Diploma of Leadership

The Higher Education Diploma of Leadership (DPL) combines cutting edge leadership training and a Christian perspective to impact others for good.

This course is overseen by Program Director Rev Dr Dean O'Keefe.

Course Description

You can take your leadership skills to a new level and inspire, motivate and empower teams. This course of study introduces you at a foundation level leadership discipline areas and provides training which emphasises immediate application in church and NFP contexts. You will get to develop your writing and research skills, and be able to apply a body of knowledge in a range of leadership contexts. 

This course of study draws on AC’s established expertise in the area of leadership. The DPL also allows flexibility for students who may wish to start with a short undergraduate course before committing to a Bachelor program.

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Course Structure

This course structure is based on two semesters (each of 13 weeks duration), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:

  • 6 core subjects (60 credit points)
  • 2 elective subjects (20 credit points)

To qualify for award of the degree of Diploma of Leadership a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 80 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects.

For more information see the Enrolment Guide or Student Handbook.

Subjects

Subject code Subject name Subject description
Core
LEA001 Introduction to Leadership

Leadership is the critical ingredient to success in every s…

THE001 Christian Worldview

Do you have questions about God that you have been unable t…

LEA002 Public Speaking

The ability to communicate memorable messages is an asset i…

LEA003 Personal and Organisation Leadership

Organisations are groups of people working together for a p…

EXP001 Professional Practice

Itching to connect the realm of the classroom with some rea…

Core / Choose one of the following
BIB008 Introduction to the New Testament

The New Testament is an exciting document that outlines the…

BIB001 Introduction to the Bible

Understanding the Bible is foundational for the Christian l…

BIB007 Introduction to Israel’s Scriptures

The foundational documents of the Christian Faith are found…

Elective / Choose two of the following
BIB002 Genesis

At the beginning of the bible, we find the Genesis (the fir…

BIB003 I & II Corinthians

The Corinthian Correspondence is a fascinating exchange bet…

BIB005 Luke-Acts

Luke-Acts is the two-volume work which tracks the movement …

MIN001 Introduction to Pastoral Ministry

In this introductory unit, students will explore a broad va…

MIN002 Christian Spirituality

Ever wondered if there were other ways to express faith, ap…

MIN004 Communicating the Faith

The ‘E’ word: Evangelism – is a concept t…

MIN005 Children’s Ministry
MIN006 Youth Ministry
THE002 Pentecostal Worldview

The significant role of the Holy Spirit has often been unde…

WOR001 Introduction to Worship Ministry

This course unit provides an introduction to Biblical and t…

For more details on which subjects you can choose, see the current enrolment guide for this course.

Admission Criteria

Academic

Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)

Applicants admitted on the basis of their recent secondary education must demonstrate the completion of NSW Higher School Certificate (or the completion of an International Baccalaureate or the interstate or overseas equivalent qualification and result) for admission into this course.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course must demonstrate the completion of an AQF Level 4 Certificate IV or higher by an authorised institution or registered training organisation for admission into this course.

Applicants with Higher Education Study

Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a complete or partially complete higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion of an AQF Level 5 Higher Education Diploma (or higher) by an authorised institution for admission into this course.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

If you are under the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply to a prescribed program of non-award study on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate of this course.

If you are over the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply for admission into this course on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate.

Language

Overseas students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 5.5 (with no score below 5.0 in any of the four skills areas). IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken five years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country or who have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded in English under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.


Study Modes

Delivery Mode: Face-to-Face, Online
Locations: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Global
Duration: 1 year full-time/up to 4 years part-time
Face-to-Face Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2
Online Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2, Semester 3

Fees & Timetable

A complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis programs and courses can be found in our Fees Information section.

For a full list of course dates for new and continuing students please see our Timetables.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge:

Demonstrated:

  • general understanding of key issues, recent scholarship and practices within chosen discipline area of leadership, consistent with a Christian worldview;
  • technical and theoretical understanding of research principles and methods, and knowledge of research approaches used in the discipline area of leadership.

Skills:

Demonstrated ability to:

  • identify, analyse and synthesise theoretical knowledge in the discipline area of leadership;
  • examine a complex problem or management requirements using appropriate methodologies and theories from the discipline area of leadership;
  • analyse and synthesise ideas and theories from other disciplines related to the discipline area of leadership;
  • communicate effectively and creatively ideas and perspectives to peers and general audiences in diverse contexts.

Application of Knowledge and Skills:

Demonstrated ability to:

  • articulate questions or issues and apply the knowledge and skills developed within the discipline area of leadership to develop appropriate solutions;
  • work independently, responsibly and with the level expected in a broad range of professional and leadership contexts;
  • collaborate in team projects to make a positive contribution toward social issues;
  • undertake self-reflection and evaluation of performance for the purpose of vocational development.

Alumni Stories

“The teachers I have encountered are passionate about what they teach and care about us as students. It’s not just relevant content but an engaging experience in the classroom.”

Cassandra Ta’ala,

Diploma of Leadership Graduate

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Work-integrated Learning

To qualify for the award of the Diploma of Leadership, a candidate will complete at least 1 subject (10 credit points) of Professional Practice. Students are usually required to find their own workplace/ employer/ mentor to be approved by AC. In some cases, a new aspect within a student’s current paid employment may be suitable as a work placement.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course may find employment in occupational fields that require skills in research and critical thinking, such as:
  • Chaplaincy
  • Ministry or church-based organisations
  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Missions-focused organisations
  • Educational institutions

Student Services

For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.

Course Code

CRICOS Course Code:  094097G