SAQA ID Number: 90738
Minimum Credits: 360
Exit Level: NQF Level 7
Length: Minimum of three years of study, offered at Mukhanyo as minimum of four years of study

This programme provides a comprehensive study of all aspects of theology, including both the academic research and practical application of biblical truth.  It is designed to prepare church leaders for all aspects of Christian ministry. This three year programme is open to all candidates who are called by God into the pastoral ministry of the Word and leadership in the Church.
The BTh programme is also offered via local learning in selected Local Learning Sites.

Field of study: NSB 07 – Human and Social Studies
Sub-field: Religious and Ethical Foundations of Society

The Qualification Consists of the Following Modules:

Biblical Studies:
    • Biblical Interpretation
    • Christian Philosophy
    • Christian Worldview
    • Old Testament: Books of Moses
    • Old Testament: Historical Books
    • Old Testament: Prophetic Books
    • Old Testament: Wisdom Literature
    • New Testament: Gospels Literature
    • New Testament: Paul and His Letters
    • New Testament: Pastoral Letters
    • New Testament: John and His Books
    • Story of the Bible

    • Theology of Missions
    • Planting Biblical Churches
    • Missional Apologetics 1 & 2

Church History:
    • Introduction and Early Church History
    • Reformation
    • African and Modern Church History

Systematic Theology:
    • Introduction to Theology
    • Theology: Christian Doctrine 1, 2 & 3
    • African Theology
Pastoral Theology:
    • Church Order and Worship
    • Creative Bible Teaching
    • Introduction to Pastoral Theology
    • Introduction to Preaching
    • Leading Biblical Churches
    • Ministry Practicum 1 & 2
    • Pastoral Counseling 1 & 2
    • Practice Preaching 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

    • Greek Introduction
    • Greek Tools
    • Biblical Greek 3 & 4 (Electives)

    • Hebrew Introduction
    • Hebrew Tools
    • Biblical Hebrew 3 & 4 (Electives)

Supportive Modules (Electives):
    • Academic Literacy 1 & 2
    • English Skills
    • Study Skills
    • Technology Skills​

Requirements for Admission

A student may be accepted into the MTC Bachelor of Theology if he/she meets any of the following requirements:

    • South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching–English—as certified by Umalusi, coupled with an achievement rating of 4 (Adequate Achievement, 50-59%) or better in four recognised NSC 20-credit subjects;(Ibid.) or,
    • An accredited equivalent of a National Senior Certificate from a foreign institution that is deemed equivalent to no. 1 above; or,
    • Higher Certificate or Advanced Certificate in a cognate field with an average of at least 50%; or,
    • DiplomaBachelor’s, or other qualification at an exit level of NQF Level 5 or higher with an average of at least 50%.

A student may also be admitted into the programme through recognition of prior learning (RPL). Such must be done in accordance with MTC’s RPL Policy. It is the responsibility of the student to provide sufficient evidence of prior learning. MTC may charge a fee for processing RPL portfolios. Admission via RPL does not mean that the student will obtain credits toward any MTC modules. According to MTC’s RPL Policy not more than 10% of students admitted to study in accredited programmes at the college in a given year, can be via RPL.​

Foreign Students

Foreign students need to take note of the following requirements:

    • Only certified copies of identity documents (e.g. passport), visas, qualifications, and transcripts will be accepted for application purposes;
    • Students with a school-leaving certificate equivalent to the South African National Senior Certificate can only be accepted into an accredited MTC programme once the certificate has been evaluated by the relevant South African qualifications authority, in this case Higher Education South Africa (HESA).
    • Undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications from a foreign institution will be evaluated by MTC, however, MTC may require the student to have the qualification evaluated by the relevant South African qualifications authority, in this case the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
    • Any foreign qualification that cannot be verified will not be considered in an application and the student may have to apply for admission via RPL.

Entrance Exams

All applicants who are accepted to study at MTC have to write exams. The purpose of these exams is to identify the student’s level of competence in the English language, academic literacy, and computer skills. Based on his/her results, a student will be required to take associated support modules in the course of their studies.


Legislation Governing Admission

The following legislation is applicable to admission requirements:

    • Department of Education Higher Education Act, 1997(Act 101 of 1997) Minimum Admission Requirements for Higher Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor’s Degree Programmes requiring a National Senior Certificate (NSC) (Government Gazette, 24 Vol 751, No 32131 of 11 July 2008).
    • The Higher Education Qualifications Framework (As Revised September 2011).