For Potential and Present Students
Your relationship with Good Shepherd College, the Catholic Institute of Sydney and the Sydney College of Divinity
Good Shepherd College - Te Hepara Pai is registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority as a Private Training Establishment
under the Education Act 1989, and its subsequent amendments. This ensures
ensures that GSC is able to provide a sound and stable learning environment. GSC is the off-shore campus of the Catholic Institute of Sydney.
The Catholic Institute of Sydney is recognised in two jurisdictions.
Ecclesiastical: As an ecclesiastical faculty, it has been canonically erected by Papal authority through the Congregation for Seminaries and Universities to teach the sacred sciences and to confer the Baccalaureate, Licence, and Doctorate of Sacred Theology. The Apostolic Constitution of Pope John Paul II, Sapientia Christiana, provides the universal law for ecclesiastical faculties. The statutes and regulations of each faculty are expected to take account of the “varying local conditions and the university customs obtaining in each region”. The Statutes of the Catholic Institute of Sydney are those as approved by the Congregation for Catholic Education on the 28th July 2009.
Civil: The Catholic Institute of Sydney, like all tertiary institutions in New South Wales, is subject to the appropriate commonwealth and state authorities. It relates to these bodies as a member of the Sydney College of Divinity.
Accreditation: Both undergraduate and graduate programmes are approved by the Australian Council of Tertiary Awards and the New South Wales Ministry of Education, and are taught by CIS as a Member Institution of the Sydney College of Divinity. See their website www.cis.catholic.edu.au for further information.
The Sydney College of Divinity is approved by the Commonwealth Government as a Higher Education Provider.
The registration of the SCD and the reaccreditation of its existing awards, together with the accreditation of new awards, are currently due for consideration by the Commonwealth Higher Education authority, TEQSA. See their website www.scd.edu.au for further information.
The rights and obligations of a student at Good Shepherd College are spelled out in the "Code of Conduct" in the Student Handbook.
Fees and Charges, Withdrawal and Refund Policy are all to be found in the Student Handbook and in the Information Booklet for the academic year.
Good Shepherd College has two awards, the Bachelor of Theology (BTh) and the Graduate Diploma in Theology (GradDip)
- The BTh is accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and is currently being reaccredited by the Australian Commonwealth Higher Education Authority (TEQSA).
- The GradDip is accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
The Student Handbook covers
- The structure, credit points and duration of these awards
- Admission criteria
- Recognition of prior learning and credit
- Articulation to and from other studies
- Content and assessment for each course unitAavailability of student support
- Grievance processes
The Information Booklet covers what is happening in the current academic year
- Course units being offered in that academic year
- The timetable - when and where the course units will be offered
- The calendar of the academic year
Grievance Processes are also spelled out in the Policies Manual available in the Colin Library. Examples of these policies are the "Enrolments Policy" and the "Formal Complaints, Grievances and Appeals Procedures for Students"
For information on how to write an assessment task - see the Student Writing Guidelines
For Prospective Students
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