The Catholic Institute

Diploma in Religious Studies stream Religious Education

PC2704 | NZQA approved | Level 6, 135 credits | 1.25 efts

TCI is no longer accepting any new enrolments in this qualification.

For Teachers in Catholic Schools


Gain a Diploma in Religious Studies majoring in Religious Education

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

Enrich your own understanding of faith

Main Features

11 Courses in Theology, Scripture and Religious Education 

Higher Study

If you wish to take your studies further you can study the Diploma in Pastoral Leadership at TCI and the Bachelor of Theology at specific institutions.  The Diploma in Religious Studies gives you:

  • 36 credit points towards the Bachelor of Theology at the University of Otago
  • 54 credit points towards the Bachelor of Theology at Good Shepherd College
  • 54 credit points towards the Bachelor of Theology at the Catholic Institute of Sydney

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.

Programme Structure

At the 100 level
RE101 Introduction to Religious Education
RE102 Introduction to Spirituality for Teachers
TH101 Introduction to Catholicism
TH102 Introduction to Theology
SC101 Introduction to the Old Testament
SC102 Introduction to the New Testament
At the 200 level
TH203 Understanding Church
RE200 Two 200 level Religious Education courses
SC200 One 200 Level Scripture course
200 One other 200 level course of your choice (Theology, Scripture, Religious Education or Pastoral Ministry)


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."