New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies

Vineyard Christian Fellowship Trust

Subject area

Religious Studies




1 Year

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The purpose of this qualification is to provide Christian churches, agencies and community organisations with people who are able to evaluate and deliver ministry programmes within their specialist area(s) and lead a wide range of Christian operations.

This qualification is stranded in order to recognise the specific knowledge and skills required in a variety of occupations and contexts in Christian churches agencies, community organisation and not-for profit organisations.

Graduates will benefit by having a qualification which recognises their broad understanding of theology and biblical foundations, evaluation, strategic thinking, and applied Christian leadership skills; enhancing their employment opportunities and/or ability to work in a voluntary capacity.

This qualification focuses on the application of the principles of theology, biblical foundations and ministry in a community of practice through the delivery of programmes and is targeted at individuals who are ready for positions of leadership in a variety of roles. This qualification is also targeted at current practitioners who want to upskill in a particular area of management and/or leadership.

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

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

Direct entry to the programme will be approved with one of the following: NCEA Level 3 - Achievement must include: * Three subjects at Level 3, made up of 14 credits each, in three approved subjects (unless University Entrance was gained in 2020 or 2021 when only 12 credits each in three approved subjects applies); * Literacy: 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing; * Numeracy: 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of Achievement Standards specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or Unit Standards package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 all three required). NCEA Equivalence - Equivalence must be documented and can include: * University Entrance, A or B Bursary, * Overseas equivalent qualifications, including IB and CIE, or HSC (Australia), * Other NZQA level 3 certificates in relevant disciplines to Laidlaw programmes, * Other NZQA level 4 certificate in a different discipline. The following may be accepted as equivalent at our discretion and the applicant may need to sit assessment for entry: o Reference/support/documentation from employer, o Evidence of level of academic achievement or a portfolio of work for home schooled students. The English language requirement for this programme is IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing, reading, speaking, listening OR Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 58 OR equivalent.

Detailed requirements

See provider website for more details about entry to this qualification.


1 Year

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$4,740 $4,740
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$4,922 $4,922
Total $9,662 $9,662

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A Compulsory Student Services Fee may be charged, see your provider for details.

Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (03) 379 8463
Fax: (09) 940 8463

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