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NZ Diploma in Christian Studies - Religious Education

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study



120 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Te Kupenga - Catholic Theological College


This qualification provides knowledge and skills required for teaching Religious Education and for positions of leadership in Catholic Schools. Graduates will find this diploma is specifically designed for those teaching in Catholic schools who wish to work as DRS, in other senior management roles or teach NCEA Religious Education.

The NZDCS-RE is a Level 6 qualification of 120 credits consisting of 8 papers worth 15 credits each.

Most students in the NZDCS-RE are part time learners. We recommend part time learners take one or two papers per semester in order to complete the qualification within 4 years. This also ensures a reasonable workload.

Papers for this qualification are mainly offered by distance learning. Some are also offered on campus. Students are welcome to take some papers face to face and others by distance learning.

What is the structure of this programme?

There are 8 main papers that you must complete to receive this award. Below is the programme structure for this qualification.

RE601 What makes a School Catholic – (15 Credits)
RE602 The Religious Education Curriculum – (15 Credits)
RE603 Issues in Catholic Education – (15 Credits)
RE604 Leadership in Catholic Schools – (15 Credits)
SC601 The Gospel in Aotearoa – (15 Credits)
TH601 Sacraments Today – (15 Credits)
TH609 He Turanga Whakaaro – (15 Credits)
TH624 Values for Religious Education – (15 Credits)

Options (with approval from the Programme Co-ordinator)

SC602 Bible in Religious Education can be studied instead of SC601 The Gospel in Aotearoa
TH625 Theology for Religious Education: Special Topic OR TH620 Studies in Church History can be studied instead of TH609 He Turanga Whakaaro

What is the next step?

If you are interested in further studies above Level 6, check or the our Degree Level qualifications.

Entry criteria

Intending students must have either the New Zealand Certificate in Christian Studies – Christian Ministry or Religious Education; or a Level 5 Certificate in a similar area of study; or evidence of equivalent work experience and learning at level 5.

All students, irrespective of faith tradition or denomination are welcome to apply to study with us.

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