About the materials

The materials used for the Certificate Pool subjects come from a well established distance learning course from Moore College in Sydney that is used throughout the world. The course is designed to be flexible, allowing students to study individually or in a group and at their own pace, sitting for an exam at the end of the term which is credited towards their certificate. Equip recommends study in groups and provides groups and teachers to help you get the most out of the course.

These subjects are renowned for their ability to help students engage with the Bible, theology and Church History. Students are assessed based on a written examination.


Course Study

Every student has their own learning style. Equip seeks to support students through the following methods:

  • Taught classes: These are available for one module from Preliminary level and Intermediate level during terms 1, 2 and 3 of the year. Please note that students are not permitted to audit classes.
  • Self-study: Students undertaking independent study for an offered module will be assigned a mentor they can contact if they have any queries.

We recommend that full-time students and employed individuals should only take one module per term. Please contact the course administrators if you would like to register for more than one module per term.


Subject Points

Each of these subjects is worth 1 credit point.


Academic Requirements

There are no prior academic requirements however students should be aware that the course is roughly of 'A' level standard and proficiency in spoken and written English is required.

Students should be prepared to spend about five hours each week studying the subject.

It is recommended that students spend approximately five hours a week per module (including two hours class time).

If you have any concerns over your ability to undertake a module please do contact us for more information on additional study support.


Term Dates

Term 1


February to May

Term 2


June to August

Term 3


September to November

Term 4


December to February


Cost (per module)

Standard rate



(Includes pensioners, unemployed, full-time students)



(applicable if you've previously registered for the module. 
Please note that you will not receive a textbook.)



Full-time Christian workers and those undergoing financial difficulty should contact us for information on further concessions or scholarships. For scholarships please download and fill in the scholarship form before contacting us. 



Please find below a list of modules required for each level of the Equip-MBS Certificate in Theology. Every term, Equip offers Bible overview and at least one other module from each level. For a detailed explanation and breakdown of each module please visit the Moore College External Studies website


Upcoming Courses 

Preliminary Level
(Select 6 subjects from the list below)

BT111 Bible Overview/Introduction to the Bible: An overview of the entire Bible, plus helpful hints on how to understand its main themes.

CT101  Doctrine 1: Exploring the Bible’s teaching about God – how we get to know him, what he is like, what he has done for us.

NT111  New Testament 1: Exploring God’s purposes in sending Christ. Getting to know Jesus through Mark’s Gospel.  

NT112  Ephesians: A big picture with cosmic dimensions of God and his world. It shows how God wants us to live.

OT111 Old Testament 1: What do the first five books of the Old Testament teach about God and his purposes? What holds them together theologically?

One of the following:

Intermediate Level
(Select 6 subjects from the list below)

BT121  Promise to Fulfilment: Interpreting the Bible using a method grounded in biblical theology.

CH121  Early Church History: A look at the life of the church (its struggles, persecution, and consolidation) through the first five centuries AD

CH122  Reformation Church History: The Reformation was the time when the Gospel was rediscovered. Learn how Christians found the freedom Christ brings.

CW111  Christian Worship: What is the biblical meaning of worship? How will that meaning be expressed?

CW121  Prayer Book: A historical and theological exploration of how and why Anglicans have met together. 

NT121  New Testament 2: Tracing how the risen and ascended Christ continues to achieve his gospel purposes through the events of the book of Acts.

NT122  Romans: This study opens up the central truths of the Gospel. The book of Romans has changed many lives – some of which have changed history!

OT121  Old Testament 2: Considering the former prophets from Joshua to 2 Kings.

CT121  Doctrine 2: Who is Jesus Christ? What is the nature of sin? How did Christ’s death deal with sin?


(Select 6 subjects from the list below)

CH121  Early Church History: A look at the life of the church (its struggles, persecution, and consolidation) through the first five centuries AD.

CH122  Reformation Church History: The Reformation was the time when the Gospel was rediscovered. Learn how Christians found the freedom Christ brings.

CT131  Doctrine 3: This unit explores the nature and purpose of the church. 

** ET131 Apologetics: How do we answer people’s questions about Christianity? This unit presents guidelines on how to develop a reasoned biblical approach.

ET132  Christian Ethics: What is the nature of ethics and morality? How do we develop a Christian ethic?

NT131  New Testament 3: How did Paul minister? Take a journey through Paul’s letters to find out.

NT141 New Testament 4: An overview of the non-Pauline letters with a special focus on Hebrews and Revelation.

NT142 John: How do John’s gospel and his epistles testify to the life and work of Jesus?

OT131  Old Testament 3: This unit considers the Latter Prophets with a special focus on the book of Isaiah.

OT141  Old Testament 4: The focus of this unit is on the writings’ with a particular look at the nature of wisdom literature in the Old Testament.

* The Church (Doctrine 3) is available as a paper-based unit only, not available online.
** Apologetics and Apostolic Writings (NT 4)
are available as a paper-based units only, not available online.