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NZ Certificate in Christian Studies (Level 5)

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study



6 months

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Carey Baptist College


This programme is the perfect starting point if you are wanting to augment your church or ministry work with some introductory theological study. It can be completed in one semester full-time or a longer period part-time. You can gateway to further study in the Diploma or Bachelor’s degree. Learn, grow, be transformed.

The New Zealand Certificate in Christian Studies (NZQA accredited) provides a smaller programme for learners who are wanting an initial theological qualification. It is ideally suited to those who may be working within church or ministry settings and who also want to study part-time. Likewise, it is a good starting point for those without previous theological study who may want to continue on to further studies.

Programme Structure

This programme is equivalent to six months full-time study, 60 credits,

Graduate Outcomes

The New Zealand Certificate in Christian Studies will equip you to:

Have an introductory understanding of the Bible and key theological concepts
Apply introductory Biblical knowledge and understanding to disciple individuals or groups in specific settings
Reflect on your own faith journey and identify areas for growth and development
Evaluate specific a ministry/community programme and support the spiritual development needs of specific individuals and/or groups
Identify key Biblical and theological principles that inform what you do in specific ministry/community contexts
Use Biblical and theological knowledge to contribute and lead (formally or informally) in ministry/community contexts and programmes

Entry criteria

In order to gain admission all applicants must have achieved one of the following:

  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), with a minimum of 42 credits at Level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework, and
  • a minimum of 8 credits in English at Level 2 or higher, 4 credits of which must be in reading and with the remaining 4 in writing.
  • A grade of C or higher in each of the three subjects in New Zealand University Entrance or Bursaries and Scholarships (NZUEBS) examinations.

IELTS is the preferred English language proficiency test used at Carey. Once the IELTS test is completed the applicant must provide Carey with a copy of their test results prior to acceptance on a programme. The minimum required results are as follows: a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 (Academic), or its equivalent in accordance to NZQA Rules 13 Table 2 and/or other NZQA accepted evidence of English language proficiency.

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