Mark Lavelle

Senior Education Officer


Brisbane, Mackay, Townsville, Mt Isa


Foundations is designed to provide relevant formation for those working in the Catholic Church or in a Catholic Education setting. It meets the study requirements for accreditation to teach Religious Education in a Catholic school. The course is endorsed by Brisbane Catholic Education. Accreditation requirements include four semester units of study in a formal qualification from any one or more of: Religion Studies, Christian Leadership, Theology, Scripture, Religious Education, Liturgy and Spirituality. This course provides four semester units of study that meet these requirements for accreditation to teach religion in a Catholic school. Learners may choose to complete the course in one or two years. This course is taught in four units:
Theology and Catholic Identity
  Themes: Catholic Story and Tradition / Religious Education Curriculum / Identity and Culture / Catholic Community / Faith / Ethos and Charism / Pedagogical Practice
Scripture: The World of the Bible
  Themes: Sacred Texts (Old and New Testament) / Biblical Interpretation / Historical and Cultural Contexts / Jesus and the world of the New Testament / Letters of Paul
Spirituality: Church, Liturgy & Sacraments
  Themes: Church authority / Celebration of Liturgy and Sacraments / Eucharist / Community / Church History / Ritual, Symbol and Ceremony / Prayer / Church in Australia /  Catholic Fundamentals / Ecumenical Awareness
Ethics and Catholic Social Teaching
Themes: Human Existence / Ethics and Morality / Catholic Social Teaching / Social Action and Justice
Each unit involves 12 weeks of structured learning that integrate private study with online  or face-to-face workshops. Competencies are assessed through projects, presentations, written assessments and learning journals. Workshop attendance is a mandatory requirement of this course. Learners will not normally be able to complete the requirement of a unit without attending all of the workshops associated with that unit. Upon completion of Foundations learners will be well resourced to teach Religious Education with confidence in a contemporary Catholic context. The Foundations course offers a nationally accredited qualification – Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology (10743NAT).
Enrolment information
Download the course handbook and all relevant enrolment information using the links below.
  1. Course Handbook 2021
  2. Schedule of Fees and Charges 2021
  3. Online Enrolment Form
  4. USI fact sheet
  5. Unit Registration Form 2021
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