Graduate Certificate in Catholic Studies

Course information for - 2022 entry

Offered at 2 locations

Study mode
Attendance, Online
1 year part-time
Fees (first year)*

$9336 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 - February , Semester 2 - July



The Graduate Certificate in Catholic Studies is designed to help you develop an understanding of the theological concepts that are fundamental to the Catholic faith, and the core principles and practices for teaching religious education. The course was developed in consultation with the Catholic education sector to meet the specific requirements for accreditation to teach religious education in Catholic schools, in accordance with the existing Catholic Education Commission Victoria (CECV) Accreditation Policy.

Accreditation requirements differ locally and we recommend you check requirements with your local diocese.



Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • Education and Teaching

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate in Catholic Studies, a student must complete 40 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Yr 1 Semester 1

THBS562 Introducing the Scriptures data-versionlabel=2 >

Yr 1 Semester 2

THCT563 Introducing Theology data-versionlabel=2 >

Yr 2 Semester 1 (of Prof Term 1-4)

THCT564 Introducing Church Life data-versionlabel=2 >


EDNE600 Faith Formation and the New Evangelisation

Yr 2 Semester 2 (of Prof Term 5-8)

EDRE526 Introducing Religious Education data-versionlabel=2 >


EDNE601 Creating Centres of the New Evangelisation Catholic Schools Parishes and Church Ministries

This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Graduate Certificate - AQF Level 8

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed a Bachelor degree or an equivalent and recognised teaching qualification.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2022 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$9336 Fee-paying

* indicative only.

All costs are calculated using current rates  and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

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You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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How to apply

Domestic applicants

Direct application

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Deferment is available for one year. Cohorts will need to check with their sponsoring body for approval to defer. Find out more about deferment.


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