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

Entry Requirements

Your application will be assessed on these criteria:

Australian Year 12 students

Year 12 studies completed in other Australian states are recognised as equivalent to Western Australian standards.

Applicants for the Diploma of Ministry course must have completed year 12 or equivalent in the Australian school system.

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.

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.

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).

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).

Special considerations

The PBC Application for Admission form invites applicants to declare any disability, impairment or long-term medical condition which may affect their studies. It further offers, if the applicant elects it, the opportunity for advice on support services, equipment and facilities which may assist the applicant.

Provisional entry

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 the Study Ready unit prior to, or in conjunction with their first year of study. It is compulsory for a first-year student 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:

  • A cover letter outlining your motivation for seeking entry. The letter should reflect preparation and commitment to complete the course successfully.
  • A Resume outlining your work and/or ministry experience, both paid and volunteer that supports your application.
  • Academic Records for any and all education and training to date 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 Dean Academics and Research 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 does not provide sufficient grounds for demonstrating achieved outcomes at the level or rigour of the course.

Interstate or overseas Year 12

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

When a prospective student claims overseas qualifications, applicants have to provide an authorised transcript of their relevant qualifications. This will usually be sufficient to determine simple admission, along with the guidelines in the Admissions Policy and Admissions Procedure. Applicants are advised in writing by the Dean of Students as to the result of their application.

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 Counselling

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.