Diploma in Relational Studies
The Diploma in Relational Studies (DipRS)* is a one-year diploma which is ideal for church workers and volunteers, people involved in community groups, or those considering a career in a caring profession, for example counselling, social work, community work, nursing, and teaching. If you have an interest in the role that theology might have in how we engage in relationship, make sense of some of what psychology can offer, and explore bicultural relational contexts, then this programme is for you.
Completion of this programme provides transition opportunities into the Bachelor of Counselling programme at Laidlaw College.
The DipRS is currently offered as a Diploma in Christian Studies (relational track) in Henderson, Manukau and Christchurch and part-time options are also available.
Click here for information about admissions requirements for the DipRS. For any other information, please refer to the academic handbook (see e-book).
*subject to NZQA approval
|LEVEL||5, 120 credits|
|DURATION||One year full-time, part-time options may be available|
|STARTS||February and July (part-time)|
|PLACES||Open – selection criteria apply|
|CAMPUS||Henderson, Manukau, Christchurch|
|FEE||$6,084 plus Student Services Fee|
- Chaplaincy or similar work
- Youth or pastoral work
- Pastoral care roles in churches and other settings
- Degree-level study in counselling or ministry
- Listening well to others in a range of life situations
Students who complete the DipRS and meet all other criteria may staircase into the second year of the Bachelor of Counselling programme.
Those graduating with a DipRS will be equipped with great interpersonal skills, the ability to connect with others and a deeper understanding of relational care. The diploma integrates understandings about people drawn from theology, counselling and human development, and provides students with knowledge and skills to engage with others in relationship in different life contexts.
The Diploma in Relational Studies is a one year full-time (or part-time equivalent) programme.
It consists of a total of 120 credits, comprising courses in theological formation, counselling theory and
practice as per the table below.
SEMESTER ONE 2019
|SEMESTER ONE INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE||17 December 2018|
|SEMESTER ONE EARLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE||4 January 2019|
|SEMESTER ONE COUNSELLING AND TEACHING APPLICATIONS CLOSE||25 January 2019|
|SEMESTER ONE THEOLOGY APPLICATIONS CLOSE||1 February 2019|
|WAITANGI DAY||6 February 2019|
|SUMMER SEMESTER 2018-2019 ENDS||15 February 2019|
|SEMESTER ONE BEGINS||25 February 2019|
|ORIENTATION||25 February 2019|
|INTENSIVES WEEK||18-22 March 2019|
|MID-TERM BREAK||15-26 April 2019|
|GOOD FRIDAY||19 April 2019|
|EASTER MONDAY||22 April 2019|
|ANZAC DAY||25 April 2019|
|GRADUATION CEREMONY (HENDERSON & MANUKAU)||27 April 2019|
|SEMESTER TWO 2019 EARLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE||31 May 2019|
|SEMESTER TWO 2019 INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE||31 May 2019|
|QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY||3 June 2019|
|SEMESTER ONE ENDS||28 June 2019|
SEMESTER TWO 2019