Activate is designed to help students develop a firm foundation in biblical literacy and Christian ideas, from which they can ask and explore challenging questions, be equipped to live as a Christian in a changing world and pursue life with a God-centred vision of relationship, community, vocation and mission.
Most of the Activate streams allow students to complete an entire Diploma of Ministry, taught by the world-class faculty at Trinity College Queensland. This requires completing four subjects each semester. The subjects are taught across two days each week (Tuesday and Wednesday) with some being offered in intensive mode (all lectures are delivered in one week, with readings and assignments completed in the months after the lectures). One subject is associated with the mission trip.
One of the advantages of Activate is that it introduces students to university study in a caring and supportive environment. Instead of being an unknown student in a large university, the staff and students of Trinity will do everything they can to assist you with your learning. However, prospective students should be aware that completing a Diploma of Ministry represents a full-time study load. This will take up a good portion of your time each week.
There is also an option to audit the courses. This means that students undertake all classes and learning activities but will not be required to submit the assessment and will not be eligible for a Diploma of Ministry. On completion of the subjects, auditing students will receive the Trinity Activate Certificate.
Keep in mind that students completing the Diploma of Ministry who continue to further tertiary studies are likely (depending on their course) to be able to use some of the Diploma subjects as credit towards course electives. For example, in a Bachelor of Science at the University of Queensland, students can do at least two electives in non-science areas. If you wish to ultimately pursue a Bachelor of Ministry, the Diploma counts fully as the first year of the three-year bachelor degree.