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Diploma of Anglican Studies

Thinking About Study in 2016?  

Diploma in Anglican Studies (NZQA)

The Anglican Diocese of Wellington partners with St John's Theological College, Auckland, in the local delivery of Anglican Studies Diplomas. 

There are two NZQA approved Diplomas; one at Level 5 and one at Level 6.   St John's papers are delivered with the Diocese of Wellington so that students may gain a Diploma in two or three years. Each Diploma is equivalent to one year's fulltime study. The delivery of the Level 5 Diploma began in the Diocese in early 2013. Participants enrol in the College and the College administers the qualification delivered in the Diocese.

This will become the preferred requirement for Ordination as a self-supporting Deacon or Priest in the Diocese. It will also form the basis for licensing those with Diocesan Accredited Parish Chaplain or Lay Licenses as Pastoral Carers and Preachers. It comes with a local 'Wellington flavour' of building community, learning together and spiritual formation and has the integrity of the academic programme offered at St John's College, Auckland. 

Diploma ofAnglican Studies (NZQA) – 2016

Take a look at what the Diploma in Anglican Studies has to offer both lay and ordained people across the Wellington Diocese in 2016


What students have said about the programme: 

"This way of learning has helped create family; we meet with people of like minds to explore the things that interest us."

"The links between parishes across the Diocese is phenomenal."

"It's taught me a lot about being Church and who we are as Anglicans."

"I like thinking about whatever we're learning; it helps me keep a sharp edge to my own ministry."


Have you ever wondered about learning in a Christian community of support?  This is your opportunity.  Whether you are interested in gaining a level 5 NZQA qualification, or just being part of a learning community, we'd love to hear from you.  Bring a friend and join in the fun together.

In partnership with and funded by St John's College, this programme allows the people of our Diocese to access free learning that is interesting and relevant to your ministry.  We support a learning environment focused on developing community and spiritual formation – with residential weekends at a Marae and a contemporary monastery.  Additionally, each semester three evening tutorials are offered – based at both ends of the Diocese (the Wellington Anglican Centre and St Matthew's, Palmerston North) to make access easy.

You can join in for one semester only or even for one distinct paper during a semester and/or the winter term, or all of the above.  

Enrolments for each semester must be received at St John's by the following dates:

  • Semester 1 - Monday 22 February 2016
  • Winter School - Friday 17 June 2016
  • Semester 2 - Friday 29 July 2016

Enrolment forms are below:

Application for Admission Form           Word doc
Enrolment form      Word doc

For more information regarding the Diploma of Anglican Studies click here

Questions?  Email Joe McGarry or phone him on 022 412 7601.


Semester 1

Papers on offer

BST 502 The Bible Story: New Testament (15cr)

FHC 505 Christian Spiritual Formation in the Context of Ministry: Practices That Sustain Us (5cr)

Residential Weekends

One |Friday 11th – Sunday 13th March | Venue TBA

Two | Friday 15th – Sunday 17th April | Ngatiawa

Tutorial 1

Wellington | Tuesday 5th April

Palmerston North | Wednesday 6th April

Tutorial 2

Wellington | Tuesday 17th May

Palmerston North | Wednesday 18th May

Tutorial 3

Wellington | Tuesday 7th June

Palmerston North | Wednesday 8th June


Winter Term

For those interested in developing a specific skill, you may consider one or both winter papers.

Note: these are full days.

MMC 505 Listening and Conversation in Pastoral Ministry (5cr)

Friday 8th – Saturday 9th July |Venue TBA

BST 603 What the Spirit is Saying: Introduction to Preaching (10cr)

Friday 24th – Sunday 26th June |Venue TBA


Semester 2

Papers on offer

BST 608 The Gospel of Mark's (15cr)

MMC 506 Te Marae – An Introduction (5cr)

Residential Weekends

One | Friday 5th – Sunday 7th August | St Michael's Marae and Church Palmerston North

Two | Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th September | St Michael's Marae and Church Palmerston North

Tutorial 1

Wellington | Tuesday 23rd August

Palmerston North | Wednesday 24th August

Tutorial 2

Wellington | Tuesday 6th September

Palmerston North | Wednesday 7th September

Tutorial 3

Wellington | Tuesday 11th October

Palmerston North | Wednesday 12th October

No reira waiho ko te aroha o Te Matua Kaha Rawa hei korowai mou.
May the love of Almighty God enfold you!