The Catholic Institute

New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 6) - Religious Education

 | Awaiting NZQA approval | Level 6, 120 credits | 1.0 eft


Programme Structure

Taught in 2019
TWO core paper  
RE601 What Makes a School Catholic? Auckland
RE602 Exploring the Religious Education Curriculum No
Religious Education Elective: ONE of the following  
RE603 Issues in Catholic Education Distance
RE604 Leadership in Catholic Schools No
History Elective: ONE of the following  
TH606 The Church in Time and History Distance
TH620 Studies in Church History No
or choose a history paper from Schedule 1  
Scripture Elective: TWO papers required  
Choose two Scripture papers from Schedule 2  
Theology Elective: TWO papers required  
Choose two Theology papers from Schedule 3  

 Note: Schedules 1, 2 and 3 in this table are hyperlinked; click to see options

For Teachers in Catholic Schools


Gain a New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 6) - Religious Education (NZDCS-RE)

Acquire knowledge and skills required for teaching Religious Education and for positions of leadership in Catholic schools

Entry Requirement

Students need to have completed a level 5 theological qualification, e.g. NZCCS-RE, to be accepted into this programme of study.

Main Features

8 Courses in Theology, Scripture and Religious Education 

Higher Study

If you wish to take your studies further, The NZDCS-PM carries credit points towards a Bachelor of Theology at:

  • University of Otago
  • Good Shepherd College
  • Sydney College of Divinity

Career Opportunities

This Diploma can lead to a range of careers. Graduates will find this diploma is specifically designed for those teaching or wishing to teach Religious Education in Catholic schools.  Graduates may also work in leadership roles in parishes, and voluntary work with parish groups.

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More information

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Students have said: "You have given me a level of teaching I wish to aspire to. Thank you. I came to this course with limited knowledge and will be leaving feeling well informed and more confident in my classroom teaching."