There are three different options you can choose for the study component of Year 13. While all students of all options participate in deep discipleship together, the study and assessments outside of class are different for each option.
YEAR 13 Audit
Audit is all about experiencing a deep connection at church, Year 13 and mission without the extra demands of assessments and exams. If you are looking to take a break from study before going to uni or fulltime work, choose this option for the combination of deep discipleship without study stress, leaving plenty of time for part-time work and ministry. Audit is also suited to those with learning difficulties.
YEAR 13 Certificate
Certificate Students take on Year 13 and also attempt an Academic Studies in Theology Certificate. A key part of this option is the inclusion of a Study Skills subject which is helpful for those who have found studying daunting or difficult and would like a second chance to go further academically. The study is pitched at half the depth of the Diploma so Certificate Students will have ample time for part-time work and ministry.
YEAR 13 Diploma
Diploma Students take on Year 13 with a full-time tertiary study load in order to complete the Diploma* of Christian Studies within the year. Additional to the discipleship program, Diploma academic requirements are similar to first-year undergraduate study at university. Coupled with a ministry placement at a Christian organisation or church, a Diploma Student’s year will be shaped entirely by their Year 13 timetable.
* The Diploma requires an entrance exam OR an ATAR of 65+ and is FEE-HELP approved.
Choice of Streams
Year 13 students stay on campus two days per week (overnight), and participate in the Year 13 discipleship program. This will include chaplaincy and prayer groups, chapel, firesides, morning and afternoon prayers, solo time with God, 1-to-1 mentoring, practical ministry and Bible classes, meals and more.
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.
All streams cover the same material and engage in the same activities, but have been specifically designed to allow you to complete the Year 13 program in the most convenient way. Each stream is limited to 30 students.
Example of Streams
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 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: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Fiji
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.
Year 13 Fees
*Final 2020 Audit, Certificate and Diploma Fees released September 2019
2019 Diploma - With FEE-Help
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* ($16,000 Tuition fees paid through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. Find out more on their website here)
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Program Fee: This covers all conferences, camps, events and special training days throughout the year. If students are unable, or choose not to participate in these, we do not refund that component of their fees.
Meals and Accommodation: This covers all costs associated with food, sleeping and living arrangements for the days students are required to be on campus at Loftus.
Short Term Mission: This covers air fares, transfers, travel insurance, meals, training, accommodation and sightseeing for the month-long Fiji mission trip. This is the fee component we train and encourage all students to fundraise for as part of their Cultivating Cultural Intelligence subject and their discipleship experience.
Tuition: This includes enrolment with the Australian College of Theology for eight subjects at either Diploma or Certificate level, assessments, supervision, training, administration and pastoral care. Audit Students choose to simply attend lectures, but not undertake any assessments that are required (note that audited units will not be counted towards an award). his includes all teaching materials, supervision, training, administration and pastoral care. Students choose to simply attend lectures, but not undertake any assessments that are required (note that audited units will not be counted towards an award).
Textbooks: Textbooks can usually be purchased for under $300, though students may find the books are readily available for loan from church friends and family. We also seek to arrange book-pack discounts with retailers for Year 13 Students..