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Applicants with work and life experience (including those who left secondary education more than 2 years ago)

Entry Requirements

Your application will be assessed on these critera:

Applicants who left secondary education more than two years ago can enter courses at Perth Bible College by applying as a mature age student or seeking provisional entrance.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

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 STAT test 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 and Life 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.

Possible career paths with a PBC qualification

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

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. 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 Dean of Academics & Research 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 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.

Choose a Course

Diploma of Ministry

Advanced Diploma of Ministry

Bachelor of Ministry

Bachelor of Social Sciences

Glossary of common admission-related terms and their meaning

The following common admission-related terms and definitions have been committed to by Australian higher education providers, tertiary admission centres and other related bodies, to ensure consistency in the presentation of admission requirements across courses and institutions.

Admission pathway: Any one of the options available to a prospective higher education student that will enable them to meet the entry requirements of their chosen courses.

Applicant background: The following grouping of applicants is used to help prospective students, family and others easily find the admission information most relevant to their circumstances. The groupings do not themselves determine how an application will be assessed but direct an information seeker to the most useful information.

  • Higher education study: Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, whether at a university or non-university provider.
  • Vocational education and training (VET) study: Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a VET course.
  • Work and life experience (includes less recent secondary results): Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.
  • Recent secondary education: Applicants whose admission is based mostly on secondary education undertaken at school, TAFE or other VET or higher education provider (Australian or overseas equivalent) that was completed (or will be) in the current year or within the previous two years.

Advanced standing: A form of credit for any previous learning (Australian Qualifications Framework definition) – see also the definitions for “credit transfer” and “recognition of prior learning”.

Credit transfer: A process that provides students with agreed and consistent credit outcomes for components of a qualification based on identified equivalence in content and learning outcomes between matched qualifications (Australian Qualifications Framework definition).

Recognition of prior learning (RPL): A process used to assess an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit that may be granted towards completion of a qualification.