Distance Learning Programme

What qualifications do I need to enrol for the Bachelor of Theology as a distance learner?

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.  BISA is only able to accept a certain percentage of Mature Age exemptions. 

Certain conditions may apply to  those over 23 years of age and that have matriculated under the old HG/SG system (prospective students must have passed 2 HG subjects, one of which must be a language, and 3 SG subjects in order to enter a degree programme).

Is this course accredited?

The Bachelor of Theology (distance mode) programme is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE), and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and is provisionally registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training until 31 December 2022 as a private higher education institution under the Act. Registration certificate No. 2018/HE08/002.

How many hours do I need to set aside each week for my studies?

This will depend on the credit rating of the course that you are taking as well as the number of courses  that you are taking simultaneously.
For a course with a 2 credit rating you will need to spend at least 6 hours per week,
For a course with a 3 credit rating you will need to spend at least 9 hours per week
For a course with a 4 credit rating you will need to spend at least 12 hours per week

This is a guideline and will depend on the student. The DLP coordinator will be there to advise you.

How long does it take DLP students to complete the BTh?

The DLP and the BTh residential curriculums are identical.  While the residential students complete the degree over a period of three years full-time study, the DLP Student will usually do it over a longer period of time.  DLP students must determine how many courses they can manage in a semester (a semester is two terms or six months) and we advise students to begin with one or two courses to see how they can best manage their workload.

Depending on the pace of the student it may take between six to eight years, but this is merely a guideline. A student may elect to fast track their course or even finish off their degree by studying one semester full-time on campus.

What are the Fees for this programme?

Go to our fees page>>here

More frequently asked questions

How do I submit 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.  If for any reason you are not able to submit your assignment on time please contact your lecturer/marker and inform them. 

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.  It is important that students set aside and budget for required reading.

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 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 contact the college. Students will pay the residential fees for an evening class.

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.

The Bible Institute of South Africa is committed to Truth


The Bible Institute of South Africa is a nondenominational theological college committed to the evangelical faith of our Protestant Reformation heritage. The college has operated since 1923 and has trained over two thousand students, many of whom have gone into fulltime Christian service.

BISA’s mission is to serve the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping men and women in biblical truth and ministry expertise so they may serve in the urban and rural church, the marketplace and in society.  Our campus is in Kalk Bay, a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa


We hold to the inspiration, inerrant and full authority of the Bible. We subscribe to the Lausanne Covenant and the Lausanne Cape Town Commitment.

We emphasize the importance of having a passion for the Kingdom of God, and exemplary Christian character.

We are committed to the development of personal spirituality and practical skills for faithful effective ministry.

We seek to pursue excellence and integrity in all aspects of life.


We provide training for Christian service that is:
Academically and practically integrated.
Accessible to existing and potential Christian leaders.
Appropriate for the students we serve.


Time left till DLP enrolment closes on 6th December

Your Distance Learning BTh curriculum

BTh Year 1

Bachelor of Theology 1st year


Academic English

This course develops the student’s ability to study, read and write in academic and non-academic settings.  In addition, it is designed to develop and enrich the student’s understanding of advanced skills in academic literacy and to further their knowledge and understanding of computer and information literacy.  Effective Christian ministry requires skill in reading and competency in clear written communication, which this course seeks to develop. 

Missions, Evangelism and Discipleship

This course is designed to teach the student to understand the church’s evangelistic mission throughout church history and in the world. It will challenge students to think biblically about the theology and practice of Christ-centred witness, missions, and discipleship as they investigate the full range of what it means to reach the unreached, both locally in Africa and globally, and how to properly disciple converts to the Christian faith.

Christian Education

This course equips the student to educate children, adolescents and adults holistically. This course teaches educational strategies with a strong emphasis on the biblical foundations for Christian education in theology and family dynamics. Students learn to lead effective church-based ministries and develop introductory skills in the traditional classroom setting.


This course is an introduction to hermeneutics – the interpretation of the Bible. It is designed to give students a general understanding of the Bible, its books, and the different types of literature used in it, while developing the skills to interpret the Bible effectively. It includes an historical survey of past methods and mistakes underlining the importance of the historical-grammatical approach.

Theology 1:  Scripture

This course is an introduction to hermeneutics – the interpretation of the Bible. It is designed to give students a general understanding of the Bible, its books, and the different types of literature used in it, while developing the skills to interpret the Bible effectively. It includes an historical survey of past methods and mistakes underlining the importance of the historical-grammatical approach.


Early and Medieval Church History

This course is an introductory survey of the history of the Church from the Apostolic Period beginning at Pentecost (AD 30) to the start of the Protestant Reformation (AD 1517). Key political, cultural, and theological factors will be investigated both in the early centuries of the Christian faith and through the Medieval period.

Homiletics 1

This course focuses on the vast area of public communication and in particular the preaching ministry. The primary focus is on the various theoretical components that make up the sermon. Emphasis is placed on an expository model of preaching and the importance of having a Christ-centred focus in all biblical communication.

New Testament Studies 1:  Synoptic Gospels

This course is an introduction to the Synoptic Gospels and their message in the historical, cultural, and religious contexts of the first century. This course will address the various issues involved in the interpretation of these Gospels. It will provide an overview of the ministry and teaching of Jesus, and the purpose and theology of each of the Synoptic Gospels. There will be a particular focus on Mark’s Gospel in this course.

Old Testament Studies 1:  Pentateuch

This course builds upon the foundations that are laid in Old Testament Studies 1: Introduction and applies them to the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The specific canonics of each book are examined with a view to understanding the primary theological issues and trajectories they describe within redemptive history. Additionally, the student will be introduced to various issues surrounding the origin of the earth within a biblical framework.

Theological Ethics 1

This course examines the questions of right and wrong from a biblical perspective. Alternative ethical options are briefly mentioned, while the principles involved in making Christian ethical decisions are examined from both Old and New Testaments. Contemporary social ethical problems are presented by student research and discussed by all. Global and local issues are also covered.



Who is this programme designed for?

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 BTh 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.

This is an accredited degree course and a mature level of self discipline in studying must be applied by the student.

Download your forms here


Contact details


To apply please contact the DLP coordinator - address below
or call us if your would like to arange a visit to discuss your study needs

 >> distance@bisa.org.za
tel: +27 21 7884116

Home study is an excellent alternative to coming in to campus daily
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