Diploma in Relational Studies

The Diploma in Relational Studies (DipRS)* is a one-year diploma for people wanting to connect with others, develop interpersonal skills, and gain a deeper understanding of relational care. The diploma integrates understandings about people drawn from theology, counselling and human development, and equips people with knowledge and skills to engage with others in relationship in different life contexts.

This programme 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.

Students who complete the DipRS and meet all other criteria may staircase into the second year of the Bachelor of Counselling (BCouns) programme.

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 DipCS. For any other information, please refer to the academic handbook (see e-book).

*subject to NZQA approval


PROGRAMME SUMMARY

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 $5,856 plus Student Services Fee

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • 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

OBJECTIVES

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.


TIMETABLES

Click on the relevant campus timetable to find out when the various courses are taking place.

If you would like to discuss your study options or become a “Student for a Day” please contact:

For Henderson and Manukau:
Tracey Hunt: socialpractice@laidlaw.ac.nz or 09 836 7868

For Christchurch:
Contact 03 354 4270


IMPORTANT DATES

SEMESTER TWO 2017

EARLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 2 June
INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 2 June
ALL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 30 June
ONLINE ORIENTATION BEGINS 10 July
ORIENTATION (MANUKAU) 11 July
ORIENTATION (HENDERSON AND CHRISTCHURCH) 12-13 July
LECTURES BEGIN 17 July
INTENSIVES WEEK 21-25 August
MID-TERM BREAK 2-13 October
LABOUR DAY 23 October
LECTURES END 30 October
STUDY BREAK/EXAMS 31 October – 17 November
CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY (CHRISTCHURCH) 17 November
SEMESTER TWO ENDS 17 November

SEMESTER ONE 2018

EARLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 8 December 2017
INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 18 December 2017
COUNSELLING AND TEACHING APPLICATIONS CLOSE 28 January 2018
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