Contained in the Learner Handbook are the Course Descriptions reflecting details of each module offered by NTC. Modules are arranged in the following groups:

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Biblical Studies
  • Doctrinal Theology
  • Historical Theology
  • Practical Theology



Nazarene Theological College offers the following programmes:

  • Certificate in Ministry
  • Diploma in Theology
  • Bachelor of Theology



Please note that your application for admission for studies cannot be processed unless all of the following are complied with:

  • Application fee of R50.00 Cheque or postal order is attached
  • Two passport size photos of the applicant are enclosed
  • Certified copies (or originals) of all diplomas, certificates, and degrees
  • Certified copy of the marriage certificate
  • Application forms fully completed and signed
  • Medical Form completed and submitted by the doctor directly to the College
  • Reference Form completed by your pastor
  • Reference Form completed by your employer or high school principal
  • Form of Recommendation from the Church Board of your local church
  • Reference form completed by your District Superintendent
  • Learner Commitment signed by the applicant
  • Please note that a separate application must be submitted for husband and wife



The regulations and policy governing all academic matters are set out in the Learner Handbook that is issued to each registered Learner. The Learner Handbook covers the following matters:

  • Changes in registration
  • Academic classifications
  • Academic load
  • Directed studies
  • Transfer credits
  • Credit system
  • Attendance
  • Marking system
  • Averages
  • Probation
  • Appeals
  • Failure policy
  • Withdrawals from College
  • Submissions
  • Examinations
  • Reports & transcripts
  • Graduation requirements
  • Awards & Honours



Programme of Study Requirements

Each programme of study conforms to the following specific requirements:

  • Manual and Sourcebook for Ministerial Development: Africa Region 1998-2002 requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene;
  • The perceived needs of the districts comprising the educational zone of the college;
  • South African secular and theological educational norms in terms of course length, content, lecturer qualifications and academic standards;
  • Approval of Board of Trustees of the existing programmes of study and newly developed ones as approved by the Board of Trustees.

To provide the finest quality education and training for the ministry and for Christian service, the following are the objectives of each programme of study:



  • An adequate knowledge of the content of Scripture
  • Self discovery of theological and ethical standards emanating from the Scripture
  • Appropriation and application of Biblical knowledge in terms of everyday issues and life situations
  • Development of exegetical and homiletical skills
  • Recognition and acceptance of principles and truths found in extra-biblical or allied disciplines within the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences.



Credit Value

The Nazarene Theological College’s courses are based on the notional hour system required by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA).The academic year consists of 2 semesters. Each semester has a total of 10 teaching weeks plus a Review Week, a Reading & Research Week, and an Examination Week, giving a total of 13 weeks per semester or 26 academic weeks in an academic year.

A module is conducted for three hours per week, each teaching week for one semester. A module therefore represents 30 lecturing hours, or 3 semester credits.A Student is furthermore expected to do at least 3 hours of study, reading and research for every lecture hour, representing nine semester hours.For a Student taking an average study load of 5 modules, this represents a total academic week of 45 hours.

Module Requirements

The individual modules comprising a specific Programme of Study conform to the following minimum academic guidelines for reading and written work: maximum in mind when planning their program

Level I Modules Diploma/Cert
Pages of assigned reading, including text books
Research papers, essays and assignments 1750 words
Final examination which should include an essay component not less than 30% of final examination total 2 hours
Level II Modules Diploma/Cert
Pages of assigned reading including text books 500 pages
Research papers, essays and assignments 2000 words
Final examination which should include an essay component not less than 30% of final examination total 2 hours
Level III Modules Diploma/Cert
Pages of assigned reading including text books 750 pages
Research papers, essays and assignments 3000 words
Final examination which should have an essay component of not less than 30% of final exam total 3 hours


At least 50% of the final grade for each module must be based on testing (may include test during the semester as well as the final examination).
Each Student, at the commencement of each semester, receives a syllabus for each module for which he/she registers.

Academic Load

The normal maximum number of credit hours that a Student may carry per semester is 72. Only Students having a minimum cumulative grade point average (c.g.p.a.) of 1.5 or for the Diploma and Certificate programmes, will be allowed to exceed this with 18 credits being the absolute maximum per semester. Students are therefore advised to keep this normal mes.

Academic Classification

Nazarene Theological College Students are classified on the basis of having successfully completed studies as follows:

Full-time Student = enrolled for at least 6 modules per semester or 3 modules per term in a satellite centre.
Part-time Student = enrolled for less than 4 modules per semester or 3 modules per term in a satellite centre.

Time Table

The Registrar designs the timetable. The timetable is standard and will not be changed or amended expect by the Senate’s request to accommodate special needs of a student.

Lecture Attendance

Each lecturer keeps formal class registers.

The lecturer is obliged to record every absence no matter the reason for it.

A Student is allowed a maximum of 3 absences per module in a semester. The Student must submit a written note to the lecturer giving the reason for any absence. (Any class meeting 1 hour per week is allowed only one absence. An absence in a block class which meets for 3 hours at one time counts as 3 absences).

Every one-hour absence, beyond the permitted number causes a drop of 3% of the final semester mark. Make-up work is at the discretion of the lecturer.

One minute late equals a tardy. Three tardies (coming late to lectures) equal 1 absence.

  • Compassionate absence (situations beyond a Student’s control, such as death in the immediate family, hospitalization, doctor’s appointments, etc.) must be requested by completing a “Notification of Absence”. Each lecturer affected and then submitted to the Registrar must sign the form. The lecturers will decide on the validity of reason and will arrange make-up work.
  • 80% attendance is necessary in a module to qualify to write the final examination. More than 7 absences will therefore result in failure for the module.


Auditing Courses

The possibility of auditing a course is a privilege extended to persons who have an interest in a particular discipline but who do not wish to take the course for credit.

It is assumed that auditors will attend regularly and will be involved in the class sessions. The following regulations apply to audit courses:

  1. No credit is given for such courses
  2. Auditors are not entitled to examination privileges
  3. Auditors who attend regularly will have the course title and the word “audit” included in their transcripts
  4. A fee will be charged for audit courses
  5. Permission from the instructor is required


Non-Credit Courses

A Student may register for any module for non-credit purposes in order to receive exposure to the subject matter, participate in discussion and interact with the lecturer. The Student has access to the college library.

The following regulations apply:

  • Non-Credit Courses will be charged for according to the level and credit value
  • The Student may comply with all the course requirements but this is not obligatory.
  • Normal attendance requirements are not enforced.


Directed Study

Directed studies are primarily designed to assist a prospective graduate to complete his/her studies within the expected time frame.

To be eligible for taking a directed study, a Student must have a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.3 for Diploma/ Certificate Programme.

A directed study must be:

  • agreed between the   Student and the Registrar
  • accepted by the proposed lecturer
  • recommended by the Registrar and/or the Vice Principal for Academics
  • approved by the Senate

A directed study must satisfy all reading and writing requirements of the programme and level to which the module belongs. It must also include regular, periodic meetings with the lecturer, and additional work to compensate for class times.

The deadline for completing all work and writing the final examination for a particular directed study must be established when the directed study is negotiated and approved.   Normally the deadline would be the last day of final examinations for the Semester in which the Student registers for the module by directed study. The Student with agreement of the lecturer and the Registrar may request an extension. That extension shall not go beyond the end of the second week of the next Semester.

The maximum number of directed studies for which a Student may register throughout his/her programme of studies Diploma/Certificate is two (2) modules or twenty four (24) credits. A Student may be allowed to take one module per semester.

Academic Dishonesty

  1. Students are expected to practice integrity in their academic work. All work submitted in assignments and examinations must be the result of the Student’s own creativity and research.
  2. Plagiarism is cheating by stealing the ideas or words of another person and passing them off as your own. Students need not state the source of well-known or easily verifiable facts, but must acknowledge the sources of ideas and expressions they use as their written work, whether quoted directly or paraphrased. Failure to do so constitutes plagiarism.
  3. Plagiarism also occurs if a Student submits a research paper written in whole or in part by someone other than himself or herself or in any way copies the work of a fellow Student in a test, examination or take-home assignments.
  4. Plagiarism or any other form of academic dishonesty is subject to serious academic penalty, including failure in the relevant module, suspension or expulsion from the college or other academic sanction. Any Student who knowingly contributes to cheating on examination or semester assignments will also be subject to serious academic penalty.


Submission of Assignments

Research papers and assignments must be submitted according to the prescribed format and referencing techniques according to the Harvard method. A lecturer may refuse to accept work or penalise the Student’s work if it is not done to the utmost accuracy, care and pride.


Deadlines as prescribed in the module syllabus must be adhered to. A penalty of 5% may be subtracted from the final mark for each day overdue. The final due date for any submissions is the last day of lectures for the semester.


Students who cannot complete their submission by the due date, owing to circumstances beyond their control may petition the Vice-Principal of Academics for an extension of time. An “Extension of Submissions” form must be completed and given to the Registrar with payment of a charge.

The Vice Principal for Academics, and the lecturer may grant an extension and set penalties or additional work.

Examination Procedures

Examination procedures are designed and enforced because the college would like the Student to value his/her education.

Examination Time Table

Once the timetable has been distributed, each Student should ensure that provision has been made for each of his/her examination.

  • Please advise the Registrar immediately if there is a problem or conflict of examination times.
  • Copies will be available for each Student, and be posted in all lecture rooms, offices and the Student Bulletin Board.
  • Please note that you may only write at the time stipulated in the timetable. Do not ask your lecturer for any changes whatsoever as he/she is not entitled to reschedule your paper under any circumstance.



Report to the venue at least 10 minutes before the starting time.

Books, notes, etc. are to be left outside the venue, unless approved by the invigilator. The invigilator will provide the necessary ruled paper. Please bring a spare pen, ruler and correction fluid, if desired.

The invigilator will provide a printed copy of the examination paper for each Student.

The invigilator will be present for the full duration of the examination.

Please ensure that the following details appear on the front page of you answer sheets.

  • Student’s name
  • Module name
  • Date



In order to pass a module, you need to attain a mark of 50% / D symbol

Marks for each module will be independent. Marks for 2 modules comprising a course will not be averaged to determine a pass or failure for the complete course.

Supplementary Examination

In case of a borderline failure (46-49) when the final examination has been failed, a supplementary examination must be scheduled within 30 days of the new semester. If the supplementary examination is passed, the Student will receive a 50% final grade in the module. If the supplementary examination is failed, the previous score prevails and the Student must repeat the module when it is offered again.

A Student who fails may not rewrite or re-submit any section of the module. The whole module must be repeated when offered again.

Grade Report

A “Semester Report” will be available three weeks from the last day of examinations and will show the results of all the modules taken during the semester.

The report will also indicate your GPA (Grade Point Average) for all modules completed.

Diploma and Certificate               50% / D / 1.00 GPA

Marking System

Percentage        Explanation

80 – 100                 Excellent
50 – 79                   Competent
00 – 49                   Not Yet Competent
I                               Incomplete
S                              Satisfactory
U                              Unsatisfactory
W                             Withdrawn
P                              Pending
Su                            Supplement

Upgrading of symbols

A Student may retake a module for which a D or F symbols is earned. No extra credits are granted, but the original mark is neutralised and is replaced by the new mark. Sections of parts of a module may not be re-done.

Withdrawal From College

Any Student finding it necessary to withdraw from college must complete a “Withdrawal Form” before leaving the campus.

Transcripts, refunds and final adjustments cannot be considered until all documentation has been completed.