What is Year 13?

If you want to spend a year being shaped by the word of God with other school leavers passionate about Jesus, serving in your church and engaging in mission both in Australia and overseas, then Year 13 for you!

We are a gap year like no other – a discipleship gap year for Christian school leavers, specifically designed to grow and mature your love and knowledge of Jesus, and prepare you for the rest of life (whatever that might hold).

During your Year 13, you will:


Discover your God

Go deeper with God, learning heaps of new things as you read the Bible in a year and complete a Diploma of Christian Studies*, covering topics such as:

  • Biblical Theology of Mission
  • New Testament Overview
  • Doctrine: including topics such as the Trinity, predestination, suffering and evil, and the atonement
  • Apologetics
  • Cross-Cultural Mission and Evangelism
  • Practical Ministry Skills

* Year 13 is a program of Youthworks College, affiliated with the Australian College of Theology (ACT). Youthworks College is approved to deliver the ACT's Diploma of Christian Studies in the Year 13 program. The details of the ACT diploma units of study can be viewed here.


Discover God's World

Play your part in God’s global mission as you experience real, life-changing ministry at home and overseas, including:

An eye opening month-long mission to Fiji.

We will partner with local Fijian churches and Christians to minister the gospel during a month-long mission trip. You will serve in orphanages, schools and prisons, participate in hands-on community projects, and experience life first-hand in the homes of Fijian families.  

Two days a week serving at your church or school.

You’ll serve in ministry for two days a week over the whole year, experiencing all the joys and challenges. Your placement will be supervised by a Minister, Chaplain or Teacher.

Showing God’s love in action through opportunities to serve in youth and children’s camps throughout the year.

You’ll share your life and faith with campers through Youthworks Christian Outdoor Education camps, WROK disability camps, Southern Cross disadvantaged kids’ camps, and HSC Study Conferences. You’ll see first-hand the challenges and difficulties facing those doing it tough during our Ministry at the Margins Day with Anglicare. 


Discover Yourself

Don’t want to waste your life?  Year 13 will prepare you to change the world for Christ in whatever walk of life you choose:

  • Be discipled by our leaders and be inspired as special guests share their workforce and ministry experience
  • Get skills in career and financial management.
  • Make decisions about your future shaped by the gospel of Jesus

Discover New Friends

At Year 13, you’ll be part of an awesome Christian community!

  • Hang out, chat and pray with other Christian school leavers from all around the country and the world.
  • Stay overnight on campus and share your lives and faith together.
  • Connect on a deeper level and ask tough questions in small groups.


Year 13 is a program of Youthworks College designed for school leavers. Youthworks College is an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology.

Year 13 was incredible. It reinvigorated my love and dedication to Christ. Peter Welling, 2015