other acceptable post-secondary qualifications completed in Australia (e.g. any VET Diploma, PBC Diploma of Ministry) or qualify for admission as a mature age student by obtaining a satisfactory grade in both the Written English (at least 130) and Multiple Choice (at least 125) sections of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as conducted by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre Inc.

Applicants who do not meet the ATAR requirements for the Bachelor of Ministry must qualify for admission to an Australian University, have other acceptable post-secondary qualifications (e.g. PBC Diploma of Ministry with distinction average), or qualify for admission as a mature age student by obtaining a satisfactory grade in both the Written English (at least 130) and Multiple Choice (at least 125) sections of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as conducted by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre Inc.

English Requirements

All applicants for the Diploma of Ministry or Advanced Diploma of Ministry will also be required to demonstrate English Proficiency, which is equivalent to an academic IELTS band of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub set.

All applicants for the Bachelor of Ministry will also be required to demonstrate English Proficiency, which is equivalent to an academic IELTS band of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub set.

Special Considerations

A student may be granted entry into any course by Provisional Entry if they can demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of satisfactory completion of the course requirements. Students admitted by Provisional Entry have a Course Status of Provisional Standing. It is compulsory for a provisional student to complete a Study Ready unit (Effective Academic Communication in Semester 1 and Theological Thinking and Writing in Semester 2) prior to, or in conjunction with their first year of study. It is compulsory for a first-year student, who is not enrolled for a Study Ready unit, to complete the Study Skills unit and attend other support services as necessary. Should your application be successful, all your obligations as a provisional entry student will be outlined in your formal “Letter of Offer”.

Prospective students seeking admission via the Provisional Entry pathway should submit a portfolio containing the following:

  1. The PBC Application Form
  2. A cover letter outlining your motivation for seeking entry. The letter should reflect preparation and commitment to complete the course successfully.
  3. A Resume outlining your work and/or ministry experience, both paid and volunteer that supports your application.
  4. Academic Records for any and all education and training to date.

This includes workplace or ministry training and courses.

Prospective students applying for Provisional Entry will be required to complete an interview. In the case of a Provisional Application, after the interview, the Dean of Students will make their informed judgement on the demonstrated reasonable likelihood for satisfactory completion of the course, and outline the reasons for this decision and any further conditions on the entry (e.g. any compulsory support services). The decision will then be reviewed by the Academic Dean or the Principal prior to being finalised. In the case of provisional entry students, the previous experience considered would not qualify for Recognised Prior Learning credit. The prospective student’s inability to enter the course via a direct pathway provides no grounds for demonstrating achieved outcomes at the level or rigour of the course.

Interstate Year 12

Completed year 12 studies in other Australian states are recognised as equivalent to Western Australian standards.

Applicants with work and life experience (includes those who left secondary education more than two years ago)

Applicants who left secondary education more than two years ago can enter courses at Perth Bible College by having completed other post-secondary qualifications (e.g., a Cert IV), apply as a mature age student or seek provisional entrance.

Applicants who wish to enter into the Diploma of Ministry or Advanced Diploma of Ministry as a mature student must obtain a satisfactory grade in both the Written English (at least 130) and Multiple Choice (at least 125) sections of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) conducted by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre Inc.

Applicants who wish to enter into the Bachelor of Ministry as a mature age student must obtain a satisfactory grade in both the Written English (at least 140) and Multiple Choice (at least 135) sections of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) conducted by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre Inc.

Work/Experience

An applicant who is unable to meet the standard admission requirements or the provisional or mature age requirements can obtain special considerations in relation to their work history or ministry experience. If an applicant has extensive paid/unpaid experience in ministry, they may receive entrance into the Diploma of Ministry. This process of application is completed on a case by case basis.

Additional Information

PBC does not discriminate in the admission and access to its programmes and activities on the basis of handicap, age, sex, race, colour, national or ethnic origin.

Applicants who have prior relevant study, completed in a language other than English, will receive a maximum of 12 months credit (8 units) and will be required to complete no less than 2 years (16 units) of the PBC Bachelor of Ministry or Advanced Diploma to be conferred these awards. Unless specific unit exemptions are given, such applicants would be required to complete all compulsory units. Candidates who have completed training at an overseas institution in a language other than English, which has an established MoU for recognising RPL, will have credit applied in line with the terms of those agreements.

English Language Proficiency

The Australian Government requires incoming International students to demonstrate their proficiency in English before a student visa will be granted. You are required to complete an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) assessment unless you can provide evidence of studying in English from one of the following options:

  • At least five years of study in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States, or
  • Successful completion in Australia of a foundation course, Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or substantial part of a Certificate IV or higher-level qualification from the Australian Qualifications Framework, within two years of your application date.

The applicant should ask the IELTS testing authority to mail the test results directly to: The Dean of Students, Perth Bible College. The following standards have been set as the English language requirements for Perth Bible College courses:

Undergraduate Diploma – IELTS Band Score: 6.0
Advanced Diploma – IELTS Band Score: 6.0
Bachelor Degree– IELTS Band Score: 6.5
Graduate Diploma – IELTS Band Score: 7.0
Master Degree – IELTS Band Score: 7.0

How to Apply

Applicants who wish to apply for a course offered by Perth Bible College should do so via direct application to the institution. The application process can vary between two weeks to six months or more. A two-week turnaround for an application is dependent upon receiving all required information from the applicant and referees.

Applicants should attend the college to discuss the application process with the Dean of Students. This face to face discussion is primarily for the benefit of the student, to provide information about the courses, the contents of units, the requirements of the study programmes, and to enable them to become familiar with the facilities and procedures of the college. Selection criteria may be discussed and clarified during the discussion, but no new selection criteria are included. The Dean of Students will assess applications to ensure that all relevant materials have been received. Required materials are outlined in the Australian Student Prospectus and the Overseas Student Prospectus. PBC will reply to the applicant letting him/her know that the application and specified fees have been received. The Dean of Students will then send a request for referral and a PBC referral from to the applicant’s nominated referees. Once all required documents are received, and all application fees are paid the application will be processed. Applicants that meet the above requirements are then interviewed (if possible) by the Dean of Students.

An interview is only undertaken if a face to face discussion is geographically possible. As previously mentioned, the interview is primarily for the benefit of the student, to provide information about the courses, the contents of units, the requirements of the study programmes, and to enable them to become familiar with the facilities and procedures of the college. Selection criteria may be discussed and clarified during the interview, but no new selection criteria are included for discussion at the interviews. The application is then either approved or declined by the Dean of Students in consultation with one other faculty member, preferably the College Principal or the Academic Dean in line with the requirements for entry criteria. Applicants are notified of the approval or declination decision within 14 days of receipt of a completed application. All students will also be sent a formal “Letter of Offer”. All students will then be required to complete and return the “Acceptance of Offer” (included with the “Letter of Offer”) along with all required fees before a “Confirmation of Acceptance” and “Overseas Student Confirmation of Enrolment” (CoE), will be issued. The CoE shows that PBC has notified the Australian Authorities that the applicant has been accepted to a particular study program.

Enrolment

Enrolment process

Prior to the beginning of each semester, each student shall apply for enrolment by completing and lodging an Enrolment Form, obtainable from the Student Office. The Dean of Students and the Dean of Studies will arrange enrolment appointment days for enrolling new and returning students. These days will allow students to receive advice on which units to enrol in, ensuring they will meet the requirements of their course. Enrolment forms must be completed prior to attending lectures for that semester. All enrolments must be finalised by the census date. Students will not be able to add new units or transfer between units after the census date.

Students may apply to change their course enrolment at the beginning of a new semester up until the census date. Students will be required to complete an Application for Change of Enrolment form to make such an application. Students will be required to meet the requirements outlined in P30 Articulation Arrangements to qualify to change course enrolment.

Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning

To obtain recognition of prior learning, applicants must provide documentary evidence of appropriate previous tertiary study and/or relevant practical experience. Such study and/or experience must be in accordance with the objectives of the relevant course and demonstrate how the applicant has achieved relevant outcomes. Each student’s prior qualifications and/or area of experience are considered for credit on a case by case basis by the Dean of Studies in consultation with the Dean of Academics and Research or the Principal. This process helps to maximise the credit offered while maintaining the integrity of qualification outcomes and discipline requirements of the course to which the credit is to be granted.

Deferment

PBC may permit the deferral of a course enrolment of a student in some circumstances as outlined in P03 Enrolment https://pbc.wa.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/P03-ENROLMENT.pdf

Fees and Charges

PBC’s most current fee structure can be found at https://www.pbc.wa.edu.au/undergrad-undergraduate-studies/undergrad-course-fees/

Student and campus services

Accommodation

The Perth Bible College facilities include a number of self-contained units. These units are either one, two or three-bedroom units and can be supplied with or without furnishings. PBC can accommodate single students (typically shared living arrangements, one student per bedroom), married students and families, depending on the availability of units. PBC can provide basic furnishing for units if desired. Furnishings include a washing machine, refrigerator, cooking facilities & implements, essential kitchen items (crockery and cutlery), beds, lounge chairs, built-in wardrobes and study desk. Residents do need to provide their own bedding and personal items.

Possible career paths with a PBC qualification

Pastor, Leader, Minister, Teacher, Lecturer, Chaplain, Preacher, Missionary, Youth Pastor and Pastoral Counsellor.

Library and computing services

Perth Bible College provides a library with over 25000 resources, and computers for the use of students. Additionally, printing services are available at the library or from the reception.

Learning assistance

Perth Bible College provides three study support units (Study Skills, Effective Academic Communication, Theological Thinking and Writing) with an additional tutoring unit, free of charge.

Student Council

Student Council representatives are voted in by the student body at the beginning of each semester. The Student Council is responsible for representing the student body regarding student-related matters; provide printing equipment in the library and to serve the student body with integrity.

Disability services

Perth Bible College strives to accommodate the variety of access needs for the disabled.

Financial assistance

  • Centrelink’s Youth Allowance & Austudy Assistance help with living expenses for full-time students. This applies to all PBC’s undergraduate courses.
  • FEE-HELP is a student loan scheme for which you may be eligible. To find out if you qualify visit: http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassist/helppayingmyfees/.
  • Although there are no full fee-paying scholarships available for beginning students, the college does offer work contracts for which all full-time students are eligible to apply. Work contracts enable students to subsidise their fees in exchange for performing certain cleaning, library, or maintenance duties around the campus.
  • The Graham D. Michie Scholarship and the Overseas Student scholarship is awarded annually to continuing students.
  • Students can apply for a study grant from the Concerned Christian Growth Ministries Charitable trust under the guidance of their lecturer.
  • The Scarborough Christian Service Fund allows PBC to use interest earned on an investment loan to be distributed to deserving students to provide funds towards college fees.

Student Profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Perth Bible College. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available, including international students studying in Australia.

Applicant Background Semester 2, 2017 Intake
Number of students Percentage of all students
Past higher education study 6 31.5%
Past vocational education and training (VET) study L/N N/P
Recent secondary education 7 37%
Work and Life experience 3 16%
International Students 2 10.5%
All Students 19 100%
Notes:

L/N – Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.
N/A – Data not available for this item.
N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

Where to get further information

TEQSA national register
QILT
Information on appeals and grievance processes