Distance Learning FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
Please note we are happy to announce that Covid-19 and its subsequent lockdown in RSA does not affect enrolments and class materials for this programme. It is business as usual for the Distance Learning Priogramme
Distance learning exists for those who are not able to come to the Bible Institute’s campus for some or all of their studies.
The DLP is particularly suitable for those already in full-time employment, yet who desire to grow in the knowledge of the Lord and His Word and to serve Him more effectively. The programme is identical to the LTh programme offered on campus, although it will be studied over a period longer than three years. Distance learning means that the student will study off-campus in his/her own time. It is ideal for working men and women who have the tenacity to self-study.
Please contact us with any enquiries at: +27 21 788-4116
Does the programme run throughout the year?
The Distance Learning Programme operates on a semester basis in conjunction with the on-campus programme. There are two semesters per year; January to June followed by July to November.
What will I study?
Six fields of biblical study are covered in the courses: Old Testament, New Testament, Biblical Languages, Systematic Theology, Applied Theology and Mission & History.
What qualifications do I need to qualify for the Bachelor in Theology?
Prospective students will need to have passed Grade 12 with an exemption or they will need to be 45 years or older to qualify for a mature age exemption. Special conditions may apply to applicants who are over 23 years of age.
How do I apply?
Prospective students will need to complete their application forms together with the required documentation as stipulated in the covering letter. Prospective students will need to be in good standing with their church and be actively involved in their church or a para-church organisation. Students are required to pay an application fee when they submit their application; this fee is non-refundable.
To apply please Click Here > APPLICATION page.
How do I write exams?
Students who live in Cape Town and who are able to write at the college can do so. Students who are unable to write at the college will need to choose an invigilator; it would need to be someone from your church (preferably pastor, youth pastor, church secretary). This person will invigilate on our behalf. The exam will be emailed directly to this person who will invigilate and then send the exam back to us. Exams are usually written in the first week in June at the end of the 1st semester and the first week in November at the end of the 2nd semester. DLP students are required to write their exams during these exam weeks.
How long will it take DLP students to complete the BTh?
The DLP and residential curriculum is the same. Residential students complete the BTh over a period of three years full-time, while DLP Students can do it over a longer period of time. DLP students can decide how many courses they can manage in a semester and we advise students to begin with one or two courses to see how they can best manage their workload.
How do I submit my assignments?
BISA makes use of an online learning management system, BISA Online, and students will submit assignment and quizzes online. Course material will also be posted on BISA Online. Students will need to have access to the internet and a device preferably a laptop or desktop.
Do I need to buy text books?
Students will need to buy text books for some of the courses. Many of these books will be used for more than one course over their course of study. BISA will try to provide students with readers and scans of books where copyright is not violated. Students will also have access to EBSCO Host which has many resources which are available online.
Do I need to attend any courses at the college?
DLP students are not required to attend any courses at the college. If they are able to and would like to we do offer an evening class on a Monday night from 19:00 to 20:45. The courses vary each semester. If you would like further information on these please do contact the college.
What are the examination requirements?
All Distance Learning examinations are to be taken during the official college exam week at the end of each semester, generally June and November months. As soon as the completed DLP course requirements are handed in, the student must submit the ‘Application to Write an Examination’ form to the DLP office (N.B: THE INVIGILATOR MUST CO-SIGN THE FORM) via email or fax: +27 21 788-7289.
The examination paper, including full instructions for invigilation, will then be emailed or posted to the student’s chosen invigilator.
Download the Application to write an Examination Form here >
Who are my lecturers?
Your lecturers are generally to be found in college, teaching the LTh courses. They have specifically modified the material to enable you to study off campus and achieve a clarity of understanding commensurate with your on-campus peers.
Names of lecturers and examiners for each course will be available.
What are the fees?
100% Of course fees can be paid on registration day at the start of each semester.
A payment plan option is available – 25% plus R250.00 (no interest is charged on monthly accounts) must be paid on registration day and 25% thereafter by the end of each month (if the student has not made payment by the end of the 2nd month they will be withdrawn and may only resume once fees are brought up to date), with all fees being up to date at the end of the 4th month. If accounts are not up to date by the time exams start, the student will not be allowed to write the exam and will receive a fail for the course.
Click Here for the DLP fees for 2020 >>
What are the priorities BISA has set for itself?
Click Here to read the BISA > Mission statement
What is BISA's Doctrinal position?
Click Here to read the BISA > Doctrinal Statement
What is BISA's goal for the student?
Just as we all have goals for ourselves and our future, BISA has a goal for each student.
Click Here to read the BISA > Philosophy of Education
How long will it take to complete my studies?
This will depend on the number of courses that you take per term. A full-time student on campus, in order to graduate after three years, will take 6 to 7 courses per term (a term is 14 weeks of tuition). This amount of work is impractical for many DLP students who prefer to study fewer courses per term, but who study consistently over a longer period of time, as a way of life.
To fast-track the process some DLP students arrange to take certain courses on campus for credits, such as the 2-week BISA Winter School.
How do I apply?
Click here for application guidelines >> Application
Is there a deadline for application?
DLP students please note that applications to study in the first semester of 2020 (ie: January 2020) will close at the end of October 2019
Who's the contact person for more info?
Your DLP co-ordinator is Cynthia Human.
To email Cynthia, Click Here > Contact Us
or call on: +27 21 788-4116
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A student writes...
"Like most of us I'm a busy person. As a family man I couldn't take off several years to study full time, thats why I looked at the Distance Learning Programme. I needed flexibility in my studies combined with the personal touch that you would expect as an on campus student. I also needed to know that at the end of my studies I would have something not only practical but valuable in my life and ministry for Christ.
In the DLP I feel that I'm using my time productively in studying the heart of Scripture, not merely theological ideas.
Despite learning by correspondence I have experienced a personal element of communication with the DLP coordinators which I've really appreciated.
- I look forward to graduating soon"
Kenneth Bingham is a 2015 Graduand; he is a businessman, married with two children and a leader in his Church.