New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies

Laidlaw College Incorporated

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

NCEA level 3 with: * Three subjects at L3, made up of 14 credits each, in three approved subjects * Literacy: 10 credits at L2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing * Numeracy: 10 credits at L1 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). NCEA Equivalence includes: UE, A or B Bursary/Overseas equivalent qualifications, including IB and CIE, or HSC (Australia)/Other NZQA L3 certificates in relevant disciplines to Laidlaw programmes * Other NZQA L4 certificate in a different discipline. * The following may be accepted as equivalent: 1. Reference/support/documentation from employer 2. Evidence of level of academic achievement or a portfolio of work for home-schooled students. Where an applicant is not eligible for direct entry an entry assessment will be required which includes a literacy test reviewed by an academic staff member or for Distance Learning applicants, writing roughly 500 words testimony. Applicants must meet both the Academic and English language requirements for this programme. The 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 ( A waiver for the English language test may be granted for those who have: *an undergraduate or higher qualification gained from NZ, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the UK or the USA. * For those who have studied in NZ for a minimum of two years at secondary school and gained either a) eight, L2 NCEA University Entrance literacy credits (4 credits in reading and 4 credits in writing) gained prior to 2014 or b) ten,L2 NCEA University Entrance Literacy credits (5 credits in reading and 5 credits in

Detailed requirements

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1 Year

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$6,727 $6,727
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$5,311 $5,311
Total $12,038 $12,038

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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

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Free phone: (09) 836 7800
Phone: (09) 836 7800
Fax: (0800) 999777

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