The Catholic Institute

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

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

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.

Programme Structure

Three courses (papers) below:
RE601 Exploring the Religious Education Curriculum
TH602 The Person and Work of Jesus
TH633 Values and Ethics in Leadership
Two of the following:
PM602 Celebrating Liturgy
One or two Scripture courses of your choice
Three of the following courses (papers):
TH619 Maori Spirituality: He Rau Toroa II

TH601 Sacraments Today

TH603 Renewing the Church
TH608 Understanding World Religions
TH611 Catholic Social Teaching II
A Church History course of your choice




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."