Take the time to discover the true reality of what it means to experience the person of Christ in your life. We don’t simply fill our heads with information but we engage in transformation! And we don’t do it alone, we live in community together and engage in daily discipleship. Faith in action here at Capernwray prepares for a life in Christ wherever He may take you! Let the life of Jesus shine through you so that this world can see God’s power in action.
BDM stands for Bible… Discipleship… and Mission

We run two courses per year and they are full-time and residential

BDM 1 is a 20 week course made up of two terms (10 weeks and 10 weeks with a 2 week break).

BDM 2 is a 12 week course.

The courses are complete in themselves and so can be taken on their own or students can add on one of our Aussie Road Trips. You do not need to take BDM 1 before doing BDM 2.

Students must be 18 prior to the commencement of the course. 

  • Bible

  • Students will be encouraged to have a strong confidence in the Word of God as authentic, reliable and clearly life-related. This will come through the quality teaching in class but also personal study, research and reflection. We cover some Bible books in reasonable depth (Old and New Testaments), Apologetics, Biblical Overviews as well as teach students how to study Biblical passages. We want each student to leave Capernwray confident and with a strong conviction that the Bible is the Word of God

  • Discipleship

  • Students are challenged to think clearly and prayerfully about what it means to have Christ at the centre of their lives – which is discipleship. Being a real Christian has radical implications which are very demanding but actually provide the most fulfilling way to live. We try to build strong personal relationships with students through small group times, one to one discipleship times and social interaction (eg we invite small groups of students into our homes, go out for coffee etc).

  • Mission

  • We give students many opportunities to express their faith out into the Christian and non-Christian community. As Christians we are called to be ‘salt’ and ‘light’ to a confused and frustrated world. We give specific training and opportunities for students to develop their ministry skills. Students are assigned a weekly ministry which include, youth groups, school scripture, community service, and nursing homes. They also spend a week serving in a church locally or regionally.

2020 Lectures will be announced early in 2020

Winter Bible School

Short Term Bible School

A course for people wanting to take time out to study God’s Word in a more focused way than possible in every day life.

Winter Bible School is designed for anyone looking for a short term Bible school. Get nurtured and refreshed for your life and walk with Christ. Each week is stand alone, so you can enroll for 1, 2, 3 or all 4 weeks.

The minimum age for Winter Bible School is 21yrs.

Leadership Internship Training



In 2015 we introduced a Leadership Internship Training Course – known as LIT
The course is designed for students who have completed BDM 1 or an equivalent Bible School at any Torchbearer School internationally. It offers 8 weeks of residential training on campus with specialist ministry input as well as Biblical input. Each week will be stand-alone so that local youth pastors etc can opt to come for a week and cover a specialist area (eg leadership; apologetics; strategies for reaching a community; personal development).
After the 8 weeks of residential input, there is an option for those participating to be ‘placed’ in a local or regional church or ministry for 10 weeks. The host church or ministry provides accommodation for the students and oversees their service as ‘interns’ alongside their existing church leadership and staff. Capernwray oversees the placement and provides support in any way possible (eg visiting, regular communication, prayer). Students will then return to Capernwray for a week of debrief.

Available Dates and Lectures

BDM 2, 2019
22nd – 27th Sept: Al Watson (Walk through the Old Testament)
29th Sept – 4th Oct: Peter Thomas (Hebrews)
6th – 11th Oct: Callum Thomas (Acts)
13th – 18th Oct: Stuart Batterham (Breaking Free / Sermon on the Mount)
20th – 25th Oct: Ron Lowery (Miracles in John)
24th – 29th Nov: Ken Botton (Ephesians)

Taste & See

Don’t want to commit to a whole Bible School course without first giving it a try?

Come to Capernwray Australia for just a week and see if it something you want to do … only for $120. So thats full accommodation, all meals and lectures for the week. Even if you aren’t thinking of attending the full semester but want to do a week, thats cool with us come anyway!

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Dates and Fees

  • BDM 1

  • 2020

    Feb 02 – July 03 (20 weeks)


    Jan 31 – July 02 (20 weeks)

  • LIT

  • 2020

    July 12 – Sept 11/ Dec 04
    9 weeks $3600; 21 weeks $5200


    July 18 – Sept 10/ Dec 10
    9 weeks $3670; 21 weeks $5300

  • Winter Bible School

  • 2020

    July 19 – Aug 14
    4 weeks $1680 or $450 per week


    July 25 – Aug 20
    4 weeks $1710 or $460 per week

  • BDM 2

  • 2019

    Sept 15 – Dec 06 (12 weeks)


    Sept 13 – Dec 04 (12 weeks)

* Applications close 1 month prior to the commencement of each course. (Please note that it can take up to 8 weeks to process your visa)
** Applications for Aussie Road Trips are limited, applicants from the Outback Road Trip may be moved to a Coastal team upon acceptance due to space.
Combine a BDM course with the Aussie Road Trip and get $250 off
Combine both BDM courses and receive $500 off 
Complete the full year with (BDM 1, ART & BDM 2 in any order) and receive $750 off

Frequently Asked Questions

General Bible School Questions

Are there any prerequisites for applying?

All applicants must provide a Police Check from their home country with there application. This is required because our students work with children and vulnerable people.

Applicants from Non-English speaking countries are required to complete (or have completed in the past 2 years) a proficiency in English Test – Level 4.5 or equivalent. We suggest the following tests: International English Language Test or Test of English as a foreign language (This is only required for students applying for BDM 1)

What does a regular week look like?

Please click here to see a sample timetable for our BDM programs.

Are lectures compulsory?

Yes – Attendance at all lectures is compulsory with the only reason for being absent is when you are sick or on a ministry commitment. Lectures are scheduled for mornings and evenings, leaving afternoons free to study and complete assignments.

What is accommodation like for students?

Sleeping accommodation is on a shared basis, with up to 3 people per room. We have a number of rooms with ensuite bathrooms while others have a communal bathroom. We provided all bedding, including sheets, blanks, pillow and doona. You will need to bring your own towel.

What age do I need to be to attend?

International students will need to be 18 years of age or older to be eligible for the required visa. In some cases we may accept Australian students who are 17.

Can I enrol in more than one course?

Yes – We highly recommend that students do more than one course. You can do our courses in any order. (you don’t need to start with BDM 1)

Can vegetarian or special needs menus be accommodated for?

The catering department will do their best to accommodate those people who require a special diet for medical reason and you must provide a medical certificate. If your diet is a lifestyle choice we may not be able to cater for all your needs and you may need to substitute with your own food.

Can married couples apply?

Yes – we have a number of small units we can use for married couple, we generally can only accept 1 or 2 a semester so it is good to apply early.

What is the average age of students?

We have students from 17 to 35 attending Capernwray with the average age of our students around 19 – 20.

Can students from African Nations Apply?

While we would love to have students from African Nations apply to our Bible School it is extremely difficult to get the required visa. We have had many African students apply but unfortunately not one has had a visa application approved. Before applying to our school, we recommend looking into your visa options and the likely hood of your being accepted.

Immigration Questions

Do I have to have medical / Travel insurance?

Yes – All international students MUST have appropriate and current medical insurance while staying in Australia it is also highly recommend that you get travel insurance as well. Medical and travel insurance is for your own protection, you must provide us with a copy of your insurance paperwork on arrival at Capernwray.

Do I need a Visa for Bible School?

Yes – All international students (excluding New Zealand) need a Visa to study at Capernwray Australia. Click here for more information on Visa’s

Can I apply for a Student Visa?

No – Capernwray is not an accredited school and therefor you cannot apply for a student visa. Please see the visa information document in the previous question.

Where can I apply from my Visa?

Once accepted into our program you will need to visit to apply for a visa.

Fees & Payment Questions

What currency are the fees in?

All fees listed on our website are in Australian Dollars

What is included in the fees?

All meals, accommodation, lectures and use of the washing machines are included in your fees.

You will need extra money for wifi, use of the dryer, any personal item you may need to buy and you will need money for weekend trip and if you are coming for BDM 1 you will need to have enough money for the 2 week break where all students must leave campus.

How do I pay my application fee?

The most effective method for all application is by credit card. You can make a secure payment at the end of your online application. Our application fee is $50AUD

How do I pay my deposit & fees?

The easiest way to pay your fees is by using the following link.

When do I need to pay my deposit?

You will need to pay your deposit as soon as possible after you are accepted into the course. Your place is not secure until we have received this payment. The registrar will forward you more information with your acceptance letter. Please note your deposit is non-refundable.

When are my full fees due?

Your full fees are due 4 weeks prior to the start of the course.