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.
*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||$5,970 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 2018
|SEMESTER ONE EARLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE||8 December 2017|
|SEMESTER ONE INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE||18 December 2017|
|SEMESTER ONE COUNSELLING AND TEACHING APPLICATIONS CLOSE||28 January 2018|
|SEMESTER ONE THEOLOGY APPLICATIONS CLOSE||2 February 2018|
|ONLINE ORIENTATION BEGINS||12 February 2018|
|ORIENTATION (MANUKAU)||13 February 2018|
|ORIENTATION (HENDERSON AND CHRISTCHURCH)||14-15 February 2018|
|LECTURES BEGIN||19 February 2018|
|INTENSIVES WEEK||19-23 March 2018|
|GRADUATION CEREMONY (CHRISTCHURCH)||23 March 2018|
|GOOD FRIDAY||30 March 2018|
|EASTER MONDAY||2 April 2018|
|EASTER TUESDAY||3 April 2018|
|MID-TERM BREAK||16-27 April 2018|
|ANZAC DAY||25 April 2018|
|GRADUATION CEREMONY (AUCKLAND)||28 April 2018|
|QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY||4 June 2018|
|LECTURES END||8 June 2018|
|STUDY BREAK/EXAMS||11-22 June 2018|
|SEMESTER ONE ENDS||22 June 2018|
SEMESTER TWO 2018
|SEMESTER TWO INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE||21 May 2018|
|SEMESTER TWO EARLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE||1 June 2018|
|SEMESTER TWO COUNSELLING AND TEACHING APPLICATIONS CLOSE||22 June 2018|
|SEMESTER TWO THEOLOGY APPLICATIONS CLOSE||29 June 2018|
|ONLINE ORIENTATION BEGINS||9 July 2018|
|ORIENTATION (MANUKAU)||10 July 2018|
|ORIENTATION (HENDERSON AND CHRISTCHURCH)||11-12 July 2018|
|LECTURES BEGIN||16 July 2018|
|INTENSIVES WEEK||20-24 August 2018|
|MID-TERM BREAK||1–12 October 2018|
|LABOUR DAY||22 October 2018|
|LECTURES END||29 October 2018|
|STUDY BREAK/EXAMS||30 October – 16 November 2018|
|CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY (CHRISTCHURCH)||16 November 2018|
|SEMESTER TWO ENDS||16 November 2018|