Children’s Ministry Programme

Bishop Frank Retief, former Presiding Bishop of CESA has been an integral part of developing the Children’s Ministry Track at GWC. He outlines seven reasons underpinning the importance of Children’s ministry for the church.

The Children’s Ministry study options are uniquely designed to afford candidates the opportunity to integrate knowledge of the Christian faith with essential skills to minister and lead Children’s Work programmes in Churches or public benefit organisations and to contribute to the development and transformation of the broader society.

See our Children’s Ministry brochure.

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Transformed by Faith

Providing Christian children’s workers with a practical and theological foundation for a lifetime of service to Africa’s children.

We aim to offer a programme that can suit  your stage of life, your time commitments, and your level of education.

For information relating to the Prospectus and fees, please click on the items below.

Undergraduate Prospectus 2016

General Regulations

Fees 2016,  2017

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Our next academic year begins in January. The DEADLINE for submission of applications is prior to this, in mid-September. The sooner you apply, the better, as it takes time to process your application. Late applications will only be considered for South African students who have their own funding in full. Please do not send us your application form until ALL YOUR DOCUMENTS are ready for submission. We cannot process incomplete applications.



To apply for our Bachelor of Theology degree programme, please download the following items.

1. Application Form

2. Reference Form

You need to send these to your three nominated referee’s asking them to complete the forms and to return them directly to us (contact details are on the form). One of these forms must be completed by the minister of your church or another leader in the church, who is able to attest as to you spiritual standing, character, and suitability for Theological college.

3. A Medical Certificate – you will need to get a doctor’s report using the attached form.



Please send the completed Application Form directly to the Assistant Registrar at GWC (Mrs Lulu Jampies at, together with copies of your:

  • Academic qualifications (include transcripts)
  • ID Document / Passport
  • Baptism Certificate
  • A  Medical Certificate indicating your state of health
  • An autobiographical Essay (part of full application)

Please note that there is a non-refundable Application Fee of ZAR200  which, on submitting the Application Form, must be paid to the College, and referenced with your surname followed by App Fee.

Banking Details:
Account Name: George Whitefield College
Bank: Standard Bank
Branch: Fish Hoek
Branch Code: 0360090
Account Number: 072100974
Account Type: Business Checque


Once we have received you application, an interview will then be set up for you with our Principal, Rev. Mark Dickson, or a person nominated by him.

The deadline for submission of applications is mid-September, but the sooner you apply the better as it does take some time to get everything in order. For non-South Africans, we advise early application since it can take several months to acquire a study permit from the South African government.

Should you have looked at the Entrance Requirements and are still uncertain as to whether you qualify for entrance to GWC, please contact the Assistant Registrar, Mrs Lulu Jampies at

We hope all this information will help you as you prayerfully consider your options.

Study Options

Certificate in Theology HCert (Theology)

Duration: 1 year full-time (part-time options available)

For: Sunday School teachers, gap-year students, parents, grandparents, anyone entering a child-orientated profession.

If you can only afford to set aside one year, and want to be better equipped to teach the Bible to children, then this option is deal for you.

HCert Children’s Track Programme Modules


 Higher Certificate in Theology

+Bachelor of Theology HCert(Theology) + BTh

Duration: 4 years full-time

For: Pastors & leaders of Children’s and Youth Ministry.

This structure suits those who seek a bridging-year to the BTh, and who have a long-term intention to do Children’s Ministry. The advantage of this option is that your first year of the BTh will have a lighter workload.

BTh Programme


Bachelor of Theology

+ Higher Certificate in Theology BTh

+HCert (Theology)

Duration: 3 years full-time + 1 year part-time

For: Pastors & leaders of Children’s and Youth Ministry.

Having covered the theological modules of the HCert in your BTh, you will study only the Children’s Ministry modules in the fourth year.(HCert Children’s Track Programme Modules) You have the option to work and study in your fourth year.

Information about Part-time Studies

Subject choice:

A student chooses the modules that interest them (information on modules offered is found in the prospectus). A student doing part-time studies would choose modules offered out of regular full-time semester programme as we do not offer special modules outside of this programme. A student needs to be able to attend the modules at the times that they are offered. Lecture timetables for Semester 1, 2016 will be available in December 2015.

How to Apply

A student completes a full Part Time Application Form and waits to hear from faculty on an acceptance. Part-time students must indicate which courses they would like to take. Students must indicate whether they are working towards a Higher Certificate, a Bachelor in Theology, Honours etc. or simply studying courses as a means to grow. Students must meet the entrance requirements for these programmes. The prospectus contains information on the entrance requirements.

Timeline of studies

The one year (full time) Higher Certificate can be completed part-time over 3 years. The three year (full time) Bachelor of Theology can be completed part-time over 6 years. Honours completed over 3 years.


Once accepted and enrolled, a part-time student pays a registration fee in their first year of studies and pays fees for each module that they register for (see fees schedule). Fees are charged on the basis of the number of credits that the part-time student is enrolled for (the prospectus indicates how many credits a specific module carries).


Part-time students must attend a registration session which is scheduled by the Assistant Registrar. Students will register for modules, collect semester timetables and will be informed of important college policies. Registration for part-time students is scheduled for the 21st January 2016 and 4th July 2016, from 14:30-16:00.

English Proficiency Test

Foreign students who have English as a second language may be required to complete a TOEFL  Test (or similar) to prove proficiency in English at a level suitable for academic study.

English language requirement: You must have an English Language qualification to be accepted onto a course at the University. The minimum acceptable English Language requirement for undergraduate courses is IELTS – 6.0 overall and 5.0 for the written element. This is equivalent to 213 in the computerised TOEFL test, 550 in the written TOEFL test, or 79 – 80 in the internet based TOEFL test.

For postgraduate courses you must have IELTS – 6.5 overall and 6.0 for the written element. This is equivalent to 232 in the computerised TOEFL test, 575 in the written TOEFL test or 90 – 91 in the internet based TOEFL test. Equivalent English language qualifications may be accepted.

The following link will enable you to find out more about the IELTS and TOEFL tests and will enable you to locate a learning & testing centre near to where you live:

Please CLICK HERE for the English Proficiency Test letter from our Academic Registrar.


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