Frequently Asked Questions

Application: How to apply to study at ATS

A prospective student only needs to complete the online application once to study an academic programme at ATS.

  1. If you have not yet been approved to study at ATS, decide on one of ATS’ accredited Academic Programmes:
  2. Apply for your chosen Academic Programme by completing the online application form. 3.Once your application has been reviewed and approved, you will need to register to study during the upcoming semester (see below.

Registration: How to register to study during the upcoming semester

A newly approved applicant or existing student needs to register before the start of every semester in order to study.

  1. Newly approved applicants are emailed a special link when registering for the first time while existing students login at to register.
  2. During the first step in Registration you (the student) select the modules you want to study during the upcoming semester. Depending on the chosen modules, prescribed material also need to be selected. You also indicate if you will collect your study material or if it needs to be delivered to you.
  3. To help you choose your modules, ATS’ Rector, Prof Hattingh, has written an article to help you structure your studies for optimal enjoyment and success.
  4. After you have submitted your registration, ATS’ admin personnel will review your Registration.
  5. You’ll then receive an email with the details and required deposit that you need to pay to confirm your registration.
  6. When your deposit reflects in ATS’ bank account, we start to prepare your study material.
  7. You will receive a notification when we send your study material to you (or when you can pick it up at ATS if you’ve chosen to do so).

As an existing student, can I register for the next semester without having completed the current semester?

If for example a student registered for CH711, DG711 and MS711 during the 1st semester, then when registration opens for the 2nd semester, the student may register for the 2nd semester without having completed the 1st semester exams, having received final marks for the 1st semester modules and/or having passed the 1st semester modules. The student may register for any of the 6 theological disciplines.

If the student for e.g. failed CH711 (Church History 1st year, 1st semester), registered and completed CH712 (Church History 1st year, 2nd semester), then when registration for the new year (1st semester) opens, the student must first complete CH711 (Church History 1st year, 1st semester) before being allowed to continue with the 2nd year, 1st semester module during the following year.

How many modules should I register for?

Firstly, are you going to study full-time or part-time (e.g. you will study and work)?

A full-time student can take between 4 to 6 modules per semester.

If you are a part-time student, you will need to estimate how many modules you should register for during the upcoming semester. You can do it as follows:

  1. How many hours will you spend on your studies per week? e.g. 16 hours.
  2. What will be the total hours you spent on your study per semester? A semester’s duration is approximately 18 weeks. In our example you will thus spend 288 hours studying (18 weeks x 16 hours per week) per semester.
  3. Each module has a specific number of credit assigned to it.
  4. At ATS, 1 credit equals 10 study hours per semester.
  5. Divide your total number of hours (288) by 10 to get the number of credits (288/10 = 28.8 credits).
  6. To know how many credits a module has: access your relevant qualification and find its Module Content (towards the bottom of the page).
  7. Each module is assigned a number of credits. e.g. CH711 has 7 credits, DG711 has 9 credits, and MS611 has 8 credits.
  8. elect Modules based on their number of credits up to about 29 credits (±29 - 33 credits).

If you are a second or third year student at ATS you will have a ‘gut’ feeling of how many modules you can handle in the time you have available.

You should also read Prof Hattingh’s letter on how you can structure your studies for optimal success.

How does a Test or Exam work?

The first requirement is that you must have logged into and completed the online form to Register your Invigilator (see requirements below). If you want to write your test or exam at ATS, you need to complete the same online form, and indicate that you will write at ATS. If you do not complete this form, you will not be able to write the test or exam.

Download and familiarise yourself with how the Test/Exam process works.

  1. You must communicate all your Test and/or Exam dates with your invigilator in advance.
  2. On the day of the Test or Exam, you need to bring your own paper (blank answer sheets of 10-15 pages).
  3. Early in the morning of the Test/Exam, ATS will email the Test/Exam question paper to your invigilator. They will print out the cover sheet and question sheets.
  4. On completion of the test/exam, you hand-in the cover sheet, question sheets and answer sheets. Your invigilator then scans these sheets and emails them to ATS. After receiving confirmation from ATS that the test/exam has been received and processed, your invigilator is required to destroy the paper-based and electronic copies of all the cover, question and answer sheets. You are not allowed to take any of these sheets with you. Follow-up with us if you do not receive a confirmation email within 72 hours.
  5. All tests must be written at 07:30 or 18:00. Exams are to be written at 09:00.

What is an Invigilator?

An invigilator is person who keeps watch over or supervises students during a test and/or examination.

Every student needs to register an invigilator with ATS where he/she will write their Tests and Exams. If in JHB, the student may write Tests and Exams at ATS.

Who qualifies as an Invigilator (requirements)?

To qualify as an invigilator, a person needs to be:

  1. an ordained pastor, OR
  2. a commissioner of oath, OR
  3. an approved invigilator that is doing invigilation for any South African Public (state funded) University.

What am I allowed to take with me to Tests and Exams?

A student is not allowed to have any study material, books, bibles, notes, mobile devices or computers with them while writing a Test or Exam. Books are only allowed if the question paper (refer to its scope in the Assessment Manual) states that it is an open book Test or Exam.

What is Make-Learning-Flow?

Registered students have access to ATS’ Online Learning system called Make-Learning-Flow.

On Make-Learning-Flow as a student, you will be able to:

  • Watch and participate in online lessons related to the modules you have registered for,
  • Access Library, Research & Downloadable Resources (useful for your Assignments),
  • Submit Assignments,
  • Register your Invigilator, and
  • Register for the next Semester.

How do I login to Make-Learning-Flow?

  1. Go to (Bookmark this page)
  2. Enter your email address you used when you registered at ATS.
  3. Click the green “Send me my login link” button.
  4. Go to your email inbox (e.g. Gmail, Outlook or on your mobile device) to find the email. It would have been sent from
  5. Click on the green “Login to Auckland Park Theological Seminary” button to login to the Make-Learning-Flow.

I’m logged into Make-Learning-Flow but something is wrong…

  1. Click to refresh your profile.
  2. If that doesn’t fix it, click to logout of your profile.
  3. Then login again (see previous question).

In what format do I submit my Assignment?

  1. Download ATS’ Assignment Template (Word document .docx).
  2. Rename the Word doc to your lastname and the assessment code for which you will do the Assignment, e.g. “Mbatha CH711A1.docx”.
  3. Complete your Assignment in the Word document.
  4. When your Assignment is ready to be submitted, if you are using:
    • Microsoft Word to write your Assignment, just save the document. It should already be in .docx format.
    • Google Drive to write your Assignment, click on “File” in the main menu, then “Download”, then “Word document (.docx)” to download your Assignment in .docx format.
  5. Then submit your Assignment to ATS (see below).

How do I submit my Assignment?

  1. Go to (If you are not logged-in, follow the steps under “How do I access Make-Learning-Flow?” first)
  2. Click on the blue Submit your Assignment link. The Submit your Assignment to ATS form will load in a new tab.
  3. Fill-in your student number and select the correct module code for your Assignment.
  4. Click the green Choose files to upload button. A popup will load.
  5. Click Select files to upload, find your Assignment on your device and double-click on it. Then click the green Upload button to upload it.
  6. Agree to the declaration that the Assignment is your own work.
  7. Click the green Save button to submit your Assignment to ATS. After we have reviewed your Assignment for correctness, you will receive a confirmation email.

How are marks for Modules calculated?

  • In order to pass a Module successfully, a student needs to obtain an overall mark of at least 50%. This is the required pass mark.
  • Every module consists of one or more Formative (e.g. Assignments and/or Tests) and one Summative (Exam) Assessments.
  • The marks achieved for the Assignments and/or Tests (Formative) are combined into a Semester Mark. E.g. The Assessments for NT711 are an Assignment, a Test and an Exam. If the student achieved 66% for the Assignment and 48% for the Test, the Semester Mark going into the Exam would be 57% ((66+48)/2).
  • The Final Mark for the Module is calculated by combining the Semester Mark and the Exam Mark. E.g. if the student achieved 63% for the Exam, the Final Mark would be 60% ((57+63/2)). Since the Final Mark is more than the required pass mark of 50%, the Module had been completed successfully.

Where can I download Words of Light & Life?

Prof FP Möller has graciously made electronic versions of ‘Words of Light and Life’ volumes 1 - 7 available to registered ATS students.

‘Words of Light and Life’ volumes 1 - 7 can be downloaded from the Library, Research & Downloads section on Make-Learning-Flow.

Where can I download my Assessment Manuals?

The scopes and due dates for Assessments (Assignments, Tests and Exams) for various academic programmes are detailed in Assessment Manuals.

The Assessment Manuals can be downloaded from the Library, Research & Downloads section on Make-Learning-Flow.

Where can I download important resources for my Assignments?

The booklet ‘Writing Effective Assignments can be downloaded from the Library, Research & Downloads section on Make-Learning-Flow.