New Zealand Certificate in Christian Studies

Good Shepherd College - Te Hepara Pai

Subject area

Religious Studies


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Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites.

International students: A minimum English Language IELTS (Academic) 5.5 or equivalent is required.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The purpose of this qualification is to provide Christian churches and their agencies with people who are able to develop, evaluate and deliver programmes that provide guidance and direction to groups to support both individual and community spiritual development in a range of ministry and/or education contexts.

Graduates will benefit by having a qualification which recognises their theoretical knowledge and skills in developing, evaluating and delivering such programmes; enhancing their employment opportunities and/or ability to work in a voluntary capacity.

This qualification focuses on the underpinning principles of Christian theology, and depending on the strand chosen, also Christian ministry principles and/or the Religious Education curriculum. It is targeted at people who are ready for positions of responsibility in a variety of roles in Christian church ministry, or as teachers or adminstrators in Christian integrated schools.

The Christian Ministry strand allows people to gain the knowledge and skills for managing the spiritual and pastoral care of Christian communities in a variety of contexts.

The Religious Education strand allows teacher-trainees, or those who have already gained a teaching qualification, to gain the additional core knowledge and skills required for teaching Religious Education in integrated Christian schools, early childhood centres and parish based programmes, and for positions associated with maintaining the special character of the school as defined in the Private Schools Conditional Integration Act (1975).

Graduates will be capable of working autonomously within established parameters and may have some responsibility for the management of learning and performance of others.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Philosophy and Religious Studies at this level can earn:


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Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

Graduate Women Wellington - First in Family Scholarship

Provided by:

Victoria University of Wellington - The Scholarships Office



$5,000 per annum stipend plus tuition fees up to $5,000 per annum.

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Mary Adeline Allen Scholarship

Provided by:

Kelston Deaf Education Centre - The Tertiary Co-ordinator



Up to $3,000.

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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (09) 361 1053
Fax: (09) 361 1054

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