Attendance Modes

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There are two ‘modes’ of attendance for Year 13: Continuous and Block. Both modes cover the same material and engage in all the same activities, but have been specifically designed to allow you to complete the Year 13 program no matter where you live.


The Continuous mode is our weekly program and is designed for students who live within travelling distance of the Year 13 campus in Loftus (ie. within Greater Sydney). You stay on campus two days per week (overnight), and participate in face-to-face lectures and group time. The rest of the week is spent serving in your ministry placement at church or a local school, as well as time for part-time work and a day off.


If you want to do Year 13, but coming to Loftus each week just isn’t possible (eg. if you are a regional, interstate or international student), then Block mode is for you! Block mode is intensive and breaks the year into four residential blocks. In between ‘blocks’, you will continue learning in our online community, serve in your ministry placement at church or a local school, as well as have time for part-time work and a day off. Country scholarships are also available for eligible Block mode students.

Study Options

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There are 3 different options you can choose for the study component of Year 13. While all students of all levels are present in face-to-face classes together, the study and assessments outside of class are different for each option. 


This is all about experiencing a deep connection at church, Year 13 and mission without the extra demands of assessments and grades. If you are looking to take a break from study before going to uni or work, choose this option for the combination of deep discipleship without study stress. This is especially suitable for those with learning difficulties.

GET EQUIPPED: Certificate

This is all about becoming practically equipped for life and ministry, where you complete an Academic Studies in Theology Certificate. While there are assessments, there are less than the Diploma and you’ll avoid essays and wider reading. A key part of this option is the inclusion of a Study Skills subject which is helpful for those who have found studying daunting and difficult. Eligible students may claim Youth Allowance while completing the Certificate.  

GET AHEAD: Diploma

This is all about getting ahead for ministry training, study and employment. You will undertake a Diploma* of Christian Studies, completed within the year. There are more assessments than the Certificate and they are similar to first-year undergraduate study at university. With this Diploma completed you could** get a head start towards:

  • further theological study

  • a Bachelor of Arts

  • teaching employment in Christian schools

* The Diploma requires an entrance exam OR an ATAR of 65+ and is FEE-HELP approved.
** For more information regarding possible credit towards future study, please contact higher education institutions directly.

Average Week

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During term time, your typical week will vary depending on which mode of Year 13 you choose – Continuous or Block.


A typical week involves:

  • 2 days on campus

  • 1 day of study

  • 3 days of part time work and ministry

  • 1 day of rest

Please note: the 3 days or part-time work/ministry will vary for each individual. Some schools and churches are resourced to employ a Year 13 student.
In this case, the student may complete both their ministry placement and their part-time work in the same location.



For Block mode students, your typical week is much harder to define. You'll spend 16 weeks of the year on campus at Year 13 and in Fiji, and the remaining 36 weeks at home serving in your ministry placement and working. How you structure your time is largely up to you. Past students have used the time to accommodate additional ministry or paid work. Talk to us during your application interview about what you'd like to do.

Fiji Mission

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Past Year 13-ers say the one-month mission to Fiji is the highlight of their year. Partnering with Fijian brothers and sisters in gospel ministry is a rare privilege. On mission you will visit some beautiful locations and experience genuine Fijian culture and hospitality, far from the tourists, as you and your Local Church Mission team partner with churches and minister the gospel in many different contexts. You will have the chance to teach Scripture in orphanages, schools, churches, refugee settlements and prisons, participate in hands-on community projects as well as present at Fijian Youth Leadership Conferences.

It is important to know that Year 13 does not go to ’do mission’. Our philosophy of mission is to partner with local Fijians in mission. God has opened the door for Year 13 in Fiji through existing relationships with Fijian church leaders. Year 13 has also returned, year after year, to the same ministries, seeking to consolidate the work done by previous year groups, and develop the relationship with our Fijian partners. Fijian culture operates on trust, and it is a great privilege – and a testament to our past students – to be asked back each year.


The Fiji mission takes place in June-July each year.

The overall cost for the mission is included in the Year 13 fee structure, and covers your airfares, insurance, meals, training and accommodation for your month on mission in Fiji.

Part of your Year 13 year also involves personal fundraising to help cover some—if not all— of your mission costs.



We ensure you are prepared for cross-cultural mission prior to leaving. This includes specific cultural awareness training, and several subjects (such as Evangelism, Biblical Theology of Mission and World Religions) which help prepare you for mission work.

Travel to Fiji does not require a Visa for Australian citizens but does require a passport. You will need to apply for a passport well before the Fiji mission if  you don’t have one already. Please don’t leave this until the last minute!

You may also require some vaccinations. We will provide details of what is recommended, but these will need to be organised and paid for by you.


While overseas

While in Fiji, you will receive a prepaid SIM in order to contact home, as well as give you intermittent internet access. There will also be a supporters’ Facebook page to allow friends and family to see what you have been up to. 

Detailed risk management policies and emergency procedures are in place to ensure the safety of all team members.

For more information about travelling to Fiji, please visit:

Fees 2019

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  • Includes:
  • • Program fee
  • • Meals and accommodation
  • • Fiji mission
  • • Tuition


  • Includes:
  • • Program fee
  • • Meals and accommodation
  • • Fiji mission
  • • Tuition


  • Includes:
  • • Program fee
  • • Meals and accommodation
  • • Fiji mission
  • • Tuition
$5,600 With FEE-HELP


Key Dates 2018

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SEMESTER 2 – 5 August - 22 November

Block 3 – 2 - 19 September

Spring Break – 28 September - 13 October

Block 4 – 4 - 22 November

Disorientation Week – 18 - 22 November


Click here for the 2019 calendar.