NZ Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 5)

Diploma in Christian Studies

Do you feel God’s call on your life?  

You may feel God is calling you into church leadership or pastoral ministry. Or perhaps you want to develop a greater understanding of your faith to help in your everyday life as a Christian. Many school leavers or tertiary graduates choose to take a ‘gap year’ for biblical training to grow in depth and understanding of what they believe.

 

The diploma is designed within a church internship.

If you would like to stay in your home church, you can do so by being involved in an internship. This consists of six core papers by block course plus a ministry internship in your local church or Christian organisation working 15 hours per week (Minimum 500 hours over the year).

In block courses you will receive quality teaching from our amazing lecturers, giving you in-depth biblical and theological understanding, without having to learn everything out of textbooks. You will also be developed in ministry skills such as preaching and leadership.

A blended approach will be used with the students learning through a mixture of five block courses spaced through the year, individual tutor contact, work-based learning and online learning.

If you choose the part-time option over three years, then you will study the Theology Strand.

 

This diploma is designed to meet the requirements for the first year of a proposed Leadership degree.*

 

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Internship or work requirements

Acceptance on to the programme will require evidence of:

  • An appropriate internship or work placement in a church or Christian organisation
  • A clear role within the work placement organisation for the duration of the programme

A Vision College approved mentor and workplace supervisors are available to support the learner's progress.

 

Work and Study Hours

The course is full-time and taught within an internship or work placement at a church or Christian organisation. While the focus of this work would be mainly related to business, other duties can be performed that allow for the required hours of study.

 

Studylink Approved

This course is approved for Student Loans and Allowances. You may apply through Studylink for course fees and course related costs. www.studylink.govt.nz

*Course approval from NZQA is pending

Course at a Glance

Qualification
NZ Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 5)


Location

Hamilton, Christchurch


Next Intake

4th September 2017
19th February 2018


Course Length

Fulltime: 1 Year


Course Info

Level: Level 5
Credits: 120
Domestic fees: $5,890.00
International fees: $15,450.00 or $1,287.50 per paper
UE: Not Required


Main Employment Outcomes:

Church leaders
Youth pastors

CREDITS

Credits: 120
Level: 5

 

 

COURSE STRUCTURE

The diploma is designed within a church internship.

If you would like to stay in your home church, you can do so by being involved in an internship. This consists of six core papers by block course plus a ministry internship in your local church or Christian organisation working 15 hours per week (Minimum 500 hours over the year).

In block courses you will receive quality teaching from our amazing lecturers, giving you in-depth biblical and theological understanding, without having to learn everything out of textbooks. You will also be developed in ministry skills such as preaching and leadership.

A blended approach will be used with the students learning through a mixture of five block courses spaced through the year, individual tutor contact, work-based learning and online learning.

If you choose the part-time option over three years, then you will study the Theology Strand.  

 

This diploma is designed to meet the requirements for the first year of a proposed Leadership degree.*

 

 

COURSE CONTENT

Core papers:

DCS 511 Theology 1 – God and Creation
This course will systematically analyse, examine and explain the main doctrines of the Christian faith in light of the Scriptures.

DCS 512 Theology 2 – Christ and Salvation
This course is a historical and systematic investigation of the Christian understanding of Jesus Christ and his significance as proclaimed by the Christian Church.

DCS 502 Communication
Develop knowledge and skills for researching and communicating information, particular attention will be given to the role of preaching.

DCS 551 Leadership
Develop knowledge and skills to lead others to implement activities within the entity’s plans, including change, for an efficient and effective performance of the entity.

DCS 504 The Ministry Environment
Develop knowledge and skills to understand and adapt to the organisations current and emerging environment, including New Zealand's unique bi-cultural society.

DCS 503 Innovation
Develop knowledge and skills to contribute in operational contexts to innovation and organisational change within a Church or Christian organisation.

 

In addition, choose one of the following strands:

OPTION 1: Christian Leadership Strand
DCS 553 Leadership Project
Apply knowledge and skills in ministry operation and leading people for efficient and effective performance, and to move the entity forward in achieving its strategic objectives.

OPTION 2: Theology Strand
DCS 513 Spiritual Formation
This course provides the opportunity to explore issues of spirituality and spiritual development as they impact their personal spiritual growth.

DCS 514 Biblical Overview
This course discusses the content, message and theology of an Old Testament and the relevance of the story of faith from the Old Testament text for society today.

 

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

All applicants must:
 - Be at least 17 years of age
 - Have sufficient levels of English and computer literacy skills to study at this level as well as the ability to use the communication and collaboration technologies incorporated in the programme.

Short-listed applicants may be required to attend an individual interview as part of the application process.

 

Preference will be given to applicants who have a history of academic success, relevant practical experience, a commitment to undertaking all aspects of the programme and to meeting the learning outcomes.

 

Provisional Entry
Provisional Entry may be granted to domestic applicants who do not meet the criteria above, but present evidence of ability to succeed and are able to show they are well prepared to study the programme.

 

International Students
Students for whom English is a second language must also have an IELTS score of 5.5 (academic) with no individual band lower than 5.0, or equivalent test.

International students need to be over 18 years of age.

 

 

GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES

GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES

The Diploma in Christian Studies Level 5 will prepare you for:

 

FURTHER STUDY

Level 6 Diploma in Christian Leadership

 

EMPLOYMENT

Church Leader | Youth Pastor | Youth Worker

STUDY OPTIONS

Full-time Internship

Part-time (Completed over 3 years)

 

 

FEES

Domestic Fees:
$5,890.00 or $490.80 per paper

Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.

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International Fees
$15,450.00 or $1,287.50 per paper

International learners are required to pay additional costs to attend one of our courses or programmes. These additional costs include medical and travel insurance cover.
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APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

Downloadable documents are available here for further information or application forms:

Info booklet: CLICK HERE (Downloadable PDF)

Application booklet: CLICK HERE (Downloadable PDF)

Course related costs: CLICK HERE (Downloadable PDF)

Police Vetting Forms: CLICK HERE (Downloadable PDF)

Police Vetting Guide: CLICK HERE (Downloadable PDF)