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Frequently Asked Questions

BBI is proud to announce that on 1 September 2016, it was accredited as a Higher Education Provider (HEP) by the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) – Australia's independent national regulator of the higher education sector.

Current Students

I am currently a UON-BBI student - does this mean my program will change?
No, your program will not change and you can continue, as you have, to study with UON-BBI and your program will be conferred by UON.

What are ‘courses’ and ‘units’ – can you clarify?
BBI follows the latest preferred terminology from the Australian Quality Framework. The word ‘courses’ refers to degrees and ‘units’ refers to subjects. Other universities may call courses ‘programs or degrees’ and units ‘courses or subjects’.

Will I receive credit for my UON-BBI studies if I enrol into one of BBI's new courses?
Current students of the UON-BBI Graduate Certificate in Theology will be fully recognised into the BBI Graduate Diploma and Masters courses, reducing the total number of units which must be completed to attain the qualification.

Does BBI’s HEP status mean that my studies are recognised by other universities?
As a Higher Education Provider, BBI courses are effectively benchmarked across the Australian Higher Education sector. Therefore, BBI’s courses are comparable to the Australian University sector and have the same level of academic rigour as any other tertiary education provider.

I am currently a UON-BBI student. If I wish to transfer to a BBI course, what do I need to do?
If you are a UON-BBI Graduate Certificate in Theology student, you can transfer all the units you’ve done directly into the BBI Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies and Graduate Certificate in Religious Education.  For the Governance & Canon Law and Leadership & Theology courses, please contact BBI to explore your eligibility.

Cheryl Martin, Student Services Manager, ph: 02 9847 0540 or e: cmartin@bbi.catholic.edu.au.

If you are a UON-BBI Master of Theology student, we encourage you to seek advice from our Student Services team to discuss your best options. Please contact BBI:

Cheryl Martin, Student Services Manager, ph: 02 9847 0540 or e: cmartin@bbi.catholic.edu.au.

How long do I have to complete my Masters?
If you have completed more than half your Masters program by the end of Semester 2, 2017, you will have until the end of 2018 to complete your degree, studying your remaining courses through BBI in 2018. This is a simple matter of cross-institutional credit, which UON has given blanket approval for students to study through BBI. Your degree will be conferred by UON, with graduations to take place in 2019.

If you do not think you will be able to complete your Master of Theology by the end of 2017, contact Student Services to explore your options.

I am a current UON-BBI student and am interested in selecting one or more units through BBI
This may be possible through cross-institutional enrolment - please contact BBI’s Student Services Manager, Cheryl Martin at e: cmartin@bbi.catholic.edu.au or by ph: 9847 0540.

BBI currently offers regional seminars for some of its units - will this continue to be offered?
Yes, BBI will continue this outreach, which it sees as an essential part of its mission. BBI will be actively working with Catholic Education Offices nationally to provide seminars that suit the needs of their staff.

I am currently studying as part of a Catholic Schools cohort program – does this impact me?
You will be able to complete your studies with little to no impact.
Graduate Certificate students are encouraged to transfer to BBI in order to continue with their seminar program.
Masters students can continue to study at UON and we will be providing seminars to help facilitate successful completion. Please refer to the above question 'How long do I have to complete my Masters?'

BBI is delivering its courses with UON through Blackboard - will that continue?
Yes, BBI will be continuing to deliver its new courses online using Blackboard.

Will BBI students still have access to an online library?
Yes, BBI students will have extensive access to an online library.

I currently use FEE-HELP, can I transfer into one of BBI’s courses?
We expect FEE-HELP will be available to BBI students no later than Trimester 2, 2017 but we will be sending out a communication to all current students as soon as we have news. Until FEE-HELP is granted, students will be liable for all fees and these fees will need to be paid upfront.

I have not applied for FEE-HELP, can I transfer into one of BBI’s courses?
Students who are not using FEE-HELP can immediately transfer into the BBI courses for Temester 1, 2017. Please contact BBI.

Student Services: Manager, Cheryl Martin, ph: 02 9847 0540 or e: cmartin@bbi.catholic.edu.au

What are my study options with BBI?
Study options with BBI are as follows:

DISCIPLINE COURSES UNITS
Leadership & Theology Graduate Certificate in Leadership & Theology 4
  Graduate Diploma in Leadership & Theology 8
  Master of Leadership & Theology *12-16
Religious Education Graduate Certificate in Religious Education 4
  Graduate Diploma in Religious Education 8
  Master of Religious Education *12
Theological Studies Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies 4
  Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies 8
  Master of Theological Studies *16
Governance & Canon Law Graduate Certificate in Governance & Canon Law 4
  Graduate Diploma in Governance & Canon Law 8
*Credit, RPL and experience may reduce the number of units required.

How many units will I need to do in a BBI Master’s program?
Some Masters courses consist of 16 units and others 12 units (see below), however if you have prior postgraduate studies in theology, leadership, religious education, canon law or similar, you may be eligible for some credit or recognised prior learning (RPL). Please contact BBI’s Student Services Manager for further clarification and to discuss your individual case.

Master of Leadership & Theology *12-16
Master of Religious Education *12
Master of Theological Studies *16


I am interested in enrolling in one of BBI's new courses, how can I get further information?
Please visit our website and read about BBI’s new higher education courses. You can also contact our friendly Student Services team:

Prospective Students & Alumni

I am a prospective student, how do I apply for a BBI course?
All new applications will be submitted online. Applications for each trimester will be open throughout the year, to make it as easy as possible for prospective students to apply online. Commencement dates for each trimester will be published on the website.

How will BBI deliver its new courses?
BBI will continue to offer its courses via both online and seminar modes, ensuring maximum flexibility with a blended mode of study.

How many teaching periods will there be?
There will be three teaching periods, called trimesters and the dates will be posted on our website.

What will the fees be?
BBI is mindful of the cost of tertiary education in Australia and has positioned its fees as competitively and affordably as possible.

  UNIT FEES
DISCIPLINE DOMESTIC STUDENTS INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Theological Studies $1,925 $2,800
Religious Education $1,925 $2,800
Leadership and Theology $2,000 $2,800
Governance & Canon Law $2,200 To be confirmed

Will FEE-HELP be available for BBI's new courses?
BBI is currently in the process of applying for FEE-HELP for all of its new courses. This application process required that BBI first receive HEP status. Now that BBI has HEP status, we anticipate making a further announcement about the availability of FEE-HELP early 2017.

What are my options if I have completed postgraduate study up to ten years ago?
Credit or RPL will be granted for Postgraduate Theology study, up to ten years ago. The most credit you can receive into a course is 50% of that course. Extensive experience is also considered. This is usually taken on a case by case basis and subject to the BBI credit policy.

General Queries

Does BBI provide undergraduate degrees or higher research degrees?
BBI is a specialist postgraduate provider in Theology, Religious Education, Leadership and Governance and Canon Law and has attained HEP accreditation to teach at a postgraduate coursework level. BBI offers undergraduate units/subjects in Theology, Religious Education and more through the University of Wollongong and University of Tasmania. BBI also supports student pathways into research higher degree courses through partner universities.

Does BBI’s HEP status mean that my studies at BBI are recognised by other universities?
As a Higher Education Provider, BBI courses are effectively benchmarked across the Australian Higher Education sector. Therefore, BBI’s courses are comparable to the Australian University sector and have the same level of academic rigour as any other tertiary education provider.

Why Study With Us?
When you study through BBI, you will receive many benefits, click here to read them.

Will BBI continue to deliver non-degree courses, e.g. adult education?
Yes, BBI will continue to provide short courses, such as Catholic Correspondence Courses, Adult Faith Online and Professional Development courses, such as the Governance & Canon Law Seminar Series.

Does this mean that attendance at some of the non-degree courses may later be used as Recognised Prior Learning for a Graduate Certificate?
No, professional development and short courses are not part of the higher education courses and therefore, are not considered Recognised Prior Learning at this time.

If I become a BBI student and I want to mix my course up a little; is it possible to select some units from one of the other BBI courses?
Yes, subject to the course requirements, you are able to choose different units of study as electives. It is best to speak directly to BBI for confirmation.

Student Services Manager, Cheryl Martin, ph: 02 9847 0540 or: cmartin@bbi.catholic.edu.au

Why has BBI become a HEP rather than form part of a larger HEP?
BBI currently has over 1000 students, making it one of the largest Higher Education Providers (HEP) in Australia, providing theological education. We have a number of partnerships with universities in Australia, as well as the prestigious Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. BBI is also a member of Sydney College of Divinity.

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