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Study for Personal Enrichment

St Barnabas College can offer limited Personal Enrichment Places (PEPs) in its entry level classes for those who want to learn more about their faith but don’t want to enrol in a degree.

PEPs are:

  • About learning for its own sake – you will not be awarded any certification
  • Low Cost – $100 per subject per semester
  • Degree level but not assessed
  • Not assessable for academic credit

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements – you don’t need to have matriculated and you don’t need any formal qualifications to attend subjects for personal enrichment. However, these are University level subjects and there is an expectation that you enjoy reading, analysing material and discussing your views.


It is expected that, in order to maximise the benefit of the subject, those enrolling this way will attend each class at the required time, complete the required reading and participate in discussion. PEP students are required to observe the same college behavioural rules as full fee paying students.

Reading materials

No reading materials are provided, and it will be necessary to purchase the set text books. Alternatively, students can borrow the set texts from the St Barnabas College Library, having borrowing privileges of up to four texts for 28 days. Likewise, one of the other local Theological Libraries (Adelaide Theological Library, Brooklyn Park or the Australian Lutheran College, North Adelaide) could provide the necessary resources, though you will need to pay additional fees and register as a community borrower.

Free PEP Positions

SBC is offering two PEPs at no cost in each of the semester 2 classes listed Below. Free PEPs are subject to the following conditions:

  • The college will make available to lay people a maximum of 2 free PEPs per subject
  • Applications for a free PEP must be made using the application form endorsed by the Parish priest of the congregation to which the applicant belongs
  • Fee paying PEP students will have precedence in subjects in which there is high demand for PEPs
    An individual may take one free PEP per semester and two free PEPs per year
  • An individual may take a maximum of 4 free PEPs
  • The offer of a free PEP is at the sole discretion of the College
  • PEP students taking up a free PEP are subject to all the above conditions specified

For Semester 2 2018, PEPs are available in the following classes:

THL120 Practical Theology

This subject introduces students to the discipline of practical theology in which theory and practice are considered together across a range of areas of ministry, mission, worship and pastoral care. It examines its relationship to the biblical, systematic and historical sub-disciplines in theology. Students will develop an understanding of what is distinctive about Practical Theology and the range of methodologies appropriate to it.

THL106 Introduction to New Testament

This subject introduces the various writings that comprise the New Testament. It does so with reference to their historical context and their literary and theological features. It also introduces critical methods of New Testament interpretation with attention being given to long-standing interpretive issues.

THL132 European Reformations

This subject begins with an overview of fifteenth-century Western Christianity and society, and then explores: the reformations in continental Europe and reform movements within Roman Catholicism; the radical reformations, inquisitions and the plight of religious minorities; English and Scottish reformations from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I; Puritan influence; and the Stuart, Commonwealth and Restoration settlements.

Check out the timetable for these subjects here.


To register for a PEP in any of the above classes, please fill out an enrolment form or apply for a free position and send it to our  academic administrator, Damian Szepessy, by email. If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to call on 8305 9309.